I intern at UC Davis doing bioinformatics research and I'm loving it.
I have experience with reptiles that you wouldn't find from your average online form filler. My only remaining lizard is kept in my home; ask me about her.
Friends: 4thepunchline, astroguy0, Freshmarimo, sleepy_potato, DroidVinyl, rhythhymn, elimindedra, KAThompson, JoeTheGhost, Juniormint2010, Grade-A-Human, and Ishnai
In short: I am multi-talented, nonsense-loving, and intelligent.
I recently graduated UC Davis for bioengineering. Before that, I attended a community college in SoCal, Mt SAC where I received AAs in Natural Sciences and Math.
I may have some skills in playing badminton, Scrabble, and Jews harp, cooking, using Photoshop and Illustrator, making jokes, and being fluent in languages which I've never heard.
I'm not sure if I'm good at it, but I quite enjoy camping, especially in National Parks.
Books and Authors
Authors: Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Carl Sagan, Terry Pratchett, Daniel H. Wilson, Ray Bradbury, E. A. Poe, Rob Grant, Doug Naylor, John Hodgman, Cornelia Funke, Not Ayn Rand (that sociopath behind the Tea-Baggers and so many crazy republicans. You know she worshiped a brutal serial killer, right?)
Favorite Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Harry Potter, Discworld, Ender's Game, Inkheart, Artemis Fowl, Red Dwarf, Robopocalypse/Robogenesis, Deadpool by Duggan and Posehn
Classics: Heart Of Darkness, All Things Great and Small, 1984, A Separate Peace, The Stranger, Mark Twain's works (and several of his quotations), and the short story "Flowers for Algernon"
Others: Machine of Death, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, several books about zombies, How to Survive a Robot Uprising by Daniel H. Wilson, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson, HPMOR and Rationality: From AI to Zombies by Less Wrong, The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Watchmen, The Yiddish Policemen's Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, The Name of the Wind by Rothfuss
Not Dead Yet: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, xkcd, Atomic Robo, Romantically Apocalyptic, Savage Chickens, Bearmageddon, Dinosaur Comics, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, El Goonish Shive, Nimona, Scenes From A Multiverse, Subnormality, Sinfest, The Oatmeal, Opplopolis, Wondermark, Nedroid, Bad Machinery, Banished!, Sufficiently Remarkable, The Last Halloween
On hiatus/Dead/Finished: Goats, Nic Buxom, Bohemian Drive, Cectic, Edmund Finney's Quest to Find the Meaning of Life, The Perry Bible Fellowship, Speak with Monsters, Bad Gods, Pell Mell, No Room for Magic, Concerned: the Hλlf-life and death of Gordon Frohman, The Loneliest Astronauts
TV (Past and Present)
Anything with Conan O'Brien, Anything by Joss Whedon or Matt Nix, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel, Batman Beyond, Bojack Horseman, British comedies, Burn Notice, Castle, The Colony, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Cowboy Bebop, The Daily Show with John Stewart, Daredevil, Dead Like Me, Doctor Who, Eureka!, Fawlty Towers, Firefly, Fooly Cooly, Futurama, Game of Thrones, The Good Guys, Gravity Falls, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, House, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Invader Zim, Junkyard Wars, Lexx, Look Around You!, Making Fiends, Malcolm in the Middle, Man Vs. Wild, Megas XLR, Misfits, Monk, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Mr. Robot, The Muppet Show, MythBusters, The Office, Powerpuff Girls, Prototype This, Psych, Pushing Daisies, Regular Show, Rick & Morty, Robot Chicken, Samurai Jack, Science Channel, Scrubs, Sealab 2021, Sherlock, The Simpsons, South Park, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe, Steven Universe, Trigger Happy TV, Unchained Reaction, Ugly Americans, Upright Citizens Brigade, Venture Brothers, The Walking Dead, The Whitest Kids U' Know, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Worst Case Scenario with Bear Grylls
Literary/British Comedies: Apocalypse Now, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Withnail and I, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian, Not the First 4 HP Films, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Sweeney Todd, The Shawshank Redemption
Science Fiction: Chappie, Back to the Future (trilogy), Men in Black, Time Bandits, V for Vendetta, Ironman, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Flubber, The Wizard of Oz, Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, The Dark Crystal, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Matrix (trilogy), Pan's Labyrinth, The Phantom Tollbooth, Serenity, Super 8, Tron Legacy (not the first one), Stardust, The Dark Knight series, I Am Legend, The Amazing Spider Man, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zombieland, Moon!
Comedies: Accepted, both Ace Ventura movies, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, All About Steve, Be Kind Rewind (I love this one so much), Office Space, Hebrew Hammer, The Gods Must Be Crazy, A Fish Called Wanda, Get Shorty, Be Cool, The Mask, Son of the Mask, The Hangover, Superbad, Yes Man, Mel Brooks films, The Muppet Movie, Mystery Team
Generally more serious stuff: A Few Good Men, Casino Royale, The Italian Job, Wasabi, The Life Aquatic, The Aviator, L4yer Cake, Guys and Dolls, Orange County, π, Green Hornet, Green Mile, Good Night and Good Luck, Forrest Gump,Schindler's List, Super
Animated: Shrek series, Hoodwinked, Monsters, Inc., Wall-e, Kung Fu Panda, Up, Big Hero 6
Documentaries: The Yes Men, Religulous, Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns, Food, Inc., The Corporation, Supersize Me, (Not quite a documentary) The Men who Stare at Goats, H. H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer
Not Epic Movie, Not Juno, Not Ice Age 3, Not most horror
They Might Be Giants, Lemon Demon, Logan Whitehurst and the Jr. Science Club, The Aquabats, Arcade Fire, Beck, Blue Man Group, CAKE, Chromeo, Cut Copy, Daft Punk, The Dandy Warhols, Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Devo, Fiest, Fiona Apple, Flight of the Conchords, Fol Chen, Franz Ferdinand, fun., Gorillaz, Greydon Square, Harvey Danger, Holy Fuck, Hot Chip, John Flansburg, John Linnel, Jonathan Coultan, Kate Nash, Kimya Dawson, Laura Veirs, Magnetic Fields, Math the Band, Metric, Mono Puff, OK Go, Ookla the Mok, Owl City, People Are Wrong, The Pillows, Polysics, The Postal Service, The Presidents of the United States of America, Smash Mouth, The Sparks, Tool, Van She, Wax Tailor, Weird Al, White Stripes. For other Others, check out http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/user/artifexcrastinus and http://www.last.fm/user/Mr_Latin_Dude
Lately: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes and Tomb Raider
Amanita point-and-click games, Arkham City, Bioshock 1 and 2, Braid, Ratchet & Clank and Jack and Daxter series, all the Half-Life games, Portal and Portal 2, Scrabble (especially on facebook), Okami, Crystal Quest, Twisted Metal, God of War, Advanced Wars, Settlers of Catan, Super Mario Brothers, PIQ, improv games, hangman, logic puzzles, Frisbee, and badminton. I'd like to try a tabletop RPG.
Very varied, so where to begin? Some basic things I suppose: crueler, elephant ear, pumpkin pie, horchata, Tea(!!!), kiwi fruit, and hiziki.
I prefer eating chicken to beef and pork. I love Thai, Japanese, and Greek food. I absolutely hate Antarctic food and dislike jawbreakers.
My Drunk Kitchen, Make Anything, H+: The Digital Series, Uncivilized Elk, Tested, AvE
Question: Do you think I should include my favorite podcasts too?
My tablet named Naga,
At least one joke to tell,
My German, black laptop backpack,
A unique perspective on life, and
Variety because it's the spice of life.
But, of course, most of these things should be disregarded because I'm an avid camper. Think Bear Grylls without the sexy accent.
- The content of the latest podcast I listened to. For example: HOLY CRAP, you don't need eyes to see?!
- How to survive in a robot uprising and/or zombie apocalypse (like any sane person without mental myopia).
- How to design a biological vehicle.
- What possibilities does a colony of engineered bacteria have?
- How horrible pseudoscience is.
"All tribal myths are true, for a given value of true." -The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
"Caltraps didn't kill anybody, they just slowed them down a bit. One or two of them in the sole of the foot induced extreme slowness and caution in all except the terminally enthusiastic." -Pyramids by Terry Pratchett
"Always be prepared." -Boy Scout Motto
"All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." -Animal Farm by George Orwell
"If anyone can show me, and prove to me, that I am wrong in thought or deed, I will gladly change. I seek the truth, which never yet hurt anybody. It is only persistence in self-delusion and ignorance which does harm." -Marcus Aurelius
"My business is done!" -Invader Zim
Since I joined Dragon, a club here at Davis, I'm playing board game and playing Dungeons & Dragons.
My front two teeth are synthetic. Go ahead, ask me why I'm a cyborg.
I have a weakness for steampunk.
I suffer from Gonadic Hyperrealism: my gonads aren't just real, they're very real.
My greatest annoyance with this site seems to actually be an annoyance with Americans in general: the most neglected list of favorite media is that of books. If you've written a list of favorite shows and music, why can't you make one of books? Or at least mention them at all?
If you get off on Harry Potter pick-up lines, have a steampunk costume, or perform any kind of art.
Or if you want to play badminton with me.
Or if you want someone with which to see a movie or rock concert.
Or if you want to kill some orcs in a fantasy world where that's totally completely normal.
Or you play Dominion.
Cigarette smokers need not apply.