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My self-summary
Essentially, I'm just a happy person who is happy to enjoy the company of others.

I find great joy in just experiencing what life has to offer me, taking all its challenges head-on, and following its course wherever it takes me. The only place I want to be right now is exactly where I am, because if I wanted to live my life some other way, I would. Except New York. Maybe I want to live in New York.

I have a lot of strong ideals I adhere to, as well, and the application of those ideals leads me to veganism, Christianity and environmentalism, mainly.

Also! I made a crazy-awesome zombie choose-your-own-adventure quiz that you can entertain yourself with! It was broken for a long time, but now it is back and it is fixed! Enjoy! (It might be a little graphic, because, well, it's about zombies eating people and whatnot. But seriously, though, its fabulousness will blow your mind, so you should check it out.)

And now, like every other self-respecting purveyor of the World-Wide Web, I have a blog! Its nerdiness is unparalleled. In fact, I dare you to find a more nerdy blog.

I am affable, unprecedented, and 100% awesome
What I’m doing with my life
I am currently working on a PhD in solid state physics at Purdue, and would like to focus on alternate energies as a career.
I’m really good at
Yeah, so I'm good at pretty much anything that requires critical thinking and problem solving. So, numbers, equations, physics, that sort of thing, but I also have a bachelors in journalism, so I'm also good with writing, editing, designing, etc.

Other things I am good at: cooking vegetable curry, sleeping too late, aggressive driving in my tiny car, not getting tickets, eating peanut butter, scratching the heads of animals, climbing rocks, overcoming challenges, finding new and different uses for tofu, keeping my balance on a motorcycle, forgetting to charge my electronics, not repeating myself, annoying my friends with overly-complicated European board games, dancing in a spirited - though not necessarily good - manner, refraining from putting Zs on the end of plural words, fabricating graphene field-effect transistors, baking silly things into cookies (e.g. avocados), avoiding Kings of Leon on the radio.
The first things people usually notice about me
I really haven't a clue.

I guess I've had a fair number of people assume (incorrectly) that I'm Jewish. Does that count?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The three that I could read over and over without ever getting tired of them are Cat's Cradle, Ender's Game and Siddhartha. I also love anything else by Kurt Vonnegut, Catch-22, The Chosen, The Never-Ending Story (it's kind of a kid's book, put that's part of why I like it, because I can read it in the original German), Stranger in a Strange Land and other Robert Heinlein works, On the Road, all of Richard Adams' works, the short stories of Jorge Louis Borges, and I have a soft spot for Brian Jacques' Redwall series, since I grew up reading it. I also recently read a book called Our Father's World, which is basically about mobilizing Christians to get involved in caring for the environment. It was pretty awesome and felt exactly like a book I would have written had my life taken a more spiritual path (i.e. seminary, more involvement in the church). Other great book I recently read!: The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss and Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Seriously, both of these guys have totally blown me away with their innovative storytelling.

Movies: Three movies I watch over and over are My Neighbor Totoro (good for whenever you're feeling down), Predator (for when the manly man inside me wants to watch stuff blow up) and Life of Brian (because sometimes people just need to laugh). Other great stuff: Amelie, Brazil or anything else directed by Terry Gilliam (oh, man, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was so good!), Hero (the good one, not the Dustin Hoffman one), Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind or anything else directed by Hayao Miyazaki, High and Low or anything else by Akira Kurosawa, All About Lily Chou-Chou, Lord of the Rings, The Big Lebowski, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Magnolia and all of P.T. Anderson's stuff, Rushmore and all of that other Anderson's stuff, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and a lot of other Humphrey Bogart flics (the end of the Maltese Falcon has to be one of my favorite movie scenes ever), Real Genius (hey, I take my physics movies where I can get them), Aliens and other James Cameron films (except, umm, Titanic...yeah), Sunshine and other Danny Boyle movies, the Dark Knight and other Christopher Nolan (Inception!!!) ... I could go on and on here. I'm a lover of the cinema.

Television: Three shows I will watch at any opportunity are Six Feet Under, The Tick and This American Life (I also love the radio show, of course). Additionally, I am a big fan of Game of Thrones, The Wire, Deadwood, Arrested Development, Freaks and Geeks, Community, Parks and Recreation, Psych, Good Eats, Top Chef, Cowboy Bebop, Burn Notice, Breaking Bad, Lost, Survivor, The Amazing Race, In Treatment, Flight of the Conchords ... yeah, maybe I spend a little too much time in front of the television.

Music: Three albums that I could leave in my car's CD player for months on end (man, this one is hard) are The National (High Violet), Muse (Absolution) and The Mars Volta (De-Loused in the Comatorium). Other great music originates from Bjork, Cornelius, M. Ward, Radiohead, Okkervil River, Ravens and Chimes, The Weepies, Snow Patrol, The Postal Service, They Might Be Giants, The Killers, Pearl Jam, The Flaming Lips, Aimee Mann, Tortoise, Interpol, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit, Of Monsters and Men, Florence + The Machine, The Black Keys.

Foods: I love hummus more than any man should love a food. Other than that, Indian, Mediterranean, Thai, pretty much anything that can be made without meat or dairy.

While we are at it, I'm sure I could spend a while listing all my favorite board and video games, but you can just message me if you're into that.
Six things I could never do without
My friends, my family, my integrity, my motivation, my faith, and ... let's go with hot (or at least warm) water. Ice-cold showers are soul-crushing experiences. Upon further inspection, I've decided that saying I couldn't live without the Internet was overly dramatic and mostly untrue.

Maybe it sounds kinda cheesy, but I'm really not all that into material things, so this is about all I could think of.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how I am going to get all my work done and get my PhD in a reasonable amount of time. I might spend more time thinking about work than I actually spend doing work (like right now, for instance).
On a typical Friday night I am
Most common three things I am doing on Friday night: Playing board games with friends, working in the lab, hanging out at home watching TV and playing on the computer.

Yes, that *was* three things, because I watch TV and play games at the same time. I am also good with the multi-tasking.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It may not be obvious at first, but I am actually a pretty outdoorsy fellow. I grew up going on lots of camping trips out in California, and I still love to go hiking, kayaking, sailing, etc. with my family whenever I can.
You should message me if
You are looking for someone to play crazy Euro board games with, or just want to shoot the breeze about anything I mentioned above.
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