33St. Louis, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a huge nerd and proud of it. Despite working in antique jewelry, I have a BS in Astrophysics. Turns out that you can't do much in that field without a PhD. Oops. But I've got a job that pays well enough to have a house and enjoy my geekdom.

Lately this has mostly expressed itself by my participating in the Society for Creative Anachronisms which is a medieval recreation organization. Like a ren-faire on steroids. I mostly do swordfighting but am also the St Louis' group's principal herald at present. I also do Tudor/Renaissance era garb and am wanting to learn more about medieval cooking.

I attend sci-fi and anime conventions. Used to cosplay, but creepers got creepy so I've mostly quit. Now I mostly give science talks.

I'm a pretty large introvert. Generally don't go to parties unless I know everyone there. Being expected to be social with numerous people I don't know just causes anxiety for me. One person at a time is fine though.

Random fun fact: I have a credit in a NOVA documentary.
What I’m doing with my life
Most of my life is consumed by work. By the time I usually get home and eat dinner, all I want to do is lay on the couch and not think.

I'm usually better on the weekends and try to do something productive and/or social at least once a week.
I’m really good at
Cooking: Been cooking at least once a week for my family since I was 12 and full time once I moved to college. I'm currently working to be far more adventurous with my cooking and trying new recipes. If you visit, don't eat. I always have food for people.

Math: For my degree, I'm not actually that great. I'm somewhat dyslexic and when your superscripts and subscripts switch themselves around and your equations rewrite themselves, it's a bitch. But by most people's standards I'm a math genius.

Public Speaking: I've been doing panels at conventions for 9 years with audiences of over 1,000. In high school I had a huge fear of public speaking but forced myself to take theater classes to get over it. My senior year I was on the comedy sports (think "Whose Line Is It Anyway") team for the Drama III class. I now figure that if I can get in front of my fellow high school students who will hate you no matter what and do something I haven't rehearsed, then there's no way I can let myself be scared speaking to a sympathetic/interested audience with something I have.
The first things people usually notice about me
You'll have to ask them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series - Laini Taylor
Demon Haunted World - Carl Sagan
Harry Potter - JK Rowling
Legend Series - Marie Lu
The Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer
The Martian - Andy Weir
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins

Harry Potter
The Lego Movie
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars (some more than others...)
Pretty much everything Ghibli

Agents of Shield
Dr. Who
Star Trek (currently on: Voyager)

Gurren Lagann
Natsume's Book of Friends
Polar Bear's Cafe
Space Brothers
Spice and Wolf
Sword Art Online

Goo Goo Dolls
Nine Days
Nobuo Uematsu
Savage Garden
Vertical Horizon
Six things I could never do without
1) The internet
2) Caffeine
3) Free time
4) Good food
5) Logic
6) Did I mention the internet?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The best way to get people to understand scientific thinking and logic and why people distract themselves with poor thinking.
On a typical Friday night I am
Binge watching some Netflix.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't smile very often. It's not because I'm not in a bad mood. I just am neutral most of the time. I think it's scary that the American mindset is such that if you're not happy *all* of the time, something is wrong.
You should message me if
You are:
- intellectual
- geeky/nerdy
- scientifically literate
- liberal
- self-confident
- non-religious
- caring about social justice
The two of us