ChibiVader
33 St. 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
BOOKS
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

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

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

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

MUSIC
Dido
Goo Goo Dolls
Nine Days
Nobuo Uematsu
Savage Garden
Vertical Horizon
The 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
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