ChibiVader
32 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.

I attend numerous conventions, often as a panelist. I first started speaking on the intersection of anime and physics, looking at how not only did the scenarios not make sense, but to make them work, you might just have to destroy the world. I also have talks that are straight science (such as ones on quantum mechanics, astronomy, and the Fukushima disaster) as well as ones just discussing various media (particularly the cultural contexts and references in Ghibli movies).

I used to cosplay, but I got tired of creepy people so I've mostly given it up. However, thanks to the new Star Wars movie, I've gotten back into that fandom and am currently working on building a working R2-D2.

Last year (2015), one of my New Years Resolutions was to read nothing but fiction for books. I'd had a long spell of reading nothing but hard science and, while interesting, it took most of the fun out of reading for me. So last year I ended up reading several of the recent Hugo winners and found a huge love for Young Adult lit.

I also swordfight in the Society for Creative Anachronisms. Although I've taken some long breaks, I've been doing it for about 16 years but have gotten more serious about it recently since I actually have money to get better armor finally.

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
- likes (or is at least interested in) conventions
- going somewhere in life (college degree or close to)
- scientifically literate
- liberal
- self-confident
- non-religious
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