AstroEricL
30 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm a lifelong Californian who moved to Edinburgh two years ago and love it here. I'm generally a pretty fun, easy-going guy, who occasionally pretends to be an adult.

I like smart women who can laugh at my bad jokes, especially if they can tell a dorkier one. Normally I'd probably tell you a chemistry joke here, but I'm not sure if it'll get a reaction.
What I’m doing with my life
Science! I finished my PhD in astrophysics two years ago and now I have a awesome job working at the observatory up on Blackford Hill. If you're curious I study planets outside our solar system and try and figure out what the frack they are. However, I also have a lot interests outside of work too, so I'm also happy to chat about things like dirty puns in Shakespeare, my top 5 favorite Vikings, or my favorite facts from QI.

Probably my favorite part of my job is that get to travel a lot. Most of it is for work, but I've gotten really good at visiting colleagues that are in really cool places so that I can explore them after. I won't put up the whole list, but last year I figure I flew ~10 Earth radii. The downside of this is that my schedule can be a little bit hectic, but I'd certainly be happy to have a travel buddy.

I'd also really like to explore Scotland a lot more. Current things on my to do list are to finally go up to the Isle of Skye, cycle down the canal to see the Falkirk wheel, and go see a lot more castles.
I’m really good at
Science-ing, drinking whisky, being a huge nerd, and throwing swanky cocktail parties. I'd really like to add Ceilidh dancing to the list, but that is still very much a work in progress.

I'm told that I'm either a really great, or a really terrible person to go to a museum with, depending on how much you want to hear cool stories about medieval Scottish kings or how St. Columba once supposedly battled Nessie.

Also being a native of southern California, I can make pretty tasty Mexican food and I'm currently working on my sushi skills.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd like to think it was how good I look in a tweed blazer or my wavy raven locks, but to be honest it's probably that I'm a bit of dork and can be a wee bit chatty.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Yikes, what don't I like? I'm can usually get excited about almost anything, and if I'm not into it yet, it usually doesn't take much effort to convince me.

Really enjoying embracing the whisky culture here. Me and my office mates all joined the Edinburgh Uni Water of Life Society, and I love going to all the tastings.

My all time favorite TV show is probably The West Wing, but really I watch a lot of things. My current favorites are probably Game of Thrones, Jessica Jones, iZombie, The Americans, The Last Kingdom & Doctor Who. Also, my life's ambition is to someday somehow be a panelist on QI.

Books: I don't have anywhere near enough time to read these days, but the last few things I read were The Martian, Anansi Boys, & a Tale of Two Cities (for the 3rd time). I'm also currently on a bit of a Shakespeare binge, and I have a crippling Wikipedia addiction.

Music: varies wildly but this week I seem to be listening to a lot of bluegrass, mo-town, the proclaimers, and Bowie. I did get to see Mumford & Sons in Glasgow a few months ago and it was one of my favorite experiences ever.

Movies: All time favorite is probably Casablanca, I once tried to teach myself piano just so I could play "As Time Goes By." As an astronomer, I'm legally required to say Star Wars. Really though I'll see anything on a silver screen.
The six things I could never do without
friends, TV, the night sky, my bike, & my cocktail shaker.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably having whisky Friday at the observatory and getting dinner somewhere downtown with my postdoc crew.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a long umbrella almost entirely for having sword fights with my office-mates. Ask me anything, I'll probably tell you.
You should message me if
You'd like to chat or get a beverage of some sort. Coffee, Tea, a pint, a flagon of mead, beverages are good.
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