AstroEricL
31Washington, United States
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My self-summary
Update: I am currently in the process of moving to Washington DC to start a fantastic new job at NASA (I got a label pin and everything).

I'm originally from California, but I've spent the last 2 1/2 years in Edinburgh, Scotland. I'm generally a pretty fun, easy-going guy, who's mostly succeeding at pretending to be a functional adult. I'm really excited to finally have a permanent job, and get involved in the progressive pro-science community here, although I can also talk about a lot of things outside of work too.

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 three years ago and now I have a awesome job working at NASA Goddard. 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 dirty puns in Shakespeare or my top 5 favorite vikings.

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 love to have a travel buddy.

I'd really like to explore the city a bit more and enjoy some of the museums, although I'm also keen to go enjoy nature a bit and maybe get some use out my bike or skis (definitely going to miss hiking in the highlands).
I’m really good at
Science-ing, drinking whisky, being a huge nerd, and throwing swanky cocktail parties.

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.
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.

My all time favorite TV show is definitely The West Wing (I know big surprise in this town), but really I watch a lot of things. My current favorites are probably Game of Thrones, Jessica Jones, iZombie, The Americans, & The Last Kingdom.

Books: I don't have anywhere near enough time to read these days, but the last few things I read were Norse Mythology & Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and 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, Bowie, and Scottish folk. I did get to see Mumford & Sons in Glasgow a few months ago and it was awesome.

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.
Six things I could never do without
friends, the night sky, wikipedia, netflix, my bike, & my cocktail shaker.
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 whisky, beverages are good.
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