LuminousCity
31 Chicago, United States
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My self-summary
When life gives me figurative lemons, I drink literal strawberry lemonade. I'm a saltwater creature at heart, as some of my happiest moments have come from seeing the world through a snorkel mask. I might be the worst player on my indoor soccer team, but I'm convinced I'm having the most fun. I'm fascinated by how technology reshapes society, so I listen to the Reply All podcast while commuting or doing chores.
What I’m doing with my life
During the workweek, I write about scientific breakthroughs for a national research facility, where I have a front-row seat to sneak previews of exciting new discoveries. Recently I've been covering new battery technologies, solar energy, and advances in particle physics.

In my free time, I enjoy getting my hands dirty at Ethiopian restaurants or (in summertime) on the Massachusetts clam flats.
I’m really good at
I'm no Grant Achatz, or even Rachael Ray, but I've been spending a lot of time in front of my oven. I'm building my repertoire, though I frequently want to make crepes or home fries on the weekends. I'm always looking for recipe suggestions!

I also have a preternatural talent for remembering birthdays and making up silly science songs and bar trivia team names off the top of my head.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
When I'm feeling nostalgic, I reach for a mug of hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course), an album of John Coltrane ballads, and a Calvin and Hobbes anthology. Roaring fire included.

When I'm feeling happy, I'll whip up some scallops in butter and white wine, put on some motown, and dance in my socks.

If I need some light comforts, I'll eat a bunch of goat cheese while watching an episode of Brooklyn Nine Nine.

If I'm ever a little lost, or lost for words, I turn to David Whyte's poetry, Erich Fromm's essays, or the webcomic "Subnormality." Or maybe I'll just watch a Miyazaki movie.
The six things I could never do without
I run on a precise blend of sunlight and Wikipedia.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What, if any, meaningful conclusions will be produced by the Human Connectome Project (which seeks to map and better understand the brain) and where I can find the best almond croissant.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think the main reason I like watching baseball is because of the math.
You should message me if
You think that going out for Vietnamese food and a big band jazz concert sounds just as awesome as taking a leisurely walk at the Garfield Park Conservatory followed by a late brunch (at non-profit Inspiration Kitchens, naturally!)
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