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My self-summary
I studied zoology in school... worked in aquariums for a while... worked as an ecologist at the Field Museum... now I'm a science writer.

I enjoy cooking at home. I go to farmer's markets when I can. I like to explore new restaurants in the city. I would consider myself a "foodie" in the sense that I enjoy putting tasty food into my mouth, but I'm not a pretentious asshole about it. I don't really go out to bars much, and, whatever the opposite of a beer snob is, I'm that.

I have the world's best cat. We're a package deal.

Also... socialist; atheist; absurdist; needlessly grandiloquent at times, though more often laconic; user of semicolons—also, em dashes; moderately tidy; occasionally creative; sporadically insightful; often sardonic; entirely endearing, amirite?
What I’m doing with my life
Looking through microscopes for hours at a time.
I’m really good at
Being a polite and courteous CTA rider.
Dropping scientific knowledge on people.
Dining al fresco.
Correct grammar and punctuation.
Giving my kitty belly rubs.
The first things people usually notice about me
My resemblance, both physically and in demeanor, to Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Mostly what I read is peer-reviewed journal articles. And field guides to various flora and fauna. Some of my favorite literature is Greek: Herodotus, Homer, Aristophanes. I did NOT like Infinite Jest.

For movies, anything by Stanley Kubrick or Wes Anderson or Christopher Nolan. Horror, especially if its Asian or European. Martial arts films, either the pretty ones they make now, or the cheesy ones from the 70's.

David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Mott the Hoople, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, Arcade Fire, The White Stripes, Beck. I listen to classical music regularly and go to the CSO concerts at Ravinia every year.

I'm a former vegetarian and current eater of humanely farmed meats. Horchata on a warm summer's evening brings me great joy.


Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Archer, Community, Louie, Tim & Eric, Futurama, Venture Bros., Monty Python, Sherlock, Last Week Tonight.
The six things I could never do without
Trader Joe's... for sustenance
The Brown Line... to get places
Women... because I'm emotionally needy
The internet... to help me waste my time
Kitties... for their cuddly love
Cardigans... to keep me warm and dapper
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Does this profile make me seem like a narcissistic asshat?
Am I a narcissistic asshat?
Also, how can I get a species named after me?
On a typical Friday night I am
Getting drunk with my cat.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I know and love multiple songs by the band Toto.
You can find me dancing and singing along to them with my drunk cat.
You should message me if
Are you cute, smart and funny? Then, by all means, message me.