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My self-summary

My name's Nicolas. I was born in Montreal, back in good old frozen Canada. This makes french my first language, but I think I do manage a pretty accent-less english, if I do say so myself.

I moved to Ithaca a year ago to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics at Cornell. I love my job, which seems to be taylor-made for a thoughtful, absent-minded person like myself. I also get to pretty much make up my own work schedule, which I'm told you can't do when you have a real job.

I'm a pretty easygoing person; there's little I enjoy more than sharing jokes and stories with good company. I'm also very enthusiastic about the things I like, which include but are not limited to, books, musics, movies, pets, food, science, sports (Go Habs Go!) politics, arguing, and people! I hope to meet someone who will enjoy being enthusiastic with me about these things, and hopefully about many more; if you think it could be you, don't hesitate to send me a message!
What I’m doing with my life
Right now? I'm working on my PhD in theoretical physics at Cornell University. I'm pretty happy there: the work never ceases to be interesting, the people are friendly, and I like Ithaca. I'm from Montreal originally, and part of the reason I came here was that I thought I would enjoy living in a small town. Some adaptation was needed at first (and there's still some left to be done), but I do appreciate the peaceful and safe environment there.

When not working, I usually pass the time by hanging out with friends, reading books, watching movies and listening to music, or discussing books, movies and music with friends. On weekends I do volunteer work at the SPCA, which mainly consists of playing with cats; it's a harsh job, but someone has to do it! I enjoy running and cycling, but I had to put that on hold after I tore a few ligaments in a silly (and entirely self-inflicted) accident back in May. I'm back on my feet, but I'll probably give it a few more weeks before I try getting on a bike!

In the future? Who knows? I don't feel like I need to have long-term plans about the rest of my life: as long as I feel like what I'm doing is interesting and is keeping my options open, I'm happy to just do my best to take care of the present and to tackle the future when it arrives. I'm with John Lennon: “Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans”.
I’m really good at
At first I wanted to write “modesty”, but since no one likes a smartass I'll try to give this a more serious effort. I usually try to avoid tooting my own horn, but here goes:

I'm pretty good at learning and teaching stuff, I think. I'm a pretty introspective person, so when I learn something new I like to think about it a lot and consider it in different ways, which usually helps me understand them better. Likewise, I think it helps me communicate with people and make it easier for me to make them understand new things, because I can approach difficult concepts from different points of view. I won a couple of prizes for teaching back at the University of Montreal. The fact that they were awarded by the students made this an immensely rewarding moment for me.

So how did I do? I hope that wasn't too obnoxious.
The first things people usually notice about me
You'd have to ask them! I can try to take a few guesses though. I would say that my height is probably what people notice first, because at 6 feet 3 inches I'm usually taller than most people I meet. After the first impression, I think I probably come across as fairly silent. This is because, while I can be pretty outgoing when I'm with friends and family, I can also be kind of shy around people I've just met. Because of this I usually try to avoid saying things unless I feel like they're worth saying, which means I usually err on the side of silence. I hope that people don't take that for coldness, because once they get to know me they find out that I can put my foot in my mouth with the best of them.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I could really easily go overboard talking about the things I like, so I'll try to limit myself to my top threes in each category.
Books: Catch-22 (Joseph Heller), 20 Years Later (Alexandre Dumas), Lincoln (Gore Vidal).
I feel like this limited list is pretty unfair to many of my favorite authors, like Isaac Asimov, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman, but since space is limited I had to make some painful cuts.

Movies: The Big Lebowski, Fargo, Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail.
Again, some hard choices, but if I had only three movies to bring with me to a deserted island (as well as a portable DVD player and some sort of power supplies, obviously) it would be these three.

Shows: The Simpsons*, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Wire.
*I'm going to be a bit of a snob here (though not a very original one) and say that the pre-2000 seasons of the Simpsons are the only ones truly worthy of the name. The later seasons are still entertaining, but it's just not the same.

Music: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Flogging Molly.
This one was pretty easy, because I'm pretty passionate about liking these three.

Food: Vietnamese, Chinese, Sugary Stuff
Yeah I know, the last one isn't very descriptive, but I have quite the sweet tooth: cookies, cakes, jelly beans, ice cream, if it's there I'll eat it.
Six things I could never do without
-The Internet
-Learning new things
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Like I said above, I'm a very introspective person, so I usually spend a lot of time thinking, full stop. A lot of that thinking time is spent on physics, because, well, as a theorist, it's a pretty big part of my job. I wouldn't be able to do it if I wasn't fascinated by my work though. I also like to think about the stuff that I enjoy, like books, songs and TV shows. I'm usually pretty passionate about the things that I like, and reflecting on them tends to heighten my enjoyment of them more. Besides that, I think a lot about self-improvement and about how to make myself a better person. Sometimes it slips too much into self-doubt though, which I then spend a lot of time thinking I shouldn't do. Yeah, I probably spend a little too much time inside my own head.
On a typical Friday night I am
I value my quiet evenings where I can read a book or watch a show sitting comfortably at home after a good dinner. Every once in a while I also like to balance it out by hanging out with some friends at a restaurant or a (not too noisy) bar, just having fun and enjoying the company of people I like.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It can take me some time to adapt to new situations, or when I get out of my comfort. This usually clashes pretty violently with my love for traveling and learning new things, so I've made strong efforts to get better at it, and I think I've improved quite a lot. It's still a work in progress, but then again, what isn't?
You should message me if
If you feel like you want to get to know me, of course!
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