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My self-summary
Frankly, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing here. I created this profile more or less on a dare.
So who am I? I'm an Irish-Canadian who loves science (and is in the process of making a career out of it). While I'm a biologist by trade, I have a great amount of interest in astronomy, psychology, and just about every other field.
What I’m doing with my life
I've recently finished undergraduate thesis, on the subject of tardigrades, some of the most resilient little critters in the world. Hoping to start grad school soon (possibly studying tardigrades, possible C. elegans, or possibly some other fascinating invertibrates). Eventual plans include becoming a fully-fleged mad scientist and possibly taking over the world.

I'm also an amateur writer, but who isn't these days?
I’m really good at
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...

Okay, so I'm a little short of the last two of those (or else what would I be doing here?), but the urge to use a Princess Bride quote was just too great. I actually am a fencer, for what it's worth, but while I've been at it on and off for eight years now, I'd still hesitate to say that I'm really good at it.

What I'm probably most proud of, however, is managing to rejigger all my various mental problems to cancel each other out and leave me with something approximating emotional maturity. With a bunch of useful cognitive tricks thrown in.
The first things people usually notice about me
I allegedly have very, very blue eyes, which have variously been described as "piercing" and "intense". I also tend to lapse into a fairly distinctive accent when I'm talking passionately about something.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm not sure I could pick a favourite book, but off the top of my head, I love The Dresden Files, Dune, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Amber, The Cthulhu Mythos, Iain Banks' Culture series, and essentially just about any book I can get my hand on.

I don't regularly watch a lot of television, but when I do get hooked on a series I tend to marathon it. This is usually one of the geeky classics: Doctor Who, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Supernatural, Star Trek, and so on.
Six things I could never do without
1. Carbon
2. Oxygen
3. Hydrogen
4. Nitrogen
5. Phosphorous
6. Sulfur.

And slightly less pedantically, though probably no more interesting:

1. A good book and a light to read it by.
2. Warm, comfortable clothing.
3. Good friends to spend time with.
4. An interesting question to focus my attention on.
5. Somewhere quiet to relax.
6. A decent computer with internet access. It's like having a dozen libraries, all indexed, right at my fingertips.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I like to consider myself a rationalist, which is to say that I make a personal rule to be as honest with myself as possible. You might be surprised, given how slapdash and jury-rigged the human psyche is, just how difficult that can be.

I'm also fond of discussions of mythology, extraterrestrial intelligence, artificial intelligence, and transhumanism in general.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
The first woman I fell in love with, Hypatia of Alexandria, died about 1590 years before I was even born.
You should message me if
You spell "colour" with a U, you know how to disagree with someone you respect, and you have a favourite dinosaur.
The two of us