I know way too much about a lot of different things. If it has something to do with science, I am a fountain of information, and I will not hesitate to share with you my sense of wonder about the world around us. If we go for a walk in the woods, I will tell you what species all the plants are and which ones we could eat. If we are enjoying pleasant conversation over milkshakes at Steak n' Shake, I will save the cherry for last and then comment on how much I love the flavor of benzaldehyde. If we are cuddled up in a sleeping bag under the stars, I will point out for you all the constellations and planets and share with you my deep connection with the Universe.
I am not religious but you could say I am spiritual, in a very broad sense. I believe there is something greater than all of us but I do not wish to assign it a name. Whatever it is, it pervades all that exists and connects you, me, and everything in the cosmos across all of time and space. I don't know what it is, but when I gaze up at the stars on a quiet night I know it's there. Perhaps it is just the beauty and grandeur of the Universe and the perfection of the physical laws that define it.
This pretty much sums up my spirituality:
My personal heroes include Benjamin Franklin, Galileo Galilei, Antoine Lavoisier, Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, David Attenborough, and Mr. Wizard.
I have a complete Periodic Table of the Elements collection.
"Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly."
- Arnold Edinborough
I love kids, and I am great with them. Honestly I'm still a five-year-old at heart, in that I have never lost my sense of childlike wonder. I can't wait to have some kids of my own someday so that I have someone to play LEGOs with. Also dinosaurs. rawrrr
I have a real gift for recognizing patterns. I will destroy you in a game of Cranium.
Movies: Jurassic Park, The Abyss, Contact, Back to the Future, Primer, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Clerks, A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream, Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I <3 Huckabees, Being John Malkovich, Amélie, High Fidelity, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Garden State, Sideways, Office Space, Napoleon Dynamite, Juno, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Innerspace, Flight of the Navigator, Labyrinth, Avatar, Ratatouille, WALL-E
TV: The Sifl & Olly Show, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Star Trek (all series, particularly TNG & DS9), Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Stargate, Lexx, Farscape, The X-Files, Game of Thrones, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, The Big Bang Theory, Scrubs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Boston Legal, Monk, The 4400, Good Eats, MythBusters, Connections, Monty Python's Flying Circus, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Moral Orel, The Venture Bros., The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Futurama, Family Guy, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Malcolm in the Middle, Seinfeld, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report
Music: Balinese gamelan, rock, jazz; Jonathan Coulton, They Might Be Giants, Rush, Depeche Mode, System of a Down, Coheed and Cambria, Darlahood, Collective Soul, Incubus, Eve 6, Dragonforce, The Postal Service, Jason Mraz, Lifehouse, Vertical Horizon, The Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse, Medeski Martin & Wood, Pat Metheny Group, Dave Brubeck
Food: Ice cream, cake, ice cream cake, cake ice cream. Real food is good too I guess. Topping that list would probably be tacos, Thai and Indian food (even better, Indonesian, if you can get it), crab and shrimp. And let's not forget pizza. Honestly I like all kinds of food, I'm not picky.
The shape of the Universe. Personally, I am rooting for finite but connected.
Why there appears to be no English word for "auditory vantage point".
Why it is considered wrong to place punctuation marks outside of quotes.
If you get misty-eyed watching this: