I'm originally from Louisville, though I have studied in Turkey and lived in New Orleans along the way. I have a bachelors in Middle Eastern Studies, I'm a sculptor, a recovered computer geek, hopeful mechanic, hopeless gardener and a decent carpenter.
How the Scots invented the modern world, To Rule the Waves, Salt, 1492, World War Z, Anne McCaffrey, Douglas Niles, Richard Shaara, Paul S. Kemp.
I split my attention evenly between history books and fantasy.
Shawshank Redemption, Love Actually, Gladiator, LOTR, any documentary I can get my hands on. Currently my netflix has been running through a lot of TED talks.
Big Bang Theory, How I met your mother, law and order, Nature, Nova, Daily Show, Colbert Report, Rachel Maddow and Anthony Bourdain.
Music: A broad spectrum.
Classified, Brother Ali, Days of the New, Marc Broussard, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, Slaughterhouse, Darius Rucker, etc etc etc.
Anything I can get my hands on - especially middle eastern food and seafood.
Radio: Wait wait don't tell me, the moth, this American life. All the pod casts I can get my ears on for road trips.
Politics and policies. How we deal with religion, class, race and education in the world. How to live locally and think globally without getting lost in the swirl of data.
How to change the world for the better (I do work at a non profit you know...) I also spend a lot of time thinking about how to lift my clique up. Family and friends are of the utmost importance to me and taking care of them drives my work and my business. Money is the means to great ends hopefully.
A team player
I have a big personality and I can be a lot to take. However I do like to think I bring a lot to the table and I like to surround myself with people who do likewise.