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My self-summary
Medical imaging post-doc who finds way too may things about the world overly interesting. There aren't nearly enough hours in a lifetime to do/see/experience all the things I would like to, so I've had to pick just a few and focus on those. Depth over breadth I suppose. Although perhaps one day I'll be able to say I'm a tenured professor who's climbed K2, sailed around the world, aced the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) master chef exam and finally found a perfect cup of tea (As opposed to Not Tea, which is clearly a poor substitute. Bonus points if you get the reference).

This profile is definitely a work in progress.
What I’m doing with my life
Career academic at the moment. Having successfully convinced the government that I'm worthy of funding, now I just need to actually do all the work. And then write, publish, and reapply for another grant in a couple of years. If I'm lucky, one day I'll have tenure and be able to wander the halls of some university babbling incoherently. For the moment, I'm developing methods for improved imaging of brain activity. Occasionally I get to watch brain surgery.

Which isn't to say that my work defines me. I'd be pretty miserable permanently stuck in an office. I really need my time outdoors, whether it's hiking, backpacking, alpine climbing, etc. I tend more towards the mountains than the oceans, but still harbor a dream of sailing the world, exploring hidden realms and forgotten places.

And making things. I really like making things. This has historically meant functional wooden furniture. Lately it's taken a turn for the more artistic, with welded steel art taking the fore. I'm still playing about a bit, developing a personal style, and wishing for more time/funds with which to create such things. I'm very much drawn to pieces using flame and light, best viewed at night, perhaps on a cool desert lakebed.
I’m really good at
Collecting books about topics I'm interested in but will likely never have the time to actually pursue. A recent move has at least somewhat curbed this tendency.

Concocting edible delicacies in the kitchen. Might just be something simple for on a weekday. And then there are times like a couple weeks ago, when, for a friend's birthday, a roommate and I did a ten course "last meal on the Titanic" dinner based largely on the menu from the last first class meal. Ok, so it was also in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking.

Long, winding conversations on topics ranging far and wide. It depends somewhat on the person and topic, but when it comes together it's pretty awesome.
The first things people usually notice about me
My height? My beard? (Without which I apparently look like a totally different person). If it's winter, maybe that I'm wearing less clothing than most people consider seasonably appropriate?
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I always hate trying to condense really broad areas full of lots of interesting things down to a few simple favorites.

Books: Hitchhiker's Guide, anything Terry Pratchett, Freedom of the Hills, The White Spider, The Emperor of All Maladies, Chuck Palahaniuk, World War Z. I tend to read more nonfiction than fiction, although I do like finding fiction series to absorb myself in. Preferably long series. I always hate getting sucked into a world, only to have the story come to an end.

Music: I'll happily listen to pretty much anything, but lately Pendulum, Juno Reactor, Infected Mushroom, Nine Inch Nails, Sphongle, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Deadmau5 see heavy rotation. I have a bit of a habit of getting in a rut and just listening to the same couple of albums over and over... Pandora is a bit of a godsend for finding new and varied music, but I rarely remember specific artists/tracks.

Movies: City of Lost Children (Anything Pierre Jeunet has done, actually), The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover, Aliens, lots of other assorted movies. I like movies that are more towards the strange/surreal end of the spectrum. And well done atmospheric science fiction...

TV: Until moving in with my current awesome housemates, I hadn't had cable in over a decade. So I don't watch much TV, and when I do I tend to be at least a year behind and watch it off Netflix. Stuff I've enjoyed: Breaking Bad, Battlestar Galactica, Dr Who (old or new), Top Chef

Food: Anything I haven't yet tried. Except balut. Not sure I can stomach that. But I might try.
Six things I could never do without
I don't think there's anything I absolutely couldn't live without. So instead I'll just list things without which some of my favorite activities would be difficult, impossible, or just significantly more unpleasant:

Climbing rope: Not in love with the idea of falling to my death.

Internal Frame Pack: While I can probably fit my sleeping bag in a pocket, where am I suppose to put everything else?

Power Tools/Arc Welder/Soldering Iron: I like building things that blink, burn, move, or some combination of the three.

Saccharomyces Cerevisiae: That beer isn't going to ferment itself.
You should message me if
You have something interesting to say, be it about something from above, or totally unrelated.

You have a passion for something (anything!) and want to share it.

Your idea of fun ranges far and wide.
The two of us