Spike_Lancer
36 Manhattan, United States
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My self-summary
A while back, I read somewhere that people with long profiles get fewer messages. My immediate response was to make my profile as long (and hopefully entertaining) as possible, as a screening test to help select for women who like to read. So, with that in mind...

Hi! I'm a specialized kind of brain doctor. I'm in my last year of training to diagnose brain things that other brain doctors send to me to get a definitive diagnosis on their brain patients. When I'm done with this round of training, I'm going to do a year studying how patients with busted DNA get cancer. When I finish all that, I'm going to spend my days diagnosing brain diseases, specializing in brain cancer with busted DNA.

I like to entertain the idea that I'm a decent blend of silly and responsible. I'm into classical music and jazz, and I love classic rock. I will keep at least a piano and a guitar my home until the day I die. I'm super geeky, and I like to build things, figure out how things work, and take things apart. I especially like taking apart something broken, to see if I can fix it. I get trapped top do that a lot at work, even though it's not my actual job, but I'm way faster than the guy whose job it is. I complain less too. The secret is to keep duct tape, electrical tape, WD40, and a good toolkit handy. I kind of treat all technology as a particularly advanced Lego set. Like most people, I like food, since most people who don't like food are dead or dying, and I like going on adventures to find new or particularly excellent food. I study everything about everything. I tend to solve problems as pragmatically as possible.

I'm a pretty unapologetic atheist. I've flown from one end of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no substitute for a good blaster at your side.

My mentor recently asked me to write myself a letter of recommendation for him to sign off on, and I think it says everything best:

"Dr. Lancer is both tall and handsome, and has shown remarkable aptitude at wrestling both alligators, which are perfectly adapted, relentless killing machines, unchanged since the age of dinosaurs, as well as larger, more ill-tempered bears."
What I’m doing with my life
Well, I'd like to say "Healing the sick," but I gave up the life of being the kind of doctor who sees patients (at least while they're still alive). So instead I'm going to say... "Vampire hunting."

Also, working on curing cancer.
Specifically one specific variant of one kind of cancer.
But it's cancer that kids get.
Cute little kids.
With cancer.
That I haven't figured out how to cure yet.
I’m really good at
Neuroscience, math, guitar, piano, building things, shooting lasers at brains (no, I know that sounds like a joke, but yes seriously), impressions, inappropriate hilarity, turning elemental raw materials into edible compounds, spotting shiny things, trailing off in mid thought...
The first things people usually notice about me
That I take nothing seriously.

Eventually, they realize that I take everything way too seriously.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies - Marvel Studios, Pixar, Star Wars (We'll pretend that the prequel trilogy never happened), Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, Hitchcock
TV - Very much enjoying the golden age of TV drama. Highlights for me are Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, the first few years of The Walking Dead, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Master of None, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec.
Authors - Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Robert Heinlein, Asimov, Frank Herbert, Chekov
Rock - Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Stones, The Kinks, The Black Keys
Classical - Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Tarrega, Villa-Lobos, Bach. Right now I'm working on the Well Tempered Clavier.
Food - my favorite food is the one I haven't tried before. However, I do believe that somewhere in the universe is a perfect bowl of ramen waiting for me to eat it.

Lately I'm listening to a lot of Vince Guaraldi and Van Morrison.

I'm a believer in Sturgeon's law in all disciplines, so I can usually find common ground with fans of any genre.
The six things I could never do without
My guitar
My piano
Intellectual stimulation
Smart phones
Garlic
Eggs
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Medicine, Music, Cooking, Neuroscience, Philosophy

And seriously, who named a cancer gene Sonic Hedgehog? I mean honestly, now I have to put it in reports when someone has a mutation in it! It does make some beautiful tumors though...
On a typical Friday night I am
Working, hanging out with work friends, doing work at home, or recovering from one of the above. At this point in the year, my default setting is "hibernation."
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can't stop thinking like a doctor all the time. It gets me in trouble with normal people.
You should message me if
You're a little bit of a mad scientist. I always enjoy chatting with people with tertiary education, especially in STEM fields.

You've baked a delicious cake and need someone to try it to make sure it came out ok. I have very advanced cake tasting skills, and a certificate from the Lancer institute of cake tasting

You don't want ants in this house... because seriously, that's how you get ants.

Your profile doesn't read like the very beginning or very end of Flowers for Algernon. But if you know how it reads without looking, we'll probably get along just fine.

And especially if you think ramen should qualify as a religion. If any food can transubstantiate into the physical form of a deity, it's smoked pork and slow-poached eggs.
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