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My self-summary
Fear keeps us committed to the path we're on when we know we're going nowhere. Challenge yourself, and you'll be rewarded.
What I’m doing with my life
Pretending to be a PhD student. I study heat transfer in the Earth, shoot lasers at things, and melt stuff. I've decided that world domination is beneath me, however. So, you've nothing to worry about... for now.

People tend to use categories they define them self to understand others. I'm a scientist, sure, but I seriously considered being a musician before that. And a writer. And a historian. And a photographer. I'm fascinated by how people arrive at their own particular world view, but also horribly judgmental... in my head. Usually.

One day I hope to: live somewhere other than Missouri, travel to every continent, cook a meal on my grill without meat, have a job that's useful, grow trees by singing to them, herd zombies. I'm fairly certain that they're all doable. Except the part about getting a job.
I’m really good at
World domination. Zombie hunting. Being a zombie. Being a robot. Saying "Argghhhh!!!" like a pirate. Avoiding Russians with vodka shots. Working bacon into any conversation. Talking to small furry animals. Drinking coffee.

I'm less good at: photography, the piano, hiking, biking, constraining the growth in my music library, being a ninja.

I'd like to be better at: the piano, waking up before 10 am, awkward dancing in public, speaking french or german so all the expats I know can't talk about me behind my back, herding of pack animals, not using my car, flying.
The first things people usually notice about me
The wrong thing until it's too late...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books: Usually only read books that start with the words "Applied", "Numerical", "Heat", or "Geodynamic". Can't remember the last time I read a book for fun.

tv: Battlestar Galactica, Futurama, Rome, Deadwood, Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, Gold Rush, Top Gear (U.K.), Firefly, Twin Peaks, Arrested Development, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad.

movies: stuff that's well written, quirky, character-oriented, and has gratuitous nudity and violence. I know, I'm picky. Also indy movies, and new queer cinema.

food: Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, chocolate, nan, Italian. I'm a very adventurous picky eater.

Music: Aidan Hawken, The Album Leaf, Alkaline Trio, trail of dead, The Anniversary, Anoraak, Vivaldi, The Appleseed Cast, Arcade Fire, Athlete, Bad Religion, Basia Bulat, The Beatles, Beck, Bella, Big Blue Ball, Bloc Party, Bob Dylan, The Boxer Rebellion, Brandtson, Brendon Benson, The Broken West, Bruce Hornsby, Chopin, Christopher O'Riley, City and Colour, The Clash, Coldplay, Crosstide, The Cure, Cursive, Cut/Copy, Deastro, Death Cab for Cutie, Dinosaur Jr., Dire Straits, Dismemberment Plan, Does it Offend You Yeah?, Dragonette, Editors, Elliott Smith, Fires of Rome, Flanders, Fleetwood Mac, Florence + The Machine, Foster The People, Debussy, Frankmusik, Friendly Fires, Frightened Rabbit, Fugazi, fun., the Gay Blades, Gentleman Reg, Goldfrapp, Gomez, Grand National, Gratitude, Great Northern, Green Day, Headlights, Heatmiser, The Helio Sequence, Jamie Lidell, Jawbox, Jawbreaker, Jay Brannon, Jealous Sound, Jeremy Enigk, Jets to Brazil, Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Eat World, Jonsi, Knapsack, Ladyhawke, Last Days of April, Little Dragon, LongIsland, Lovedrug, M83, Maps, Metric, Miike Snow, Moonbabies, Natalie Walker, The National, New Ruins, No Knife, OK Go, Onelinedrawing, Paper Route, Passion Pit, Pavement, Pela, Pete Yorn, Peter Gabriel, Phoenix, Pixies, Pj Harvey, Pop Unknown, The Postal Service, The Promise Ring, R.E.M., Ra Ra Riot, Rachmaninoff, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, Santogold, School of Seven Bells, Scissor Sisters, Sense Field, Sigur Ros, Spoon, Star**ker, Stars, Sunny Day Real Estate, Superdrag, Telekenisis, Thom York, Thursday, Two Door Cinema Club, U2, Uh Huh Her, Vampire Weekend, Van She, The Verve, Walt Mink, The Weepies, Weezer, Wilco, The XX, Yeasayer, Young Galaxy, Zero Zero.
Six things I could never do without
air. water. food. sleep. brains. coffee.

and friends. That's seven...do I win a prize?
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Rocks, world domination, what countries I can move to so I don't have to pay back my student loans, ruining my scientific career by publishing, brains.
On a typical Friday night I am
Why would anyone ever think of any day of their life as "typical"?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not really a robot.
You should message me if
You have too much money and you want to subsidize my addiction to graham crackers.
You want a friend who's quirky, says completely random things a lot, is even tempered even when drunk, wants to explore the world.
If you don't suck (figuratively pervert!).
The two of us