I am an academic, but in a try to figure everything out, and not a sit and sulk in an ivory tower kind of way. At work, I'm caffeine-fuled science demon, always ready to approach each problem from five different directions. I like to believe that my research helps to save the world. My work ethic and life ethic are the same. Anything worth doing is worth doing properly and with passion.
Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, running, climbing, playing Ultimate (frisbee), and reading. I'm working on upping my mileage as I train for a marathon (Beat the Blerch outside Seattle in September), so that's been replacing most other physical activities. Edit: marathon completed. Next race is another half.
I've spent a fair amount of time in the past playing computer games, but I've found that outside of work, I have little interest in interacting with any computer system more complicated than an iPhone or iPad. Does that make me a post-geek?
I'm mostly vegetarian for sustainability reasons. It's not a strict dietary guideline, but I'll generally only sample meat if it is sustainably produced or the dish is particularly noteworthy. I am a bit of a foodie, and am willing to try anything. I've (not so) recently been getting into vegetarian cooking, and managed to discover the secret to good vegetarian French Onion soup (it's mushroom broth), how to make a decent ale gravy, and that coffee does in fact make everything better. Finally, grilled cheese and curry... great idea, or GREATEST IDEA?!?
I'm a bit of a beer enthusiast and dabble in home brewing. I have a pet coffee tree that I've managed to keep alive for over a year! I hope to, in a couple years, be able to harvest its precious fruit.
Also, did you know that you can just buy lab coats?
My favorite movies are Blade Runner, Dark City, and Thank You for Smoking. I've been working my way through the Netflix streaming catalogue and greatly enjoyed The Man from Earth.
My favorite shows are Doctor Who, Firefly, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and Farscape. I've been following the Game of Thrones series (though I'm weeks behind at this point). I'll have to eventually pick up the fifth book. I'm not currently religiously following any shows, so I'll have to catch up a bit when my schedule slows down.
I listen to progressive rock groups like Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Rush, and Yes. I also listen to instrumental rock, like Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson. I've been on a bit of a Medeski, Martin & Wood kick recently.
My favorite foods are Thai food and Indian food. I'll try anything at least once. I like to think that I'm pretty good at cooking. My diet is almost entirely vegetarian, but I'll cook and/or eat meat once in awhile. While I'm willing to try any kind of food, I firmly believe in sticking with good food.
you think I seem interesting or silly, or if you just want to meet someone new and (hopefully) unique. Or if you have a question. I love questions. Once in awhile I manage to come up with good answers.