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My self-summary
I'm a complete sci-fi nerd at heart which reflects my optimism towards what the future can, and will, bring. I approach each day with a goofy light-heartedness... at least I do after I've had a cup of coffee (or six). My cheerfulness is balanced out by just the right amount of bleak sarcasm and dark humor and there is no risk of me taking myself too seriously. I'm dependable and fiercely loyal. While I wouldn't consider myself eloquent, I can be articulate when necessary.

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?
What I’m doing with my life
I'm enjoying myself, and getting into better mental and physical shape. I get to devote all my working time to learning more about stuff that interests me. I honestly can't think of anything that I'd rather be doing at this point in my life. I'm currently working towards a PhD in material sciencey/electrical engineery stuff at RIT.
I’m really good at
Asking questions, exploring, and lazing about with a book on Saturday afternoons. I'm also very good at drinking copious amounts of coffee. I'm pretty sure my espresso tolerance is considered a superpower.
The first things people usually notice about me
The orange beard. Yeah, definitely the beard.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite books are Dune, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman, Snow Crash, and American Gods by Neal Gaiman. I'm currently reading A Canticle for Leibowitz. I have a little problem where I sometimes forget to go to bed when I'm immersed in a book, so I need to be careful during the week.

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.
Six things I could never do without
running water, books, regular access to a functional kitchen, good beer, coffee, and running shoes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
which law of thermodynamics manufacturing something useful out of lint would violate.
On a typical Friday night I am
Cooking with good company and good beer. Some times the beer even makes its way into the food.
You should message me if
you're looking for a running buddy! You don't need to be an insane runner or anything, just someone who enjoys maintaining a conversational pace over intermediate to long distances.

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.
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