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My self-summary
I am a transplant from the bay area. I am an academic and a gentleman. I enjoy and appreciate intellectual and aesthetic stimulation, be it be art, conversation, or the natural world. My life has purpose, and my actions are honorable, but not disinterested. I have great loyalty and compassion for my friends. I derive happiness from making those I care about happy.I have an old-fashioned sensibility, I hold open doors, am hesitant to lose my composure.

I like a sense of age and craftsmanship in all things. I like earthtones, natural fabrics, canvass, leather, brass, copper, and hardwoods. I like complex mechanisms, clockwork and otherwise. Cephalopods and bicycles, fountain pens and neurons. I own no denim and prefer wingtips to tennis shoes. I like things that grow. My apartment is festooned many plants and I've started a small vegetable garden.

I am a political creature and love to debate and discuss, but am never angry. I find it difficult to raise my voice. I am a classical liberal, or libertarian. I do not follow sports but instead fulfill that need by following current events and international relations. I read The Economist , and sometimes watch the Prime Minister's Questions. I have no filial relationship to the United Kingdom, I follow Euro-politics for sport alone.

I enjoy film, and go to the movies fairly often. My tastes are eclectic, and I go to art-house flicks and blockbusters alike. My favorite genre is the surrealist mind-bender. Comic book movies and period pieces are a guilty pleasure. I am not however partial to horror.

I enjoy music, I was a music minor in college. I listen mostly to classical or contemporary classical. I like the minimalist school as exemplified by Phillip Glass or Max Richter. I also have a subscription to the San Diego Opera. I don't know much about pop music (defined broadly) but I do not classify as any less worthy an endeavor, and am open to exploring it . I've recently discovered I like the sound of the Decembrists. I'm a sucker for the accordion and a 19th century aesthetic.

I live by myself four blocks from the beach and like to take late-night strolls in the moonlight, even in the winter. I like hiking, and though I haven't done it recently, camping.

I have a good memory and revel in trivia of a historical, political, scientific, cinematographic, or linguistic nature. I can link-hop for hours on wikipedia or tvtropes.

I like European style board games, and have participated in the odd RPG. I like puns and appreciate good oratory. I regularly attend concerts, operas, and plays.

I value my conscious experience and choose not to numb myself with alcohol, marijuana or even aspirin, though I am tolerant of their use in moderation.
What I’m doing with my life
I am a career academic, with a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. I am currently working as a research associate in a Neuroimaging lab at UCSD. I plan on returning to school at some point to get my doctorate.
I’m really good at
I have a special talent for finding obscure information on the internet. And a tendency to remember it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I dress more formally than my station requires.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In no particular order:
Books: Moby Dick, The Lord of the Rings, The Fountainhead, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel, 1984, The Difference Engine, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Neuromancer, 2010: A Space Odyssey (sic), Pride and Prejudice, The Player of Games,

Current: Dexter, A Game of Thrones, 30 rock, The Walking Dead, South Park, Boardwalk Empire (projected), Community, Archer, Modern Family, Sherlock (BBC)
Historically: The West Wing, Babylon 5, The Sopranos, Samurai Jack, ST: Deep Space 9, Arrested Development, Heroes, Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica (2004), Cowboy Bebop, John Adams, Firefly, House

Movies: (See Below.)

Max Richter, Michael Nyman, Phillip Glass, J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Tin Hat, Copeland, Elgar, The Decemberists

Food: lasagna , pot roast and potato stew, salmon, tonic water, black tea, warm bread, bagels, pecan pie, chewy cookies, granola and milk, honey and blueberries, dark chocolate, raisin bread, kiwis,
Greek yogurt, hashbrowns, sweet-potatos,
Six things I could never do without
1.News or novelty: I need to know what's going on and whats new.
2.A good puzzle or problem to solve; In the general sense: that which gives purpose.
3.Curiosity and a mechanism to sate it: I love to learn new things.
4.Good company: people to talk to and share experience with.
5.Time and memory: My world must be more than a rotating series of Nows. I need a past and a future.
6. Individuality and independence: I am a sovereign entity.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
What follow's is a long but nowhere near exhaustive list of some of my favorite films. I think an analysis of the titles in aggregate reveals more than I would ever admit in causal conversation.

In no particular order, though similar films tend to be close together:

The Tree of Life, Cloud Atlas, The Fountain, Pi:Faith in Chaos, Requiem for a Dream, Trainspotting, Gangster No. 1, Titus, Coriolanus, Hamlet (1996), Equilibrium, V for Vandetta, American Psycho, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Waltz with Bashir, A Scanner Darkly, Bladerunner, Synecdoche New York, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Stranger than Fiction, The Truman Show, Punk Drunk Love, Magnolia, Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, Vanilla Sky, Inception, Fight Club, Donnie Darko, The Prestige, The Illusionist, Primal Fear, The Godfather I-II, Gangs of New York, American Gangster, The Departed, American History X, The Painted Veil, Howard's End , The Young Victoria, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Libertine, Quills, Dangerous Liaisons, Creation, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children, The Triplets of Belleville, Fantasia, Steamboy, Wall-e, Pan's Labyrinth, Koyaanisquatsi, No Country for Old Men, Everything is Illuminated, Forrest Gump, The Red Violin, Master and Commander, O Brother Where art Thou, The Constant Gardener, A Man for All Seasons, Being there, Moonrise Kingdom, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Thank You for Smoking, Big fish, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, Immortal Beloved, Leon: The Professional, Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Fifth Element, 12 Monkeys, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Brazil, Gattaca, 2001:A Space Odyssey, Nixon, The King's Speech, A Single Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lucky Number Slevin, Hero, Kung Foo Hustle, Alien, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, The Hunt for the Red October, The Artist...
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