aerugino
26 Milwaukee, United States
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My self-summary
I'm sort of a spontaneous, adventure craving person.

I just moved out to the Milwaukee area for work and to be near my family after finishing school. I'm new to Wisconsin overall, and am trying to soak in everything this place has to offer.

My career is that of a scientist, studying how microbes cause disease (by poking and prodding them), and trying to use that knowledge to create something good, whether that is a new medical treatment of the disease, or something new altogether. I always want to know "why?".

My hobbies, on the other hand, involve more actual button pushing. Most of my outside of work/school time revolves around photography; taking pictures, taking road trips, watching the stars, hiking and camping.

I started to play around with photography around six years ago. I was new to Sacramento, and wanted to have an excuse to just go out. So far, I've day-tripped Crater Lake, driven up to upper Michigan to see Pictures Rocks and driven back in the same day, nearly been stuck in the sand in northern Nevada, stared at the Milky Way until 3am, and have even chased the sunrise across a sand dune field in Death Valley.

I enjoy being spontaneous with my trips, planning them, at most a couple of days in advance, while many are planned within just a few minutes before leaving. I love the idea of just thinking of a place to go, and just heading out, right then and there.

It's still not enough, to simply go out and see for me. I want to talk about it, to see how other people see these places, their worlds, and learn from their experiences.

Some of my work:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aerugino/
What I’m doing with my life
For now, I'm doing disease research, looking to develop new tools to diagnose infections faster and more accurately, allowing doctors to tailor treatment sooner, and ultimately, improve patient outcomes.

Eventually, I'd like to work for a pharmaceutical company, developing new drugs or new strategies for the treatment of diseases.
I’m really good at
Making bad puns mostly, gaining the trust of cats, wiki-binging, stumbling my way through the dark, and managing to always find myself out in the middle of nowhere.
The first things people usually notice about me
Usually, the first thing people notice about me is my calm, happy demeanor, then my willingness to listen, and finally, how excitable I can be, how I can "nerd out" over things that interest me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
Horror mostly, I'm a huge Stephen King nut, but I'm trying to branch out into sci-fi.

Shows:
Comedies mainly - Community, Parks and Rec, Archer. I love standup comedy as well.

Music:
-Mostly anything, though I tend to go for either alternative or other forms of rock. An unusual combination of instruments can often get me hooked.

Food:
I love food. I'm always interested in trying something new.
The six things I could never do without
car
maps
computer
coffee
camera.
and my cat.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Almost everything, really: what trips I want to take, what shots I want to nail, which experiment I should try, and when am I going to do any of them, to name a few.

Oddly, I also spend a lot of time thinking about synonyms and homonyms. For example, how many different variations of the word "maze" can you use in the phrase: "Corn Maze"?
On a typical Friday night I am
Well, for me, there really isn't such a thing as a typical Friday night. Some Fridays are spent in the company of friends, others are spent at home in comfort, many are spent in the lab, trying to move projects forward, or even more are spent out in the middle of nowhere, gazing at the stars.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I often regret my overuse of certain words, such as "Awesome", "Amazing", or "Incredible", because I have nothing strong enough to describe my feelings when I see something truly awe-inspiring, such as the sharp, gargantuan peaks of the Rocky Mountains, or the fluorescent-blue glacial lakes contained within.
You should message me if
-You know something fun or unique around Milwaukee.
-You're a passionate about something. I love nerding out with other people!

-The idea of hopping into a car for an adventure on a moment's notice excites you.

-You can come up with an answer to "How many different variations of the word "maze" can you use in the phrase: "Corn Maze"?"

- You wonder what it would be like to possibly help start the zombie apocalypse.
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