30 Ithaca, United States
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My self-summary
I read a lot. I try to better understand the world around me. I don't travel half as much as I would wish. I really like learning new languages. Climbing, swimming and running are some of my favorites ways to kill time when I'm not working. Books, music and tv help me think. I can never have enough friends, and people often surprise me in their depth of knowledge and character. I try to be a better person than I was yesterday. Especially, I want to cook better, work smarter and be more understanding of other people.
What I’m doing with my life
Right now? Learning, getting ready to make my contribution to this beautiful and almost completely dysfunctional world (I'm not sure a dissertation counts)
I’m really good at
walking up hills, riding trains, falling asleep while reading
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Tolkien, Salinger, Hemingway, Bellow, Faulkner, Vonnegut, Frank Herbert, Nietzsche, Plato, Huxley, Le Guin, Sherwood Anderson, Naipaul

Movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey, other Kubrick, Robert Altman and Wes Anderson. Star Wars.

TV: cartoons (Futurama, Venture Bros., Archer, Adventure Time, Bob's Burgers, Simpsons), HBO shows (Rome, Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Deadwood etc.), Arrested Development, Community, Blackadder, TNG, Jeeves and Wooster, Parks and Rec.

Music: At the Drive-In, Califone, Das Racist, Deltron 3030, Leonard Cohen, Modest Mouse, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nico, Radiohead, Stan Rogers, Sufjan, T. Rex, The Unicorns, Wolf Parade, Woody Guthrie

Food: Cooking with meat is easy, so my main project is pretending I'm vegetarian during the week (I'm not).
The six things I could never do without
My brothers
Good beer
Mass transit
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how to do good social science, what the future will be like, the environment, how cool space is and how much I want to go to there, what other people are thinking
On a typical Friday night I am
enjoying a free evening.