bmates1
35 Boulder, United States
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My self-summary
I am a Physicist in Boulder, CO, which means I get paid to have fun in the lab. I enjoy learning new things, physical activities, puzzle solving, and the outdoors.

The hobbies that help keep me sane: Mainly rock climbing these days. I try to hike on the weekends. I played a lot of Ultimate before an injury, and am getting back to it in a casual way. I enjoy the Japanese game of Go. I've been dancing recently and am trying to learn more styles and get better.

I love animals. My Mom was a vet, so we always had cats and dogs, and sometimes other creatures as well. The dog in my profile photo is gone now, but he raised me from a pup.
What I’m doing with my life
I work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a research project building an ultra-low field MRI. That might sound complicated, but it's essentially playing around with electrical circuits at super-low temperature (-450 F), with some possibility to be useful to other people in the distant future.

After the years of graduate school in which I did almost nothing but physics, I am now prioritizing exploring Colorado and meeting interesting people outside of work.
I’m really good at
Math, physics, computer science. I love solving problems, puzzles, and riddles of all sorts.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I am quiet and thoughtful. Deliberate.

The second thing people probably notice is that after they get to know me I become quite talkative, not quiet at all, and excited about everything.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I grew up on fantasy and science fiction and still read a lot of it. I also read a little non-fiction, mostly history and economics.

I like all sorts of movies, but don't frequent the cinema.

I tend to stumble into music I like online, download more, and explore similar music with Pandora. I have recently enjoyed The Mountain Goats, Typhoon, The Civil Wars, and The Strokes.

My two favorite restaurants in Boulder are The Kitchen (Upstairs), and Amu.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I still enjoy computer games. I indulge in these games the way I think most people indulge in TV, in moderation after a long day, and I still manage to exercise and get outside.
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