41 Los Angeles, United States
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My self-summary
I believe in saying what you think, opening doors*, spankings for children and adults, saying please and thank you, eating with your hands°, probability, selective breeding•...

A list of general facts about me:
- I like public transportation.
- When driving, I prefer manual transmissions.
- I'm kind of loud...
- I make excellent chicken and dumplings.
- I like tables.
- I prefer: my eating to be done at tables (or bars), stax to motown, bugs bunny to mickey mouse, waffles to pancakes, bourbon to scotch, records to cds (or other, less tangible, digital formats)

If it matters: born in Louisiana, grew up in Arkansas; since then I have lived in Alabama, Zambia, and here in Southern California.

* but not holding them open for people 50 feet away
° I also use forks, knives, spoons, and chopsticks when the need arises
• I have (many) additional opinions/beliefs, but thought I would give a reasonable sample
What I’m doing with my life
I work as an epidemiologist within a large correctional institution. This mostly consists of:
- enumerating, reporting, and explaining communicable disease
- conducting observational studies
- outbreak investigations
- thinking about how to improve things
- improving things
- speaking in calm soothing tones
- making wildly inappropriate comments at inopportune moments
- making lists

Beyond that. I read, write, cook, eat, drink, talk, laugh, make friends, develop wildly elaborate social systems in my head, and teach chimpanzees how to read.
I’m really good at
I'm good at the things I'm doing with my life...
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my mouth, and the things that come out of it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
books: the architecture of the arkansas ozarks, dune, probability: the language of science, the evolution of infectious disease, neal stephenson, kim stanley robinson, the moon is a harsh mistress, simple rules for a complex world

music: cash, emmylou harris, gram parsons, tom waits, nick cave, nina simone, leonard cohen, bach, mozart, aretha franklin, gillian welch, arvo part, ramones, iggy pop and the stooges, ac/dc, ryan adams, bob marley, prince, otis redding, black keys, white stripes, beck

movies: the outlaw josey wales, the great escape, blade runner, adaptation, goodfellas, chinatown, big lebowski, bull durham, no country for old men, inglorious basterds, the professional, guardians of the galaxy

food: raw, cooked; animal, plant, mineral -- variety: sushi, dry aged beef, apple fritters, dumplings, crisp salads, duck skin, oysters, blueberries, cultured cream, watermelon, various greens, naturally purple/blue lifeforms, purple hulled peas
The six things I could never do without
- books and records
- sharp knives
- conversation
- handkerchief
- duct tape
- butter
I spend a lot of time thinking about
- soups
- probability, epidemiology, informatics
- rats, crows, cephalopods
- microbiomes
- distillation
- the biological bases for morality, violence, and sexual expression
- texture
- food preservation
- heading off dystopian futures
- dr. moto moto
- the vulcan death grip
On a typical Friday night I am
Socializing, consuming food and drink, possibly taking in some form of entertainment.

Sharpening my guard leopard's teeth. Her name is Pearl.

The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That I will admit pretty much anything if asked directly, in an actual conversation.
You should message me if
- you have two X chromosomes
- you have no outstanding warrants or restraining orders
- you accept the possibility that biscuits and gravy -- the preparation, arrangement, and consumption of -- can be considered a form of artistic endeavor.
- you always carry a pair of chopsticks in your hair.