Now, I'm in new york working for an investment bank, and am much happier. There were things that I loved about academia, but in the end, I think it's probably better that I'm working somewhere where getting the math right has a bit more of an impact than it did when I was calculating the thermal conductivity of a hypothetical conformal fluid.
Outside of work I love all things dance. This is a relatively recent realization for me. Seeing ballet, taking tango lessons, and now I'm even learning foxtrot and waltz. The exercise value is marginal, but there's something about the movement, especially with a partner, which, when done correctly, is like no other feeling I've felt.
Work takes up a lot of time, and recently, so does dancing, but weekends can be filled with all sorts of other interesting stuff. Mostly finding time to piece together visits with friends or family like puzzle pieces.
I love the yardbirds and the zombies. Paul Simon post Garfunkel. Donovan, Dillon, Miles Davis. Of course talking heads and the cars, and there's a few local bands I got to know out in LA that I loved, the tijuana panthers and the muslims now soft pack. Haven't seen enough local music since I came to NY.
It took me a while to get used to the fact that there is no good mexican food in this city, but since I've given up on avacados out here I've been much happier. Halal carts help. I also like Per Se. Preferably on the same day.
1. A scratch pad of illegible scribblings used to organize my thoughts, mathematical or otherwise.
3. I'd like to say music, but can go for while like a camel with music in my head. Still there are times when a record must be played.
4. Laptop / internet connection. Not very exciting, but it sucks when it goes out.
5. Clever food. I really like it when you can tell people are trying. I like it even more when it works.
6. Clever people. Same.