However, I do take the caramelization of onions quite seriously.
My religiopolitical philosophy is sustainable hedonism.
I frequently whistle to myself, sometimes without being aware of it (which got me dirty looks in Japan)
I used to live inside of an industrial kitchen and can whip up a feast for 127 like it ain't no thing. This led me to becoming obsessed with food politics, nutrition, land use, and city planning.
I wanted to be a SCIENTIST when I grew up, so I studied brains and neurons and programming. After graduating I had a brief internship under a meglomaniacal professor and fell off the bandwagon.
Yoga keeps me sane. Becoming a certified teacher is on my to do list for the intermediate term future.
While I appreciate dogs, I love cats.
I'm quite awkward, except for when I'm totally smooth.
I don't get tired of playing Bach on the piano
If I strike it rich, I am totally going to have a monstrous pipe organ installed in my house. Oh how my neighbors will love me.
I used to be a devout reader. Hope to be one again soon, when not so behind on sleep.
I can do Tuvan throat singing.
Tending plants brings me comfort
The best date I ever went on involved poking a dead giant squid with a stick.
I carry around googly eyes in my pocket to put on things I feel need them. Or people. They make fabulous third eyes.
I love playing outside until I am covered in dirt. I don't backpack as much as I would like these days. Rolling down sand dunes at Montaña de Oro scratches the itch though.
I am actively collecting silly hats and sunglasses.
I have a scar on my knee that is nearly a perfect swoosh. It tells me to "just do it" whenever I am debating engaging in something foolish and exciting
I am very subjective in what I find attractive:
When I see a girl reading a book in public, she immediately becomes twice as attractive.
When a girl is riding a bicycle, she becomes anywhere from three to five times as attractive.
If I see a girl successfully reading a book while riding a bicycle, I may just have to chase her down and propose.
While in principle I am definitely interested in meeting people from this site, I keep myself busy and am rather picky, so I feel the need to admit I'm mostly here to satisfy voyeuristic urges and for idle flirtation.
I am mischievous, thoughtful, and compassionate
On the side, I am an apprentice beekeeper.
I might freak out and run away to be a cook again, or go get some sort of bodywork certification, as these things are perhaps what I actually excel in and what bring me joy.
Grad school was a terrible idea! I don't know why I felt as if I had to pursue something intense, rather than follow my inclination/bliss/desires. I don't deal well with rigid schedules and abstract stress, I get fat and unhappy. I am glad to see there are plenty of people better suited to saving the world through deskwork than me heartily working away at the task. I am currently delinquent on my theses (thesii? thesises?), doing various types of bodywork for a chiropractor as well as some private clients, taking care of my health, loving life, running like I never have before, and starting to consider becoming a chiropractor or other form of healer, as this work is so fascinating and existentially rewarding.
Throwing large dinner parties
Bicycling with no hands
Going over the line
Conversing with other members of the intelligentsia
Showing up in ridiculous costumes
long hair, although less so now... I had a trim for the first time since my hair was butchered back in 2004 and I developed an intense fear of haircuts
rolled up pant leg from bicycling that i forget to roll back down
Books: uh oh, hard to break this down, no way this can be comprehensive but...
(I reserve the right to switch back and forth between titles and authors with no clarification)
latest love - Born to Run. I'm pumped up to run a marathon now. Will I be ready by April? Come run with me, just no hating on vibrams, they are amazing!
nerdy books: stuff by Asimov, Bradbury, Neil Stephenson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Douglas Adams, Lois McMaster Bujold, & of course Vonnegut
geeky books: stuff by Ursala K. Le Guin, George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire (which the bastard is taking his sweet time in finishing), Jordan's Wheel of Time (love-hate relationship with this one)
thought provoking books: almost anything by Murakami, Italo Calvino (read Baron in the Trees, it will make you smile...), John Irving, Milan Kundera, Borges, Guns Germs & Steel, Tao Te Ching, House of Leaves, Gravity's Rainbow, stuff by Michael Pollan, Seven Years in Tibet, Watership Down, the Tipping Point (I don't care if it is pop science, I liked it), Freakonomics, Howard Zinn and all sorts of history books in general. Oh, and Barbara Kingsolver, she is amazing.
writing about BRAINS: Oliver Sacks is amazing. "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" and other stories will blow you away and inspire you to wear a bicycle helmet, I hope. Whoever borrowed my copy and didn't return it, I'm still mad, but will offer forgiveness in exchange for it. Ramachandran is 'aight. He came up with the mirror box that convinces the brain to stop painfully clenching phantom limbs. You may have seen this in an episode of "House." Lakoff has some good ideas, but he's a jerk. Chomsky is like a nice red wine.
just plain silly books: stuff by Terry Pratchet and Carl Hiassen
graphic novels: Transmetropolitan. Gonzo journalism in the 24th century!
Russian books: Nabokov (although not Lolita, while I appreciated his commentary, all the characters in that book were such immensely awful people that I had a hard time finishing it), Bulgakov!!! - The Master and Margarita is one of the best books ever
dirty books: the Kushiel's legacy series by Jacqueline Carey - interesting alternate history, fascinating pantheon, good sex, real emotion - all bases covered!
Movies: weird ones. Or where the explosions really are that amazing to justify two hours of time
Music: Ween, Beatles, Regina Spektor, Cocorosie, Johnny Cash, Rammstein, Paul Simon, NIN, Tom Lehrer, Dethklock, Radiohead, White Stripes, Traveling Willburys, Toots & Maytals, Bob Dylan, Talking Heads, Beach Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Ralph Stanley, Björk, Arcade Fire, The Books, Yo-Yo Ma, Zap Mamma, Gogol Bordello, Bach, Bad Religion, Chopin, Grizzly Bear, Eric Clapton, Flogging Molly, NOFX, Gillian Welch, Les Claypool/Primus, Devil Makes Three, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Tom Waits, Fleet Foxes, George Clinton, Al Green, Bon Iver, Of Montreal, NIN, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sean Hayes, all those bluegrass folks whose names i don't know, & Rachmaninov, to name a few that popped into my head right away...
having a dinner party and laughing with friends
If you have a twisted sense of humor.
If you like romping and playing outside.
It is raining out and you want to snuggle.
If you're into biting.
If you play the piano drunk like a percussion instrument until the fingers begin to bleed a bit