I graduated in 2009 from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Physics, and I have returned to Chicago to seek out my fortune in this topsy-turvy world. So far, I think I've done alright.
A day spent without playing music is a day wasted. A day playing music, wasted, is a day well spent.
I also like to brew my own beer. It is similar to doing science; there are exact measurements to take, and precise procedures to follow. It reminds me of doing lab work, which I kind of miss in a masochistic way, only instead of producing a paper on "The Effects of Sample Composition on Temperature Dependent Phenomena in Relaxor Ferroelectric Materials" at the end, it produces beer, which is more fun at parties.
I have been to nine countries and three continents, and I plan to at minimum double that by the time I'm 30.
Linguam latinam servi. Quod umquam fecis?
When I'm drunk, people also tell me that I sound exactly like Charlie from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Kitten mittens.
Other favorites: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, Hard Times by Charles Dickens, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.
I also have a raging boner for anything written by William Shakespeare.
Movies: I watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi the other day, and it was quite possibly the most beautiful series of images I have ever seen.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Primer, The Big Lebowski, Being John Malkovitch, Moon, American Beauty, The Fifth Element, Magnolia, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Dr. Strangelove, The Royal Tennenbaums, High Fidelity, Gladiator, WALL-E, and anything by Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Christopher Nolan, or Charlie Kaufman.
Music: Wilco, Led Zeppelin, The Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Phish, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Muse, Spiritualized, Built to Spill, The Shins, tUnE-yArDs, Portugal. The Man, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeff Buckley, Spoon, Sigur Ros, The XX, The White Stripes, Sufjan Stevens, Aesop Rock, The Rolling Stones, The Avalanches, Menomena, Grizzly Bear, Caribou, Animal Collective, The Beta Band, Nick Drake, Four Tet, DJ Shadow, Claude Debussy, Neil Young, Wu-Tang Clan, Miles Davis, Giacomo Puccini, Jimi Hendrix, Umphrey's McGee, Igor Stravinsky, Gorillaz, etc.
Do I actually taste notes of grapefruit and dried figs in this beer, or am I a self-deluded asshole?
Issues of social class, and why the American media/political system refuse to acknowledge or address them.
How we landed a rocket-powered hover-crane on the surface of Mars, and the first thing it did was send a twitpic.
What liquid the CTA-bus-seat-stain I'm about to sit on used to be.
Where I would like to travel to next.
How we, as a society, can live more sustainably.
Some book I just read, some movie I just watched, or some album I just listened to.
How exactly one puts the pussy in a sarcophagus, and whether or not this is as pleasurable as Yeezy would lead one to believe.
If you think Abbey Road is the best Beatles album.
If you want to trade book recommendations.