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My self-summary
I prefer good food, drink, and smart company to loud parties or, gods forbid, clubs. Give me a dinner party any day.
What I’m doing with my life
Academics vacillate between loathing and loving this question. I'm in a loathing phase, but it won't last long.
I’m really good at
cooking. I like to find a new recipe and work it into something of my own over the course of many attempts. That, and I like making real breakfast. Cayenne pepper is my special pancake ingredient.

using some handy tech skills to make living just a little bit better (but no plumbing, in-wall wiring, or -- sadly -- carpentry). I really want to learn how to make my own bookshelves. And I wouldn't mind knowing how to change the oil in my car.

window-farming. ok, this is more of a work-in-progress, but my once-seedling tomato plant is showing a good deal of promise, and eggplant, cucumber, snow peas, lettuce, and sweet peppers are almost ready for their forever homes.
The first things people usually notice about me
Either the beard (slightly reddish) or the eyes (mostly greenish)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I was completely unprepared for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Tree of Life, Rear Window, The Great Escape, Once, You Can Count on Me, Once, King of Hearts, The Godfather I & II, Days of Heaven, Antonia's Line, many more...

David Copperfield, Jude the Obscure, The Sun Also Rises, American Gods, Moby Dick, Lolita, To the Lighthouse, many more...

Deadwood, Breaking Bad, The Wire, American Horror Story, Taxi, Arrested Development, Top Chef, many more...

Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Madeleine Peyroux, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Italian Opera, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Gillian Welch, many more...

Soup dumplings, roast chicken, lasagna, fish curry, I love food. Anything so long as there isn't too much vinegar.
Six things I could never do without
Dog (brought him with me on a 1-month research road trip)
Frying pan
Brain work
Salt (seriously, the nervous system can't function without it).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The difference between morals and ethics. And propaganda.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
"The West Wing" had a non-zero impact on my decision to study politics.

Also, I've been told that I use honesty as a defense mechanism, so I have to be careful with this one.
You should message me if
ED: There used to be a Cosby reference here, but it has been removed in light of recently revelations (at least recently revealed to me).

Liking Ayn Rand is a deal-breaker. I don't date adolescents.

And you have to accept that I think Malcolm Gladwell is a tool. If you want to understand tipping points, read Thomas Schelling instead. And TED talks are just the Inside the Actors Studio of this decade.
The two of us