34Chico, United States
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My self-summary
My life began in a small town just outside of Santa Cruz, not exactly rural and not really suburban either. Like a painting from a distant time, a river ran behind my home. I can clearly recall friends and cousins visiting to pick blackberries and swim in the summer heat.

I am a straightforward guy who believes in working for his goals and am always trying to expand my knowledge of the world. Boredom is not an option for me, as I find so many things fascinating and worth experiencing. I love novelty: a new food, a brilliant piece of prose, a spontaneous road trip, a first kiss.

I want to change the world through psychology research -- I think that knowledge is the best way for us to make the world a better place. Or, at the very least, it's the method that will work best for me.
What I’m doing with my life
Much of my time is devoted to graduate school. My emphasis is on the neurological effects of music; how it affects emotions, memory, how it moves us. I love to talk about the possibilities presented by this kind of research and the insights we can gain into those subjective windows of our lives.

The rest of my time is split between my job and my friends. I try to live a life of balance -- education and work juxtaposed with a healthy social life and close relationships. My friendships tend to be very long-lived, and I value them immensely.

There's always a couple hours left over... you know, the ones that magically appear when you finish everything else, before you pass out for the night. Maybe I'm chatting with you during this time.
I’m really good at
Being passionate. I can can become enamored of most things simply with the interest and enthusiasm of others. Doubly so if it has some cognitive potential (I can think about it). Tell me something I don't know, and I will love you for it.

Geocaching. If you haven't heard of it, please let me explain it to you.

Cooking. I have been told I make decadent crêpes and to-die-for chili. Brewing is a hobby of mine that has translated into not only praise from friends, but something I count myself good at as well. I know you don't like beer, but that's okay. You can just try a sip of mine to see if it's the only exception.

Technology. Have you ever dated a social geek? We're the best of both worlds -- we can fix your computer and your friends think we're awesome.

I keep a tiny saltwater aquarium, only 14 gallons, and its inhabitants are absolutely fascinating to me.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile. Regularly friendly, occasionally mischievous. My sense of humor leans toward the ridiculous, random, and absurd.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Little Prince, Good Omens, The Hitchhiker's Guide Trilogy. I just finished Wool, which was a really exciting read.
Movies: I Heart Huckabees, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Amelie, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. I like movies like zombie kid likes turtles.
Shows: Doctor Who, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Firefly are fun, but Arrested Development is my all-time favorite. I am looking forward to this summer!
Music: Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, Flogging Molly, Sublime, The Lumineers. Folk, rock, alternative, some pop, some rap/hip-hop. If I can do a ridiculous dance to it, I probably like it.
Food: I'm allergic to monotony. Take me out to eat somewhere I haven't been, so I can ask the waiter what is delicious and order that.
Six things I could never do without
1. Pacific-Northwest rain for dancing and ruminating
2. Thumb wars for making big decisions
3. Pinkie swears for keeping friends close
4. An avocado seed sprouting in a glass of water in the window
5. Singing in the shower
6. Betting dimes. If I ever bet more than a dime, beware, for I am certain of my position.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I love thinking about thought processes. Our brains associate seemingly unrelated concepts so easily... and the creativity that springs from this ability is incredible. Like puns. Puns do that.

I spend a fair amount of time thinking about how psychological theory can translate to biology. As a result, I would be super excited to draw neurons on a napkin for you. I'll dazzle you with neuroscience if given half a chance.
On a typical Friday night I am
I love live music, a nice dinner out, drinks with friends in a local pub, or playing games if the occasion calls for it. Staying in to watch a movie, read a book, or tinker with a project is also fine. Usually my preference is for whatever I didn't do last Friday night (do it alllllll again).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sing to my pet clownfish every morning. She doesn't give a crap.
You should message me if
If you enjoy fun conversation, live music, and good food. Bonus points if swimming in a river on a hot day sounds like fun. Double bonus points if reading together on a rainy day sounds amazing.

If you find it exciting and interesting to explore the world (through travel, listening to people's stories, or even reading wikipedia), we will probably get along really well. If you regularly have silly dorky moments, we'll be like two peas in a pod. But not related. Wait, that's weird.
The two of us