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My self-summary
I'm a somewhat quiet, thinking type who loves learning about new things and having new experiences. I don't keep a huge circle of half-friends but my group of close ones know me as a really funny, compassionate, and intellectually stimulating person.

I work long hours in a lab as a grad student and I wouldn't be a scientist if I weren't constantly looking to have my mind blown by some new insight about the universe or by the stories of the lives of people around me. This probably explains my skeptical worldview. Who needs magic when fact and human experience are so often stranger than fiction?

I am hard to offend and don't consider too many things to be sacred. For me an educated irreverence is a better sign of maturity than learned propriety.

Looking for someone who agrees that new experiences are the currency of life and will join me in accruing them. Someone who doesn't shy away from thinking and discussing "the big questions" of life, understands the various stresses of being in gradschool/academia, shares my love of books and radio, and is working towards some important goal in life, whatever that may be.
What I’m doing with my life
Working towards my PhD in Chemistry (everyone's favourite subject right?). Then, likely more school before trying to find an academic position, depending on how I'm feeling at that point.

Apart from that, I've got a few book exchanges going with close friends that keep me going and at least once a year I try to travel to a different country that I've not visited before. I've just returned from a six month stint in Germany.
I’m really good at
listening to people's stories and stepping into their boots, detecting bullshit, trivia, various sciency things, over-analyzing my own actions (not the greatest of gifts...). Should I have ended that parenthetical remark with ellipses? Why didn't I just say sentence in brackets instead of parenthetical remark? Why am I still thinking about this?

Yeah, this happens in my head all the time.

I've also been told that I speak and write eloquently.
The first things people usually notice about me
Usually, the beard. But these days that's been trimmed down to a shadow.

Second, once they start talking to me, that I start adopting accents, cadence, and figures of speech etc. I grew up in three different countries speaking different languages. So this type of adaptability is probably a trained behaviour.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My music choices are too varied to list here. As long as it's not country music or really heavy metal, I'll probably enjoy it. Classical music stirs me on a pretty visceral level.

I'm a pretty voracious reader with interests ranging from the classical greek literature to sci-fi to contemporary fiction and nonfiction. That being said, post-apocalyptic fiction is always top of the list for me.

Favourite books: Hothouse (Brian Aldiss), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce), Prometheus Bound (Aeschylus), One Hundred Year of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), A history of the Peloponnesian Wars (Thucydides)...I could go on for a while. I tend to seek out the best aspects of any book I read and fall in love with it.

Movies: Dr. Strangelove, Silence of the Lambs, Requiem for a Dream, In Bruges, Pulp Fiction, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Moonlight Kingdom, Life Aquatic, Full metal Jacket, The Usual Suspects.

Shows: Louie, Battlestar Galactica, Blackadder, The Wire, Modern Family, Futurama, Daily Show/Colbert Report, Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show, an Idiot Abroad, Parks & Rec.

Radio/Podcasts: Wiretap (CBC), Q (CBC), Radiolab (WNYC), This American Life (WBEZ), Stuff You Should Know, Skeptics Guide to the Universe, Ideas (CBC), In Our Time (BBC), Judge John Hodgman, Philosopy Bites, Desert Island Discs (BBC) and yes I know nobody else in their 20s listens to Desert island discs...
Six things I could never do without

The internet

A good book

A pint of beer at the end of a long day (usually with other dejected grad students)

Lazy sunday mornings spent listening to the radio in bed

Knowing how to count...
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What I've just said
Science, space, and nature
Escaping from made-up scenarios wherever I am
How my actions are affecting others
What makes people tick
On a typical Friday night I am
At a pub with close friends or reading a book at home
You should message me if
you like trivia, appreciate getting lost in a good book, you enjoy learning how things (including people) work and are as much in love with the universe as I am.

If you know the origin of my username and identify with the writer/thinker's perspective, we will likely get along swimmingly!
The two of us