I am patient and unrelenting as the tides, which might be the same thing as saying I'm in my last year of grad school.
I love plots. No, seriously. I have a collection.
I grew up in a crushingly conservative and small-minded little town out in the deep desert. I escaped to college, and haven't been back since.
I'm data-driven and empirical. I have strong opinions, but I like to think I change my mind pretty quickly when I'm convinced I'm wrong.
I've been pointed squarely at a career in science since about the third grade, but not just because the world is amazing and full of fun surprises and deep puzzles. I believe strongly in the power of human reason to do good.
Fairness is a big deal for me. I don't get angry very often, but watching one person exploit another usually does the trick.
When threatened by predators, I can inflate to three times my normal size.
I've been especially influenced by a few books. The ones that come to mind are Guns, Germs and Steel; Gödel Escher Bach; The Making of the Atomic Bomb; and Albion's Seed.
Dan Simmons, China Mieville, and Neal Stephenson usually don't disappoint me.
...how the world got broken, and how it could be made (a little bit) better.
...whether a career in academia is a real contribution or a cop-out.
...how to meet women who are smart, sexy, and not busted on the inside.
Note, also, that I am now spoken for. I'm always looking for interesting conversation and good company, but not, at this point, anything more.