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My self-summary
I’m passionate with whatever I set my mind to. I’m a gearhead, prospective physicist, skeptic, and part-time woodworker. I’m good with computers and technology, but, really, I’d much rather be outside camping, grilling, playing rugby, or driving. I love reading, writing, and learning in general. I'm a vocal science advocate I try to spend a portion of every day learning about how the universe functions. I’m always hunting for new things to explore. I'm a very empathetic person, and I try to expand my ethical circle as far as possible. I always come back to the infamous words of Carl Sagan from his book, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space: This clip is from the new Cosmos show. If this doesn't put a lump in your throat, I don't know what will.

INTJ if it matters.
What I’m doing with my life
I worked in IT at a children’s hospital for 5 years and this past summer I decided to take a different path. I’m back in school now doing a double major physics/maths undergrad at UMD, and I plan to go for a PhD in astroparticle physics. With the time I have between school and sleep, I’m training for rugby, woodworking, being an amateur mechanic, spending time with my four siblings, and gaming.
I’m really good at
I’m a sucker for technology, and I’m pretty good at dissecting it and making it do what I need it to do, no matter what its originally intended use was.

Strategic board games are a specialty of mine. I don’t win all the time, but I win a lot, and I don’t hold back.

I can drive pretty much anything, and pretty well at that. I want to learn to fly next, so that I can have some experience on land, sea, and air.
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to know at least a bit of information on most subjects, and I retain a seemingly endless amount of random facts. As for physical traits, I like to dress well, I’m tall, oh, and people like my eyebrows.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Roadside Picnic is my favorite science fiction book, followed closely by Dune, Ender's Game, Perdido Street Station, and Frankenstein. I enjoy reading works by scientists and philosophers, especially Carl Sagan (if the first section didn't give that away), Plato, Richard Dawkins, and David Hume.

I can watch almost anything, but I'm partial to science fiction and documentaries.

Hello Internet and RadioLab are my favorite podcasts. As far as TV shows go, I like HBO style shows, and sci-fi shows across the board. I also love all of the shows Joss Whedon has done, so I’m a bit of a fanboy.

I can find a sound I enjoy in almost any genre, but it helps if it's a song I can sing along to.

I’m a carnivore. I like my meat rare and my vegetables non-existent. I model my diet on the dwarves from J. R. R. Tolkien's novels. Cheese is good, too.
Six things I could never do without
-That feeling when you accelerate perfectly out of a turn; the rear end squats, your tires are on the edge of traction, you clip the outside of the lane, and you feel like you're going 100MPH, no matter how slow it may actually be.
-The smell of fresh cut Spanish Cedar. Of all the woods I've worked with, this one definitely smells the best.
-A clear summer night's sky. On every night I am able and the sky is clear, I watch the stars for at least 30 minutes. I don't own a telescope or binoculars, but I don't care. It's wondrous enough up there with just my eyes to see.
-A good set of sharpening stones. Sharp tools are safe tools.
-A notebook and pen. Seriously. Is there a better way to remember all your ideas that works anywhere? I haven't found one.
-A good beer to wind down with after a long day, usually accompanied by a good steak. There may not be a heaven, but this is as close as you could probably get.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
New business ideas, new furniture to build, what kind of house I want to build, what I want to do to my car, what I should learn next, and that thing I told myself I needed to do today, but now can’t seem to put my finger on. Seriously, what the hell was it?

Since joining this site: How a person can possibly think that the relative position of the sun to imaginary diagrams we have drawn to connect dots on a 2D projection of objects in R3 (that, in reality, have nothing in common) can have any effect whatsoever on the events of their life and their personality.
On a typical Friday night I am
Woodworking, working on my car, reading, going to see a movie, having a bonfire, sleeping under the stars, or going for a drive with no destination; all while usually conversing with friends. Except for the movies...Don't be that person.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When I shave my beard completely (rarely), I shave into as many designs as possible before I go all the way. It's fun :).
You should message me if
If you want to learn more about the gravitational wave observation.

If you think you could teach me a thing, or two. I love learning and jump at the chance to dive into a new skill. Even if I don't get very far, the experience is usually totally worth the effort.

Sidenote: I'm not a fan of religion. I've dated religious people before, but if this is too much of a barrier for you, move along.
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