- Arte De Scientia - The art of science -
I took the "Chemistry" test on here, and I would say the results are fairly accurate. However, I am a bit more socially awkward than it portrays and I consider myself to be a bit of an introvert/wallflower (for those who actually read that the chemistry results). It is not that I won't get out and mingle, because I will I just do better in small groups.
A bit about me, at the moment I manage research labs at a university here though my ultimate goal is to have my own lab/professorship working in academia, preferably somewhere in the pacific northwest. I am a very focused person weather working or 'playing'. I enjoy drawing, painting, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and enjoying nature in my free time. Existentially, I am looking to leave my proverbial mark on the world and maybe to find that the world I would like to believe we live in and the world I have come to observe hold more in common than I happen to be able to see at this point in my life, or maybe help to make it so.
Art is a big part of who I am. Though I often wax and wane on science I feel the two go hand in hand. Research science and art are both creative endeavors. That and it never hurts to be able to do your own illustrations. Some people seem to think that is odd, I personally would think that most people could not be one without a little bit of the other. Regardless of what anyone else thinks of what is created I would like to think that we do the things we do to make the world a better place in our own way. More so than for some fleeting financial gain, fame, or other recognition.
I have been doing a low carbohydrate diet for more than 2 years now. I started to help me lose weight, which I did, and I have stayed on it because I feel great. This does mean I mostly eat just meat. Mostly. Which is a bit in contradiction with the fact that I am a bit of a foodie. My current diet does not change that I love a massive variety of foods, I just don't eat them often.
I am a smoker, I like being a smoker. I also have a good number of what one may call less than popular (yet quite earnest) beliefs/opinions about society, politics, and a number of things. I suppose I should clarify that by this I don't mean that I hold any overtly negative views, it is more or less meant as a conversation starter. I associate myself with no political party or group. I can be a bit cynical and have a tendency to question things (not in a conspiracy nut kind of way), the scientist in me will always want to see the evidence rather than take someone's word for it. That combined with that I prefer to talk about things, understand the other persons point of view and see that mine is also understood (even if we disagree) rather than simply agree to disagree (and avoid the topic) leads some people to find me to be argumentative or a know-it-all. But it is how I am. These things are not apt to change anytime soon. I don't think the goal of relationships should be an attempt to find someone that is 'OK' and try to mold them into what you want. It is to find someone whose idiosyncrasies are fine with you and vice versa. People aren't perfect and they never will be. Sure you can Jerry-rig something for a while, but it won't last. Patience is a virtue and there is no need to settle or to change anyone.
I spend a lot of time thinking about what my next move is going to be, and where it will take me. I also think about the mistakes I have made and what I think I have learned from them. I think about the promises I have made to myself and kept, and those I have failed to keep. I think about the future and the wonderful or horrible things it may hold. I think about the past and how I came to be where I am. I think about life, love, happily ever afters, and how that is not quite how the story originally ended.
I also spend a ton of time thinking about my job, but a big part of my job is thinking about my job so that is kind of a given.
So, just so you have an idea about my tastes here is a very abbreviated rundown of my favorite books, movies, music, and food.
I read a good deal of non-fiction mostly true crime, history, and reference books. When I do read fiction I tend to stick more to the classics, not because there is anything wrong with modern works per say, there are just so many great books out there. Some of my favorite authors: Jules Verne, Edgar Alan Poe, Shakespeare, H.P. Lovecraft, Dante, Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells. I also love the Grimm fairy tales, but they are more of a collection than so much authored. I enjoy Clive Barker, and I really have tried to like Stephen King but simply could not.
I love horror movies, I also really enjoy psychological suspense, science fiction, thriller, action, comedy, and even romantic movies. For me it is more about the quality of the story and movie than the genera. Special effects do not a good film make. Some of my all time favorite films: Pulp Fiction, Ladyhawke, The Princess Bride, Blade Runner, Soylent Green, A Nightmare on Elm St. (series of films), Night of the living dead (both versions), Return of the living dead (1-3), Gremlins, Repo: The Genetic Opera, and though some people may cringe Human Centipede : The first sequence. There are so many, many others though.
Well, I always have music of some sort playing in my head. More often than not that music is far removed from what may be playing on the radio, but I have a a massive number of bands I enjoy off the top of my head some of my favorites: Tori Amos (drool), Emily Autumn (also Drool), Depeche Mode, Cradle of Filth, Anders Manga, Annie Lennox, Apocalyptica, Assemblage 23, Blumchen, Billy Talent, Clan of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Collide, Tool, Covenant, A covenant of Thorns, Unfinished Thought, Cruxshadows, Cyndi Lauper (also drool but back in the day), David Bowie, Diary of dreams, Eurythmics, Flowing Rears, Funker Vogt, Wumpscut, Garbage, Ladytron, Loreena Mckennitt, Marilyn Manson, Misfits, Peter murphy, Nick Cave, Placebo, Qntal, Queen, Kiss, Duran Duran, Rasputina, Regina Spektor, Shakespears Sister, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Suzanne Vega, The beatles, The Who, The Clash, The Stray Cats, Within Temptation, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and a ton more.