I spent most of my life in the Midwest, mostly St. Louis, MO and Madison, WI. Moving to New England recently has been a revelation. I thoroughly enjoy the Massachusetts Bay area, especially Somerville and Cambridge.
The sciences are a lifelong fascination for me, starting with rocks, fossils and reptiles as a kid. I eventually studied chemistry and electronics formally. At various times, I spent any time not at work fly fishing, distance running, renovating old houses, endurance cycling, and wrenching on bicycles.
Married at one point, long separated. It's a long story.
I love speculation based on fact. It's fascinating to dream, and dream big because sometimes reality is wilder than most of us ever forsee.
I have a love of music from everywhere. Rock and reggae are the best known, but if you know what mbalax, cumbia, tzapik and gnawa mean we might have a lot to talk about.
I like clouds more than sun. Clouds can be really intricate, not just sheets of gray (but I like those too). I even checked "The Cloudspotter's Guide" out from my town library. A nice, cloudy day is much easier on my eyes, and has an attraction I can’t explain. Maybe having much of my ancestry from gloomy northern regions has some lingering effect.
I'm attracted to politics based on reality, because nothing is more important than the common good. To me, the "common good" is very much like saying, "we have each other."
If I had to recommend a few favorite books, my choices would be:
"Chaos" by James Gleick,
"Robot" by Hans Moravec,
"How We Die" by Sherwin Nuland,
"Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck,
"A Pattern Language" by Christopher Alexander, and
"Childhood's End" by Arthur C.Clarke.
A comprehensive list would be much longer.
To sum up, I still find much wonder and inspiration in life, and sometimes in the most unexpected things. I guess being easily amused has its benefits.