What I do for fun (and why)

I imply on my homepage that science is not my entire life. This is by design. <!--more-->A science-only lifestyle does not work for me, because once science monopolizes my time, it also monopolizes my self-worth. I've almost burned out before, because of classes, and I know many other people (many smarter/smarter/ than me) whose potential was wasted by betting their everything on a certain way of life (music, art, business, science, whatever).

People are puzzled about, for instance, my insistence on keeping my work laptop at work. I stay at work until my work is done (or occasionally at a coffee shop), but almost never bring it home (though today is an unfortunate exception). I spend a lot of time managing conference sponsorships for SEDS-USA, an organization I've been involved in since 2010. I play violin. I homebrew (vast quantities of) mead. I blog (both publicly and anonymously). I run weekend programs at state parks. All this keeps my scientific productivity more consistently high than coding 12 hours a day, 7 days a week (as A Recent Letter From An Unnamed Academy would urge me--if you don't know what I mean by that, I envy you). Though I try not to throw around pedestrian evaluations of anyone's mental health (even my own), I will venture to say that my hobbies keep me sane.

So yeah, you'll see me blogging about what I do for fun. Why should you care? Because I hope it will show young people that science is not a jealous partner, and that one can be a scientist and simultaneously a real human.