I'm a series of space-time events known to go by Richard, Ricardo, Rich (a misnomer), Dick*, and (in some circles) Rich Dick*.
I'm a high tech low-life, an outdoorsy great indoorsman, a warmhearted, hotwired, heat-seeking cool customer; voice-activated, user-friendly, self-cleaning, and compostable. I'm attractive, proactive, psychoactive, and from time to time I'm radioactive. A high-concept, low profile, farfetched, close-range ballistic missionary. I'm a non-believer and an overachiever, laid-back but forward-thinking, a supercharged subversive, hands on but footloose, straight-up down to earth.
I have eclectic academic interests: computational neuroscience, cell biology, theoretical physics, cosmology. I devour essays about social justice and spend a lot of time thinking about how to subvert (or otherwise not participate in) systems of oppression.
I have an honors degree in biochemistry and am co-author on a few peer-reviewed journal articles. At the moment, I'm switching tracks to computational neuroscience. I currently work as a NIH scientist at the University of Washington, where I make models that try to explain how mosquitos are capable of tracking turbulent plumes.
I am a fairly accomplished world traveler, having backpacked, bicycled, and hitchhiked across dozens of countries. I make it happen by living very, very frugally.
This is where I write about things unreleated to travel. For that, see my other website (Roving Richard, linked above).