I figure we can either wake up disdainful and balk at the quotidian nightmare that is conscious reality, or we can try and make the world a better place. Having a morbid empathy for the former fuels the latter, and it's helpful to understand what every person has to offer (and to help them understand that, too). I tinker, philosophize, get my brow sweaty, and lie awake at night thinking about energy efficiency. Upcoming MPA Fellow at UW Evans School of Public Policy.