What’s the meaning or inspiration of your blog’s title?
My original title was “Le Seul Mot Juste” because I used to be a pretentious bastard and all pretentious bastards needed a MySpace blog in 2006, right? Now it’s “Eigenblogger,” which I like a lot better. The prefix “eigen” means “own,” so it kind of fits with what I do here, which is basically just blogging for my own sake of archiving my nonsense life. I don’t mind the readers, though!
What do you consider your biggest strength?
Can I say my immune system? My immune system is unstoppable.
What do you consider your biggest weakness?
Tell us why we should like your favorite band.
I don’t know if I have a favorite band. You should like WALK THE MOON because if you ever get the chance to listen to any of their other songs apart from “Shut Up and Dance,” you’ll see that they’re consistently good and not just a one-hit wonder.
You should like Coldplay because Coldplay.
Who is your favorite model of all-time? Why?
Bohr’s model of the atom.
Does it bother you when people talk about their pets? Why?
Pets are the best! Why would it ever bother me?
Tell us about your favorite holiday.
LEIBNIZ DAY LEIBNIZ DAY LEIBNIZ DAY LEIBNIZ DAY
Technically it is a holiday up here, but it should be a holiday everywhere, dammit!
What was the last fabulous meal that you ate? Where were you?
Our wedding dinner was pretty fantastic. Fettuccine Alfredo, really tasty sorbet, and our wedding cake had a near-illegal amount of chocolate in it.
What’s your lucky number and why?
I’ve always liked 11. I don’t know if it’s lucky or not, but I seem to run into more than an expected amount of double or triple numbers (like 11 or 66 or 222) in my life.
What are five things you hate?
People who don’t know how to walk courteously, people who don’t know how the crosswalk buttons work, #hashtags, yoga pants in non-yoga situations, emojis. So nothing too serious.
What are five things you love?
Teaching statistics, color, music that makes my crotch tingle, walking, and Nate.
Tell us a secret you can because other than us, who’ll read this anyway?
I just ate like 15 M&Ms. IT’S NOT EVEN M&M TIME YET.
What is the favorite body feature of yourself?
I don’t have one. I hate my body.
Is there a tattoo that you want? If you don’t have one, gun-to-your-head so you have to get one, what would it be?
I’d still like to get a little tiny integral sign tattooed on me somewhere. The main problem is that there’s not really a good spot for a random integral sign without it looking weird.
What do you love about yourself?
“Love…about…self?” I don’t know what these words mean together.
What do you hate about yourself?
I am the worst person. Seriously.
Who is someone you miss?
I miss my dad, yo. It’s not like he’s dead or anything, but I never see him anymore and I miss hanging out with him and my mom together a few times every week. Makes me miss when I was back in Moscow and it was just my mom and my dad and myself and we’d always go out for dinner on Thursdays and he would gossip about the U of I.