February 03, 2012

Geek of the Week: Meet Fiona

What's your name?


Where are you from?
London, UK

What does it mean to you to be a geek/nerd?
For me, it means being passionate about something in a way that sometimes causes people to raise an eyebrow!

What are 2–5 things you're particularly passionate about?
My first and true love is maths (yes, maths with an s—I'm British).

Beyond that, my passions shift periodically through craft, food, fashion, science, beer, travel and current affairs.

Why are you passionate about these things?
Maths is the underlying language of the universe: it's beautiful, and expressive, and yields a method for understanding the things around us. I could talk for a while on this, so I'll stop there!

On the others, I find I approach most things in life in an all-or-nothing fashion. Life is pretty darn short, and taking a half-hearted approach to things seems a little bit of a waste of time.

Do you have any special or hidden talents?
Not really!

What was your favorite book/movie/TV show/other from 2011?
Bones—I wish I was Dr. Brennan.

What book/movie/TV show/other are you most looking forward to in 2012?
The Avengers—just the right balance of geek-fest, action, and silly one-liners! And The Hobbit.

Do you have a "go-to" karaoke/Rock Band song? What is it?
Not really ...

What are three websites you like to visit every day?
Pinterest.com; xkcd.com (well ... three times a week); and of course, Twitter.

Do you have a blog/website/Twitter name/etc. that you'd like to share?

Any additional comments or thoughts?
Hmm ... I've got a maths tattoo (Lorenz attractor) and am a noisy proponent for UK Libel Reform.

Fiona's bonus questions:

If you could only have one food and one beverage at every meal for a week, what would you choose to eat and drink?
The drink is easy: ale. I'm a massive ale fan, and would happily drink it all the time. I know it's not the most healthy choice, but it's so tasty and filling. I'd choose an amber or ruby ale, which would complement most meals.

Food's harder ... but the one item I simply could not live without is cheese. And if I could only have one particular type of cheese, it'd probably have to be a stinky French Camembert or a blue Stilton—just divine!
(Ed. note: I LOVE cheese too!)

Pretend you are Bones. Who's your favorite intern? Rate your interns—Wendell, Clark, Fisher, Mr. Nigel-Murray, Arastoo—from favorite to least favorite.
If I'm Bones then I'd quickly see the error in your question, which is simply that I do not have a favourite intern. Such a ranking based on anything other than pure intellectual abilities is irrational, and to pick something as arbitrary as a "favourite" goes against the scientific principle. However, as I wish to participate, I'll give you the pros and cons of each intern:
  • Wendell—the pros are easy to see, he's very clever, despite not having a privileged education, he's loyal (potentially to a fault), and he's extremely hard working. The cons are his ability to be emotionally entangled in a case or allow his personal life to invade the work environment. (Note from Fiona: He's also really yummy!)
  • Clark—pros: professionalism (although cracks appear in this a little too often), high attention to detail and ability to disregard inane conversation. cons: probably ambitious to become the next Dr. Soroyan.
  • Fisher—The cons here (namely his melancholic discussions) are easily overshadowed by his brain. He does have quite a strong ego (despite his depression).
  • Mr. Nigel-Murray—With a brain like an encyclopaedia and with no malicious intent, it was incredibly easy to love Vincent. However, this was a swift reminder to me that it's never a good idea to become too close to ones subordinates.
  • Arastoo—Strangely enough, Arastoo is probably the most similar to myself, despite his choice to follow a religion. He is a private person, who will do what it takes to ensure his personal life is not a hindrance to his abilities in the workplace, and highly rational.
I noticed that you didn't list all of my interns, and in fact missed the only one who could ever really have been called a favourite. I understand why, but clearly it's due to the situation with Dr. Addy that I am more wary about becoming close to any of the interns.
(Ed. note: What a fantastic answer, am I right?)

Thanks, Fiona, for being a Geek of the Week!

If you'd like to be a future GotW, please email me.


  1. Thanks for having me! Looking forward to meeting more geeks in the coming weeks...

    1. Thank YOU for participating! It was great having you as a GotW! :D

  2. Glad to meet another math geek! Math is like Christmas everyday!

  3. hooray dr. addy! far and away my favorite and king of the lab! his situation has made me super wary of becoming close to any others. i should have known better than to start to love vincent... aw i miss him too.