I had the impulse to stand up, wave, and yell "me, hello"! But that wouldn't be too helpful. I don't know much (forgetting too quickly what I learn), and I'm too busy. All I could tell you would be from John's posts anyway. About the links you get searching google:
I'm an unusual physicist. After getting my Ph.D. from UC San Diego, I moved to the island of Maui to find an optimum balance between surfing and pursuing my own theoretical research. While pulling at a loose thread in the foundation of Quantum Field Theory, I soon found myself looking at the most beautiful unified model of particle physics anyone had ever seen. My story and work have been featured at TED, in Outside Magazine, The New Yorker, and recently in Scientific American.
Made Brian Greene jealous.
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Los Angeles
physics and math
The Cate School
Base jumping off the ivory tower.
Pacific Science Institute
Los Angeles, CA - San Diego, CA - Incline Village, NV - Frisco, CO