I read. I mean, I read a *lot*. I'm an infovore. I'm compulsively
curious about new information. Given time, I will know everything.
Until then, there's Wikipedia and a fine-tuned sense of when
someone's bullshitting on Wikipedia to tide me over.
I work, but actually not that much for a coder - 8ish hour days,
checking email afterwards. But I really, really like working - I
find what I do to be way more satisfying than it should be,
considering its utter insignificance in the grand scheme of
I really, really like cats. I'm fine with dogs at this point
(recovered dog phobia) but cats, well, that's something else.
There's just something soothing about a cat, so long as it's not in
the process of gouging your eyes out. But while I adore cats, I
only have one. I have managed to avoid falling into complete crazy
cat guy status, so that's good.
What I’m doing with my life
Hacking code. I spent almost five years working from home, until
three and a half years ago. That sounds great, but living alone and
working remotely is a great way to turn into a fullblown shut-in.
I'm working in an office now, and I love it - actual coworkers to
talk to, more than four walls to look at throughout the day, and an
overall higher quality of mental health. I'd imagine working from
home would be different if one wasn't living alone, but I'd still
prefer not to go that road again.
I’m really good at
Trivia. I'm designed for quiz shows, I swear. On the rare occasions
I find someone willing to play Trivial Pursuit with me, I assign
myself handicaps to keep things sporting. I'm not actually any good
at any other competitive-ish activity (I'm godawful at video games,
I'm much worse at actual sports, etc) but good god do I own at
The first things people usually notice about me
Dinosaur t-shirts. I have...what, six now? The latest is for the
Vienna natural history museum. I want more. I think it's an attempt
to relive my childhood but with more dinosaurs.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Oh dear god, this section generally takes up half the
profile. As mentioned above, I read a lot, and I own a lot of
books. I love history (especially when the book goes deep into the
subject), I love science, I love spy novels (so much!), I love
science fiction (Iain M. Banks, Philip K. Dick, Neal Stephenson,
many many many more), I love (some) fantasy (too much fantasy reads
exactly the same for me to be more general there)... And that's
just the tip of the iceberg.
Movies: I remain convinced that Lawrence of Arabia is the greatest
movie ever made, and that Groundhog Day is the best movie of the
TV: The Wire, Community, Futurama. I used to watch a lot more TV,
but at some point in the last couple years, I lost interest in most
Music: I'm fairly sure I qualify as an Old Person as a result of my
music tastes: pretty much everything I listen to is at least 10
years old. And most of that is British. I saw Pulp in 2011 in
London - I set up an entire trip to Europe primarily so that I
could make it to that show. The show, thankfully, given the effort
involved, was fantastic.
Food: I love Indian food. I like a lot of other foods. But I'm not
the most adventurous eater in the world - I was raised on bland
'50s style cooking and my palate still hasn't quite recovered.
The six things I could never do without
My cat, whatever my smartphone of the moment is, my Kindle (I do
prefer physical books, but the Kindle is sooooo convenient that I
do most of my book purchases on it these days), my Ritalin, some
headphones, and my eyes. I have nightmares about going blind.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I often wonder what exactly my cat is scratching/chewing on in
order to make the loud and unpleasant noises I hear from just
outside my visual range. Whenever I get up to see what she's been
doing, she's just sitting somewhere looking at me innocently, with
no sign of whatever she was eviscerating. It's uncanny.
On a typical Friday night I am
Maybe happy hour with coworkers, maybe a movie, but honestly, most
likely? Reading a book. I'm more of a daytime activity person than
a nighttime one.
You should message me if
You're intellectually curious. Seriously, there's nothing more
important to me in another person than their curiosity. There's so
goddamn much going on, so much to learn, so much to discover - how
can you ever be bored or know enough?
You want to meet my cat. She's much cooler than me, honestly.
Though I am less likely to run and hide in my room if you come
You want to live somewhere in Central Europe - I'm positively
obsessed with Berlin, and just fell in love with Slovenia on a trip
You should also probably be a bit patient. As you may have noticed,
I do ramble on.