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My self-summary
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 things.

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 trivia.
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 '90s.

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 shows. *shrug*

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 over.

You want to live somewhere in Central Europe - I'm positively obsessed with Berlin, and just fell in love with Slovenia on a trip there recently.

You should also probably be a bit patient. As you may have noticed, I do ramble on.