Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Don't let the suit-pic fool you. I don't work in the city,
Late 20s, wondering what to do with my life. I'm a teacher at the
moment, but have in recent times been: a musician, a researcher, a
"super-tutor" and a student.
I have a genuine interest in / love for (if that's not to
soppy/un-okc) both arts and sciences. I value reason, intelligence
and sense of humour very highly.
When I walk down the street, or cycle, or when there is nothing to
do but think, I tend to:
- make up melodies, harmonies and lyrical fragments that I
occasionally put together into songs.
- create and solve maths problems (usually geometry or
I've taken the radical decision to write this NOT in the way that I
think will be most attractive to the largest number of people, but
honestly. Fooling people into thinking I'm their type has lost its
What I’m doing with my life
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In the day I try to help teenagers see that mathematics is
beautiful and amazing... with varying degrees of success.
In the evenings I try to write, rehearse and perform music. I work
with a number of groups, including a pop/soul choir, a jazz vocal
group, and a pop band.
In the holidays I like to travel. A recent phase has been renting
or buying a cheap bike and just seeing where I end up. Recently I
have: cycled from London to Budapest, across Uganda and across
Albania (not in the same trip).
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Well, I guess things I've already talked about: music and maths
(though I'm definitely not a great cyclist).
I'm good at debating, writing non-fiction, thinking of excellent
puns, mimicking people, and I have excellent balance (just wait
until you've seen me balance a guitar on my foot and then walk
across the room).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I used to read a lot, and then felt like I ran out of time, which
is of course not true. I've got round this recently with audio
books. They count, right?
- Victoria, by Knut Hamsun. No one seems to have heard of this, and
that's not why I put it here (I'm not so hipster). This is the most
moving book I've ever read.
- Stoner, by John Williams. Someone I don't know very well posted
the following quotation on facebook and I thought it was so good I
read the book.
“In his extreme youth Stoner had thought of love as an absolute
state of being to which, if one were lucky, one might find access;
in his maturity he had decided it was the heaven of a false
religion, toward which one ought to gaze with an amused disbelief,
a gently familiar contempt, and an embarrassed nostalgia. Now in
his middle age he began to know that it was neither a state of
grace nor an illusion; he saw it as a human act of becoming, a
condition that was invented and modified moment by moment and day
by day, by the will and the intelligence and the heart.”
- Beauty and the beast, by Disney. I love a lot of the Menken
movies (the ones with Ashman are obviously the best).
- Before sunrise (and the others). Lots of people whose opinions I
value hate these, but I think they are incredible.
- Nymphomaniac and Melancholia. I watched these recently and now
want to watch everything by Lars von Trier. I thought they were
Music: Beatles, Beach Boys, Stravinsky, Strauss. Too much, but
these are my favourites.
Food: street food the world over.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Music through headphones
A good mattress and dark bedroom
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
The pros and cons of indefinite life-extension. So far no one has
convinced me there are any serious cons.
The algorithms that OkCupid uses to match people. I almost always
get matched with feminists, socialists, post-grads and study abroad
students. Which is fine by me. (I'm pretty sure if you're reading
this you are at least two of those, right?!) But it also makes me
wonder where all the uneducated British misogynist thatcherites are
in my life.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I'm an excellent knitter. In my time I have knitted all the usuals:
hats/scarves/gloves/socks, but also a Klein bottle hat (if you know
what that is I already like you) and a jumper.
You should message me if
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