28 Upper Holloway, UK
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My self-summary
Don't let the suit-pic fool you. I don't work in the city, promise.

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 too 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 combinatorics).

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 appeal.
What I’m doing with my life
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
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
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 incredible.

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
Music through headphones
A good mattress and dark bedroom
My bicycle
I spend a lot of time thinking about
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
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
You're intelligent, good to talk to, interesting and interested in the world.