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My self-summary

My name is Maarten.
I live in Leuven during the week and in Alken (Hasselt) in the weekend.

Important things you should know about me is that I am a very direct, straight forward person. I say what I think and I mean it. I do not like to play games with people and I like being the subject of said "games" even less. If I like you, I'll just tell you. The main motive for this direct approach is that I am not good with emotions and even worse at showing them but I do seem to make subconscious facial expressions that are very clear. I have noticed that this can make people feel uncomfortable so this is a head's up.
Because of this, you can ask me a question, I'll be completely honest but you may not get the answer you want to hear. This makes me good at giving useful advise to people but pretty bad at comforting sad people.

I am a competitive person by nature. I believe that competition brings out the best in people and should be encouraged. That being said, I will play dirty and I will cheat (not in a relationship context) because in the end, all that matters is results.

I enjoy stress and deadlines. They generate pressure and stress, circucmstances under wich I do my best work.

I'm also a very introvert person, at first I come across as apathic because I do not care untill I have a reason to care. I prefer to use my energy for things I can control. This is why I do not really care about sports or politics. I prefer watching from a distance what people do and how they react, It is my own little antropologic study. Once you get to know me better I'll get comfortable enough to show my spontaneous side and my dark, sarcastic humor.

I mentioned I care little about politics, I do have my own believes wich do not resemble any party currently active in Belgium. I do like to think about social infrastructures, problems, regulation and even things like gender (in)equality. I usually keep my opinions to myself but I'm open about discussing this if you want it.

I take pride in everything I do, do not like half-assed work and have high standards set for myself.

I love having discussions with people about several subjects. I prefer those repulsive subjects that most people try to avoid, taboo's do not exist for me. The reason for this is that, in my opinion, these situations make people actually think for themselves without interference of moral doctrines.

I have been compared to a mixture of Dr. House (House MD) and Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) on occasions.
What I’m doing with my life
After a difficult period in my life I have managed to get back on track and make my life something to be proud of.

After getting a diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences in 2013 I am currently pursuing a Master in Biomedical Sciences (life sciences) wich I love.
I am fascinated by human beings, especially their physiology and pathology. I love figuring out what went wrong, how that happened and what possible consequences are. Once that is figured out my intrest quickly vanishes, I have no desire to actually cure people, wich is why I am not studying medicine. If I had the funds I would have my own lab to mess around.

As far as extra-curricular activities go I love solving problems in general. Wether this is physiological (see above) or a simple riddle, or anything in between. If you have a problem and you need it solved, I'm your man!
One day I hope to turn this skill in a job prefeably the design and improvement of experiments or some form of consulting.

I also love playing Magic: The Gathering because it is perfect to satisfy both my problem-solving and competitive urges.

At least once a week you can find me in a bar having drinks with friends.
I’m really good at
Reasoning and problem solving, see above.
I have a good memory wich I try to use for maximum potential.
Becoming totally obsessive about certain subjects, if it sparks my intrest I must know everything about it and how it works. Once I do, it becomes boring again.
The first things people usually notice about me
To be completely honest, I never gave this question any thought and do not intend to change this. I try to look clean and presentable when I leave the house so people do not talk too much behind my back and that is it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I do not have any favorite books. I used to read a lot when I was a kid, but somehow I "lost" my imagination and books became boring. When i read, wich is still a significant amount of time, I read non-fiction.

I love horror movies, especially indy productions. I will watch any horror movie as long at it is not a crappy sequel or remake. The only exception is the SAW series because of fanboy reasons.
Other then that I will also watch a movie that sparks my intrest or forces me to think. I'm disgusted by most animation movies and romantic comedies.

As far as TV show go I do not watch many because it doesn't really appeal to me. I do enjoy Hannibal and Arrow.

I prefer music with a fast beat and a complicated melody. I never learned to play music so my opinion will sometimes be off on what is complicated and what is easy. The combination of both speed and complexity I find in all forms of metal. Some of my favourite bands are Iron Maiden, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Belphegor, Necrophagist and Vital Remains.

When it comes to food I prefer traditional food and I love steak. I can be a bit of a hedonist when it comes to food, but I'm currrently trying to lose a couple of kg's.
The six things I could never do without
An intresting problem to solve and access to the necesary information.

Family and friends to have fun with.

A computer with internet connection for both research and relaxation purposes.

My MTG cards. This is probably a bit unusal, but I love the game, met a lot of friends and got to travel because of it. It is the single largest influence on my life.

Intelligent people to discuss with.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My mind is constantly busy, usually pondering over several topics at the same time, usually "what if? scenarios. I have a hard time focussing on one thing and it is very difficult to keep my intrest. I have been known to zone out while in conversation with people.
On a typical Friday night I am
In a bar having fun with friends, watching a movie or playing Magic the Gathering. On rare occasions I go out clubbing, but I do not really like the music and I can't dance.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I secretly want to write, direct, produce my own horror film.
You should message me if
If you liked my profile and have a question or criticism please contact me. I recently changed my entire profile (26 jan) and woud like feedback. I don't think there is anything about me that I did not write down here, what you see is what you get.

Please note that if I were to message you have sparked my interest and I would like to see you in real life and may have potential romantic intentions. If you do not want this, communicate it to me clearly, I do not get subtlety.