Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
So, me. I'm a geek (which I define as "a nerd with stock options"),
a cyclist and inveterate joker, with a list of jobs and hobbies as
long as my arm that I've tried and really would like to do again if
I get round to it.
Probably best to explain this sooner rather than later: I'm in a
open, long-term relationship right now so I'm looking for people to
chat to, meet up with and generally have fun with (interpret that
in whatever way you'd like). OK Cupid rather coyly describes this
as being "available".
I'm tediously practical with a silly streak, lazy tempered by the
habit of picking up random new sports, read like books are going
out of fashion but never seem to have read the same books as anyone
else. I live in a top floor flat and quite like it because the jog
up the stairs wakes me up a bit. I have an enormous collection of
shoes but they're all for some specific sport or other, which means
I spend most of my time in a very battered pair of Doc Martens. I'm
fiercely independent but seem to fall into the same routine, which
sort of makes sense - it's *my* routine damnit. :-) I have a black
fedora hat which I picked up in the most unlikely of places and got
most attached to, long before it got attached to the stereotype of
internet douchebags. I wouldn't mind so much, but in 90% of
douchebag photos it's actually a trilby.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Having variously been an aircraft designer, postman, bike mechanic,
online game master and computer games tester (yes really), I'm now
designing the chips that power the mobile phones everyone seems to
have three of these days.
Outside of work? Cycling, gaming (electronic and boardgames), any
number of sports which I pick up and usually fade away from just as
I'm getting the hang of them.
Currently all my sports and hobbies seem to be vastly expensive
ones. I love ski-ing/snowboarding, but Cambridge just stubbornly
refuses to grow mountains.
In the same vein, I had an hour's flight in a helicopter for my
birthday and would absolutely love to just get up in the air and
fly every time the weather is good, but I seem to have left my
mountains of cash in my other trousers. Flying hours so far: 1.
Time spent daydreaming about flying: way waaay more than
Oh, and I'm being worryingly keen on answering the OK Cupid
questions. What can I say, some of them are interesting and make
you think and the rest I just put a smartarse comment on.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Putting off filling in forms.
Writing waaaay too much when I do fill them in.
Back rubs, or so I'm told. I might be being told this purely as a
ploy to get more back rubs...
Logical thinking. I got nicknamed "Spock" on holiday one year. I
didn't help my cause by being the only person who could do the
Vulcan salute, either.
Tinkering. I like nothing more than taking stuff apart to see how
it works. I even have a decent record of putting it back together
The first things people usually notice about me
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Probably the crossed eyes. I'm sufficiently optically unusual that
opticians all gather around when I go for an eye test. After that
it's probably the strange accent - Cambridge-Brummie-Yorkshire with
a hint of Welsh.
Oh, wait, I forgot the gormless smile. And the hat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
This section gets enormous, so I'll pick a representative of each.
Not necessarily a favourite, just something representative:
Book: Sorry, geeks to the fore, it has to be Hitchhiker's
Movie: March of the Penguins.
Music: Dire Straits, Money for Nothing. Actually, that's a photo
finish with Beautiful South and Don't Marry Her.
Food: I have a highly irritating wheat intolerance so lasagne is
off the menu. I'll have to resort to gourmet sausages instead. Pork
and apple chipolatas, yummy.
and as an added bonus, alcohol: Black Baron real ale.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Six? Sheesh, that's a bit prescriptive. Let's list some things that
I find disproportionately useful instead.
I want to put "internet" at the top, but no, I could live without
it. I'd just live a very different kind of life... probably a much
healthier and more exciting one. Still, at least I have pictures of
Bike. I get everywhere by pedalling, I get nearly all of my
exercise from it and it's a convenient outlet for my "I need to do
something mechanical" urges.
Something to tinker with. I stitch chainmail jewelry, I dismantle
broken electronics just to see how they went together, I break
other people's designs for a living. It takes a rare kind of person
to go on an impulse buying spree in B&Q's tool aisle, but I am
precisely that rare. As in, the opposite of "well done".
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Anything and everything. I'm quite happy just to sit back and let
my train of thought roll for hours. Apparently this is unusual and
people can't imagine why I don't get bored.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
On a Friday night I'm usually flaked out from work and just want to
kick back and watch crap telly (real life police shows are my
guilty pleasure, either that or Mythbusters).
Saturday nights I'll be down a cosy real ale pub drinking beers
with names like Old Growler and swapping double entendres with a
bunch of old friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I have a longstanding desire to own a private hot tub that the
neighbours definitely cannot see. Failing that, some extremely
You should message me if
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you want to chat, banter, argue the merits of obscure sports,
reminisce about how much better the music was when you were young,
get into a detailed and scientific argument about a point so
trivial you can't remember it five minutes later, or if you've read
one of the answers to my questions and just have to tell me why I'm
Or if you go anywhere near the indoor snow slopes in Hemel
Hempstead or Milton Keynes. Snowboarding is about ten times more
fun with someone to laugh at each other's pratfalls.
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