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29 M Maidstone, United Kingdom

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6′ 0″ (1.83m)
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Atheism, and somewhat serious about it
Pisces, but it doesn’t matter
Working on Ph.D program
Rather not say
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Relationship Type
Has dogs and has cats
English (Fluently), C++ (Poorly)

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My self-summary
This profile was last updated 18th December 2012.

Let start with my real name, which is Richard, my profile name is the degree I hold (MPhys) and was the first thing I entered that didn’t need a bunch of number or strange punctuation after it in order to make it unique so I’m sticking with it.

I’m a massive nerd, huge geek and occasional dork. I love science and science fiction, am a big movie buff and a lover of comics and graphic novels. That’s not to say I don’t read conventional novels I just feel the graphic novels should be explicitly stated. Not sure what more to add, if you find you have any questions by the end of this profile, feel free to ask them.

If you self-identify as a geek or a nerd then this is a big plus, so please read on and message me when you are done.
What I’m doing with my life
I have recently submitted and passed the viva for my PhD thesis in Physics, which I had spent 9 months writing up. This technically makes me a doctor though I do need to finalise the corrections and get the paperwork for it to be certified. Once those rather minor hurdles are taken care of I’ll be in full time job hunting mode. The exact nature of the job will no doubt change as I increase the radius of my sphere of focus to include more and more jobs I might be qualified for. In the meantime I’m employed by the government as my disabled mother’s home carer.
I’m really good at
I would have hope that I was really good at physics, though I fear that what I’m really good at is answering the question “what do I know that actor from?” it’s a fun if not a useful talent and is good for reliving annoyance on a trip to the cinema. I seem to be rather good at disrupting and correcting my sleep cycle, an occasionally useful skill.
The first things people usually notice about me
I always get the impression that I can come off as a curmudgeonly misanthrope when I’m in thought, which can be often, though if I’m thinking about, or listening to, something funny I’m convinced I look like a smiling crazy person.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have seen fit to add and modify the categories as I don’t think the ones provided are fully representative of my “favourites”. I have added graphic novels as it deserves to be separate from books, added anime for the same reasons, and changed music to audio to allow for spoken word and podcasts. Also adding games to the list as they really should be included.

My reading tends to fall into two main categories, science books (text books and popular science books) and science fiction/fantasy books. The science books features Brief history of time, a Short history of nearly everything, Operating manual for space ship earth. The science fiction/fantasy tends towards the dystopian future sub-genre with things like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Hunger games. These were heavily supplemented with classics like HHGTTG, the Hobbit, Discworld novels (need to read more of these).

Graphic novels
I have a fairly wide range, mostly dominated by books published by the big two, Marvel and DC. Working through the key stories from both universes with the odd long runs for some favourite tiles like X-men or Teen titans. From the smaller publishing houses I have stuff that ranges from Neil Gaiman’s wonderful Sandman series, the brooding Spawn, the colourful Invincible, all the way to the mind warping JTHM. Oh and there’s some manga mixed in there as well.

A list of my favourite movies might be so long as to render it useless for the purpose it was meant to have. It would simply be too long and divergent to give any real sense of my movie tastes. In terms of genre I tend to favour Sci-fi and horror. For the most part I try to watch films that contain something unique, either it has an unusual plot or hook, or it might try and tell a familiar story in an interesting way. This has led to me getting stuck in little niches of films, either works buy a particular director, like Kevin Smith, or in sub (often subsub) genres like Japanese monster/horror movies, or found footage. I can and will watch almost anything, I keep a boxset filled with old sci-fi b movies like the man with atomic brain and Santa Claus conquers Martians just in case there is called for bad movie night.

Like the films I tends to lean heavily towards Sci-Fi, a small example of just the sci-fi shows, Star Trek (ST:TOS, ST:TNG, ST:DS9, ST:VOY, ST:ENT), Doctor Who, Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis), Andromeda, Babylon 5, Farscape, X-files, Alien Nation, and Firefly. Also some cult/fantasy shows like Buffy and Angel (big fan of Joss Whedon). Outside of the Sci-fi and fantasy genre I watch comedy shows like Scrubs, Frasier, Rosanne, and Seinfeld. Oh and there are a fair few western cartoons in there as well, I particularly like the DC animated universe, Avatar: The last airbender, and the Marvel animated shows.

Aside from western animation I’m also a big fan of Japanese animation. I tend to gravitate towards the darker shows such as Elfen Lied, Full Metal Alchemist, Princess Tutu, or Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The last two are amazingly dark for magical girl animes.

I like and do often listen to music but I tend to spend more time listening to podcasts or spoken word audio. This often feature highlight from Radio 4, Kevin Smith Smodcasts or things like the Feynman Lectures on Physics or the Atheist Experience. I tend to listen to a lot of one thing and after I’ve either gotten bored or exhausted my supply will move on to something new, so what I’m listening to tends to change frequently. When I do listen to music I have a habit of listening to the same few song over and over until I get the urge to find new songs or have new songs thrust upon me, though I always seem to go back to favourites like Symphony of Science.

I tend to gravitate towards the FPS genre, though I don’t like war simulators. I tend to play games that either have some form of puzzle mechanic like portal or half-life. Or I play game with have a strong story telling element like Bioshock or the Darkness. Apart from video games I also play a wide variety of card and board games, these tend to change regularly, though there firm favourites like settlers of catan that get played fairly regularly.

I like strong bold flavours, essentially any food that wasn’t born out of a protestant necessity; like curries, Chinese, and sushi. When it comes to drink I consume a large amount of tea, currently mostly jasmine though I may go back to gun powder green tea at some point. Also big on coffee, though with that I don’t care about variety. For alcoholic drinks I favour red wine and real ales.
The six things I could never do without
In no particular order:

1. The ability to study physics (a little abstract but meh)
2. Tea (I love tea and like a wide variety)
3. Stories, especially sci-fi stories.
4. Computer with internet access
5. DVD player
6. That which I need to maintain homeostasis.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Well up to very recently the entire landscape of my waking mind has had as its focus my thesis viva, now that it is no longer imminent my mental topology is reconfiguring itself. My mind is free to drift, which seem to mean that I spend a lot of time thinking about how to convert the mental processes needed to solve Sudoku puzzles into computer algorithms, which I should probably write down at some point. As might be expected I also spend a lot of time thinking about physics. I spend a fair amount of mental energy constructing an artificial star and making sure the neutrinos emitted by it oscillate though the flavours correctly.
On a typical Friday night I am
The recent, typical, Friday night has consisted of me loading up my bag with my laptop and DVD’s, driving over to a friends, buying some beer/wine or raiding the emergency alcohol supplies and playing the “first to go to bed loses” game, I win more often than not. Very recently the typical Friday night starts with Fatman on Batman, a podcast by writer/director Kevin Smith. He, along with a guest, provides an alternative commentary track for a number of episodes from the Batman the animated series franchise.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’ve never watched more than the odd, accidental, episode of any of the phone in competition reality TV shows. I do however have a list of every sci-fi tv show made in my lifetime and seem to be making my way through it. This, I think, perfectly highlights the number of standard deviations I am away from “normal”.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 19–30
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
Please do, if you've actually made it to the bottom of this page without skipping anything you could be eligible to be entered in to the prize draw (actual prizes to be decided at a later date). If you were drawn here because I sent you a message then a reply, even if it’s to say no thanks, would be appreciated.