I see myself as one of over six billion [and counting] jumped-up primates clinging to the surface of a minor rocky planet trapped in the gravity well of a Class G2 star somewhere in the outer reaches of an unexceptional spiral galaxy - one among billions of such islands of matter [and dark matter] embedded in an ever-expanding void.
We may be the only animals we know of that are aware of our mortality, and that feel the frantic urge to pursue a life crammed with "meaning", as if we expect our existence to have significance in the greater scheme of things. Many of us spend most of our lives chasing after that elusive "meaning" , sometimes so much so that we miss out on simply getting whatever pleasure we can out of our fleeting, unlikely existence. We are the lucky ones.
I think that this is one of the pitfalls of having brains that specialise in pattern-recognition. [For more on this, look up "pareidolia".]
I do not think that we occupy any special position in space and time or that homo sapiens is any more remarkable than any other creature, both extinct or extant, however much we may want to believe our disproportionately large brains set us apart. Knowledge, and technology, without wisdom and responsibility can be a dangerous thing.
I have been known to spend more than is probably sensible on my computer and consoles, whether it be playing games, learning to use and experiment with Blender and The GIMP I prefer to do this by tackling simple projects presented as tutorials than to learn to use the software in a more conventional manner.
I have, for the time being, set aside trying to teach myself computer programming and Algebra. I think that I would benefit more by working on those skills I need to learn or hone in order to maintain
a certain of work at my place of employment. That means seeking advice on compiling reports and articles [something I do in Microsoft Word] and dislodging writer's block.
I think that it is entirely possible to enjoy one's life without conforming to societal expectations.
I take pride in my work, but am not a slave to it, and look forward to doing the things that bring me pleasure outside of working hours.
Appreciating the time I spend with my family, close and extended, wherever they are.
Fantasy and science fiction, popular science, mythology, criminal forensics [fiction], medical thrillers
I seldom visit a cinema. If I do watch a movie, it will be on ShowMax or Netflix. Most of what is broadcast on public television has already shown at least half a dozen times.
There is very little on public television that interests me. Now that Netflix has launched in South Africa, I am more likely to watch shows on that platform. During my free month's trial, I managed to get through season one of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, as well as a few movies. My ADSL connection has been erratic since late last year, and I am having some difficulty getting it seen to.
Music: Mozart, Holst, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Grieg, Elgar, ABBA, Kate Bush, certain film sound tracks.
Computer games: Primarily RPGs.
Whether a given activity is worth pursuing.
The disjuncture between the expectations that some people have of me and my own experience. [Now and then, I need to remind myself to make peace with who and what I am, and not to drive myself to exhaustion trying to live up to the expectations of others, especially those who are only acquaintances.]
Playing games on my PC, Wii, 3DS, Android tablet, or Xbox 360.
Instant messaging my family and a very close friend who emigrated last year.
b) There is some element of my profile that piques your curiosity, and which you want to discuss or inquire after.
c)You are seized by the urge to leave a once-off comment on my profile. Even if you don't want to begin a conversation. I'd be interested in reading what you have to say.
d) The Reapers have left you with no alternative.
e) My misuse of the English language has incensed you to the point that you are compelled to submit a complaint.
f) You wish to conduct an Experiment... ;-)