My previous profile featured a huge wall of text that probably was quite intimidating to come across, and although I'm not too worried about being mysterious or anything like that, I guess it probably is a good idea to leave some topics still open for discussion/discovery. Also, it probably took people way too long to figure out why they didn't want to hang around (or did, as the case might have been).
That's why I decided to rewrite this profile in a slightly different way. I kind of see myself as a rather 'different' person, in many ways, and I thought it would be interesting to spell out some of these ways, because those are probably the first things to turn people off, or, for some people, have the opposite effect. That way, if you find you got through these without growing to dislike me, you're probably in pretty good shape. Or I am. Either way. I'm making it into a list, although it's probably less stylistically attractive, because I think it's less daunting that way, and you can kind of scan through it more easily.
So here goes!
- I'm a nerd. I like geeky things such as programming, maths, gaming (quite a big gamer, although a bit more toward the casual side than that statement might make you think), and learning. I also like timelapses, which I devoted a YouTube channel to.
- I'm not fashionable. I don't like to think about fashion too much, and don't care too much about it in others either. It's both a matter of convenience/laziness and ideological (I don't think looks do or should matter too much).
- I can't sing, but still like to. I hope you answered “I'd find it cute and offer encouragement.”
- I'm a bit socially awkward. At some point, I thought I might be autistic. It turns out, I have some of the traits, but not enough to be diagnosed. I still identify with autism a little bit, sometimes, though.
- I'm fairly intelligent, although I think I used to think I was moreso than I now think I think I am. I'm still an intellectual, at least. I also appreciate intellectualism more than intellect in others, although I can appreciate both.
- I have some issues with being disciplined in my studies and work and such, and this and my various interests have caused me to have lost quite a number of years in my academic pursuits, which means I'm currently only in the first year of my masters even though I'm already 26 at the time of writing.
- I'm not too interested in sports, although I think table tennis is fun, and I'm usually up for that. Very occasionally, I will go for a run, but my stamina is such that I can't keep that up for very long at a time.
- I have a bit of an obsession with cats. Love them to pieces. Awww! If I stay alone, I might end up as a crazy cat lady. Currently I have two cats, Yottem and Hana (from Japanese 鼻, not 花).
- I tend to have negative physical reactions to certain overly stimulating situations, such as extended social interaction with various people, especially when combined with physical activity (the field weekends I go on with my fellow biology students, where long walks are taken, are a prime example of a challenging situation for me). I try to not let this stop me from doing things I otherwise want to do (I do continue to go on those field weekends, for example, because otherwise they're great).
- You might have guessed this from the other items in this list, but I'm not a very outgoing, spontaneous, or party-going type. My idea of a good time is sitting at home with friends, playing Super Smash Bros., or going out birding, or watching videos on Khan Academy or TED.
If you do still want to learn more about me, maybe my blog (which I post in very irregularly) will be of use. Also my Steam profile for games, my Last.fm profile for music, my MyAnimeList profile for anime, and my IMDb profile for movies and series.
Finally, here's a few topics that I'm always interested in discussing. But feel free to bring up other things as well; these are just suggestions.
- Determinism and the illusion of free will (depending on your definition)
- Helen DeWitt, in particular her novel “The Last Samurai”
- Languages or linguistics
- Biology (especially theoretical and computational biology)