I am unintentionally pedantic, awkwardly pedagogical, perpetually curious and consistently confused. I am thoroughly convinced that the world would be significantly better off if every human being had a few more IQ points, and a few more questions than answers. I am literally overjoyed by the sheer wealth of knowledge available in the world, the vast number of different thoughts and ideas to explore, and the almost infinite complexity of human expression.
I realize it isn't exactly selling myself or anything, but in the interests of honesty I have to admit that I can be pretty cantankerous and belligerent from time to time. It's never mean-spirited though; I'm just kind of curmudgeony and I like to ask questions when I think I might disagree with someone. However, more than anything, I find myself overcome with a desire to see everyone in the world better off than they were yesterday. Unfortunately, that can involve confronting unpleasant truths and doing away with pleasant delusions.
If he hadn't already beaten me to it, my chief ambition would be to become Stephen Fry.
Also, while I'm absolute shit with formulas and equations and all that, I'm pretty good with the more abstract math/science type ideas - as long as I've got someone to talk to who actually does understand all the particulars and can tell me when I'm not making any sense. Though, in this regard, I may have mistaken enthusiasm for skill...
I think the first thing people seem to notice when they talk to me is that I talk very quickly, and tend to tangent a lot.
I absolutely adore Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels, which I discovered by way of reading the novel he coauthored with Neil Gaiman, whose work I also adore. They're the only two modern authors I'm really up to date on, but I have a fantastic collection of antique favorites as well.
I'm an embarrassingly devoted fan of H.P. Lovecraft, and while I've only recently begun reading the Sherlock Holmes stories, I enjoy them immensely as well. I am absolutely enthralled by the writing of Oscar Wilde. Oh, and Shakespeare; I love Shakespeare. Dat sonnetry, tho.
As far as non-fiction goes, I'm a big fan of the Four Horsemen of Atheism: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett and Christopher Hitchens.
Movies are harder for me to remember, actually. I always think of favorite films at random times and try desperately to remember them, only to find an absolute blank when someone asks me about movies I enjoy. I really liked Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, as well as old classics like The Italian Job and How To Steal A Million. I love the Marx Brothers, Mel Brooks and Monty Python, as well as anything with Stephen Fry in it. I recently became briefly obsessed with Asian ghost stories, and found that I really like horror movies that are more about horrifying ideas and situations than just jump-out startling scenes.
I don't really watch a lot of television, but I can quite easily become briefly obsessed with a particular series or other. Doctor Who, Torchwood, Misfits, Quite Interesting, Life on Mars (the BBC version, not the crappy American one), Ashes to Ashes (the sequel series), Blackadder and the Sherlock BBC miniseries have all captured my attention at one point or another. Oh, I also grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, and still think of it as more of a cultural phenomenon than an ordinary television program.
As far as music, my tastes run to the remarkably mundane. I used to be quite a little punk when I was a teenager, and still have a nostalgic fondness for '80s and '90s punk rock, but then I discovered Flogging Molly and the Pogues, and from there developed an interest in Irish folk music. Now I tend to listen to the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem and The Dubliners more than anything else.
I don't really have any favorites in terms of food, apart from a great love of sushi, distressingly rare steak and good dark beer. But really, I can eat anything.
-A ready supply of books
-At least one close friend
The Future. I probably don't spend as much time thinking about my own practical future as I should, but I do spend a lot of mental energy pondering our future as a species; the things we could accomplish, where our civilization will go and what will come of it, that sort of thing.
The Nature of Reality. I love science-y stuff, even though I'm not exactly the most mathematically inclined person in the world, and the really heavy sorts of questions that blur the line between Science and Philosophy really fascinate me.
Literature. I absolutely love words, and the things they can express, so I've probably got some line of poetry or narrative running through my head at any given time. It's not terribly productive, but it's better than having Rick Astley stuck in your head.
Specifically, I wanted to be the ghost from the animated film "The Canterville Ghost." When I was very young and saw that film for the first time, I saw a funny old man who dressed strangely and liked his own place, and his own things, and his own ways. He made a safe place for himself, where he could be himself, and he loved and cared for that place. When strangers came to that place he was frightened, but eventually he and those strangers came to care for each other, and he invited them into his safe place so he could keep them safe as well.
That, I realized when I was five years old, was me. I knew that I wanted to be that man. Since then, I have done my utmost to become that man, and I think I have not done too badly.
...And now, because not enough people actually answer this question, here is a whole list of other things that could be considered "private", which I can only assume might be tantalizing or interesting or perhaps even reassuringly dull:
- I sleep naked
- I am not nearly as confident as I sound
- I spent at least six months on the verge of starvation because I could not afford to feed myself
- I am far more interested in pleasing others than is perhaps healthy
- I used to perform on the Madison cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which is essentially just super-amateur burlesque
- I analyze words because they are easier to understand than the people using them, and offer an avenue of insight into the speaker's thoughts not otherwise available to me
- As well-spoken, deliberate and composed as I try to be, small animals reduce me to a gibbering, useless, baby-talking fool
- In stark contrast to the above, I completely loathe human babies. This is largely due to the immensely and inexplicably positive reaction most human adults have toward them. Also... just ew.
You should also message me if you think I seem neato but think that, because I visited your profile already and have not yet messaged you, I am uninterested - that's almost certainly not what it means.
You should also message me if you have more to say than, "Hey, what's up", but don't necessarily feel up to writing pages of amazing prose just to introduce yourself to some random internet guy - I hate how much like a job interview this whole process can seem.
You should *not* message me (about dates/sex/etc.) if you are a guy and your profile says you are straight. I'm sorry, but I just don't want to deal with all of that.