Outside the narrow confines of reproductive capability, neither gender nor age define a person's maturity, capabilites or true self.
As a serious student of history I am led to reject popular thought all the more complete, tainted as deeply as it is by all the propoganda fed to us in the presentation of our past. I am very a much a Devil's Advocate.
If, like the vast majority, you more or less believe what you have been told at school, at home, and by your political and religious leaders, and if you are not appalled by the way society behaves and is structured, all over the world, than you probably won't be very happy talking to me.
If I ever gain control of a nation-state, they will probably say that Hitler and Lenin were moderate and mild in comparison. (Even if I conquer the world, because I completely despise any form of censorship too, unlike those two.)
My major hobby is the study of military history, though, in keeping with Descartes' view of one all encompassing Science, all knowledge interests me. Other favourite areas are general history, linguistics, philosophy, sociology, psychology tantra and Chi Kung. Game theory is also a great fascination. Needless to say, I like wargames, RPGs and strategy games, although I am enough of a perfectionist, historian and hoplophile that I find off-the-shelf games unpalatable. Only after extensively rewriting something am I ever happy with it. I currently play, and am writing a scenario and many personal rules for the PBEM game Lords of the Earth. I play in L13.
I wish I was better with computers than I am, but since I am not, I don't play computer games much. It is hard to completely rewrite something if you don't read the language it was written in. I sometimes humour my strategy game yearnings by playing tactical WWII wargames of the Close Combat/Squad Assault variety, just to see what kind of ridiculous kill ratios I can get. I only play the Germans. At least it makes the ridiculous kill ratios a little less ridiculous than it would be playing the Allies.
The only athletic thing that holds any appeal for me is martial arts. (And if you couldn't have guessed, I like the more esoteric ones, though I like pragmatism too. I am cuurently studying Bujinkan Taijutsu/Ninjutsu in the Yamaneko Dojo, and it has become a major part of my life. I don't have the slightest interest in sports.
I don't watch television, and I am extremely picky about movies and novels. I usually sympathize with the villain, and despise the hypocritical and superficial protaganist. This is true with a good 95% of stories I watch or read. Besides, I tend to pick apart plot and character inconsistancy, not to mention all the historical or scientific mistakes.
I happen to enjoy Anime, including Hentai. It isn't usually any less plausable than non-animated media, and often shows more imagination.
I draw a bit, and paint lead minatures, my favourites being the 15 and 6mm varieties. I used to play the cello, but it has been a while. The wretched quality of music which adolescent orchestra programs choose left me uninterested in performance or practice. (I hate Ragtime, and within the realm of classical, I tend to lose interest once one hits the Romantic era. You can keep your Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. I'll take Quantz, the Bachs or Corelli any day.)
I have been pretty anti-social for the better part of the last decade, but have been more out and about recently. I can be found downtown on various nights (Thurs-Sat mostly), usually at Asylum, since that is where many of my fellow former Fine-Liners can be found.
For whatever its worth to you, I am also a vegetarian, for various scientific, philosophical and ethical reasons.
Just to round out your view of me, here are a few of my favourite mythological, literary and historical characters. Each of them says something about the way I think and feel about the world.
Freya/Morrigan-Macha-Anu (basically the same character seen through different mythologies) King Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great) Frederick Wilhelm von Seydlitz Felix Steiner Otto Skorzeny Pythagoras Tomoe Louise Michel Julie la Maupin Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi Queen Mebh of Connaught Gerhard Johann David von Scharnhorst Karl von Clausewitz Mary E. Walker Wisna Weibiorg Hetha, Queen of Sle and Zeeland Tomyris, Queen of the Massagetae Sichelgaita King Edward I of England Sammurat/Semiramis Hannah Schnell Feanor Maedhros Behemoth the Cat Hans-Joachim Marseille Christopher Hart III Thlayli General Woundwort Ninon de Lanclos Johann von Ewald Jane de Montfort
I am analytical, philosophical, and heterodox