Well first things first, I'm interested in almost everything. I mean that, if a subject comes up in conversation that I don't know about, odds are that I'd very much like to know about it, somebody really has to work at being boring to bore me!
I generally get on with just about everybody, though I am rather shy about approaching people. I'm fine once I get talking to them, but I really would rather people come and chat to me first, I hope that's okay. I'm fine when I get talking to people, in fact I talk quite a lot, but I really feel nervous about pinging people out of the blue, ---- not to mention I often worry I'm talking a lot of, ---- well you know what.
As far as the photo goes, ---- well I'm really sorry it's a profile shot, there's no really sinister reason for this except that it was the most recent photo I had. I am trying to get another one so will update things at that point. I'm medium height, moderately strongly built, with glasses, slightly untidy dark hair (though no lightning shaped scar I'm afraid), blue eyes. The site states that I'm apparently more optimistic --- and I suppose this is generally true, since i like to believe the best of individuals ---- big organisations like countries, companies governments etc are something of a different matter.
Well I suppose I'd better move on to some concrete facts about myself here. I'm doing a Phd in philosophy, hence my inability to mix the correct type of conversational cement to glue facts together. the subject of my Phd thesis is Ethics and equality, particularly on the practical everyday level. Yes! practical! philosophy!
I should probably also say here, that I most emphatically believe that everything in life is for enjoying, this isn't to say there aren't problems, just that we should think of life as more good than bad, and full of unexpected fish ------ sorry!
I don't philosophise constantly though, I have an extremely wide taste in music from classical and film soundtracksto progressive rock, with film scores, Pink Floyd, Lennard Kohan, John Williams, Prokoffiev and Rak maninov as a selection of just a few of my favourites. I really can't stand a lot of pop music or rap I'm afraid, anything that's off key tends to be painful to me, and I really dislike stuff with boring cord sequences (this isn't to say all pop though).
In my spare time I read a great deal, well ---- that's a bit of an understatement, with me books rank about second only to oxygen on the list of things necessary to keep me alive. I especially like science fiction and fantasy. I of course love the Harry Potter books, and I've grown up reading the works of J.R.R. Tolkeen like Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
I've read many of the Sf classics by authors like Isac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, Anne Mccaffry, Ursula Leguin. I also love many less well known fantasy or Sf authors like Tad Williams, Jack Vance, or Fredric Pohl.
I'm also into some very off the wall stuff, such as Neel Gayman and that wonderful novel by Susan Clark.
I'm not limited to weird stuff though, I read a variety of other things, such as the odd horror by authors like Steven King, James Herbert, or Graham Masterton, the odd well-written thriller novel or even historical fiction by authors like Mary Stewart or Bernard Cornwell.
I don't watch much tv, but love seeing Films, (or movies as people of the US would call them). I rather like long running series with an ongoing plot, again mostly Sf or fantasy. Some of my favourites include Starwars, Firefly, Labyrinth, The tenth Kingdom, and once in a while Star trek next generation. Oh yes, I've also recently discovered the joys of Babylon 5. It's probably for this reason that the site claims I'm geekier than other males my age ---- but if so, up with the geeks!
Though I'm no expert on the subject, I've also seen a few good Anime, such as Kenshin, Keeno's journey,Spirited away, Kenshin, or of course Neon Genesis of Evangelion,
As you have probably guessed, I spend most of my time on other philosophical planets, but when I actually drop in on earth, I've got a rather nice flat in the city of Durham, with some very eclectic decoration.
I do do a fair amount of other things besides reading and watching Dvd's. I'm a fairly serious Tenor and musician. I've sung in choirs, and given short one man shows, but my great love is performing in Musicals, and especially Gilbert and sullivan, though I'm not at all keen on grand opera. So what do I play? Well various things, I'm a fair Pianist, and also play the Flute. I was once a Folk musician, so learned to play the Accordian, as well as various Recorders, and traditional English Pipes.
When I've got the time, and can face the hideously evil spider's web of technical nastiness that is my multi track recorder, I also compose my own music.
In addition I write short stories, I'd love to write a novel, but everytime I try I end up getting lost somewhere along the line ---- I'll do it one day though. Thankfully whilst writing I don't have to cope with any technical spiders of doom! (well not unless they're part of the plot anyway).
I also enjoy traveling, though having been in full time higher education for quite a while I haven't been able to do as much as I'd like. after my PhD is finished though, I'd love to spend a year going to different countries such as India, Japan, countries in Africa, or possibly Rumania, but that's a few years off yet.
The city of Durham, where I'm living most of the time at the moemnt, is a small town surrounded by countryside, and while I'M NOT THE SORT OF PERSON WHO HIKES FOR DAYS ON END, I DO like an odd WALK OR CYCLE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE.
I'm afraid I'm not interested at all in playing, or watching sport, though I do lift weights, run or go canoeing every so often (it's good for my voice).
At some point, I'd love to take up Cross country skiing,, it's something i did a few years ago and can't wait to try again when I get the chance, ---- oh to the evils of a life of academic study!
If you ask me what my religion is, I'll tell you I'm a Universalist, but I can't really go into a huge discussion of MY BELIEFS ABOUT God HERE, I've already rambled on more than enough in this profile.
If you like the sound of me, please get in touch. I would very much rather you contact me than the other way around, if that's alright. You might want to take my "Are you my perfect partner test" to learn a bit MORE about me, I've written the test so that the answers that score best are also the answers I myself would give, so it's a sort of two way test, for me and you.
Oh heck! I've just rambled on and on for ages! It's amazing how you can write these things once you've started! I'm really sorry for making you read all this drivel.
I am philosophical, relaxed, and individualistic