The second thing you need to know about me is that I write a lot. It's just the way I am. So this profile is long. Do not worry: there will not be a test. I have considered setting a test, but that would be pointlessly cruel.
I'm not going to disclose my real name here, but you may call me 'you'. You may not call me 'u'. If you're cute you can call me anything you like. Except 'u'. If I can call you Betty, then Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al.
Since the first thing you are going to look at is my pictures, I suppose I should give some physical description of myself that the photos don't show. But I'm not really the person to ask, am I? I am 18 hands tall from sole to crown, but you can see that from the sidebar. In motion, I might be graceful like a swan or graceful like a hippo: I don't know. I have a pretty soft, fairly deep voice with a hard-to-place accent (though most people at least agree I sound Scottish). Also my eyes change colour. Not depending on the light; they rapidly strobe all sorts of different colours. And shoot laser beams. Ok, that bit about my eyes might be false. Generally, though, I find that photographs are existent objects in their own right with qualities independent of their subject, which is a fancy way of saying people can look good or bad in pictures without necessarily looking like that in real life.
After a wee stint of being a goth, I've decided to try being a me. It's a lot more comfortable, although I still have a soft spot for goth aesthetics, as well as parts of the lifestyle. I like computers and Linux, but know better than to go on about them to people who aren't interested. This makes me, as far as I know, unique among geeks. I also have a strong interest in tagging things on my OKC profile, even if OKC doesn't even do anything with the tagging any more, the buggers.
I am instinctively liberal and egalitarian, but I am opposed to movements for social progress that couch the issues in positions of hostile adversarialism. I also think that anyone who thinks their freedom of expression somehow protects their expression from criticism is sorely missing the point of freedom of expression. I am more interested in why people hold certain opinions than in what those opinions are. I am technically agnostic but identify more as atheist (although depending on the meanings you attach to those terms, they might not be mutually exclusive anyway).
One of my three adjectives (back when OKC had three adjectives) was 'self-contradictory', but in some ways I'm not; I'm very interested in disassembling contradictions: things we take for granted in our culture as polar opposites sometimes aren't so mutually exclusive after all.
Case in point: OKC thinks my personality is both more mathematical and more artsy and literary than people my age, gender and orientation. I've never understood why you have to be just one or the other.
I don't get people who describe themselves as "laid-back". Isn't everyone laid-back about some things, intense about others? I know I am. Generally, I like people who see themselves and the world in all its glorious colours, not just in black and white.
My hobby is telling people I am from the future.
I am no longer, constrained by, and three adjectives