My current interests run mostly to hiking, skiing and the like but I enjoy most outdoor activities (e.g. SCUBA diving). I am also an avid traveller. I would dearly love to take a course in sky-diving or learn to fly a helicopter (or learn a martial art, or...) but who has the time to do everything? As I said, I especially enjoy walking/hiking and I would love to find someone who shares that.
I have intellectual pursuits that I enjoy in my spare time: I have an unnatural fascination with language and linguistics, ancient mythology and a desire to learn about psychology (really I want to go back to university and do another three of four undergraduate degrees).
By day I'm an electronics/systems engineer (for those interested, I work on [and also run] applied research into signal processing, information and control algorithms & techniques) and I exhibit a degree of geekiness that comes with the territory. I do absolutely love my job - I get to use almost every technical skill I have ever learned and, at the same time, get to employ my creativity every step of the way to solve challenging problems.
Unlike a lot of people (almost everyone on here it seems), I am not a *huge* fan of London (I like it upon occasion). I love the amenities and the endless selection of things to do but I dislike the crowds, the endless gray sprawl, the whole constricting oppressive feel of the city (or any really big city for that matter) and, of course, I *hate* the prices. As a result, I have moved to the (not so salubrious) city of Luton on the Hertfordshire border (with lots of fields and trees and green places and space and cheap houses).
All of that is somewhat superficial. What I would love to find someone that, like me loves to discuss ideas. Ideas about everything: psychology, the internet, how a bird's mind would react if were transplanted into a fish, social phenomenon, the way stuff/people/society works or could work, how you would rebuild the legal system, possible remedies to the national budget, why your dog prefers marmite on toast over boiled eggs... whatever.
As I said in the summary, I'm a systems engineer and I really like my job - I get to use almost every technical skill I have ever learned and, at the same time, get to employ my creativity every step of the way to solve challenging problems.
I also have loads of home projects (e.g. designing/building UAVs) some of which I would like to turn into a YouTube channel to extol the virtues of engineering to the youth of today.
I'm not really sure to be honest, but I seem to have muddled through a degree at Cambridge and have managed to climb the career ladder successfully enough.
A selection of my favourite films: The Quiet American, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), Empire of the Sun, 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, 12 Angry Men, Slumdog Millionaire, Inception, Cloud Atlas.
All time favourite TV: The Wire, Luther, Dexter, Battlestar Galactica, House, and Deadwood.
Music: Most things that aren't Rap/Hip Hop/Drum 'n Bass... I work on mood - any mood will do and most (but not all) of the songs of these genres I find moodless(?) and bland.
A random sample of artists that I like: Joe Satriani, REM, The Shadows, Genesis, Beatles, Dire Straits, Amethystium, Pink Floyd, Bryan Adams, The Doors, Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Reinhard Mey, Rammstein, Blake Shelton, Mike & The Mechanics, Blur, Schiller, ... see more on last.fm
Food: Indian, Italian, Pub Food, most things really except "Chinese" (I actually like some authentic Chinese food - i.e. when in China - but can't stand the rubbish that you get from most so-called Chinese restaurants in the UK). I love to cook curries (as there is so much variety) and Indian breads but also enjoy cooking lots of other stuff too.
That being said, we probably won't get on too well if you're really into clubbing or you smoke.