rockali
26 Birmingham, UK
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My self-summary
I hate talking about myself. Unfortunately, that would make for a poor self-summary so here goes. Most people would probably describe me as somewhat geeky: I'm a post-grad studying late Roman and medieval history; I also have a passion for science (my undergraduate course was literally decided on a coin flip - science or history). I am willing to argue politics, global affairs, morality, and philosophy with anyone foolish enough to bring up the topic. I build electric guitars in my spare time. I like thrash-metal and, somewhat weirdly, minimalist-classical music. I love tennis (Federer is a god) and hate football with a burning passion.
What I’m doing with my life
Working on my thesis: many long hours of reading and translating, writing, re-writing, re-re-writing, deleting and starting over. I build electric guitars in my spare time, and try to play some tennis when I can.
I’m really good at
Constructing a cogent and logical argument. Also procrastinating... and being awkward around people I don't know that well. Coming across as an aloof dick: caused by reading too much Sherlock Holmes as a child, a mildly posh sounding accent, being socially awkward and using words like 'aloof'. I've been told I'm actually sweeter (eugh!) than I first seem.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have rather long hair and a beard. I'm avoiding everyone else. I look like I'm deep in thought at all times. I'm 'actively silent'... apparently.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Sherlock Holmes, The Lord of the Rings, 1984, The Catcher in the Rye, anything by Isaac Asimov, His Dark Materials, The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, Othello, Songs of Innocence and Experience, Conn Iggulden's 'Emperor' quadrilogy, A Song of Ice and Fire.

Movies: Lost in Translation, The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, The Lord of the Rings, Sin City, Leon, Dead Poets Society, Brick, Saving Private Ryan, Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, Gladiator, Good Will Hunting, About Time, Her.

Shows: Frasier, House, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Veronica Mars, Game of Thrones, Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett), South Park, DS9, Stargate.

Music: Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, System of a Down, Pink Floyd, Dire Straights, Hendrix, Robin Trower, Buckethead, Joe Satriani, Ludovico Einaudi, Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Sigur Ros, Terry Callier, Santana, Metric, Imelda May, The Cure, Blink 182, Greenday, Kaki King, JJ. Cale, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wagner, Eminem, Slayer, Thin Lizzy.

Food: Chinese, Thai, really vinegary chips, Sunday roast, porridge (strange but true).
The six things I could never do without
Food,
Water,
Laughter,
Curiosity,
Rationality,
Possibilities.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Uni work, science, questions of morality, politics, reasons why religion is a bunch of mumbo-jumbo widely accepted and espoused by my fellows. How to live a good and fulfilling life - and failing to follow-through.
On a typical Friday night I am
Writing until the early hours of the morning. And on a typical Saturday morning I am busy deleting most of what was written the previous night. Fun times!
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
ask me and find out.
You should message me if
You have something interesting to say.
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