Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I'm laid back and easygoing, almost to the point of being
annoyingly indecisive, until something catches my eye, when I
become childishly enthusiastic like the Tenth Doctor when
something's trying to kill him. You can take that simile to
indicate I'm a bit of a geek, but this would be to underestimate
me. In fact, I am "frighteningly anal", at least according to the
I like things that are great for no reason — Tim Minchin's songs
would be popular if the backing was chords and a baseline but I
love that he's a brilliant pianist anyway. I get cross when things
are awful for no reason — some things can't be helped, but
rules and limitations infuriate me.
I think maths and people and the universe are all wonderfully
fascinating and I've very little time for people who'd rather
believe in færies or astrology or other such nonsense.
I'm in a very happy polyamorous relationship with Auri-o-matic
. We have jobs in
different cities this year, so I think it's time to explore
secondary relationships — I guess I'm looking for something a
bit more casual? We'll see. But I haven't updated all the match
questions because how tragic would it be to find myself single and
spend a Friday night changing them all back
OkCupid seems determined to match me with people whose name ends in
"-asaurus". I am 100% OK with this.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Sometimes I use silliness to promote mathematics or, more commonly,
the other way around. Earlier today I sang La Marseillaise for a
Radio 4 show and today was not an especially strange day.
They say you should do something every day that scares you, so I
have started cycling to work.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I like to think I'm good at thinking clearly and explaining things.
I draw and sing pretty well but not as often as I like. I play
keyboard a little but not usually in front of anyone. I'm good with
computers. To be honest I prefer to be a bit good at a lot of
things than very good at a few.
Also, procrastination. I think I've answered all the match question
now. There are 8,359. The last one is "is this what you planned to
do this week?".
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
Probably my hair. It's right there at eye level.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
• The Divine Comedy (Band) — nobody can write a rhyme like Neil
• Duke Special — OK, maybe one person can write a rhyme like Neil
• Amanda Palmer — ONLY THREE PEOPLE can write a rhyme like Neil
• The Prestige
• Some things that aren't pretentious I can't recall just
• Anything by Steven Moffat.
• The X Files, series five, episode twelve.
• Anything with David Mitchell.
• Anything in the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman Venn Diagram
• Anything by the other David Mitchell.
• Leeks. They're good, aren't they?
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
1. My phone - fairly obvious, but I'm so used to being able to fill
any boring wait with Twitter and ebooks and so on that I don't know
if I could go back to not having that. And not constantly having a
magic map of everywhere that knows where I am? Really, that was
ever a thing?
2. My keys - I need them to get into my flat.
3. Coffee - I function okay without it, to be honest, but I don't
see why I should have to. Going to make coffee is a nice little
break that sort of feels like legitimate work activity.
4. List padding
5. Mental stimulation - interesting people and books and TV and so
on. I go a bit crazy without it, especially if there's
6. iPlayer - what, you expect me to be in my house at certain times
so I can watch TV? No, thankyou.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
problems I am not supposed to be working on.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
just about recovered from Thursday.
Thursday nights I normally go out for a few drinks with friends,
and somehow it tends to end up being quite a lot of drinks, not
always with the same people. I never plan for that, but the first
thing that goes when I have a few drinks is any recollection that I
don't intend to have another lots of drinks. Well, the
first thing that goes is my already-borderline ability to
play pianos, but usually there isn't one about so nobody notices.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I've run down Oxford Road naked.
You should message me if
Offer a few tips to help matches win you over.
You did not actually believe I have answered all the match
questions. Really, some people think that.
The worst I can do is ignore you, right?
Well, no, the worst I can do is print out all your match
questions and your photo and stick it all up all over town. But I
won't do that. I don't even have a printer.
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