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My self-summary
Hi, my name is Nick.

Rebellious, passionate, performing artist and myth-maker. A poet, dreamer, romantic, iconoclastic intellectual, and excitable idealist.

I’m fond of genuinely nice people who aren’t prone to bitterness, jealousy or spite. My purpose in life is to make the magic come alive.

I am that same kid in his play room, lost in his imagination, where all his toys are alive and immersed in a unfurling story where the creator and audience become one and the same. And having seen the divine therein, has no intention of ever returning to the place others call reality.

Or to quote Heraclitus; we are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.

My background is one that merges the very privileged with the acutely painful. I desire a slow-paced life in the heart of beautiful natural surroundings, far away from the hectic pulse of human hysteria and competitive status-seeking.

Better to be the fool who loves too much than the monster who loves too little.


Ok, so I recently downsized my previously massive profile (on the suggestion of a friend) in an attempt to not scare off the tl;dr crowd or the people who can’t handle *all of me in one go before they even know me* (I can be rather like staring at the sun), but it’s resulted in me getting a lot of messages from people who are unprepared for what they’re getting themselves in for, and I also feel like I’m being dishonest by omitting parts of myself.

So, with that in mind, some further reading:

I’m typically polite, warm, and sometimes exuberant – to the point of mania. I lust for life, I lust for the stars. Intense enthusiasm, playfulness, wonderment, and a traffic jam of thousands of racing thoughts characterise my everyday life. Some of those thoughts are surreal and mad, others are genius, I boldly walk through the line that Oscar Levant erased. I want to experience everything, and I want to live forever (and am making plans, see cryonics). I miss social cues, normal etiquette rarely occurs to me - but when you get to know me, I have a heart of gold.

Even in my calmer moods I’m likely to sound like I’m high on life or jugging dozens of crazy schemes or ideas. I’m also ridiculously honest and open, like loose-cannon honest and open, but at the same time I can keep a secret and have never broken a promise in my life.

If you intrepidly state your opinions, you’ll be perceived as arrogant. If you remain reticent, you have to live with the knowledge that you’re a hypocritical coward. I felt the latter option was more sinister. Caught between a rock and a hard place, I take the liberty of gate-crashing the minds of almost everyone I meet.

Once you’ve earned my trust, I am extremely loyal and loving. By contrast, I am excessively cagey around people who I think don’t like me. And in my low moods, I’m hypersensitive to stress, and a little paranoid.

The things I hate the most are; hypocrisy, cruelty, boredom, and death.

Within me exist a streak that enjoys subtly winding people up without them knowing. I find ludicrous exaggeration hilarious. When playing a role, I rarely break character – and I’m content with being misunderstood in the name of art. As my best friend said “I was just thinking I’ve never met anyone as actively *living* creativity as you, you just go off like a nuclear reactor all the time”.

I’m mildly bipolar and fully a polarizing figure, many people either love me or hate me. It used to be about 50/50. These days it’s more like 90% love, 10% hate. That’s progress. My empathy and emotional intelligence has increased dramatically since the headstrong days of my late teens and early 20’s. I remain profoundly individualistic though.

So yeah, you’ve probably gathered by now that I’m quite the head case, but the harmless kind. Love and empathy are my premier values and I spend much of my time agonising over how to make people happier.

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like people to be “full on” then you should probably avoid me, I am pure unhindered energy, and an unconventional ever-evolving challenge.

Most of the time (these days) I really don’t like text-based communication, so ask me for my skype or phone number as soon as you feel comfortable, and I’ll almost certainly give it to you (addendum; my skype is now at the end).

I have a preference for charismatic geeky girls, and/or intellectuals, that said, being the megalomaniac that I am, I quickly adore anyone who seems to like me.

Guys message me too – I like making new friends. Only two guys have ever messaged me on this site, and they both became good friends who are a part of my life to this day. If you’re male, statistically you have a 100% success rate of becoming my friend. I am of course, straight though, but girls, if you’re looking for friendship, likewise, message me – even if I’m hot for you and it isn’t reciprocated, I’ll happily ignore that to make new friends. Love transcends sex. Friendship transcends everything.

If you’ve read this far; you’re epic, give yourself a hug.

And yeaaaaah… that pretty much scratches the surface of the iceberg that is me. Want to know more? I’m an open book. An open book that is liable to cause your head to explode, in a colourful way. <3
What I’m doing with my life
My near term goal in life is to become a successful published author / fantasist. My near and long term aspiration is to influence people through my art, and use any platform of fame that I acquire to change the world for the better (– and yes, I’m being completely serious). After publication I want to write / direct episodic animation, but I’ll involve myself in any creative project that adapts my work and pays well or furthers my career/calling. I prefer the visual medium to words. I’d like to work with concept artists, animators, maybe even puppeteers and roboticists, to bring my fantastical visions to life and create a captivating, layered, on-going stories. The upcoming virtual reality is heaven for a creator like me.

I'm currently writing a fantasy book series based on a game world that I've been building for the last seventeen or so years. And periodically editing my controversial memoire about... (let's just leave it at that, for now).

I'm sure I will be famous in a few years (jump on the bandwagon now), but even if I'm not - I'm fortunate enough to have enough money to never need to work again. This doesn't diminish my appetite for self-actualisation though. I'm extremely self-motivated and believe I owe it to the world to bare my heart, soul, and incredible imagination.
I’m really good at
- Character creation.
- Acting.
- Martial arts / mma.
- Being imaginative.
- Being non-judgmental, kind, and empathetic to anyone or anything that isn't going out of its way to harm me.
- Creating imaginary worlds.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably that I’m going out of my way to be different, and succeeding.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books - The Blind Watchmaker - Richard Dawkins. The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology - Ray Kurzweil. The Complete Essays - Michel De Montaigne. Faust - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. The Consolations of Philosophy - Alain De Botton. Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe - Martin Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow. The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell. The Portable Nietzsche - Friedrich Nietzsche, Edited and Translated by Walter Kaufmann. The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason - Sam Harris. The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien. Conversations with Goethe - Johann Peter Eckermann. Animal Liberation - Peter Singer. The Mind Made Flesh: Essays from the Frontiers of Evolution and Psychology - Nicholas Humphrey. The World as Will and Representation - Arthur Schopenhauer. Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs that Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime - Aubrey de Grey. The Iliad - Homer. The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism - Friedrich A. Hayek. The Comprehensible Cosmos: Where Do the Laws of Physics Come From? - Victor J. Stenger. Zanshin: Meditation and the Mind in modern martial arts - Vince Morris. Animal Farm - George Orwell, etc.

Music - Jeremy Soule, Claude Debussy, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Erik Satie, Ludwig van Beethoven, Inon Zur, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, Yūzō Koshiro, Neil Innes, Jean Sibelius, Paul Dukas, Johann Strauss I, Gustav Holst, Nobuo Uematsu, John Barry, George Gershwin, Giuseppe Verdi, Franz Schubert, Frédéric Chopin, Camille Saint-Saëns, Igor Stravinsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Rage Against The Machine, Mark 'TDK' Knight, Linkin Park, Alanis Morissette, Imogen Heap, Blue Oyster Cult, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Henryk Gorecki, Jim Johnston, The Birthday Massacre, John Williams, Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer, Susumu Hirasawa, Our Lady Peace, Sheridan Tongue, Serge Prokofieff, The Prodigy, Ludovico Einaudi, Edvard Grieg, The Peatbog Faeries, Placebo, Radiohead, Franz Liszt,etc.

I enjoy music as an inspirational backdrop to my thoughts and daydreams.

Food - anything vegan.*

*I hate violence, domination, and slavery. The way humans treat most animals -just because they can- is horrendous. Factory farms and slaughterhouses are evil, yet are somehow in the 'moral blind spot' of most people.
Six things I could never do without
1. Imagination
2. Integrity
3. Mischief
4. Love / Empathy
5. Will to originality
6. Wonder

(7.) Gyokuro
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My book(s), wisdom, philosophy, astronomy, psychology, mythology, the future of humanity and other life on/from earth, cosmology, wondering how what I say will be interpreted or misinterpreted, neuroscience, cognitive science, intelligence, the human condition, consciousness, reality, how to change the world, history, transhumanism, art, ethics, my characters, the abolition of involuntary suffering (I am friends with the philosopher who spearheads this movement;, zoology, ethology, qualia, physics, politics (especially big picture global politics and international relations), political philosophy, the neural correlates of consciousness, what to do with my future, evolutionary biology, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary neuroscience, computational neuroscience, insecurities (alas, don't we all), meta-physics, virtual reality, radical life extension, ego-death, freeform fantasy roleplay, whether we're alone in the universe, the Fermi paradox, and how people who don't think it's a problem are wrong, quantum mechanics, the multiverse, life, nature, animals, biology, romance, romanticism, comedy, illusion, culture, identity, meaning, history of ideas, philosophy of history, immortality, artificial intelligence, artificial consciousness, pattern recognition, technological singularity, poetry, self-realisation, deontology, metaphysical naturalism, who am I, what am I, why am I, my life, culture, philosophical psychology, my day dreams, my creations, what can it mean to be, my personae, the internal world, the human condition, the human race, beauty, fantasy, comedy, meditation, other universes, different ways of seeing the world, claims to truth, intellectual dishonesty, defence mechanisms, the nature of consciousness, the nature of intelligence, the hard problem of consciousness, folly, vice, deontology, sublimation, politics, subjectivity, identity, misconceptions in public wisdom, the nature of being, meta-psychology, moral progress, space exploration, diffuse consciousness, innate knowledge, mythopoeic imagination, creativity, chaos, the nature of free will and self-determinism, individuation, morality, mortality, the nature of reality, infinite regress, nature/nurture, psychosomatic expression, speciesism, chaos theory, individualism and collectivism, personal growth and self-actualisation, dissonance, habit and authentic existence, the mysterious nature of existence and why anything exists at all, electronic usurpation, astrobiology, power, value, self-deception, transpersonal experience, atheism, adventure, Germanic paganism, Anglo-Saxon polytheism, European folklore, taoism, technology, robotics, video games, mixed martial arts, UFC, health, power, value, zen, nanotechnology, and you.
On a typical Friday night I am
Anywhere other than a club / bar or other urban alcohol-related activity.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
...I am stunned into silence, like a little armadillo rolling around on its back, after it falls from a tree it was never meant to climb.
You should message me if
Terms and Conditions / Disclaimer

You're a creative/intellectual type or enjoy being a sponge for others' imaginations.

You don't mind the fact that I think modesty has nothing to do with virtue. For those who need translation, that means I'm a proud, kind-hearted braggart and will not change.

You accept that as a friend or lover, I will stand out like a sore thumb, inevitably say weird stuff, and break every social taboo. I'm capable of acting normal; I just don't want to. Sooner or later I get bored of the pointless façade and look to shake things up. ...Fans of normality or nuthuggers of the status quo need not apply.

You're a nice person. Seriously. I read people really well. If you are a bitch I will smoke you out so fast it will make your head spin.

You’re perceptive, have a broad mind, and have a very good sense of humour – with me you’ll need it. Much of what I say or do isn’t meant to be taken literally. Comedy is a big part of my life on various levels, as is mischief, satire, absurdism, parody, and roleplay. You really do need to able to understand irony and make-believe, and not be easily offended. In my opinion, no topic is too sacred to be made fun of, and that includes me. I am completely shameless and will happily make a fool of myself in public if it gives people a funny and memorable experience.

MOST IMPORTANTLY OF ALL. I would prefer not to conduct a back and forth text based conversations, they make me very self-conscious - I'm always second guessing myself, they're unnecessarily time-consuming, (and I've got plenty to write for work as it is). And they're just kind of... fake. You can't hear people's spontaneous reactions, or mine. I also find it very hard to work out someone's interest / intention over text. So, by all means say hi, but if you're going to know the real me, we need an audio chat.

Skype: The-Wild-Warlock
The two of us