CombatWordsmith
28 Gold Coast, Australia
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My self-summary
I'm searching for something. I don't know what. Maybe it's the six fingered man who killed my father. Maybe it's the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Plans to the death star. The Ark of the Covenant. The recipe for the perfect bread. A cure for the curse that's slowly killing me. A thousand years of lost memories.

Right now, I'm searching for a summary that isn't one hundred percent self deprecating humour and that doesn't force me to confront truths about myself I'd rather avoid.

My name is Alex, I'm a nerd, and I'm doing nerd stuff with my nerd friends while looking for a job in a library, having just completed my postgrad degree. (But there is no solid evidence that is the search which truly defines me.) I regularly devour enormous amounts of content from every sort of media, (None of which have ended up revealing that they were the object of this all consuming search.) and I run a nerd club at my Alma Mater, where nerds can play nerd games and talk about all the nerd stuff they like.

The search, though, continues. Maybe you are what I've been searching for, maybe in some way you've been searching for me, or maybe we're simply fated to meet in order to help each other on our journey. And maybe this framing narrative is wearing thin, and if you're still reading I think we're probably going to get on alright.
What I’m doing with my life
Waiting for a Librarian to retire or die so I can snake their job.

Oh, you meant right now? I'm sitting in a recliner, watching a movie or playing a videogame. I could also be asleep.

Anyway, what was I saying? Librarian. Right. I've done two degrees. Sure, one was an Arts Degree. But the other was a Masters in Library and Information Science, and that could one day actually get me a job. Assuming a job opens up. Which I was, but am less sure of now.

I'm a card carrying member of ALIA, but I don't even remember what ALIA stands for. I imagine the L is for Library, and one of the As is for Australia. Maybe both of them are? The Australian Library Initiative of Australia. I like that, and I would be honoured to be part of their esteemed ... Initiative.
I’m really good at
I am good with words. Whether it's a late night deep and meaningful discussion on the unknowable depths of the universe, a frantic roleplaying session where the fate of some turn of the century urban sprawl rests on the iron shoulders of my steam powered robot and my ability to lie fast and hard, or an evolving piece of fiction that haunts my dreams and coerces my typing fingers upon waking. I like writing them, I like saying them, I like learning about them, and sometimes I like looking at them and trying to rearrange them into other words.

I think my favorite word is Tapioca. I find it fun to say.
The first things people usually notice about me
I generally have a reasonable beard. I am kind of loud, which is obvious when you talk as much as I do. Also, I wear a variety of horrifically virulent Hawaiin shirts. It's not hard to spot me in a crowd, assuming you don't just gravitate towards the sound of my voice and the ensuing laughter.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
So I can talk at length about all the things I love... and it looks like I have, in fact, done that. So I guess I should add a shortlist, here is the contents of the wall of text below, only in brief.

TL;DR

Books: Everything by Terry Pratchett, Starship Troopers, The Witcher series, Robert Jordan, Raymond E Feist, Jack Whyte, Patrick Rothfuss, the Nightwatch series.

Tv: Supernatural (S1-S5), Fringe, Buffy, Angel, The Unit, Scrubs, Community, Psych, Black Books, Rome, Game of Thrones, How I met your mother

Movies: Taken, A Very Long Engagement, A Knights Tale, The Princess Bride, The Untouchables, Zatoichi, Enemy at the Gates, Starship Troopers, Princess Mononoke, Redcliff

Games: Bastion, Arcanum, Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, Team Fortress 2, Minecraft (Recovering addict.), Bioshock / Infinite,

Music: Frank Sinatra, Vivaldi's Four Season, Blind Guardian, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Yoko Kanno, The Ink Spots, Johnny Cash, Eminem, even K$sha, of all people.

While I have a huge collection of books of different genres, my favourite books are mostly by Terry Pratchett, may he rest in peace. He died last year, which is weird for me because I've been reading a new Discworld book every year for twenty years. And now it's over, and I can't even read his books without tearing up.

There are a lot of movies I always come back to. And so I don't think I have a favourite. But my top ten is both pretty solid and quite varied.

I used to measure my favourite games by the number of hours I sank into each one. But since I was briefly addicted to Minecraft, which although popular, is a bit awful, I don't think that method is working. After a long period of reflection, I came to the conclusion that my favourite game of all time is Bastion. It's not a long game, nor is it an expensive one, so if you take one thing from this wall of text, it should be 'Play Bastion.' It has amazing art, amazing music, smooth, smooth narration, super fun gameplay and an excellent and honestly heart wrenching story all woven together in ten hours of action RPG excellence. Seriously. My highest recommendation.

I really enjoy comedy shows, both British and American, and I watch most of the glut of scifi/fantasy/historical fiction that sees play on HBO, Syfy or the BBC, but I think when the chips are down, I always go back to Rome. It was Game of Thrones before Game of Thrones was Game of Thrones. I can't say I'd recommend it to anybody, because there's a lot of swearing, blood and nudity, but I'd recommend it to the majority of people who like good television.

There was a long time where I thought 'I like every genre of music except country and rap.' but then I listened to a bit of Johnny Cash, and realised I also like country, and then I listened to a couple of comedy rappers, MC Frontalot and Epic Rap Battles of History, and Thomas the Dank Engine, which were gateway ...raps? to a variety of regular rappers. So it turns out, I like every genre of music. From 1560s British marching songs, through to Baroque classical, to doowop, the crooners, early and then late rock, country, and light metal, techno, rap, pop and even dubstep.

I eat a variety of foods from lots of different cultures, but I think the ultimate food is a simple one. Bacon and eggs on toast. If I had to eat an all day breakfast for every meal, I'd die a very happy man, probably of heart failure or diabetes.
The six things I could never do without
Internet.

HDD space.

Something to watch or read.

Set of polyhedral Dice.

Leather recliner couch. I use it instead of a traditional computer chair. Try it. It will change your life.

Friends to play stuff with.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I used to spend a lot of time thinking about the apocalypse. Yeah. I said it. The end of the world really, really worries me. I've read my Max Brooks, watched my Romero, paged through my Robert Kirkman. I've got a knife-broom, the ultimate zombie defense weapon, sitting beside my desk in case of apocalypse. Now while I'm firmly grounded in reality enough to understand the slim likelihood of some doomsday event (And the unlikelihood of me surviving the catalyst of any apocalyptic scenario), that doesn't mean I shouldn't spend a little time preparing. Those zombies sure aren't going to kill themselves...

Now I'm focusing on a writing project. For a given value of 'focusing.' I guess. I've created some characters that are so very real to me that sometimes when my mind wanders they have conversations amongst themselves on their own accord and I just write those down in a text document and every now and then I make sure they are in the correct order. Eventually I'll have enough for a book.
On a typical Friday night I am
Wishing that some form of shenanigan was happening. I'm not a drinker, so this means I have to get creative. Be it as simple as playing Cards Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens into the early morning, or as complicated as getting lost on Tambourine mountain looking for a great place to set up a telescope, sometimes a Friday night spent with my recliner and a movie just doesn't cut it. Other adventures include getting lost in forests, Charades Against Humanity in a local park, setting bonfires to get rid of Monopoly sets before friendships can be ruined, and then staring with a creeping horror into the licking purple flames as the dread being therein escapes into the winter night, or heading down to the local pub for a Trivia Night as if nothing out of the ordinary just happened.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have enough space between my big toe and index toe to add an entire other toe on both feet. Unsurprisingly I find thongs very comfortable.

My family has a curse where the males eventually end up being referred to by a shortened version of their middle name. I am terrified that people will learn my middle name and shorten it.

I am irrationally afraid of Zombies, Velociraptors, Bears and Sharks.

A few months ago some friends took me to a sports game. And I watched while my 'home team' played sports. And I cheered. Loudly. I'm so sorry.
You should message me if
The very fact you have made it this far proves to me that you also search... But it doesn't prove for what. Okay. Okay. I'm done this time. Really.

Message me if you're looking for a friend to chat about stuff with, because even if nothing more comes of it, a new friend is its own reward.
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