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.
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 think my favorite word is Tapioca. I find it fun to say.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.