31Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
How's it going, fellow stream of consciousness? Welcome along to my little corner of this website.

I recently turned 29 and live in the UK – born and bred in the midlands but now living in the south. I work in financial services, and am trying to qualify as an actuary. No, I hadn't heard of it either before I started, but sufficed to say it involves a lot of studying. Thirteen exams down, two to go...

I would qualify as a geek under most people’s definitions – the science-type rather than the gaming-type. I’m always looking to learn as much as possible about this universe-thing that I wake up in every morning. I also think that I’d like to learn a language after I’m finished with the old exams.

I do enjoy travelling with my country-count now at 18. I'll be visiting the US for the first time in June (Miami & Boston). My favourite destination so far was South Africaand the most unusual was Qatar. My geography of the UK is also pretty good as I tend to spend most weekends traversing it.

Other titbits are that I’ve done two sky-dives for charity, my favourite TV show is 24 & I’m socially liberal. Sports-wise, I play football once a week, tennis every so often (usually in the summer), snooker less frequently than I used to and I go to the gym less frequently than I ought to.

Oh, and I’m on Twitter. Facebook, too, but I don’t use it nearly as much.
What I’m doing with my life
Finished university in 2007, did a bit of teaching (maths, physics, robotics) and am now learning my trade. Have lived in Basingstoke since 2008 (moved here for the job) but open-minded about where my future might lie.

I like little challenges. For example, I've recently taught myself to juggle three balls and can solve the Rubik's Cube in about 90 seconds. Need to think of a new one now... any ideas?

I've been going to football matches regularly since I was 13.
I’m really good at
I'm not great at these self-assessment things but I'll give it a go:

Maths has been my forté since I was little.

I was recently described as "considerate, helpful and patient" by someone who reported to me at work.

I have the knack of being able to explain complex concepts in terms that people can understand.
The first things people usually notice about me
You'd have to ask them!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
With regard to reading, I do enjoy a wide variety of genres. I have a number of popular science books (e.g. A Brief History of Time) as well as lots of fiction. I'd say Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy is #1. Currently working my way though this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Read

Films - again wide-ranging. The Pianist springs to mind as one that I was really moved by. I grew up on the Back To The Future trilogy and I probably re-watch it every two or three years!

Shows - I surely can't be the only one who started writing about theatre/musicals before remembering this was an American website?! Divided by a common language. Anyway... 24, Heroes, Blackadder, Red Dwarf, Futurama, Simpsons, Family Guy, QI, HIGNFY, Peep Show, House, Lost, Scrubs, Only Fools & Horses and anything featuring David Attenborough. I can't stand reality TV. Finished watching the first season of Game of Thrones last week and now regret having ignored it for three years.

Music - I'm really not very sophisticated when I comes to music. Happy to be introduced to any bands that you would recommend! I am just as likely to close my eyes and listen to classical music, belt out Frank Sinatra in the shower or listen to Iron Maiden when I'm supposed to be working. Spare me any of this X-Factor rubbish though, please!

Food - to be honest, I'll eat most food. I'm very open minded. This website seems to give me high % matches with vegetarians, a lifestyle that I completely respect but really isn't for me. Similarly with alcohol - I don't partake, not because I'm claiming some moral high ground but simply because I don't enjoy it! I'm not going to judge anybody on what they choose to (or decline to) consume.
Six things I could never do without
I had initially put down the obvious - you know: oxygen, water, sleep etc... then realised that that didn't exactly tell you very much about me.

Friends and family is also a common response but very true for me. My emotions would vanish down a black hole without them.

My laptop's pretty important. It opens up windows of learning and communication... and procrastination.

I alluded to it above but I've got to add football. Yes, yes; I know. Sorry. My grandfather is the president of a football club in Ireland and I blame him for my addiction. I follow my hometown (place of birth, not current location) team around the country, visiting lots of random places that I wouldn't otherwise have cause to discover. I also follow England abroad, including to places that don't have airports (I'm looking at you, San Marino).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
... life, the universe & everything. Douglas Adams = Genius. You are missed by so many!

How lucky I am to have a job that allows me to roll out of bed at 8:30 in the morning and pays me more than I deserve.

How useless certain companies are. From personal experience: BT, Dreams, Vision Express, UK Mail. Probably one or two others that my memory has repressed.

Optical illusions. In the link below, which square's darker: A or B? Wrong, they're the same. Check it for yourself by copying it to Paint and selecting the squares so that they're side by side.


How much time I wasted on PuzzleDonkey, and how frustrating it is that I'm unable to waste any more.

The astronaut Lisa Nowak. Or so she was when I met her... two weeks before the event involving her that made the news. Google it. She seemed perfectly sane to me! Maybe I drove her to it?!
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm more likely to be in than out. I tend to be up early on a Saturday morning so late nights out on a Friday are quite rare nowadays.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a turrets-esque response of shouting "FEWER!" if someone uses the word "less" is a suitably inappropriate fashion.
You should message me if
...you want to have a chat. For any reason, really. I am primarily here looking for a female partner-in-crime but I'm up for making friends too if that's more your gig.

If you make first contact then I guarantee you a response.
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