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My self-summary
So this is my profile. There are many like it but this one's mine.

I've tried writing all sorts of things here but they either sound very generic or very salty. Final conclusion: I suck at writing about myself. I'm never going to come up with anything especially original so I guess I'll just stick with the facts.

Code monkey for a music-oriented ecommerce business by profession, nerd by calling. . Lives north of Manchester in a house in the suburbs that I'm working hard to own, but is still mostly the bank's property at this point.

Really introverted and shy, find big groups of people exhausting, especially so when they're drunk (Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against people going out for a good time, it's just my idea of a good time is not the same as most other people's). Would much rather go to the movies or a not-very-busy restaurant than to a club or bar, or even just curl up on the sofa with a movie and/or book. Yeah, living on the edge!

Like trying and failing at being creative on my down time (doodling, writing, stuff like that). Would like to learn a musical instrument and/or a language but never seem to be able to find the time to do so. Play videogames, but not as much as I used to.

Would like to get cats, but would feel too guilty about being at work all day and leaving them all alone.

I'm mostly looking for friends more than anything else. Romance would be nice but I'm realistic on the odds of that actually ever happening. So if you're looking to friendzone somebody, I'm your man!
What I’m doing with my life
(It's been a really long time since I updated this properly, or indeed at all! Some of this might not be valid anymore)

I'm currently working as a software developer for an e-commerce business with their tech HQ in the city centre. Most people don't care about that stuff and their eyes glaze over whenever I try talking about work, so that's all I'll say on the topic for now.

I've finished my degree at long last and decided to celebrate by buying a house! Okay, I must be insane to be committing to that much debt for that many years, but it's better than throwing money down the drain to pay off my landlords' mortgage instead, I guess. Also I'm learning a lot (mostly about how expensive home-ownership is!)

I am interested in Japan and learning the language due to family connections, I'd really like to learn at least a little Japanese if I could find a good teacher or at least somebody to practice with. I'm saving up in the hopes I can finally get enough money to get out to Japan some year and visit my family. My cousin was only 10 last time I saw her and now she's graduated university! What's up with that?

I'm interested in illustration and dabble in drawing and creative writing. I really wish I had more time and inspiration for both of these hobbies, my current job is just such a time sink! Still, doodling is a nice way to unwind after work.

I do try to keep fit but honestly find exercise to be torturous. I have to force myself to do it, but I'm doing my best. My sweet tooth doesn't help either.
I’m really good at
Getting computers to do stuff. By profession I'm a programmer but I would also like to learn animation with 3D graphics and maybe even one day some games programming, among a list of other things far too long and esoteric to repeat here. I am far too curious for my own good and was forever taking a screwdriver to my toys as a kid. I also like drawing and have dabbled in creative writing. Some people have even said things about my drawings that might be considered compliments. I also like to play video games to relax and de-stress after work.
The first things people usually notice about me
My hair, I suppose. It draws a lot of attention that sometimes I'd really rather not deal with. I also tend to be rather awkward and quiet in public, but I'm not sure if that's something people notice about me or if it's just something that causes me to never get noticed.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I'm not going to write a big dissertation on why a few things are my favourites any more, there's just way too much stuff I like to do it that way, so from now on I'm just going to list it. I've seen a few other guys doing it this way, and it makes sense to me.

Books (or authors):

Terry Pratchett, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty Four, Dune, Jules Verne, Frankenstein, War of the Worlds


Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Green Mile, Watchmen, Dark Star, Clerks, Lilo and Stitch, Spirited Away, Spiderman, The Dark Knight, Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Life Of Brian, Grave of the Fireflies (I'm putting this down as a film I liked, but it's so heartbreaking I just don't think I could cope with watching it again), Iron Man, Back To The Future, Serenity, The Matrix, V For Vendetta, Terminator, Terminator 2, Yellow Submarine, Toy Story, Apollo 13


(This is potentially going to grow to a huge list as I like so much!)

The Prodigy, Deadmau5, Pink Floyd (Especially The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon), War of the Worlds, Radiohead, Chopin, Philip Glass, John Williams, Smashing Pumpkins, The Verve, Ocean Colour Scene, Franz Ferdinand, Gorillaz, Beethoven, Muse, Jimi Hendrix, Oasis, Queen, Tenacious D, Jonathan Coulton, Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobious Pip, Daft Punk (their Tron soundtrack at any rate), The Stone Roses, Coldplay, Razorlight, The Bluetones


Chinese food, Starbucks (Yes, that counts as food as far as I'm concerned), Chicken

Video games (Okay, I know it's not on the list, but hey!)

Fallout, Team Fortress 2, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Chrono Trigger, Katamari, Guitar Hero, The Secret Of Monkey Island, Half Life 2, Portal, Destroy All Humans, Forza, 1 Vs. 100, Poker Night at the Inventory, Left 4 Dead, Rock Band, Mass Effect
Six things I could never do without
My computer and net connection, my iPhone, my favorite DVDs, somewhere warm to curl up, good Chinese food, various gadgets and toys and things with buttons and things that go beep. Yes, I'm a geek.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My train of thought tends to wonder around all over the place. How can I get this javascript to work and run at a decent speed in all the browsers it needs to work in? Those trolleys you put the pound coin in to unlock at the supermarket, are they really only worth a pound each, or would it be a real bargain if you just strolled off with one? I wonder about the people who meant a lot to me in the past but with whom it never worked out. I wonder what they're doing now or whether they ever think of me too. How would the world be different if the first man on the Moon had been Russian? Where did I leave my freaking KEYS?
On a typical Friday night I am
Um, well it's Friday night now and I'm typing all this junk out. This is probably not a good thing. Generally, I'm too exhausted by Friday night to do much of anything other than give my brain a well-earned rest by not doing anything that requires any kind of cognition.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
When looking at profiles on here if the spelling and/or grammar is bad I find myself quickly losing interest. Does that make me shallow?

I'm so freaking shy I suck at even striking up a conversation online! That's utterly lame of me, I know. I really am trying to change that though... so if you see a really awkward sounding message in your inbox, you'll know why.

I kind of think of myself as a permanent 19 years old. I've been told by a few folks that I look younger than I am, but unfortunately not that much.
You should message me if
If you think I sound interesting, or if you're looking for friends to hang out with and do the kind of things geeks are fond of.

Oh, and if you can tell me the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow or where your towel is then you should drop me a line right this instant!
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