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My self-summary
I'm a Scot, born to an English father and an essentially Irish mother, who first went to school in India and later went to private schools in the midlands and the south. This somewhat eclectic schooling and degree of 'foreign travel' has left me with a far more cosmopolitan attitude than many of my peers and a rather variable accent (which is not what most people will identify as Scots, unless I get drunk).

I recently moved to San Antonio, in the heart of Texas, in order to marry my beloved (whom I met on this site but has since retired her profile).

My life didn't go entirely to plan, in no small part thanks to Saddam Hussein and his bright idea of a "Human Shield", so my academic achievements lag behind parental (and self) expectations, essentially petering out just after 'A' level (which I struggled to get, not because they were difficult but because I often didn't want to go out and face the classes). This is all finally behind me, barring an ongoing court case again the British government (for ordering the plane to land in occupied Kuwait, knowing that it had been invaded, so as to get operatives in country). I'm seriously considering whether to pursue a degree once more or whether I ought to think about something else entirely. However, for now, I'm considering what work is available locally while I pursue my hobby / interest in firearms and work towards making a living as an FFL and gunsmith.

In spite of messing my academic life up, I did pick up plenty of knowledge and lots of self-taught skills. I'm pretty good with anything related to electrics, electronics or computing, whether building a PC or radio, writing a program or just using the damn things. I'm not bad at actually fixing household items, either, engineering nous for the win!

I am tall, dark-haired, and handsome
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, I fancy myself a writer and I have actually made some money at it, sadly not as novelist, yet but perhaps if I get myself a bit more organized. In the mean time I make a little money with freelance science fiction or fantasy oriented writing for RPG publishers and the like. The rest of the time I am either working in an admin role or looking for work, in an admin role. Exciting stuff, truly! As noted above, though, now I'm in Texas I am able to spend time shooting guns and learning to maintain, repair and customize them, something that was not available to me in the UK.
I’m really good at
Writing prose, writing software, fixing electrical and electronic devices, making gadgets work without reading the manual (which is always in Chinese/Japanese/Korean anyway).

I'm also pretty talented at making sincere promises which I don't always fulfill (sad but true) and procrastination with regards to tedious tasks. Oh well.

I'm especially good at winding up and mocking the afflicted (or 'religious' as they prefer to be called). Sorry, no apologies about that (although the pedant in me suspects that might count as one).
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm tall and thin, probably wearing quite a lot of dark colours and headed straight for the bar.

I suspect you'd need to find someone and ask them, for a more insightful assessment.

Ghostly white and cuter in person. And cranky after traveling a lot of hours or when hungry.

Also, now I have a black Cowboy hat and some cool cherry red boots. No, I am not kidding. ;¬)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food

All of Tolkien's works, most of Philip K Dick's works, all of Iain M Banks' works (as Iain M - i.e. sci-fi), The Forever War, Lammas Night, His Dark Materials series, Discworld novels, especially Wee Free Men, most Anne McCaffrey, especially Damia and the Planet Pirates novels, anything by Neil Gaiman, all of David Gemmell's works, Julian May's Exiles and Galactic Milieu sagas and lots more I can't think of for now.


They're FILMS damn it! Anyway... Underworld, Fifth Element, Amélie, Equilibrium, Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, Remains of the Day, Dead Poets Society, Gosford Park, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bladerunner, Alien, Aliens, Predator, Terminator 2, The Killing Fields, Good Morning Vietnam, Wing Commander, Blade 2, and others which escape me for now.


Lots and lots including all Goth, pretty much all Rock and Metal, lots of 'Indie' and a fair bit of 80s Pop, all Celtic Folk and quite a lot of other stuff. Aye, I am eclectic in my musical tastes.


I don't like Baked Beans or parsnips, pretty much anything else is fine. Aye, that includes, Haggis, squid, etc, etc. I especially like spicy food such as most Indian sub-continental styles, Mexican, some Thai dishes and so on.
Six things I could never do without
Hmm. Honestly, there is very little I couldn't do without, but I'd prefer not to have to do without good books, alcohol, my computer, easy travel, the internet and friends.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
An awful lot of things, or rather, I don't actually spend a lot of time thinking about one topic, I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about a lot of topics.

I'm pretty vocal about politics, religion and philosophy. I can hold a conversation on most other things too but anything that falls into the three above is likely to be something I know a good deal about and have strong opinions on.
On a typical Friday night I am
Much depends on what my wife wants to do and if we're going up to Austin. Quite often, though, it's a few beers in front of the TV or a bit of socializing with local friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't really do private all that much, I'm pretty straight-talking, open and honest.

Also, I'm probably not that interesting in this regard; things I think should be kept private probably are of no interest to you, whatsoever.
You should message me if
If you read my profile and found it, or part of it, interesting enough to want to get in touch. You needn't be especially local, in fact a good many of my friends are not but you should be up for (and able to hold) a decent conversation and it helps if you don't care about sports too much (because unless Scotland are playing England, or it is Rugby, I probably don't care at all). :¬)
The two of us