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My self-summary
I am knowledgeable, cynical, and a procrastinator.

(Example of the last one: I haven't updated this section since I started my profile years ago, when all you could put in this section was three things)
What I’m doing with my life
My goal is to have a career in the political sector (particularly in research or strategy), or the public service. I'm also a moderator of an online political forum, which I would like to parlay into non-volunteer community management work.

Summer update: I have a cat now, and I picked up a PS4 on a great sale. Now I'm looking forward to events happening later this summer, and possibly going to FanExpo.
I’m really good at
Identifying problems. Not necessarily solving them, since I'm not always in a position or experienced enough to do it, but I'm always thinking about why things happen, and how a particular decision/design/strategy is effective.

For example, when I'm out shopping, I'll think about how a store is organized, the appeal of its ads, etc. When a politician makes a major mistake, I start thinking of how they ended up in that situation, how it could have been avoided, and how to minimize the damage going forward.
The first things people usually notice about me
"Hey, you've got a red beard!"

And maybe my ability to discuss/argue about any topic.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I hate these kinds of lists, since I struggle to think of particular examples when I put pen to paper (or hands to keyboard). I don't have as many absolute favourites, but I have a breadth of pop culture knowledge (which is why I enjoy trivia nights).

Books: 1984, A Song of Ice and Fire, Harry Potter, John Hodgman, the Time Machine, most non-fiction involving History and Politics (I could list some of my favourite political bios, but very few people know or care about Arthur Meighen anymore), trivia/miscellanea/list books, etc. I also listen to audiobooks at work.

Movies: I'm never good a picking my favourite movies. Most are niche sci-fi (think They Live) or generally bad/mediocre movies that I'm strangely attracted to (Clue, Batman & Robin, McHale's, yeah). Essentially, as long as there is something in the movie to be made fun of, I'll enjoy it. That also means I like to talk during movies (not when I'm in the theatre!). That's why I love when people livestream movies or TV shows online; I can riff in the text chat, or over Skype.

TV: What is this "TV" you speak of? The internet provides all of my television programs. However, when I do discover an antiquated television set in some locale (or hop on Netflix), I like to watch: Doctor Who, Jeopardy, most Star Treks, Red Dwarf, The Thick of It, House of Cards, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Game of Thrones, Westworld, Documentaries, Web/YouTube series, etc. Other than that, it's news (mostly political) for me.

Anime: Anything Gundam. If you like Gundam, that will make me over 9000(%) interested. Not that I'm expecting that, of course. Other than that: Attack on Titan, Kill La Kill, Fullmetal Alchemist, Code Geass, Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, et al. I don't read manga often, because I don't like paying for them, and reading online just doesn't feel right.

Music: My secret shame: video game soundtracks...but wait a minute! Although I do listen to the classic 8-bit tunes (especially Mega Man), I also like orchestrated, remixed versions which, when one thinks about it, are just the same as any other "regular" music (If there even is a precise definition of "regular music"). As well, I like anime and movie soundtracks, because each piece "connects" to a place in the original work.

I'm also a podcast addict. Whether it's about current affairs, video game news or humour, my phone is always loaded with podcasts for bus trips and boring waits. Favourites include the Giant Bombcast and LaserTime.

Video Games: Most games from the classic era (defined by me as the NES, SNES and N64 systems). I was into the classic RPGs like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger, but I no longer have the time to get involved with modern ones. I'm really into historical strategy games, like Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, and Civilization. I play a bit of everything, except racing, sports and most other games without much plot. But if you play a game, it's almost guaranteed I'll know something about it. I regularly play shooters, like Call of Duty, Battlefield or Overwatch, since I don't always have the time to invest in a long, story-driven game. I'm usually on my PC, and sometimes on my Xbox One. I've also got a 3DS, but I rarely use it.

Food: Nothing in particular I'm mostly a picky eater, so I stick to the basics of meat and potatoes. In fact, I can enjoy a meal with just potatoes! I generally dislike fancy food though, especially when you pay money/time just to make the food look nicer. Once in a while I step out of my comfort zone, but usually this requires a bit of peer pressure.
Six things I could never do without
1. My computer
2. My family (does anyone not put this?)
3. News, particularly involving politics.
4. Twitter. I have multiple accounts for my different interests.
5. Parentheses (if you haven't noticed yet).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Hypothetical scenarios in my life: How would a basic superpower (like becoming invisible) be actually useful in day-to-day life? If aliens invaded, what would be the best survival strategy? Ideas for games/videos/projects that I'm unlikely to ever do.
On a typical Friday night I am
a) Following the week's news (political or otherwise), and relaxing as I look forward to the weekend.

b) At home, reading/writing blog posts and playing games.


c) Doing something else creative (making a video, editing a podcast, tinkering on something in Photoshop).

(On a typical Tuesday and Thursday night, I'm going out to trivia with friends)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I don't have much romantic experience. Again, not from some physical or religious reason, but general laziness and not knowing how to "make the moves" (i.e., I don't think I'll ever be the first one to say "I love you", since I'm afraid of offending the other person, or ruining the friendship we already have, if they don't reciprocate). I'll be honest and say that I keep on expecting it to be like a video game, with clearly defined "levels", and with each action on a date having a positive or negative effect on my "relationship XP".

Oh, and I still play with Lego. I take apart the regular kits, and use the parts to make scale models of spaceships and mechs.
You should message me if
a) You're interested in history, politics, or other intellectual discussion.
b) You like video games or anime. (Not a requirement, but at least, well, don't hate them...)
c) You think online dating can actually work.

(Also, I'm always shy about first bringing up meeting in person, but I'll likely be up for it as soon as you ask!)
The two of us