Jacquar
28 Swansea, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
Alright, time for that years-overdue rewrite...
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I'm listed as looking for anyone, but my romantic tastes run hetero thus far in life, to give fair warning. I seek friends, however, so don't let it stop you saying hello, whoever you are.

Be aware that this is a big, ancient mess of a profile, cobbled together over multiple updates to OkCupid's profile format and years of personal development. Feel free to skim, or call me out on anything that seems contradictory or confusing, or to simply run away now.

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Salutations!

I am Jack's Outdated Profile.

It's a mixture of the old and the new, broadly accurate, but too interesting a record of my development for me to want to start it from scratch. I've been here forever, though I've not always been an active user, and I've many friendships and experiences to thank this place for.

I'm in my mid-late twenties as I rewrite this again, I'm biologically male, I suspect, but really have no time for all that gendered nonsense, except in jesting excess. I dress 'male', I suppose, but that's because the boys got to wear all the practical clothing.

I'm interested in very nearly everything. As long as it's interesting. Count out professional sport, scandalous surface-politics, and fashionable cars/clothing/materialist nonsense in general. Everything else has a good chance of fascinating me, one way or another. I am particularly excited by getting lost in the woods, making interesting video games, almost all forms of art/creativity, photography, psychology, and fighting - unarmed playfighting, melee combat (reenactment style or LARP thwacking, as long as you don't use the words 'hit points' or expect me to remember your elven surname), guns of all sorts, whatever is fun and doesn't kill anyone.

I aspire to take over the world, as a means of rescuing it. I have plans, and backup options, though I'm going to need help. That's where you might come in.

I do not discriminate against anyone for anything except stupidity. Not foolishness - silliness is vital. Stupidity. Wilful ignorance that wastes your precious lifetime and potential, and endangers others.

OkC once had a three-part self-descriptor beneath one's photograph, and when it was removed these words were added beneath my self-summary. I still like them;

"I am restless, dangerous, and strawberry-flavoured."
What I’m doing with my life
Getting lost in the woods as often as possible, finding myself again, hunting new friends and creative collaborators (ideally combined), and learning as many practical creative skills and artistic applications as possible.

I travel as often as I can, personal demons and finances permitting, chiefly around Wales, over to England when I've the excuse, and hope to get back to the USA and Canada again soon, ideally with the delicious heartfang, for whom I owe thanks to OkCupid.

You'll almost never find me going anywhere without a camera - wildlife is my favourite subject, but I feel like a camera is an extension of me - it lets me remember things better than my brain could ever manage.

I'm also looking for the keys to eternal life, so all you transhuman life-extension types, do get in touch.
I’m really good at
Many things. I'm one of those frustrating people who is generally very good at things, so instead I'll clarify the ones I'm worst at as a fair warning in advance.

Motivation. I've a damaged headbox, from a variety of childhood events, plus a pre-existing natural predisposition to poor memory, concentration and motivation, adding up to a hearty ADHD diagnosis - the pills keep me working, but I can't get up and do things very effectively every day without fail - when I can, though, I engage with the world with enough energy to make up for the days I hide under the table.

Music, mathematics and programming: Remember the bit about ADHD above? My attention span just doesn't stretch wide enough to get through the above, or similar.

Swimming: Can't. I sink. Bone and muscle density? Wrath of Poseidon? Inherent magnetism? Who knows. Don't tell me it's a matter of willpower, or that 'anyone can' - some of us just sink like a stone, and all the effort and will in the world can't stay up. I can swim underwater, at least ;-;

Keeping my mouth shut: ... especially when someone is being offensively wrong/wrongly offensive about something, bullying others, or misleading someone.

Most other things, I'm pretty good at - or tend to pick up quickly. I consider myself very lucky x.x
The first things people usually notice about me
Hmm. They either think I'm a weird looking bastard, or a pretty elf-boy, or both. Hard to predict which. Slim, pale, long hair, high cheek bones, look like an extra in a 90s vampire film, you get the idea.

They often think I'm much taller than I actually am.

Then, if they talk to me, they notice I've not got the local accent, and know very big, scary words, which usually makes them stop talking to me. Literacy is not high around here, nor very popular.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books, oh god... Just come and view my little library? Dune, Discworld, Gormenghast, Robin Hobb's trilogies, H.P. Lovecraft, Garth Nix' Old Kingdom, Peter F. Hamilton, a pile of comics, from Transmetropolitan to Judge Dredd, some Atwood, Tolkien, PKD, and I'll mention Pratchett again even though I listed Discworld because the man was a genius, gone too soon...

Films? Carpenter's 'The Thing', and 'Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence' are among the finest works of cinema yet made, as far as I've seen... Fury Road recently joined that list, and I think I might love Snowpiercer. Anything Luc Besson, Tarantino can be fun, when he isn't lost up his own arse. Nausicaa is absolutely wonderful. James Cameron lives in a very similar imagination-world to me, and makes me so very happy with his monsters and his robots and his grand adventures. John Carpenter is a genius. Danny Boyle gets better and better, Zack Snyder and the Wachowski Brothers the same, Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, V for Vendetta, The Green Mile, Fight Club, Wall-E, too many more to sensibly list. Chat with me about it.

Music? There I'm harder to please... Nine Inch Nails, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, a remarkable amount of game-music - including the soundtracks of Silent Hill and Shadow of the Colossus, and a pile of console classics... A fair bit else besides, but no list so copious as the others - I am the least musical person I know. Happiest with ambient instrumentals while I'm making things or discussing the universe.

Food's tricky. Ethical concerns, both about meat and sources. Medication leaves me with little appetite, but I'm a terrible, guilty carnivore by necessity, with no taste for spice but an insatiable sweet-tooth.

Strawberries and blackberries are gifts from heaven.

Games, you ask? Oh, how thoughtful, OkCupid. My favourite games include the great Fallout, as well as Grim Fandango, Thief, Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Metal Gear Solid, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Planetside 2... Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill, Hitman, and plenty else. Games are a big thing for me, as a field of study and a creative pursuit as well as just a hobby.
The six things I could never do without
The sanctity of my own mind is important, my ability to think and reason. The idea of losing that... Unsettling.

Sight. Sound and touch and taste are wonderful things, but if I couldn't see, I'd lose so much.

My ability to communicate, both verbally/textually and visually, through sketching.

Optimism. I've precious little of it, and I'll need every drop if I'm going to achieve my goals.

The internet. It's our species' greatest achievement. Without global communication and access to an infinitely large library of information that grows faster than I can absorb the content, life would be a far darker and less purposeful experience.

Sexuality, perhaps, qualifies; I could live without it, I have tried celibate periods, but I am not entirely myself without my sexuality. Shorn of my rascally flirtiness/animal hungers I am a quieter, colder, more focused being, and - I think - a lot less generally fun and energetic. Our drive to mate has a huge influence upon our personalities and motivations in life, in many subtle (and many less than subtle) ways.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Everything. Too much everything.

A lot of time imagining, creating worlds, creatures, monsters, machines, characters and factions in my head.

Efficiency. Fixing things. From a kitchen appliance to a process of government, it all stands to be improved, often in combination with the item above ^.

Mental health, psychology, and the madness of crowds... Again, kinda connects with the previous two. ^

Sexuality/attraction/those to whom I am attracted and share a bond with.

And the nearest escape-route, situationally and geographically.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably not aware it's Friday, and doing all the things I might be doing on any given day. Perhaps more chance of social interaction, as the less abnormally-engaged tend to have some free time - but they usually use it to go to a pub, or a club, or something equally stupid, instead of going for an adventure.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm not wearing underwear. Ever.

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I don't really have any sense of personal privacy, or have any secrets. I am not sure why. They do seem to make other people's lives more complicated and difficult.
You should message me if
... you feel you can cope with, or would enjoy, a challenging acquaintance - someone playfully competitive, physically active, and conversationally controversial. If you don't like having your ethics, beliefs or lifestyle poked at curiously with a stick, walk cautiously here.

... you're not going to delete your profile before I can reply - just stop using it if the creepers get too creepy. So many people bounce on and off OkCupid frequently, isn't it easier to just keep the profile and turn off the email notifications?

... you want to collaborate creatively.

... you want an adventure, especially one involving deep woods, rocky coastal cliffs, wendigos, goblins, the undead, or outer space.

I think that'll do. Thanks for reading =)
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