I enjoy the quirkiness of life and moreso people to share it with.
I've come to the conclusion that I would much prefer to be the lead character in my life as opposed to be the author of my life. I would much rather experience life instead of dictating it.
I don't believe in faith, karma or destiny. I do however recognize the concept of randomness, entropy and a non-persistent world. Nothing lasts, but nothing is lost.
*I figured out months after creating my profile that in some circles the term "nice" as describing oneself would sometimes contain quite a bit of subtext. This is obviously not the idea here.
And then I spend some time at different conferences and companies as a speaker talking about stuff I claim to have knowledge about. Somehow it's a living!
Oh, I also do some work with maps. Actually, a lot. I would like to claim that it's an entirely different story.
In general I just try to understand the world and at the same time getting excited and enthusiastic about the entropy and randomess in life.
I'm self-taught in my line of work. I never got around to get a formal education. I thought about it a lot, but the more work I did in different fields and the more I was privileged with being a consultant and doing public talks the more fun it was to tell that I was uneducated. I guess the high point along this route was I was interviewed in a Danish business newspaper which resulted in "I have no education!" as the title of the article.
Besides (or even further on) this fact I seem to find a lot of educated people among my friends. Not that this should scare you. At least it didn't scare me :-)
I don't (think that I) work that many hours per week. However a lot of my spare time is put into different it and hobby projects where some of them have ended up turning commercial, which I guess could qualify as work as well. A lot of pet projects never take off though but still helps me getting better at what I do. Whatever it is that I do.
Oh yeah, add random geeky stuff as well (board games, modern pen-and-paper role playing with a focus on the collaborative story, Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, creative data mining...)
Meeting people I somehow know at extremely random places by coincidence.
Or my red shirt. I have a couple of those and I usually wear them at events. It started out as an idea of how to stand out in crowds when I'm doing talks. If somebody takes a picture it should be obvious who is the center of the event. And red shirts just happened to do the trick.
First and foremost: More - a fantastic short film.
Besides that: 12 Angry Men, Moulin Rouge, The Boondock Saints, Twelve Monkeys, The Fifth Element, Blues Brothers, Reservoir Dogs, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mars Attacks!, Children of Men, Pulp Fiction, L.A. Confidential, Léon, Dogma, Contact.
QI, The Kingdom (Riget), Arrested Development, Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks, Firefly, Sherlock, The Wire, The Shield, HIMYM, MythBusters, Misfits and a couple of animated shows (Duckman, Archer, Robot Chicken, Futurama, Invader Zim).
Why People Believe Weird Things - interesting book by Michael Shermer
Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. Hard to fully comprehend, but mind boggling none the less.
Even with a bunch of my friends being authors I still don't read that much fiction as I really wanted to. Guess too many years on the Internet has destroyed my attention span. However the reference book I often use is an old Danish spelling dictionary from 1955.
Shpongle, Ott, Younger Brother - great music in a hard-to-explain genre.
Errr... Is it possible to love a sandwich so much you don't want to eat it, cause then it'll be gone? I'm a regular customer at sandwich shops. The current favourite is a chicken-peanutbutter-honey combination.
My (pretty much) one and only dish is lasagna.
Computer games - though I don't play that much anymore:
Psychonauts, The Neverhood, XCom, BioShock series, Portal series, Fallout series (including Wasteland from 1988), Maniac Mansion and similar adventure games. I have never gotten into online gaming at all.
By the way, GTA3 was released closer to Secret of Monkey Island than today. And Secret of Monkey Island was released closer to the first moon landing than today. Feeling old yet?
* Stuff for taking notes on. Some paper, a phone, a laptop, anything.
* A mandatory sense of humour to cope with the world
* My pillow
* The ability to count to six... oh, wait! :-)
(I was inclined to put down strong interaction, electromagnetism, weak interaction and gravitation, but I guess that would be more of what the Universe would put down if it had a profile here)
Oh, and I attended a Whigfield concert in the 90's.
Or if you are curious to find out how I know that this sentence on this OkCupid profile, "JustPlainNice", contains six a's, one b, six c's, four d's, thirty-five e's, eleven f's, two g's, thirteen h's, twenty-two i's, two j's, three k's, five l's, one m, twenty-three n's, twenty-four o's, four p's, one q, seventeen r's, thirty-three s's, thirty-four t's, twelve u's, six v's, ten w's, four x's, eight y's and one z.