Currently most interested in social justice and feminism issues and how they mesh with atheist/humanist/skeptic issues in the US. Not that I wouldn't be interested in them in Finland or Europe, it just seems to me that they are not that big of a deal around here. Maybe I'm not hanging in the right crowds. Or any crowds. That might be it.
Software developer by trade and training, lifelong science enthusiast and more specifically lover of space and the complexity of nature.
I'm also a walker. Not of the Walking Dead variety, though. I enjoy walks in the parks and other nature-y places. I'd love to do hiking and stuff but haven't gotten around to it.
I'm quite shy and not good at approaching people. Or making initiatives of almost any kind. Attempts usually end up in bumbling displays of awkwardness and followed by shame.
Incidentally I don't exactly feel at home in (big) groups of people unknown to me. Internet to the rescue!
I get along quite splendidly with people I end up knowing or befriending, though. There's just this oppressive pressure in situations and places where you're expected to zip from one social encounter to another.
This was recently posted on imgur on the topic of introversion: http://imgur.com/gallery/Lyl1i
It very nicely portrays how I've felt along the years.
Overthinking. And in lieu of that, spotting subtle things around me.
I suppose I'm competent at making people laugh. At least people often laugh when I say things. Perhaps I'm just laughable?
Getting excited about seemingly mundane and trivial things like new awesome discoveries in some obscure field of research. I particularly enjoyed the ground breaking work in the field of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck, which was awarded the highly esteemed Ig Nobel award.
Based on my looks, I'm often taken for a metalhead what with the long hair and primarily dark clothing. However, I'm not exactly keen on the whole metal thing and simply have no idea how to camouflage myself as a normal, productive member of human society.
With that said...
TV stuff, recent: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Orange is the new Black, Dr. Who, QI (Quite Interesting)
TV stuff, older: Stargate(s), Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica.
Nature documentaries, popular science shows. A show that pertains to making billions and billions of apple pies from scratch.
Movies: Whenever I start filling this part out my brain goes blank. Let's just say I greatly enjoy movies and I'm not very picky about them, but prefer speculative science fiction and epic fantasy stories.
Music: Primarily various electronic genres. Not too picky, most anything goes.
Some stuff from recent years: Machinae Supremacy, Infected Mushroom, Disturbed, Avantasia, Celldweller, Deadmau5, Blue Stahli, Nero, Noisia, Sub Focus, Pendulum, The Qemists, SynSUN.
Books: Primarily audio books, I find they capture my attention better than regular ol' books; The Song of Ice and Fire series, some Terry Pratchett books, The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy (The production read by the author is excellent!)
Death from the Skies by Philip Plait. Probably my favouritestiest book in a long while, at least on the non-fiction side.
Occasionally some Dawkins books.
I listen to podcasts. I used to listen to many more but now I stick to the Skeptics Guide to the Universe and the Nerdist podcast.
I'm both not and all too picky about food. I don't actively seek out exotic food choices, but I'm not particularly opposed to it. My foodlife tends to be pretty bland and boring, but I wouldn't protest spicing it up some.
How natural processes work and make the world go round, figuratively and literally speaking. And how cool it would be to have my own planet to toy with.
Or - I recognize this to be rare and unlikely - if for some weird reason would like to perform social interactions of some fashion involving myself and possibly you.
As weird and awful as it feels to grade people based on something like this, the star rating thing seems like a decent function for me and my awkward kind. I try to remember to rate interesting profiles and hope people do the same so the system breaks the ice. That's probably the second best way to avoid outright rejection. The first being not even trying, to which I'm no stranger.