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My self-summary
Most of the English that I write is business e-mails when I work. That seems to rub off quite a bit on my writing style in private as well, so if I seem like I have a stick up my ass, please remember that little piece of information, and try to imagine that I'm a somewhat more easy-going person than I may seem from how I write. Ok, here we go.

I work as a freelance translator, so I don't meet actual people during office hours and only have e-mail contact with my clients. I mostly like that. And not having colleagues means I have tons of social energy to spend when I'm not working. (Pants being optional is also a nice part of the job. My boss is very relaxed about that.)

I fit pretty well into the category "humanist". After my gymnasium studies I studied Latin, history of ideas and Greco-Roman history. I've always found the natural sciences really interesting as well, but my mind wraps itself around words than number.

One of my favorite things to do in life is ending up at parties where I only know one or two people. Preferably just the host/hostess so my connection doesn't have much time to talk to me anyway. I like the challenge of getting to know strangers.
What I’m doing with my life
More or less unintentionally I ended up doing something I turned out liking a lot. A couple of years ago I stumbled into video game translations, and doing that makes me happy. I hadn't expected a Bachelor's degree in Swedish to actually be useful for something.

I run to stay (somewhat) in shape. I decided to lose some weight a while ago, so I got rid of about 10 kg, which felt good. An unexpected side-effect of that was having to recalibrate my alcohol tolerance. Still working on that.

I also sing in a not in the least famous band. We released an album a while ago and it got mostly nice reviews.

Although, sometimes I ask myself the question "What am I doing with my life?" and don't really come up with an answer. We live for a short while, and then we're dead forever, so the only reasonable approach is to make the most of it.
I’m really good at
The modest side of me would like to say that the answer to this question is for others to judge, but that would be a total cop-out.

I've heard that I'm good at listening. But that's only true if other the person has something at least remotely interesting to say. Most people have interesting things to say if they open up just a little, though. That's the hard part, I guess.

Someone told my I have social ninja skills. I'm not exactly sure what it meant, but it sounded really, really good. I can be shy when I really like someone, which makes those skills a lot less useful when they are actually needed. Stupid brain.

Recently, friends have said that I'm good at enjoying life. Since my goal with existing is basically to enjoy it, that made me very happy to hear. In the end, I'm the only judge of that, of course, but someone else recognizing it as an active part of my behavior was reassuring.
The first things people usually notice about me
My strawberry blond hair, always. When I lived in Spain, the standard comment was always "eres un vikingo!". I didn't mind the repetition, since it made me feel manly.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The God Delusion, Last Chance to See, Doctor Glas, The Unknown Soldier, His Dark Materials, The Sorrows of Young Werther, The Hitchhiker's guide to the Universe, The End of Faith, Unweaving the Rainbow, God is not Great, Fänrik Ståls sägner, Steppenwolf, At the Mountains of Madness, The Salmon of Doubt, Frithiofs Saga, The Extended Phenotype, On the Origin of Species and lots more.

Moving pictures: Monty Python, almost anything by Lars von Trier, The Anchorman, Spinal Tap, Neon Genesis Evangelion and lots more.

Music: Soap&Skin, Nina Simone, Judas Priest, Satyricon, Die Antwoord, Rotting Christ, Darkthrone, Fiona Apple, Wolves in the Throne Room, Anna von Hausswolff, Susanne Sundfør.

Video games: All of the Portal, Gears of War, Halo and Mass Effect series. And Titanfall (I'm gen 3 at the time of writing). I wish I could write a bunch of cool indie games, but I seem to be a sucker for AAA titles. Sometimes that makes me worry that I'm just really average.

Food: Italian, German, Czech, Japanese, Thai, Swedish. In vegetarian incarnations (heh).
Six things I could never do without
A sense of humor.
Common sense.
Personal progress.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How people work. I'm still confused. I like it when people are straightforward, but for the most part they aren't. I'm beginning to think that the main reason for that isn't that they want to avoid conflicts, but rather that they don't always know what they want.
On a typical Friday night I am
Attempting to high-five strangers, seeing my friends over a beer, or sitting at home working or playing video games. My usual reasoning goes something like "I'm an adult, so I can do whatever I want". Which could mean having ice cream and beer for dinner, or going out and play. Or just decline everything and be reclusive.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I wish Stephen Fry were my father.
You should message me if
If you're thinking about doing it, and you think I seem like a person you'd like to get to know better. Go!
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