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My self-summary
So, me. I'm a geek (which I define as "a nerd with stock options"), a cyclist and inveterate joker, with a list of jobs and hobbies as long as my arm that I've tried and really would like to do again if I get round to it.

I'm tediously practical with a silly streak, lazy tempered by the habit of picking up random new sports, read like books are going out of fashion but never seem to have read the same books as anyone else. I live in a top floor flat and quite like it because the jog up the stairs wakes me up a bit. I have an enormous collection of shoes but they're all for some specific sport or other, which means I spend most of my time in a very battered pair of Doc Martens. I'm fiercely independent but seem to fall into the same routine, which sort of makes sense - it's *my* routine damnit. I have a black fedora hat which I picked up in the most unlikely of places and got most attached to, long before it got attached to the stereotype of internet douchebags. I wouldn't mind so much, but in 90% of douchebag photos it's actually a trilby.
What I’m doing with my life
Having variously been an aircraft designer, postman, bike mechanic, online game master and computer games tester (yes really), I'm now designing the chips that power the mobile phones everyone seems to have three of these days.

Outside of work? Cycling, gaming (electronic and boardgames), any number of sports which I pick up and usually fade away from just as I'm getting the hang of them. I love ski-ing/snowboarding, but Cambridge just stubbornly refuses to grow mountains, and I seem to have turned into one of those people who goes rowing, I'm not at all sure how that happened.

Oh, and I'm being worryingly keen on answering the OK Cupid questions. What can I say, some of them are interesting and make you think and the rest I just put a smartarse comment on.
I’m really good at
Putting off filling in forms.

Writing waaaay too much when I do fill them in.

Back rubs, or so I'm told. I might be being told this purely as a ploy to get more back rubs.

Logical thinking. I got nicknamed "Spock" on holiday one year. I didn't help my cause by being the only person who could do the Vulcan salute, either.

Tinkering. I like nothing more than taking stuff apart to see how it works. I even have a decent record of putting it back together correctly.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably the crossed eyes. I'm sufficiently optically unusual that opticians all gather around when I go for an eye test. After that it's probably the strange accent - Cambridge-Brummie-Yorkshire with a hint of Welsh.

Oh, wait, I forgot the gormless smile. And the hat.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
This section gets enormous, so I'll pick a representative of each. Not necessarily a favourite, just something representative:

Book: Sorry, geeks to the fore, it has to be Hitchhiker's Guide.

Movie: March of the Penguins.

Show: Mythbusters.

Music: Dire Straits, Money for Nothing. Actually, that's a photo finish with Beautiful South and Don't Marry Her.

Food: I have a highly irritating wheat intolerance so lasagne is off the menu. I'll have to resort to gourmet sausages instead. Pork and apple chipolatas, yummy.

and as an added bonus, alcohol: Black Baron real ale.
Six things I could never do without
Six? Sheesh, that's a bit prescriptive. Let's list some things that I find disproportionately useful instead.

I want to put "internet" at the top, but no, I could live without it. I'd just live a very different kind of life... probably a much healthier and more exciting one. Still, at least I have pictures of cats.

Bike. I get everywhere by pedalling, I get nearly all of my exercise from it and it's a convenient outlet for my "I need to do something mechanical" urges.

Something to tinker with. I stitch chainmail jewelry, I dismantle broken electronics just to see how they went together, I break other people's designs for a living. It takes a rare kind of person to go on an impulse buying spree in B&Q's tool aisle, but I am precisely that rare. As in, the opposite of "well done".
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Anything and everything. I'm quite happy just to sit back and let my train of thought roll for hours. Apparently this is unusual and people can't imagine why I don't get bored.
On a typical Friday night I am
On a Friday night I'm usually flaked out from work and just want to kick back and watch crap telly (real life police shows are my guilty pleasure, either that or Mythbusters).

Saturday nights I'll be down a cosy real ale pub drinking beers with names like Old Growler and swapping double entendres with a bunch of old friends.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a longstanding desire to own a hot tub.
You should message me if
you want to chat, banter, argue the merits of obscure sports, reminisce about how much better the music was when you were young, get into a detailed and scientific argument about a point so trivial you can't remember it five minutes later, or if you've read one of the answers to my questions and just have to tell me why I'm wrong.

Or if you go anywhere near the indoor snow slopes in Hemel Hempstead or Milton Keynes. Snowboarding is about ten times more fun with someone to laugh at each other's pratfalls.
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