BrightBaritone
29 Cambridge, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm cheerful, irreverent, kind, genuine, inquisitive, and chatty. When not trawling through obscure books or encouraging undergrads to think, I'm probably trying to make someone laugh (with varying success). Other things: singer, mediocre guitar player, keen hiker, quite geeky.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm an academic working on ancient history. At the risk of sounding cliched, I am one of those lucky people who loves what they do. I can't quite believe I have, for the moment at least, convinced people to pay me for something I would certainly be doing anyway.

Outside work, I spend most of my time reading, singing, at the gym, gaming, and catching up with friends and family.
I’m really good at
Bumping into things. Making bruschetta. Keeping conversation going. Practically inhaling coffee. Singing tenor lines badly (I'm really a baritone).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I love to read, and generally have a book or three on the go. Some favourites include Persuasion, the Aubrey-Maturin series, Lord of the Rings, Altered Carbon, and various bits of political and historical non-fiction. I've been reading a lot of Tony Judt recently, excellent stuff. My favourite genre is probably historical fiction, but really anything that takes you out of the present and fires the imagination.

Movies - slightly eclectic taste here, tending toward action and sci fi - Master and Commander, Interstellar, Star Wars, The Matrix, The Fifth Element, Top Gun (I know), Skyfall.

TV - BSG, Star Trek, Firefly, Stargate, Babylon 5, Black Books, The West Wing, Modern Family, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I really enjoy watching comedy: Eddie Izzard is an all-time favourite, Dylan Moran too, and Louis CK is a recent discovery.

Music - all sorts, soft spots for rock, rap, and folk. I do love making music too: any time I'm not singing in a choir or in a show I really miss it.

Games - I game quite a bit, so I'll throw some favourites in here: Dragon Age, Mass Effect, The Witcher, XCom, Banner Saga, Deus Ex.
The six things I could never do without
Assuming bare necessities (light, air, etc.) are covered:
family and friends
chocolate
coffee
a fully stocked bookshelf
conversation
something worthwhile to do with my days
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When I can reasonably have my next coffee. The ancient world. What the Tory government is going to do next to make me angry. My next meal. Whether I should be trying to improve my languages (I should). Where I can get away with claiming a travel grant to.
On a typical Friday night I am
In the pub with friends, on a train on my way to visit someone, or possibly still working (I do enjoy what I do!).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own a pair of Star Trek cufflinks.
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