NiallToronto
24 Toronto, Canada
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My self-summary
Preface: Self-summaries are hard. With that said, here goes.

I'm a law student, born and raised in Toronto, with a love of thinking, politics, and discussion, and a dry sense of humour. I'm affectionate, interested, occasionally amusing, and very occasionally actually witty. Intelligence is a hard thing to judge, but I like learning, have opinions (some of them strong), and try to apply what I do know.

In my free time, I game (and enjoy using it as a verb), doodle (though I think I hit my peak talent somewhere around nine years old), read, and conduct debates against myself (I always win).

I also use too many brackets.

Oh, and answering okcupid questions is something I find compelling in a rat-in-a-Skinner-box sort of way: it's opinion after opinion as fast as you can press the button! So apologies in advance if you decide to check them out.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm in my third year of law school at Osgoode Hall. It's a fascinating experience, if also slightly (utterly) terrifying when you think about it. For my undergrad, I studied in the Ethics, Society, and Law program at UofT, so for a brief but glorious period I could confuse people by saying that I was "majoring in ESL." To which the reply was usually "oh, your English is very good". I genuinely enjoy school, and I suppose that I'm fairly academic compared with most people.

I work at the ROM as a teacher. I get to talk all about dinosaurs, knights, and mummies. It is a great gig and I still don't really know how I got it, seeing as I have literally no qualifications.

I also teach karate, and have practiced it for eleven years. It helps me stay focused and in shape.

My long-term plans currently involve passing my exams and articling.
I’m really good at
Over-thinking everything, sleeping through loud noises, being unaware of common knowledge, being aware of useless knowledge, moderating debates with Robert's Rules of Order, entertaining children, walking everywhere.
The first things people usually notice about me
Wouldn't I like to know! Possibly my nose (it's large, and rather hard not to notice), or maybe my glasses. When I speak, perhaps my voice, which I'm told sounds sarcastic constantly. If it's windy out, definitely my hair, which will be blowing every which way.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Wolf Hall, The Sound and the Fury, The Golden Mean, Catch-22, Slaughterhouse Five, Leviathan.

Movies: Anything by Pixar, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Dr. Strangelove, Lincoln (and other historical dramas, for that matter).

TV: John Oliver, the Agenda... does watching the news count? TV doesn't feature prominently in my life. I tried watching both the old British and new American versions of House of Cards but got really squicked out really early on.

Food, in no particular order: Steak, shepherd's pie, cake (this one goes without saying), sweet potato, pizza, lamb (but I feel guilty about it), and pretty much anything edible.

Music: I'm not a big music person. Weird, yeah. I find it hard to concentrate with music on. But when I do listen, usually it's to old stuff. Also, if we're being completely honest, to I'll Make A Man Out of You.

Video Games, since it should really be a category: Basically anything by Bioware, WC3, Paradox games, Halo.
The six things I could never do without
1. A pen: so many uses. Sketching, writing, fidgeting etc.
2. A computer: information, entertainment, dating (apparently).
3. A scarf: pretty much from mid-October through March, my neck is cold.
4. Competence: otherwise I would fail at everything...
5. My parents: both in the literal sense that I wouldn't be here, and because they are lovely people.
6. everything on Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Trivia.
Vaguely-remember statistics.
What I could have said that would have been a much better response to the conversation I had five minutes ago than what I actually said by way of response five minutes ago.
Politics and ethics.
Vaguely-remembered literature.
How the TTC will probably not be running smoothly today.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sometimes out with friends. Mostly being an introvert and having a nice evening at home. Shut inside studying during exams.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Inside, I am a misanthrope and a curmudgeon. My soul is ready to be shaking its cane at the antics of the youths.
You should message me if
If you're not going to end your message with an emoticon.
If you're going to end your message with an emoticon because even a love of properly written English doesn't extend that far.
If you want to tell me that I'm wrong about something/everything.
If you should message me. (Also, if you love tautologies).
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