Hobbies? I treat internet shopping as a competitive sport, I am intermittently a hi-fi geek, although I recently discovered I haven't been hearing higher frequencies for most of my life, dang and blast, I enjoy sailing and I've just bought an aged 26' sailboat after being off the water for many years. Scuba diving was a passion of mine in South Africa, my native land, where I became an instructor in two different organisations, BSAC and NAUI. I've scarcely dived in Canada but I'm planning to start again this summer.
I enjoy reading all kinds of stuff, from heavy non-fiction (political and philosophical works) through the standard literary canon to fantasy and SF, especially Terry Pratchett. I've read all his books to my kids and now we're starting at the beginning again.
My near term goal is to find a woman to be my friend, companion and lover. I also have dreams of starting a PhD but I really have no idea of a research topic or even which discipline I'd like it to be in.
What makes me unique? I'm terribly smart (and can prove it), but also quite exquisitely modest ;) I've led a fairly interesting life, by most standards. Among other things, I've been an intelligence analyst with the federal government, a strategic analyst and futurist with National Defence, a university and college professor, a scuba instructor, a tour coach operator and guide, an intern clinical psychologist, a radio news anchor and editor, etc, etc.
My taste in music? Pretty broad, although I can't stand rap, hip-hop and most techno/electronic stuff. Surprisingly enough, I do quite enjoy Kraftwerk, who were the latter genre's grandparents. I like some country and even some pop, but mostly I listen to rock, except metal, some middle-of-the-road stuff like Sarah McClachlan (only if played on a decent stereo rig - she sounds like pop pap on muzak-class speakers), some classical and 'serious' composers, from Bach and Mozart to Philip Glass, and various styles of so-called world music. I'm very fond of Tuvan music, for example.
I'm staying fit by cycling fast but not competitively. I used to push weights quite seriously but, for some reason, I'm repelled by the idea of exercising indoors these days. Summer should see me returning to scuba diving after a very long layoff.
I've bought an old 26' sailboat and should have it in the water soon. I have to get it here from deepest Quebec first, though. I used to race dinghies in my teens and I'm keen to get back onto the water.
I bought a microlight aircraft last year and was working towards my license but someone kindly crashed it for me before I had spent more than 40 minutes flying it.
As for movies, I enjoy most things by or involving the following (the Americans first): the Coen brothers, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Jonez, Quentin Tarantino, Al Pacino, Robert de Niro, Frances McDormand, etc. Ensemble costume dramas, especially but not exclusively by Brits, are a real weakness. For example, I've watched Gosford Park several times. Peter Greenaway is another outstanding director, although he's definitely an acquired taste and probably too strong for many. I really liked the *original* La Femme Nikita and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Music: classic, psychedelic, alt and indie rock, Ry Cooder and friends, powerful female singers like Sinead O'Connor, Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman, Bach, Mozart, many other classical composers, much world music (anyone like Tuvan throat singers?)
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