59Ottawa, Canada
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My self-summary
I really admire those who can write really pithy and witty introductions to themselves... not me today, I fear. Anyway, I'm quiet, not hugely gregarious and mostly reserved, but sometimes get outright silly.

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.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm trying to push myself back into academia to help the brain sputter back into life. I'd like to get a PhD underway ... sometime ... Meanwhile, I'm spending too much time on Facebook and watching too much TV. I should be reading Big Books and thinking Big Thoughts, but that would require effort. From time to time I do read something serious, though. I recently waded through a comprehensive introduction to John Rawls' moral philosophy, for example. A huge effort but I felt ever so clever and ethical and smug all over afterwards. I keep telling myself I really should know the great political and other philosophers better but I'm dedicating much of my considerable powers of procrastination to them.

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.
I’m really good at
I'm really good at writing, reading and talking. I play a mean game of Trivial Pursuit although I go all to pieces with North American pro sports and pop culture. I'm quite good at rollerblading fast, not great at cornering and disastrously bad at stopping.
The first things people usually notice about me
I have a long pony tail and a "British" accent. Most people guess I'm 10 to 15 years younger than I am and it's not simply politeness (or so I tell myself, anyway).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Oooh, this is a tough one. I read quite a wide variety of fiction, mostly but not exclusively of the literary sort. Favoured authors include Hemingway, Thomas Hardy, Mark Helprin, Flann O'Brien, Terry Pratchett (hardly literary but immense fun), John le Carre, Dostoevsky, and Dang I Can't Remember Any More At The Moment.

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?)
Six things I could never do without
A home
My kids
Female companionship
Loving sex
Internet access (of course)
On a typical Friday night I am
reading Terry Pratchett to my kids.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I can do the weirdest things with my stomach muscles.
You should message me if
you think knowing me might be more fun than not knowing me.
The two of us