Quizzes, questions and, sporadically, conversation: these are why I have remained a user of OKCupid for several years.
In this time, I have been in contact with a handful of women, [not all at once] and have been playing Scrabble on Facebook with one of them for the past two years and counting.
I am content with my own company most of the time, and do not think that I would do at well at dating. This is a good thing because I am much more comfortable with the idea of platonic relationships rather than romantic engagement.
When I say that I don't want children, I mean that I am not suitable parenting material, and would not be able to support, feed, clothe, educate and help the child on the way to adulthood.
Though I have labelled myself as heterosexual and do admire the female form, I feel uncomfortable at the very mention of sexual activity. I don't know whether or not this makes me asexual. How important are these categories if one is not looking to engage in romantic relationships anyway?
When I do go out, and am not shopping/window shopping, I gravitate towards libraries, bookshops, and computer games and hardware stores. My home town could do with more of these - and larger library.
Commonly used character names: Aelryce, Andaeriel, Phaerian, Midnyte
Preferred species: Human, most Elf sub-species
Alignment: Lawful good or Chaotic Neutral
Preferred classes: Magic user, rogue, ranger, biotics specialist, tech. specialist
If I could change my profile name without having to pony up the Rand equivalent of $20, it would be something along the lines of BetweenWorlds.
I take pride in my work, but am not a slave to it, and look forward to doing the things that bring me pleasure outside of working hours.
Appreciating the time I spend with my family, close and extended, wherever they are. Though expected, death may come suddenly.
Owing to the number of science fiction and fantasy books at my local library, I have [rather than regularly reading what is available] taken to branching out into the Crime, Medical, and Urban Fantasy genres.
Fantasy and science fiction:
Isaac, Asimov, Iain M. Banks, Peter F. Hamilton, Stephen Baxter, Neil Stephenson, William Gibson, Douglas Adams, David Gemmell, Robert Jordan, J.R.R. Tolkien, Raymond E. Feist, Mary Zucker Reichert, Terry Pratchett
Popular science [By subject]
Astronomy and Cosmology, Genetics, Computers and Technology, the English Language, Prehistory [more specifically the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic eras], Western Mythology, Quantum Mechanics [I can't say that I understand it, nonetheless it intrigues me.]
Joe Deaver, Kathy Reichs, J.D. Robb, Karin Slaughter
Other: Janet Evanovich
Having tried some alternatives, I find myself returning to iTunes to get my podcast fix. I have managed to pare down my subscriptions to a more reasonable selection since the last time I mentioned podcasts in my profile.
I seldom visit a cinema. If I do watch a movie, it will be on ShowMax or Netflix. Most of what broadcast on public television has already shown at least half a dozen times. Though I do, by law, have to pay an annual TV license it serves more as a screen for gaming andwatching rented DVDs, BluRay discs or whatever is available on Netflix/Google Movies/ShowMax.
My cinematic tastes tend toward science fiction and fantasy. Since I do not feel safe walking to the only remaining cinema in town, and don't like to impose on my brother to drive me around, I wait for whatever it is I would like to watch to come out on optical disc, NetFlix or use a VOD service.
There is very little on public television that interests me. Now that Netflix has launched in South Africa, I am more likely to watch shows on that platform. During my free month's trial, I managed to get through season one of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, as well as a few movies. My ADSL connection has been erratic since late last year, and I am having some difficulty getting it seen to.
Music: Mozart, Holst, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Grieg, Elgar, ABBA, Kate Bush, certain film sound tracks.
Primarily role playing games such as Dragon Age and Nox. I have not yet got around to playing any of Bioware's earlier work [Baldur's Gate, etc] I am also a sucker for shoot 'em ups [Star Saviours, Raiden, Demon Star, Raptor, and Enemy Mind, for example] I enjoyed what Quest for Glory games I have played [or tried to play]. Tachyon: The Fringe, Wing Commander IV and Prophecy, Dungeon Keeper 2, Heavenly Sword, Mass Effect 3, and Halo 3 were good, too. So many games, so little time! I have too many games on too many platforms. I know that I should let most of them go, but......inertia.....don't know where to begin.
Libraries, because books are expensive, and storage space scarce. Books/magazines/comics: still my primary form of entertainment. [I would happily pay a yearly subscription to belong to a vast online library from which I could read a given number of books a month.]
My job: because most of I need or enjoy has a price tag. [A sense of pride in getting things done doesn't hurt either.]
Modern medicine, in the absence of which I would not exist. [This is beginning to read like the acknowledgements section of an award acceptance speech.]
Time alone: protracted interaction with more than a handful of other humans, especially the rowdier sort, exhausts me.
My computer and internet connection.
To what degree my thoughts and ideas are inconsistent with reality.
Whether a given activity is worth pursuing.
The disjuncture between the expectations that some people have of me and my own experience. [Now and then, I need to remind myself to make peace with who and what I am, and not to drive myself to exhaustion trying to live up to the expectations of others. I pushed myself severely at at school, and did reasonably well there through sheer hard work and memorisation, though I struggled with subjects like Maths. Some people anticipated that I would eventually graduate from university. I did not. I hope that they have accepted that I am not as smart and ambitious as they thought.
Whether, whenever I find myself addressing a woman, they suspect me of having ulterior motives when all I am doing is being polite or trying to be helpful, rather than making a nuisance of myself.
Whether I am overthinking the above.
Playing computer games
Trying to complete crossword puzzles
Wondering what normal people do at their weekend parties - and what is being celebrated
Indulging myself on Youtube or Netflix
the three Warcraft games and their expansion packs. I may even try the free edition of World of Warcraft.
I have not taken out a subscription [though I would like to change my profile name] for this service, and don't plan on doing so unless the Rand: Dollar exchange rate miraculously improves and some genius discovers a way to cheat the Universal Speed Limit, thus making it possible for robotic probes and eventually humans or human-cyborg hybrids with advanced AI to visit and even settle on planets like our own. Instead of showing interest in me by "like"-ing me, you might trying writing a message to me instead. I'm unlikely to bite. :-P
You accept the notion that I am, for the time being, uncomfortable with the idea of going on a date [I have never been out with someone who was not family or a colleague-and that was not for romantic purposes.] I am not very good at interacting with people, and am afraid that I might ruin a cloud-based friendship by saying something stupid when meeting someone for something to drink.
You don't mind speaking to people who live in countries [I'm in South Africa] or continents other than your own. For what I would like to cultivate, your location is immaterial. [I have seen very, very few people from my region who have a high degree of compatibility with me. My best matches are based in the United States, Europe and the British Isles. I'm guessing that has to do with the number of South Africans who use this service. [Numbers are not my forte, though.]
You are up for a friendly game of Scrabble/Words with Friends/insert name of other free web-based game here.
I am open to trying the free MMOs one finds on [for example] STEAM.