OxymoronX
42East London, South Africa
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My self-summary
"I know my value. Anyone else's opinion really doesn't matter." Peggy Carter in "Agent Carter"

I enjoy being around smart people: there is much to be learned from them, intimidated as I may feel by their intellect. (The trick here is to hang around long enough to learn something-problematic if one feels that one is beneath their notice) I would say that reading the profiles of my closest matches (90% and above) is enough to reduce me to awed silence, though I may reread said profiles now and then.

Learning to compromise when reality clashes with childhood dreams is something I have needed to do as I grew older, yet sometimes feel disappointed in myself-or is it a sense of embarrassment that I could have been so credulous. So wrapped up in the fantastic image of myself that I believed that I was infallible. That I could do anything. We cannot accomplish whatever we put our minds to, whatever saccharine platitudes we were fed.

If I may be candid, [isn't this what we say when we are about to reveal personal information that is likely repel many people] with few exceptions, I am indifferent to what people think of me. I don't care that I am not the most popular person in the room, and don't need the approval of people who mean very little if anything to me. I cannot be all things to all people. Think of it as a coping mechanism.

Or so I tell myself.
What I’m doing with my life
Dabbling in whatever interests me within a given period, whether or not I am any good at it.

Appreciating the time I spend with my family, close and extended, wherever they are. Their coming deaths linger at the back of my mind, as they have for most of my life: I must not take therm for granted.

My current existence, though I might find it comforting, has become a humdrum sequence of eat, sleep, waste(?) time online, and work. This is one way to become complacent.
I’m really good at
Daydreaming. Overthinking things. Staying out of debt. Unintentionally saying the wrong thing, then wondering what all the fuss is about. Handling confidential information accordingly. [Which is why, when confidential documents need to be scanned, copied or shredded, I am usually given the job.]
The first things people usually notice about me
*shrugs*

I don't make a point of asking.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Fantasy and science fiction, crime, popular science, medical thrillers.

I also enjoy reading comics. I regularly subscribe to Marvel Unlimited, and look forward to the analogous Comixology service launching in my country.

Movies and television: hardly ever. I subscribe to Netflix or ShowMax sporadically, and rent DVDs when I am on leave.
Most of what I watch is science fiction and fantasy [this includes superhero movies].

Music: Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Holst, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Glinka [specifically the overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla], Stravinsky [The Firebird] Kate Bush, ABBA, The Beatles, Enya

Computer games:
Most of my game library is digital, as I have STEAM, Origin, and BattletNet accounts. I play Words with Friends and Scrabble through Facebook Gameroom, and Fallen London at StoryNexus.com

Podcasts: The Infinite Monkey Cage, The Allusionist, Listen to Lucy, The Atheist Experience, Citation Needed, the Freakanomics podcast, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, Exposing Pseudo-astronomy, Lore, and too many others
Six things I could never do without
My close and extended family

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 accomplishment in completing a task as well as I possibly can doesn't hurt either.]

Solitude

My computer and access to the internet

Coffee-the mild sort
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Much of the time, I am running on autopilot, and am not aware of thinking of anything at all. When I do think about something, and it concerns myself or a decision I shall be making, I must be careful, lest my thinking be contaminated by ideas that are not true or reasonable, or do not apply to my. From time to time, I find that I have to distract myself from dwelling on episodes in my personal history.
On a typical Friday night I am
Hmmmm....other than stay up later than I would on a work night, I wouldn't say that I do anything that I wouldn't on any other day of the week.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I enrolled at a university, but had dropped out within a month. I was out of my depth. Since then, I tried studying through correspondence for a year [End-User Computing through UNISA] to gauge how I might cope with it. Though I completed that module [I had enrolled for non-degree purposes] it took me the better part of a year. To qualify for enrolment for a second year, I would have had to complete three other modules.

I am most interested in science subjects, but am not mentally equipped to study and subsequently make a living off of these.

My mathematical and abstract thinking abilities leave much to be desired

I was 9 years old before I could tie my own shoelaces. You might say that I am a slow learner. :-P
You should message me if
If you can relate to something in my profile, or have questions about the same.

If your interests and conception of reality are similar to mine.

If you would like to recommend a book, website, podcast movie, comic, series, or game you think I may enjoy.

If you have clicked on the "Like" icon, please introduce yourself: I'm at least as afraid of being snubbed as you are, and will not make any unkind comments.
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