42East London, South Africa
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My self-summary
I have 18 "Likes", but do not know who these people are as I am not paying OKCupid for that information. If you are about to click on that particular button, please consider sending me a message once you have read through my profile first. Thanks.

I enjoy being around smart people: there is much to be learned from them, intimidated as I may feel by their intellect.

Having read a little about what goes into it, I have much respect for authors, too. It sounds like a particularly difficult and time-consuming job.

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.

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.
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.

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. I usually finish my routine work [reading through tender advertisements and forwarding a summary of those that may meet my employer's criteria to a mailing list.

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.
I’m really good at
Daydreaming. Overthinking things. Staying out of debt.
The first things people usually notice about me
This is not something I would ask other people about. I can't say that their first impressions matter to me.
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: Pre 20th century composers, Kate Bush, ABBA, The Beatles, Enya, Evanescence

Computer games:
Role playing games, shoot-em-ups, real time strategy, and platformers
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 accomplish in completing a task as well as I possibly can doesn't hurt either.]


My computer and its associated LTE internet connection.

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
Though it was not a date [Something for which I am grateful,], I met an astrophysicist for coffee at the beginning of 2017. I went into it with some trepidation, but it proved to be less awkward than I had feared. For somebody that smart, she was not overly intimidating, but someone who I admire.
You should message me if
You can relate to something in my profile, and would like to discuss it.

You have similar interests to mine.

Your were about to click on "Like". While I appreciate the sentiment, I shall not know who you are, which puts a damper on whatever degree of curiosity I might be feeling.

Finally, if you do send me a message, please do me the courtesy of employing good grammar and spelling. Anything less than that will be deleted, as will "Hi. How are you?" and the like. If you feel offended by what I expect, it is unlikely that we would get along in any case.
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