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My self-summary
Hello world. My name is Nicholas

I dabble with computer graphics software, am an opportunistic reader, a follower of science and technology news, an aspiring skeptic, and an occasional gamer. I live in parochial town on the coast of Southern Africa, and think that my chances of finding like-minded people here is greater than it is in my home town, particularly since I am not much of a social animal and prefer to avoid parties if I have any choice in the matter

I play Scrabble and Words with friends. Drop me a line if you would like to begin a game with me.

The longer version:

"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.

On the often-quote Myers-Briggs test:
What I’m doing with my life
I work an 8 to 5 job from Monday to Friday that revolves around reading through tender bulletins, the classified section of a local newspaper, and the tender advertisements publish on a dozen or so websites, then submitting summaries of those that may interest management. I used to do a substantial amount of data capture before moving to the department I am in now. I have tried to become more versatile by teaching myself Microsoft Access, but I haven't the intelligence required to set up and link [using the correct type of link] related tables.

Dabbling in whatever interests me within a given period, whether or not I am any good at it. Most of the time I'm barely competent. I have even tried to relearn Algebra! Call me a sucker for punishment if you will. Redhat 5 was the beginning of my on-again, off-again relationship with GNU Linux. I'd be a regular user, I think, if I spent less times on frivolities.

I read whenever I can, and enjoy playing games on my PC, X-Box 360, and PS3, though I have been neglecting the latter this year. I'll play the odd Wii game [I love Wii Music] now and then, too.

I doodle, I conduct imaginary orchestras, I make up two-dimensional fictional characters, and derivative, repetitive tunes that I sometimes whistle, and I listen to podcast while I work.
I’m really good at
Honesty. I find it extremely hard to say something that is at odds with reality while keeping a straight face.
The first things people usually notice about me

If I ever do conduct a survey on people's first impressions, I'll publish a summary here,
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Fantasy and science fiction, crime, popular science, medical thrillers.
Authors include Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Tom Holt, Andrew Harman, Stephen Baxter, Iain M. Banks, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, Guy Gavriel Kay, Kathy Reichs, Neal Stephenson, David Gemmell, Neil Gaiman

I like me some mythology, and have a copy of The Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology.

Interests in non-fiction cover genetics, neuroscience, cosmology, chemistry, modern physics, etymology, and military history presented in the style of Dummies guides.
I have been known to browse through dictionaries as well as my copy of Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

I also enjoy reading comics with a superhero flavour. I regularly subscribe to Marvel Unlimited, so most of what I read is published by the eponymous company.

My television set sees more use as a display for games consoles than an output for local broadcasters. I subscribe to Netflix or ShowMax sporadically, and rent DVDs when I am on leave. My tastes slouch up against science fiction, fantasy, and superhero movies, so I was surprised to find myself sitting through La La Land recently.

Series I have watched with varying degrees of enjoyment:
The Big Bang Theory, Black Books, Blackadder, The Thin Blue Line, Absolutely Fabulous, Will and Grace, Black Mirror, Jessica Jones, Agent Carter, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Agents of Shield, Agent Carter, McGyver, Penny Dreadful, The Flash

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

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 Some examples of what I enjoy, but have not necessarily finished:

Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2, Dragon Age:Inquisition, Mass Effect 3, Diablo 2, Warhammer 40 000: Dawn of War, Sacred 1, 2, and 3; Divine Divinity and Divinity 2, Neverwinter Nights, the Quest for Glory series, Dungeon Keeper 2, Magium and other text-based adventures [Android: I play on my tablet]

Software I enjoy playing around with:
Blender 3D, Daz Studio, Houdini Apprentice Edition, Krita, The GIMP, Sculptris, Magix Music Maker, Garage Band,[when I visit an iStore] the web applications at Escapemotions.com and psychopaint.com

Podcasts: The Infinite Monkey Cage, Social Engineers, The Allusionist, Listen to Lucy, The Atheist Experience, Paranormal Skreptic Academy, Citation Needed, the Freakanomics podcast, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, Exposing Pseudo-astronomy, The Scathing Atheist, Lore, and too many others. I need to prune my list, but where to begin?
Six things I could never do without
Let's assume that the essentials are a given, I'll list six things I would rather not live without.

My close and extended family.I'm half-Greek, and we're close

Libraries, because books are expensive, and storage space scarce. Books/magazines/comics still trump gaming. [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.]


My computer and access to the internet

My handful close friends
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I can't say that I devote a substantial amount of time to a given topic. I flit between imaginary worlds, what I'll be doing in the evening after work and on weekends, whether whatever I am doing is worthwhile and in my best interests, the mistakes I find in tender advertisements, and sciencey stuff.
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
One of the great disappointments in my life happened when I foolishly enrolled at a university for a Bachelor of Science degree despite the disparity between my interests and my mental abilities. I may have thought I'd muddle through as I did in high school. I was horribly out of my depth, and had never been away from home and having to fend for myself before, so in hindsight it wasn't surprising that I dropped out within a month. Since then, have 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.

My mathematical and abstract thinking abilities leave much to be desired. One of my professors called me "woolly-minded"

I was 9 years old before I mastered the art of tying my own shoelaces. You might say that I am a slow learner. :-P

I still use my Nokia Lumia 630, and intend to use it for as long as it lasts. I prefer the Windows Phone OS to Android.
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.

You don't necessarily want to do nothing more than to engage in profound and learned discussions on philosophical issues and popular misconceptions regarding details of The Standard Model in the popular media, but would like to engage in idle chatter about your day and what you do for a living. Be advised that I won't always know how to respond.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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