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My self-summary
I'm pretty tall.

I like sciencey things and politics-y things.

The other day I went for a long mountain bike ride while listening to the Audiobook of Childhoods End, then got back and half watched some rugby while reading the Economist and eating a pizza. That was a pretty good day.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a Technical Architect, which is nothing to do with buildings, but is in fact about building computer systems. Basically a programmer who gets to do big picture stuff.

Anyhow, I enjoy my job a pretty stupid amount.

Other than that I spend a fair bit of time playing bike polo, which is much like the horse version except on a bike with a lot more crashing and alcohol.

I also mountain bike a fair bit and go skiing when I get the opportunity.
I’m really good at
I'm pretty good at telling computers what they should be doing.

I'm better at riding bikes than people who aren't very good at riding bikes.

I've built a couple of bike wheels and they've not collapsed and killed me yet.

I quite like writing letters with a pen and paper, sadly my handwriting is only legible not beautiful.

A decent skier, once I get my legs back around day two.

Picking up a new skill quite quickly, getting ok at it but never spending the time to master it - I guess I just like the learning.

I can strum a guitar pretty adequately and occasionally sing along to it less adequately.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm pretty tall.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I was pretty bummed when Iain Banks died this year. I end up re-reading Pratchett whenever I feel sad/lonely/bored/he's written something new. I like the odd bit of literary fiction if I'm in the mood, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis, Geoff Dyer...
The book I'm actually reading at the Design Patterns.

Favourite of all time: Dazed and confused
Last at the Cinema: Eye in the Sky
Crappy Film I love for no reason I can rationally explain: League of extraordinary gentleman (really that film is terrible and yet I'll watch it whenever it is on).
Film that I enjoyed that seemed to be written with me in mind, particularly the bit where Joseph Gordon Levitt escapes from the police lockup by doing a bunch of unnecessary trials riding tricks: Premium Rush

I've been watching Sleepy Hollow, and I'm telling you, it's the new X-Files (UPDATE: it became terrible after season 1). I also watch an unreasonable amount of QI. Most of the slightly geeky, quality TV that everyone tends to like - Game of Thones, Doctor Who, Firefly. At some point I'll end up watching Breaking Bad I'm sure.

I listen to a depressingly limited amount of music, mostly it ends up being a lot of Radiohead/Atoms for Peace (I'm pretty sure music peaks at the breakdown in Arpeggi/Weird Fishes (3.43 . I've also listened to a fair bit of Dawn of Midi recently (to fulfil my band you might not have heard of quota). When I'm trying to be a bit more diverse/seem more interesting I like a bit of Jazz (Coltrane, Miles Davis, Steve Bruback). Oh and I think this should have been a massive viral hit but wasn't. Stick with it (or skip to 2 minutes in...)

Food reached its apex with the advent of Pepperoni Pizza. I will eat pretty much anything that isn't Jelly or Jelly based.
The six things I could never do without
I tend to think you can adapt to anything pretty quick, but six things I enjoy having at the moment

Kindle/just books
I spend a lot of time thinking about
When was the last time English had divergent words for the same thing across different countries? Was the last one Mobile phone/Cell phone? Has the internet killed this?

What a good opening message looks like. Sorry if one of my attempts wasn't very good.

Also, compiler errors.
On a typical Friday night I am
In a pub or travelling somewhere.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I really don't like labels sticking out of clothing but I'm not sure why.
You should message me if
It seems like a good idea.

Or maybe I messaged you and you're wondering if you should message back. You should, I'm, you know, ok.