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My self-summary
Self-summary...something of a frustrating demand. I am me, nothing more and certainly nothing less.

Depending on the perspective, I can be anything from a somewhat shy guy who loves to be pushed outside his comfort zone to the kind guy who always will lend a helping hand to someone who does anything for the sake of enjoying life. Probably why I find the personality bars on this site so strange. Ah well, at least it points to the robot apocalypse being a little further off in the future.

How I'll appear to you? It sure as hell won't be caught by a self-summary.
What I’m doing with my life
Attempting to re-organise myself. I just moved down to Sydney from the UK where I've been living for the past 8 years. Now I'm a consultant working primarily in performance improvement and loving the work, but I find myself looking to meet some new people and make some new friends in a new country!

I'm a bit of an international mish-mash. Dual citizen New Zealand and the USA, born in Australia, lived in the UK, but I'm only just moving back to Sydney after more than 20 years out of the country. Throw in the 30+ countries I've visited and that I speak Spanish and a smattering of Mandarin and you get a real mess, eh?

For myself? I spend a lot of my time reading and watching films and, strange as it may seem, enjoying walking about for the sake of enjoying the weather and the feel of the city. I love a good conversation and debate, but unfortunately I just don't know too many people here.
I’m really good at
Puzzles and problem solving. I love tricky and challenging problems, no matter the kind I really enjoy having to come up with an interesting solution.

To the more common ends...I'm a great person to have around in a debate or conversation, I tend to get along well with most people. I love to listen and help other people out so it just works out.

I used to be great at the violin, but despite playing it for almost 15 years, I have fallen out of practice over the last 3-4. It's difficult when your instrument is on another continent.

Finally, I know it's generally considered shameful, but I love video games. They're a great outlet and a great stress reliever. Similarly I love to hang out and play pool. It's just relaxing.

I guess I'm really good at being a bit of a geek.
The first things people usually notice about me
That's simple:
1) The beard.
2) The accent.

I keep the beard well kept, probably because I look positively cherubic when it's shaved off. Seems to be one of the things that just stands out about me, and I haven't got the slightest clue why.

As to the accent, I mentioned earlier I'm from all over the's made worse by the fact that I pick up accents rather quickly. So I'm currently left with something that to any Brit sounds foreign, but to any foreigner sounds British. There's enough American/Aussie/Kiwi/Brit to just screw with your ears from time to time.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Jeeze. Now that's a big ask, so I'll just put down a few.

Books - I'm a fan of the sci-fi/fantasy genres, but love any good read that comes my way. Anything from George R.R. Martin, Trudi Canavan, John Grisham, Jack Higgins, Ken Follet, Jeffrey Archer all the way across to "proper" books like The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, and 1984...I could never stop. I just love to read.

Movies - Another big ask...I run the gambit. While I love the creepy twists and turns of Anthony Hopkins in just about any film, I also love the lighthearted humour of chick-flicks (yep...they're fun, doesn't make me any less of a man). And what guy wouldn't enjoy the action and graphics of films like Avatar, Transformers, etc.

Shows - Here's where the nerdery comes out. I love anime, Dr. Who, QI, The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, White Collar, Leverage, Suits, Castle, Dexter, Top Gear...god this list could go on and on.

Music...I'll keep this one simple. Anything, except American country music and Death Metal/heavier forms of metal. Depends on my mood entirely

Food...I love food from all over the world and always want to try new things. I love spicy food and my favourite styles tend to come from the Asian continent - Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Szechuan, etc.

And for drinks, living in England gave me a new appreciation for just how awesome cider can be when well made, same with a good pint of ale.
The six things I could never do without
1) A good book
2) Good company
3) Good food
4) The internet
5) A pub
6) A nice cup of tea (I've got quite the assortment)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The origin of words and language, why people seem increasingly bad at non-verbal communication.
On a typical Friday night I am
If I've got friends who are free, I'll be out chatting over drinks or relaxing. If not...I'll probably be cooking myself dinner sit back with a film after a long week or just trying to finally get to the end of my latest book.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
In the past I have both built my own computer and brewed my own beer.

That and that I'm unhappy about being overweight thanks to a period when I really wasn't at my best, but I'm actively working to turn that around.
You should message me if
You don't mind chatting with a guy who is happy to admit to being a bit nerdy who doesn't need to always have something going on to be happy.

I appreciate and value good conversation, so I hope you'd be able to keep up your end as well.

So I'll make things simple, these things are a big plus to me:
- Interest in languages, whether speaking them or just general fascination in their origins
- A love of travel and a desire to see more of the world.
- Either you don't mind someone playing video games or you enjoy them yourself. I am not one to push my interests on someone else, but similarly I'm not going to drop doing what I enjoy.
- Enjoy going and walks with no destination in mind, just to enjoy the scenery and take a break from the norm.