aidansean
34Manchester, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I've spent most of the past decade living in foreign (San Francisco, Geneva, Brussels) for science. I helped discover the Higgs boson, then hung my lab coat and returned to the UK.

I've been back over a year and got a real job since then. It's remote working, so I spend a lot of time at home, and can travel a bit/work more flexible hours. So I'm quite happy to stay over and visit friends as long as there's an internet I can borrow.

Still exploring Manchester. Still up for exploring more of it. If you're up for walking around with a camera getting pretty photos of Victorian buildings and finding geo-caches let me know. That's my kind of thing.

And word games. So many word games. Stuff like Sorry I Haven't a Clue and Cabin Pressure and Clare in the Community. Radio 4 is a treasure trove of that stuff. I used to be good at cryptic crosswords, but I've lost my edge these days. Help me get my mojo back.

I do a thing called factytruth. Look it up on Twitter. If that floats your boat, we'll probably get along great.
What I’m doing with my life
These days I'm a data science, so I science data. I used to science the Higgs boson, but that got discovered and ran out of steam. I work for a web archiving company, which combines my love of web stuff and data analysis. It's rather fun. Also run a company making and selling mathematical art (I need to start touring the markets again now that the weather's getting better.) Also write apps for science communication and occasionally perform in shows for schools or festivals.

Since coming back to the UK I seem to spend a lot of time cooking bacon, making tea, and eating custard creams. I've missed those things.
I’m really good at
I make epic shepherd's pie, and can do a cheesecake or two. But my favorite thing is to come across some new mathematical game, then write an app to play with it. I seem to be good at making friends too, for some reason.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not sure anymore. When I lived in the USA I used to say this:

These days it's probably my fair skin (if I'm in Europe) or my tan (if I'm in the UK) and my English accent (if I'm in the states) or my Americanized accent (if I'm in the UK.)

These days I'm usually quite smiley. Can't stop talking when I meet the right person. Oh and I have views on the whole Brexit thing. Sometimes I think I should have just stayed on the continent for another six months.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Literature wise I love anything by Orwell, and Les Misérables has its moments. I really should have read more by this stage in my life, or at least kept hold of all the books I have read.

For movies/films there are too many to mention. Things like Spirited Away and Dogville do it for me. And Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind. I stopped going to the cinema years ago, but should start again. Drag me to the cinema. I'll buy the popcorn and we can play footsie on the back row.

My music collection consists of lots of stuff from the 90s (Portishead, Massive Attack, Manic Street Preachers, Air etc) and some more contemporary stuff (IAMX, Paul Banks, PSB) as well as some classical stuff. Kathleen Ferrier hits the spot. I've been known to go to the opera and ballet too. Did my undergrad at Oxford and occasionally miss being able to go to evensong. Once fell asleep listening to Gregorian chants in Tuscany. It was very pretty, but I had to sleep.
Six things I could never do without
My laptop. I take it to bed with me most nights (No, not for that. Well, sometimes for that.)
My DSLR. It takes up about half the space and makes up about half the weight of my bag.
My Nespresso machine. When I got a new job that was one of the first things I restocked.
Traveling. Usually to see friends, domestic or foreign. Also for work, when the opportunity arises. And for holidays. Living in the USA spoiled me with road trips.
Current affairs. It used to be mildly interesting. Now it's batshit insane and fills me equally with horror, amusement, and incredulity. May getting outraged about chocolate eggs while Trump forgetting he has to do an Easter egg hunt? Couldn't make that stuff up.
A sixth thing? Six is my favourite number so.... wasting time with recreational maths? Give me a problem to solve and I'll still be there a week later with reams of paper and an app trying to find the answer.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Physics and the mysteries of the universe (sometimes the only thing that sends me to sleep, and it sends me to sleep happy!) Where I want to travel to next. The friends I miss. The people I don't spend enough time with. What the hell is happening to the world right now. Why there aren't enough hours in the day. Why unicode exists and why it seems to cause more problems than it solves.
On a typical Friday night I am
I don't have a typical Friday night anymore. I like to mix it up!
Sometimes I'm visiting friends. London happens a lot.
Sometimes I'm at home with my laptop developing a web app.
Sometimes I'm having a little bit of a kinky evening with a gentleman friend.
Don't seem to go to the pub much anymore for some reasons. I should find a decent pub quiz again.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Started trying out some kinky stuff and I rather enjoy it.
You should message me if
You like long rambling conversations over tea and cake, want to take photos of urban Manchester, like science, or coding, or history, or want some epic shepherd's pie. Or want to cuddle on the sofa with me as we binge watch something. Or just want say hello. I'm up for pretty much anything.
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