This is what one book said regarding people who share my name, and it's very accurate:
"...as children they probably enjoyed a supportive family environment in which education (or at least free thinking) was encouraged..."
"...be aware of...sensitive centers: any challenge to their integrity or insult to their self-esteem will almost certainly trigger an outburst...not that...would ever go out of their way to deliberately hurt anyone, but they will lash out with surprisingly ferocity to protect their feelings."
"If there are any...in your office, they are probably the first ones that you'd turn to for information and advice."
"Their powerful desire for companionship means that...[is] most satisfied in exclusive and nurturing relationships."
My interests include
History (both the overall theory as well as more specifically European, medieval, and Church history)
Economics, (not finance or the markets so much as competing economic ideologies such the Chicago School vs. Keynesianism vs. Social Credit, etc.)
Sociology, Psychology, Biology, or, more specifically, how all three disciplines interact in examining how and why men and women are attracted, repulsed, or ambivalent towards each other...
conspiracy theories/Conspiracy Theory (not so much specific theories, although that interests me, too, but rather the validity of the methodology used in asserting such theories)
Computers, more specifically, the history and evolution of the x86 architecture, DDR memory, and graphics cards, and how knowing these factors can help you squeeze the most out of your particular model.
I am an Orthodox Christian, which in some ways is only a little bit different than Roman Catholic, and in others way WAY different.
I am also interested in Judaism, and how it relates to Christianity.
My father was German; my mother is half-British. Although my father lived here for a time, he also lived around the world. As a result, I did not inherit a parochial or provincial mentality, and, being home-schooled, I absorbed more from my parents than I did from my peers.
IDEOLOGY and POLITICS
I hate politics. I have studied so much politics for so long that I can see the same cycle of attitudes and actions repeat themselves.
I hate ideology. Ideology is one of banes of modern existence. From capital'ism' to social'ism', from femin'ism' to fundamental'ism', ideologies have taken the place of religion in modern culture, and ideologues promote their faith with unquestioning zealotry. Most people remain unaware of how thoroughly their thinking is permeated with ideological premises, especially those people who view themselves as being "above" the simplicity of religious faith.
I hate the combination of religion and politics. I'm not talking about religious morality informing public policy (since someone's morality will inform it in any case) but rather the use of political means to advance an ecclesiastical agenda that has nothing to do with Truth and all to do with the preservation of some clique's power.
I object to both "right-wing" and "left-wing" things, but I am fundamentally conservative. Leftism in general opposes both God and Nature.
I consider myself a conservative Tory rather than a conservative Republican, for reasons I will explain if anyone is interested.
I am mentally acute, sensitive, and sober-minded
When I was a kid, I used to read for fun, particularly biographies, from George Washington to George Washington Carver, from Hitler to Thatcher, and children's fiction. Now, I don't "read" so much anymore as I voraciously eviscerate texts to mine for intelligence. This happened sometime after I started reading college level texts which often require translation from "academese" into plain English. By my 20's, I hoped to read so much that I would achieve the temporal omniscience of a Bloomberg terminal, but have found that human contact is preferable, and, in lieu of that, I'd rather watch a (good) movie.
I've seen so many films so many times I think my brain is fried.
My tastes in films is very middlebrow, without, I think, being excessively bourgeois. I am not inherently interested in “old films” per se. I can remember movie statistics like some people remember sports statistics, but only for American films released after 1984. I tend to dislike contemporary dramas, westerns, musicals (with about four exceptions), sci-fi, horror... I can also usually tell you what the name of a film is just by seeing a few frames of it. My favorite films include Amadeus, The Empire Strikes Back, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, The Hunt for Red October, Pride and Prejudice (1995), Casino Royale
I keep current with all the latest movies.
All time favorite TV show is Due South. All time favorite sitcom is Are You Being Served? Close behind is The Thin Blue Line. Also Alias,Joan of Arcadia,The George Lopez Show,Doc Martin,Monarch of the Glen,The Big Bang Theory,Suits,Covert Affairs,Fairly Legal,Burn Notice
Medieval/Renaissance music, Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gustav Holst, Erasure, Duran Duran, New Order, The Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Sarah McLachlan, The Cure, U2, INXS, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne (alas, if only her cuteness outweighed her impudence and arrogance!), Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos, Vive La Fete
I can do without meat for a long time, although I don't feel I could go vegetarian, as I do get a hankering from time to time, for bacon, or a good steak...I feel much the same way about alcohol. I like mead, port, madeira...but if I never had another drink again it would be no tragic loss. Candy and crisps are tedious in more than occasional amounts. My weakness, then, is for baked goods: cakes, cookies, danishes, doughnuts, coffee cakes, brownies, etc., and dairy products like ice cream or egg nog. But I like other, more healthy, complex carbs as well: pasta, wholegrain breads, rices, oatmeal, lentils