darrkenium
31 Oxford, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
I'm a scientist by day, but would love for my writing to earn enough to live on someday. I love exploring foreign cities, cycling trails, playing football or hiking across the coast. I live for great art, whether it be written, filmed or played. You will find me just as comfortable dancing away at a music festival or playing board games in a quiet corner of a pub.

I can't go through the day without music, or more than a few days without my bike or an evening with my friends. I once ran a film festival and I sang in a rock band for a while. I believe that there are so many amazing things to do and learn out there, it seems a shame to restrict yourself to one or two.
What I’m doing with my life
Science! I run one of the materials science labs at the University. I take things like plane engines and nuclear reactors apart one atom at a time to see what they are made of.

In my spare time, I write. I published a couple of fun scifi action novels last year.
I’m really good at
Mix tapes - although nowadays I just make mixes on Spotify.

I'd like to think I'm pretty decent at writing, and my singing voice isn't bad.

I can cook, but am much better at making it up as I go than following a recipe.
The first things people usually notice about me
Either one of my many geeky t-shirts or my hair, which has defeated all attempts to control it. It has a plan, I find it's easier just to go along with it.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
There are so many good things to enjoy. Here are a few.

Music: The Hold Steady, Radiohead, The War on Drugs, Calexico, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine, Pearl Jam, Elliott Smith, Wilco, Beastie Boys, Public Service Broadcasting

Books: China Mieville, Neil Gaiman, George RR Martin, Nick Hornby, Neal Stephenson, Michael Chabon, Charles Stross, Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Lewis, Patrick Rothfuss, Terry Pratchett, Kundera, Steinbeck, Hemingway, Douglas Adams, Iain Banks, Fitzgerald, Tolkien...

Films: High Fidelity, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Stranger Than Fiction, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Scott Pilgrim, Heat, Inception, Star Wars, Aliens, Jurassic Park

TV: The West Wing, House of Cards, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Fringe, Breaking Bad, The Killing, Parks and Recreation, Community, Agents of Shield, The Wire, Cowboy Bebop

Games: Cards Against Humanity, Risk:Legacy, Pandemic, Netrunner, Battlestar Galactica, The Last of Us, Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect, The Witcher, Civilisation

I love food, and there's very little I won't eat. I try to eat healthy most of the time but I occasionally succumb to a pulled pork roll, burrito or curry. I'm a little obsessed with avocados.
The six things I could never do without
Music
Something to write with
My kindle
Good company
One of my bikes
The internet
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How society would work if we lived within our environmental means.

How much Shania Twain would freak out if Brad Pitt became a rocket scientist.
On a typical Friday night I am
At the pub, a gig or having a few drinks over a board game with friends. If I'm staying home, it will probably involve cooking something tasty.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I'm colour blind. In practice this has very little impact on modern life other than a tendency for people to hold up pencils and ask me what colour they are.
You should message me if
You're a writer and want to chat about creative stuff.

We share similar tastes and you want to share some awesome new band, film or book you think I'd like.

You feel like we'd get along.
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