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My self-summary
Interested in Effective Altruism and related subjects - in particular, reducing suffering and existential risk reduction.

I still like going out when I can, and love a good festival (Glastonbury is a favourite).

I have a 8-year old son that I spend every other weekend with. Have plenty of free time in the week though.

I have a campervan that I want to go on road trips in as and when I can. It's has also served as part of an ongoing experiment to live as frugally as possible. Sadly as it has now sat unused for ages - seems I just don't have time (or travelling companions!) to get any use from it. Would be great to meet someone interested in changing this state of affairs.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently in between things. Winding up my Open Source Hardware business, and "going back to uni" as it were (taking online Coursera and EdX courses) whilst figuring out what to do next.
I’m really good at
Maths, computers, thinking, knowing lots of stuff (spend far to long procrastinating, reading about different things on the internet). Feel like I want to know everything about everything, but I'm happy to stick to the most important stuff for now.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Authors - Iain M Banks (The Culture is the closest to the ideal (pan-)human civilisation that I've yet seen described in detail - a long term goal to work towards perhaps...), Eliezer Yudkowsky (Friendly AI: arguably the biggest problem facing Earth-originating sentient life - I used to think climate change was, motiving me to study Earth System Science for my PhD. If done right, I guess a FAI would resemble a Culture Mind. Also Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is much better than JK Rowling), George Monbiot (more immediate "real-world" issues, complete with solutions that are sadly overlooked).

Movies - Anything that makes you think, sci-fi, some comedy. Recently I've enjoyed Ex Machina, Inception, and The Hangover.

TV - don't really watch it, but recently I've enjoyed the new Red Dwarf, and Newzoids.

Music - breakbeats, hip-hop, house, '60s/'70s rock/psychedelia, anything sort of John Peel/6 Music-ish. Anything good to dance to that's not too cheesy (ok, maybe an occasional bit of cheese if I'm drunk enough).

On my to do list is to read the best rated 100 novels and watch the best rated 250 films as compiled from a number of sources. I feel I haven't absorbed anywhere near enough culture. Perhaps throw in a few TV series and a few albums as well (although I've got a huge music library already). Anyway, this is all dependent on having more free time...

Food - vegan fast food - American (burger and chips), Chinese (Fried Tofu, soy and chilli sauce, rice noodle stir-fry), Indian (samosa, sag aloo, curries), Thai (coconut/lime curry), Italian (pizza, pasta with vegan cheese). Desserts - Alpro chocolate pudding, Swedish Glace ice-cream.
Six things I could never do without
Sustenance, shelter, morals/ethics, friends and family, the internet, my laptop & hard drives full of stuff (I'm fairly minimalist when it comes to physical possessions, but have been known to be a bit of a digital hoarder, which is fine, right? when a library can fit in your pocket)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Effective Altruism and related topics.

How the future is likely to pan out - will there be a post-truth, resource-depleted decline in civilisation toward a new dark ages, a rebirth toward an enlightened, post-scarcity economy, or even a techo-triumph of transhumanism (or indeed a techno-catastrophy from AI or nanotech gone wrong)?

Whether the combination of beliefs that I have put me so far out of the mainstream that I'm doomed to feel a certain amount of alienation for a fair while, whilst the world catches up ;-)
On a typical Friday night I am
Reading or Studying. But sometimes out, or visiting friends in London :-)
You should message me if
You are interested in anything mentioned above and/or you want to meet in person.
The two of us