33Luton, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
When I was about six or so, I was quite clear on my aims in life: to know everything and to have experienced every activity possible from abseiling to zorbing. If I'm honest with myself I still aspire to those things; however time has tempered my expectations of what I might actually achieve.

My current interests run mostly to hiking, skiing and the like but I enjoy most outdoor activities (e.g. SCUBA diving). I am also an avid traveller. I would dearly love to take a course in sky-diving or learn to fly a helicopter (or learn a martial art, or...) but who has the time to do everything? As I said, I especially enjoy walking/hiking and I would love to find someone who shares that.

I have intellectual pursuits that I enjoy in my spare time: I have an unnatural fascination with language and linguistics, ancient mythology and a desire to learn about psychology (really I want to go back to university and do another three of four undergraduate degrees).

By day I'm an electronics/systems engineer (for those interested, I work on [and also run] applied research into signal processing, information and control algorithms & techniques) and I exhibit a degree of geekiness that comes with the territory. I do absolutely love my job - I get to use almost every technical skill I have ever learned and, at the same time, get to employ my creativity every step of the way to solve challenging problems.

Unlike a lot of people (almost everyone on here it seems), I am not a *huge* fan of London (I like it upon occasion). I love the amenities and the endless selection of things to do but I dislike the crowds, the endless gray sprawl, the whole constricting oppressive feel of the city (or any really big city for that matter) and, of course, I *hate* the prices. As a result, I have moved to the (not so salubrious) city of Luton on the Hertfordshire border (with lots of fields and trees and green places and space and cheap houses).

All of that is somewhat superficial. What I would love to find someone that, like me loves to discuss ideas. Ideas about everything: psychology, the internet, how a bird's mind would react if were transplanted into a fish, social phenomenon, the way stuff/people/society works or could work, how you would rebuild the legal system, possible remedies to the national budget, why your dog prefers marmite on toast over boiled eggs... whatever.
What I’m doing with my life
I really love traveling and do that whenever I can to the most obscure places I can (I find the best holidays are in the least tourist-filled locations: Uzbekistan, Burma/Myanmar, Mali, ...). I lived in lots of places when I was young (my Dad worked abroad): The Netherlands, UK, Poland, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea. I also spent a year of my degree in Boston, MA, USA (at MIT) which was amazing and so different from the UK.

As I said in the summary, I'm a systems engineer and I really like my job - I get to use almost every technical skill I have ever learned and, at the same time, get to employ my creativity every step of the way to solve challenging problems.

I also have loads of home projects (e.g. designing/building UAVs) some of which I would like to turn into a YouTube channel to extol the virtues of engineering to the youth of today.
I’m really good at
Everything - I wish!

I'm not really sure to be honest, but I seem to have muddled through a degree at Cambridge and have managed to climb the career ladder successfully enough.
The first things people usually notice about me
You can tell me when I meet you - I don't know.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I love to read, mostly in two genres: thrillers/techno-thrillers and fantasy. Soem that I have particularly enjoyed: The Kingkiller Chronicle (Rothfuss) [and despite waiting for years, still eagerly awaiting The Doors of Stone], The Song of Ice and Fire (Martin), The Wars of Light and Shadow (Wurts), The Liveship Traders (Hobb), The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia (Hopkirk).

A selection of my favourite films: The Quiet American, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), Empire of the Sun, 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, 12 Angry Men, Slumdog Millionaire, Inception, Cloud Atlas.

All time favourite TV: The Wire, Luther, Dexter, Battlestar Galactica, House, and Deadwood.

Music: Most things that aren't Rap/Hip Hop/Drum 'n Bass... I work on mood - any mood will do and most (but not all) of the songs of these genres I find moodless(?) and bland.

A random sample of artists that I like: Joe Satriani, REM, The Shadows, Genesis, Beatles, Dire Straits, Amethystium, Pink Floyd, Bryan Adams, The Doors, Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Reinhard Mey, Rammstein, Blake Shelton, Mike & The Mechanics, Blur, Schiller, ... see more on

Food: Indian, Italian, Pub Food, most things really except "Chinese" (I actually like some authentic Chinese food - i.e. when in China - but can't stand the rubbish that you get from most so-called Chinese restaurants in the UK). I love to cook curries (as there is so much variety) and Indian breads but also enjoy cooking lots of other stuff too.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
In those moments when I'm not up to much and no-one else is around, I spend almost all of my time thinking about two classes of things. The first class consists of the characters/culture/geography/plot of the book that I will (eventually... i.e. in a few decades) write. The other is a pile of crazy abstract theories like how to practically create Artificial General Intelligence (don't ask, it takes me about 3 hours and a whiteboard to explain it).
On a typical Friday night I am
Out with friends or in with friends. I'm not a huge one for clubbing (strangely, I like to be able to hear myself think and I'm not a fan of crowds) so try to avoid it when I can. Going out generally means either the pub or doing something (sport, cinema, etc). Staying in usually means that I have cooked and invited a bunch of people over for food, drink and a DVD. Alternatively, it could mean a games night with anything from Mahjong to Monopoly or Munchkin to Bridge.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I cry (tears, not sniffles) at movies quite easily but try to hide it because almost no-one else is crying.
You should message me if
you think we'd get on.

That being said, we probably won't get on too well if you're really into clubbing or you smoke.
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