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My self-summary
I live in an apartment with 20 computers and 1 plant - a clematis with red flowers - which is taller than me ... well, not in the winter, when it was pruned.
I don't like the idea of locking up cats, so I put computers in places where cats would have liked to be.
And imagine, I keep my garlic on top of my Dracula poster :-)
I like old silent (and slapstick) movies and I think you can safely say that I'm a read-aholic.

I feel strongly about political things - like how much control and/or knowledge corporations or the state may have over people, or how the environment is mistreated in the name of profit or carelessness.

What else should I say? I communicate a lot via the Internet and once I am over the shyness with a person, I am not afraid to talk about intimate things (if they are relevant of course) but I'm more shy than I would like. I wish I was better at writing interesting cohesive blurbs about myself. :-/
What I’m doing with my life
If you are looking for the yuppie type, please don't waste your time with me. I don't even have a driving license, okay? And for years I've been proud of not having a mobile phone.
I used to working in a university project to make a better medical search engine based on knowledge of language. Then the money ran out, and I had to find a different kind of job. For the greater good I'd like to contribute to some interesting public project, but I haven't found one that tickles my fancy sufficiently. So in the mean time I just contribute small patches here, and there, and over there too, and to that thing, and ... and ... Mostly it is with VICE these days (that is retrocomputing at its finest: the Versatile Commodore Emulator, for all your 1980's and 1990's pleasure). Sometimes I think I was born 20 years too late; it would have been so exciting to have been part of the *real* computer revolution.
ohm2013 is where I was last summer.
I’m really good at
Doing things with computers. Especially with Free (as in speech) operating systems. I should be better at explaining why this is good, and why non-free software can be bad. And reading of course, Fortunately there is BookCrossing ( which serves as my infinite yet free library.
I am also told I am good at neck and shoulder massages (and I certainly like to receive them.)
Looking younger than my physical age. Just recently I was estimated as "not a day over 35".
The first things people usually notice about me
My long hair, I suppose. Some people think it is blond. I seem to look a lot younger than my age - sometimes the difference seems to be up to ten years (this is mostly when I have just shaved ;-).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Of the films from the last years or so, I think that's Goodbye Lenin, or possibly The Secretary. My all time favourite movies would include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Blues Brothers, Lola Rennt (aka Run Lola Run), and Interview with the Vampire.
Most of my favourite books are SF or Fantasy, although it's less and less Fantasy (I read a few too many cheap bad imitations of Lord of the Rings and got annoyed about them). Jack Vance is my favourite writer; he invented such wonderful words and manages to describe them in very few words but you still see them in your mind. And his characters have a way with words that I can only envy. I like his books about Rhialto and the rogue Cugel (Rhialto the Marvellous, Eyes of the Overworld, Cugel's Saga) a lot. I'm happy that Doctor Who is finally back on television (and so far I like it even), but I hated the tv movie from 1996. David Tennant is so much better than Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor; it is a pity he has already stopped. I'm not so much a fan of Matt whatshisname. Let's hope his successor is better. At least he is a bit older, reversing the trend.
Other tv programmes I like are The IT Crowd and The Big Bang Theory. I suppose the latter contains the word "theory" to placate the rabid American creationists...
Recently I have been reading almost all books by Charlie Stross. He has quite an imagination, mostly in the "harder" sort of SF.
I'm not much into horror, but I make an exception for Poppy Z Brite's books, her horror ones before she started to write about cooking. I re-read "Drawing Blood" several times.
The music that I like can be quite eclectic, but often it has to have a guitar in it. Good: punk rock; bad: rap, house. I have cds from opposites like Tori Amos and Hole (Courtney Love), Lou Reed or the Pointer Sisters. Although I used to hate dancing, I learned that I could enjoy it when the mood strikes me - as long as it isn't any kind of formal dance and I can just move in any random way that I like. Modern ceilidhs (scottish dances in groups) are fun too, even when they go wrong (or maybe even especially when they go wrong).
Six things I could never do without
the internet, free (as in speech) software, books (and other reading stuff).
I spend a lot of time thinking about
(This question used to be about trading brains with somebody) Trading brains really amounts to trading bodies, from your brain's perspective, and that's what really counts. Having said that, I think it would be funny to swap with a female body for some time to experience what it feels like (including the sex of course ;-). But I think I'll want my own body back afterwards.
On a typical Friday night I am
probably sitting behind my computer. Or is that in front? If I'm sitting behind it I don't see much.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m the typical decent nerd, wearing the heart on my sleeve next to my favourite free software. I’m still best friends with my gf from ten years ago. The love of my life, my sweetie pea, passed away in March 2010 - just 10 days before her birthday - due to returning cancer... I still miss her lots and get upset by songs of the type "all I want for Christmas is you".
You should message me if
you think you'll shake me up (and I'll love it) or if you have something interesting to say.
While the Instant Message system works fine, I still prefer mail or mail-like messages in general. So why don't you just send a message via the site's message system instead?
The two of us