Hello there. I am a
*I felt compelled to delete that after finding this:
I like to play with photography, and in fact currently possess more cameras than brain lobes. They have been somewhat neglected of late though. (The cameras, that is, not the brain lobes.)
I ride bikes a lot, primarily for commuting. I've previously been into competitive track (velodrome) cycling, and may or may not revisit that in the future.
I enjoy movement arts - any kind of physical skill which centres around the ability to move your own body, rather than other objects. Previously, this has been expressed through parkour, a little gymnastics and some circus; these days, more rock climbing.
Kindling an interest in performing stand-up comedy.
Of course, you shouldn't infer from all this that I'm completely time-strapped. The above activities don't actually take up all that many of my evenings or weekends.
Anything technical (perhaps including both the meanings of "involving technology" and "involving technique"), with cooking skills likely to be the most salient as far as you're concerned, unless you happen to have no sense of taste or smell, but do need your bicycle repaired.
- Having a really great butt.
- Being totally modest.
- Renewing old, clichéd jokes through witty, self-referential addenda.
On this site: Probably the fact that I'm
Frank Herbert - Dune (Possibly the greatest Sci-Fi novel ever written? Yes? I'm thinking yes.)
Andy Weir - The Martian
Arthur C. Clarke - The Songs of Distant Earth
Terry Pratchett - The Truth, or any of the Guards Discworld series.
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife (Romantic mild Sci-Fi featuring an arse-kicking, time-travelling librarian. I cannot recommend this book enough. Wouldn't bother with the film though.)
Ben Goldacre - Bad Science (Because UP YOURS homoeopathists, pharmaceutical marketers, and antivaxers.)
Also, I tend to accumulate non-fiction books, the most frequently referenced of which would be cook books.
Also again, webcomics. Most notably, xkcd, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and (the extremely NSFW) Oglaf.
A few that spring to mind: Ghostbusters (2016), Dogma, Snatch, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Wrong Man, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Alien/Aliens, Mononoke-Hime, Moon, Juno.
I don't really watch much TV, but shows I've enjoyed after giving into peer pressure include Archer, True Detective Season 1, Breaking Bad. Still haven't seen a single episode of Game of Thrones though.
Cog, Pink Floyd, Tool, Dire Straits, Blue Oyster Cult, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, to name a few. I highly recommend that you check out the "PostRockIsAGenre" playlist on YouTube.
My response to most music made these days varies between disinterest and contempt. (An attitude which I understand to be the first of Olay’s 7 signs of ageing. The final sign is telling “damn kids” to get off your lawn.) My opinion of Auto-Tune is that it’s like a Nazi uniform - if you’re using it for anything other than comedic purposes, there’s something wrong with you.
Can be found making pretty amazing Mexican, BBQ, chocolate truffles, sourdough breads, sourdough pizzas, and getting the same end result as sous-vide using only an oven. Recently added mapo tofu to my repertoire. Will eat most other things, but generally despise meat cooked beyond medium.
Comedians: (Suck it, OKC, I'm adding an extra category, and there's nothing you can do about it! :-P)
Rich Hall, Stewart Lee, Andrew O'Neill, Tim Minchin, Felicity Ward
2. A reasonably well equipped kitchen. This should include a wide selection of teas.
3. Exercise, particularly that of the most functional variety. (Functional meaning that aimed at improving one's practical physical abilities, rather than one's appearance.)
4. Information/education. This could mean Wikipedia for a quick explanation of whatever I have a whim to know about, or online study for the more committing or professionally beneficial studies. I like to think that I'll be learning until the day that I die.
5. Mountains or oceans. I could live without one, but not without both. Spending a lot more time around the former, at present.
6. One-dimensional strings, sized on the order of the almost inconceivably small Planck length, bound by multi-dimensional branes, vibrating in 10 dimensions in different patterns to manifest themselves as the elementary particles and the fundamental interactions governing them, which make up the entirety of our universe and define its behaviour, out of which arose the infinitesimally small, ephemeral speck that is the planet Earth. Maybe. (Yeah, and you thought all those people listing "oxygen" were being stupidly literal in their interpretation of this question.)
... you have found a spelling or grammatical error in my profile. (I was recently alerted to the existence of several such errors, and have now committed the appropriate yubitsume and, I believe, purged them all from this page.)
... you think that I seem interesting, you think I might find you interesting, and you would like to join me on either a romantic or a platonic date.
... you're recently arrived in Melbourne or Australia and want to go on an adventure. (I have no idea what that adventure would be, but after using this website to meet a local in San Francisco a couple of years ago and having a great day, I feel compelled to pay it forward. Also, the fact that said SF local was willing to meet a complete stranger from the Internet and travel with them to an inescapable island prison was hilarious.)
... in lieu of all of the above, having read my profile this far, you now find yourself in a position where it would be difficult for you to suppress a smile, and you'd just like to tell me so. :-)