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My self-summary
CAUTION: Extreme verbosity may be encountered beyond this point. Viewers who have an aversion to text are advised to leave this page, and may instead enjoy this video:

Hello there. I am a quirky,* funny, athletic, tea-drinking, bicycle-riding, chocolate-making, geeky guy named Dave. I'm not going to list my MTBI, as I was born on the cusp of Taurus and Gemini, which makes me averse to mythology and pseudo-science.

*I felt compelled to delete that after finding this:
What I’m doing with my life
Studying things online. Because there's information out there, and it's not all in my head yet.

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.
I’m really good at
Recognising, avoiding and being contemptuous of ingroup/outgroup psychology and partisanship.

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.
The first things people usually notice about me
In person: My height, perhaps? Unless they're taller than me, which is rare for anyone who, by profession, is not a basketball player, stilt-walker, or champion warrior of the Philistines.

On this site: Probably the fact that I'm pole dancing in my profile picture on top of a mountain in my profile picture.I don't know any more as I've change my profile picture again. Perhaps the unendingly verbose sprawl that is this profile. (I hope you like text!)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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
Six things I could never do without
1. Bicycles, or some other form of efficient human-powered transport. (Perhaps a set of cross-country skis, given the right climate?)

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.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why OkCupid lists "More aggressive" as one of my personality traits, especially as I can't think of any match questions that I've answered that could have caused that. Even more confusing is that is lists me as "More good-natured" right next to that, as if I approach little old ladies in the street and demand, "DO YOU NEED SOME HELP CROSSING THE FUCKING STREET?"
On a typical Friday night I am
Open to possibility. Are you free?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Before I knew what Instagram was, I would look at people's profile photos on this website and regularly think, "What the hell? There is no way this many people could be taking photos of themselves on medium format film."
You should message me if
... you own a view camera and would not be offended if I paid more attention to it than you. ;-)

... 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. :-)
The two of us