I originally planned to put this in my bio of my profile page, however it seemed illogical and foolish to flood my profile in a wall of text, so instead I placed it here.
Interests and Hobbies Interests
History - Notably British, Germanic, Islamic, Russian and Ancient civilisations such as Greece and Rome. Particularly I have a keen interest in the Cold War, the History of Germany from before the First World War right up until 1989, the Napoleonic War, the Crimean War, the Crusades, the Hundred Years War, the English Civil War, the 1917 Russian Revolution, and also periods such as the Victorian age, the Industrial age, the Anglo-Saxons with the conquest of the Normans in 1066, and the Roman occupation of Britain.
Mythology - Notably English and Scottish Folklore as well as Welsh and Irish. Norse, Greco-Roman, Egyptian, Japanese and Celtic mythology are of interest too. Since I was born in Devon, which in the UK is sometimes referred to as "The West Country" along with Cornwall, Gloucester, and Bristol, I have some knowledge of King Arthur, and Tristan und Isolde, amongst other things.
Science - Anything really in scientific terms but I prefer physics more, which is why I'm interested in stuff like Electrical engineering. I've also dabbled in understanding particles and I'm particularly curious about things like quantum mechanics. I'm as intrigued about the origins of the universe and how it all works as much as I'm fascinated by say the biological make-up of a daisy. I can sit and watch a documentary on say the varying aspects of the weather, yet I can also immerse my self in learning more about digital logic and how circuits help with tasks such enabling people to read, speak or as simple as opening a door.
Literature - I adore reading, but I tend to favour more classic works from the pre-mid 20th century. I've a small library with books ranging from Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Conan Doyle, Homer, Virgil, Dante Aligheiri to Orwell, Stoker, Tolkien, Wilde and of course, Edgar Allan Poe. I write poetry, though my taste is quite selective. I grew up not with contemporary poets but more with classical poets. So my own writing has a tendency to reflect that at times.
Mathematics - A relatively new addition to my interests. I used to hate Maths however after studying it in my own time and on my own terms I've developed an appreciation for it. Still it does hurt my head at times. Though in six months I've learnt a great wealth of Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Data and Statistics, and a brief glimpse of Calculus. It's a lot more fun when you start to view Maths in terms of a game rather than just numbers and symbols. Once I grasped that, learning became less of a chore and I discovered I enjoyed solving quadratic equations or graphing linear equations or finding the angle of a triangle with the Sine Law. Working in my own time without the formality of a classroom and minus the pressure of exams has helped me immensely. I've learnt more than I ever did in 7 months than I did in 4 years of High School and I've not been to High School in nearly 10 years.
Music - I listen to an eclectic mix. Classical, Rock, Metal, Folk, Grunge, and Alt Rock/Metal are the main genres I steer towards. I generally hate the music of the present day, bar for a few decent songs. Stuff like R'n B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Chillout causes my ears to bleed profusely. I'm neutral when it comes to Jazz, Blues, Country, and Electronic.
Classical composers I listen to: Beethoven, Bach, Verdi, Vivaldi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Holst, Vaughan-Williams, Mozart, Chopin, Dvorák, Strauss Jr, Rachmaninov, Dukas, Schubert, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, Grieg and Mussorgsky to name a selection.
Rock music I have a considerable selection: Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Free, Bad Company, Cream, Pink Floyd, REO Speedwagon, Guns 'N Roses, Blue Öyster Cult, Rush, Scorpions, Rainbow, Boston, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, INXS, Thin Lizzy, R.E.M., Journey, Mr. Mister, Bread, Chicago, Yes, and Toto plus a heck of a lot more.
Metal and more up to date hard/alt rock bands I listen to include Slipknot, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Kamelot, Nightwish, Theory of a Deadman, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Puddle of Mudd, All That Remains, My Chemical Romance, Amaranthe, Starset, Downplay, Sixx A.M., Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Dio, Shinedown, Delain, Crossfade, Halestorm, Korn, Lacuna Coil, Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Pantera, Seether, Sabaton, Plan Three, SOiL, System of a Down, Stone Sour, Volbeat, Black Star Riders, Chevelle, Red, Atreyu, Awolnation, Skillet, Barenaked Ladies, Alter Bridge, Drowning Pool, The Offspring, Device, Evanescence, Rob Zombie, Dropkick Murphys, Celldweller, Faith No More, Papa Roach, The Rasmus, In This Moment, Staind, Rage Against The Machine, 3 Doors Down, Mindless Self Indulgence, Placebo, Cradle of Filth, Rise Against, and Trivium, but I listen to a heck of a lot more.
Art - I enjoy and appreciate artwork. My main interests in this field are geared towards the Impressionists and post-Impressionists. For example, Monet, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gauguin, etc. I don't mind works by more classical painters like Titian, Rembrandt, and the like, but I find them to be rather stuffy and too formal. Abstract art hurts my eyes and I fail to grasp the meaning behind say splashing random colours on say a black canvas and then framing it and calling it art.
Anime and Manga - I watch Anime far more than I get the chance to read manga. I don't do anything in terms of cosplay, which I consider bizarre, though I can appreciate people who'd like to do that kind of thing. In terms of anime I watch it if the story interests me, not on the merits of popularity and I care little for their fan bases. So I'll happily watch Soul Eater, Shingeki No Kyojin, One Piece, Trigun, Full Metal Alchemist, Sword Art Online, Black Butler, Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul and the like without bring influenced by the opinions of die hard fans or more serious anime aficionados. I particularly enjoy Studio Ghibli films such as My Neighbour Totoro, Porco Rosso, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Grave of the Fireflies, and The Cat Returns.
TV and Film - Most TV is utter crap. But I do tend to enjoy dramas, mysteries, comedies, sci-fi, and documentaries. I'll happily watch Doctor Who (classic or new), Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Top Gear, and anything worth my attention. I hate reality based shows such as "Big Brother". I've barely watched TV in the past year due to the sheer lack of interesting or exciting programmes to watch. Film wise I tend to go for more older stuff. Anything from Lawrence of Arabia to say A Beautiful Mind. I can't stand romantic comedies, nor am I keen on horror. I much prefer to watch something without either cringing or sitting in fear and disgust.
Ah, I believe that's interests for now. Perhaps I've opened a window into my world a little. Oh, and before I move on I am also interested in astronomy, Islam, the Middle-East, geography, the natural world, notably mammals, fish and birds, as well as architecture, cooking, travel, and engineering. I recently watched a documentary on Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which was an interesting programme. I mean, he not only engineered the Great Western Railway, he also constructed bridges, and he built huge steel ships powered by steam in a time when people were using wooden vessels, plus on top of that he constructed tunnels, which in the 19th century people thought impossible. He did so much in terms of engineering, his peers complained that they had nothing left to engineer.
My hobbies are remarkably less than my interests. So I'll bunch them up here. I'm an introverted type, so my hobbies reflect this.
Writing poetry, prose, or nonsense
Learning new languages - German, Arabic and Finnish
Trying my hand at learning guitar. Even though I tried five years with a black acoustic, I'm now learning on an electric guitar.
Visiting on the rare occasion places like the Art Gallery, Museum, and Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. I still wish to go to the theatre and visit the observatory too. I did visit the observatory in Dundee, when I was a young boy. I recall the street leading up to the building was on a steep gradient which made it awkward to walk. There's also the zoo and butterfly sanctuary, but I prefer seeing animal in their natural habitat rather than being in pens or behind glass.
I enjoy walking. Especially on a nice day, when it's not too hot, but with a soft warm breeze. Usually with a little money, a small book, and my music.
Photography is something I've got into recently, but more as an amateur pursuit. I basically use my phone and I know next to nothing about exposure and the more serious technical aspects. Though I'll probably learn one day in my ever gnawing pursuit of knowledge. I have an instagram account by the username of "exnemo", in which I've put pictures of flowers, landmarks, museum pieces and other things. There's no selfies since I hate seeing myself. I prefer being anonymous rather than revealing myself.
Since I'll be attending college in a month's time and my course is Electrical Engineering, I'm hoping to built some circuits in my spare time. Permitting I can afford the tools and components.
Cooking is a past-time I love to do from time to time. I tend to go for more traditional English based meals rather than exotic types. Plus I use simple ingredients rather than ingredients I have no clue about. I do like Italian food and Indian curries, and I've developed a taste for Arabic cuisine. Sushi I've tried for the first time earlier this month, which I found okay, but I'd like to try it properly at a Sushi bar, though I did like it to a degree.
Thinking - I include this because man, oh man I think a loooot. At times, I'll just sit and think, and think, and think. It can at times lead to my mood going south and I become depressed.
And that's about I think. I can't think of anything else. Ah well I hope whoever reads this finds it entertaining to learn more about me as an individual. Thank you for reading!