- adj. dark•er, dark•est
- Concealed or secret; mysterious.
- Sullen or threatening: a dark scowl.
- Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humour.
- Relating to studies such as philosophy, pure science and languages.
- Having an aptitude for study.
- An outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely.
- A rapid spread, growth, or development.
I'm Darkademic, I work as a web developer in the United Kingdom. The name Darkademic is a combination of dark, academic and epidemic. "Dark" firstly because I'm an introvert and somewhat hard to get to know, secondly because I was born on the winter solstice (the darkest/shortest day of the year), and thirdly because I tend to feel more energised and focused at night. "Academic" because I am interested in the fields of philosophy, politics, economics, anthropology and science. "Epidemic" because I like spreading and developing my ideas via debate and discussion, and have spent a lot of time doing so on various forums.
Interests & Skills
After completing my A-Levels in 2003 I became increasingly interested in philosophy, sociology, economics and political theory and over the years have read the works of many prominent thinkers from each of those fields, including Marx, Nietzche, Kant, Aristotle, Mises, Rothbard, Hayek, Rand, etc. I have also written numerous essays and posted extensively on a number of Internet forums, constantly working on strengthening and expanding my own arguments and ideas. I now consider myself an Objectivist philosophically, and a free-market capitalist politically.
During my time studying philosophy and politics I also got into debates with racial nationalists. I have subsequently done research into anthropology and human genetics, and for several years I was an administrator on MootStormfront, a forum dedicated to opposing racism. In the mid to late 00's I spent a great deal of time debating and researching the subject, however my desire to continue has largely disappeared at this point due to the almost complete irrelevance and absurdity of the type of racism I was challenging (e.g. the belief that racial groups are fundamentally incompatible and should be segregated, or that white civilization is under threat from non-whites).
Although I rarely find the time for it these days, drawing and painting have always been hobbies of mine. I have a preference for black ink or biro drawings involving sinister characters, strange creatures or generally dark imagery. My paintings tend to be abstract and gestural, or highly symbolic. I make a lot of graphics using my computer as well, and I am very experienced with GIMP, a free graphics suite similar to Adobe Photoshop which I personally find easier to use.
Finally, PC games have always been a big part of my life, probably due to having a PC from a very young age. I've led an online gaming clan called [DkR] since 1999 which has participated in online leagues for C&C: Tiberian Sun, Team Fortress Classic, Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2, as well as played many other games in-between such as Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Diablo II and Neverwinter Nights. [DkR] remains a successful gaming community with several hundred members.
BA (Hons) in New Media, a degree which involved a wide variety of disciplines including website design and development, graphic design, video production, animation, communications theory, website statistics analysis and media science & technology. I also studied Russian language at university.
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.
4 A-levels; an A in Art, an A in Product Design, a B in Sociology, and a B in Computing.
9 GCSEs, all grade A, in Maths, Science (Double), English Language, English Literature, History, Graphic Design, German and Art.
|Eye Colour||Green / grey|
|Political Stance||Minarchist / free-market capitalist|
|Fav. Films||Dune, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Groundhog Day, Ring 0, The Ring (Japanese and American), Ring 2 (Japanese), The Goonies, American Beauty, Star Wars IV, Star Wars V, Star Wars VI, The Grudge (Japanese), American History X, V for Vendetta, Terminator 2, Terminator, The Grudge 2 (Japanese), Dark Water (Japanese), Twelve Monkeys, The Truman Show, Home Alone, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Yes Man, Vanilla Sky, Back to the Future Trilogy, Memento, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Total Recall, Demolition Man, Red Heat, Twelve Monkeys, Robocop 2, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek VIII: First Contact, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, True Lies, Napoleon Dynamite, Dogma, The Butterfly Effect, Mississippi Burning, The Descent, The Game, The Blair Witch Project, The Departed, Monty Python's Life of Brian, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Forrest Gump, The Thing, Seven Samurai, Snatch, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Fight Club, One Missed Call (Japanese), Brazil, A Clockwork Orange, Watchmen, Inception, The Shawshank Redemption, Children of Men, The Manchurian Candidate, Leon|
|Fav. TV Shows||Brass Eye, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, The X-Files, Penn & Teller's Bullshit!, Dexter, Stargate SG-1, Wire in the Blood, Game of Thrones, The Day Today, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Battlestar Galactica, Futurama, The I.T. Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Dark Place, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, Peep Show, Jam, Star Trek: Voyager, Hustle, Flight of the Conchords, QI, The Office, Scrubs, I'm Alan Partidge, Knightmare, Look Around You, South Park, Boy Meets World, Green Wing, Spaced, Two Guys and a Girl, Dinosaurs, Only Fools and Horses, The Walking Dead, Darkwing Duck, Sliders, Saved by the Bell, Dexter's Lab, Have I Got News for You, The Simpsons|
|Fav. Music Genres||Hip-hop, trip-hop, classical, electronica, rock, heavy metal|
|Fav. Bands/Artists||Cypress Hill, Psycho Realm, Metallica, The Wu-Tang Clan, Braintax, XZibit, НТЛ, Queen, Gravediggaz, Dilated Peoples, Zero 7, Röyksopp, Massive Attack, Mobb Deep, Eminem, Linkin Park, Delinquent Habits, Ott, Boards of Canada, Tricky, Tech N9ne, Muse, Lemon Jelly, Portishead, Jurassic 5, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Who, Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown, Michael Jackson, Chino XL, Daft Punk, Blur|
|Fav. Philosophers||Ayn Rand, Aristotle, Sun Tzu, Inspector|
|Fav. Food||Chinese, Indian & Pizza|
|Fav. Drink||Yorkshire Tea with milk and one sugar|
|Fav. Comedians||Chris Morris, Peter Serafinowicz, David Mitchell, Stewart Lee, Robert Webb, Ricky Gervais, Bill Bailey, The Two Ronnies, Mark Heap, Steve Coogan, Paul Merton, George Carlin|
|Fav. Acting Folk||Brad Dourif, Bill Murray, Patrick Stewart, David Warner, Jeff Goldblum, Joe Pesci, Bruce Willis, Sean Connery, Kevin Spacey, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Laurie, Tim Curry, Brian Cox, Jim Carrey, John Rhys-Davies, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Lee, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Caine, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael J Fox, Christopher Walken, Max von Sydow, Linda Hamilton, Lena Headey|
|Fav. PC Games||Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars, Baldur's Gate II, Starcraft, Starcraft II, Diablo II, League of Legends, Neverwinter Nights, World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2, C&C 3: Tiberium Wars, Sins of a Solar Empire, Counter-Strike: Source, Team Fortress Classic, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, C&C Tiberian Dawn, C&C Red Alert, Civilization IV, Dune, Dune II, One Must Fall, Mortal Kombat II, X-Wing, Civilization, Traffic Department 2192, Freespace, Freespace 2, Doom, Quake II, Ultima Underworld II, Settlers II, Prince of Persia, Seven Kingdoms, Heroes of Might & Magic III, Age of Empires, Lords of the Realm, C-Dogs, Commander Keen, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, PlanetSide 2, Z, Minecraft, Magic Carpet, Theme Park, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Space Quest II|
|Fav. Books||Dune, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Sun Tzu: The Art of War, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, The Virtue of Selfishness, Human Action, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, Race and Culture, Atheism: The Case Against God, The God Delusion, Revisiting Race in a Genomic Age, A Song of Ice and Fire|
|Fav. Authors||Frank Herbert, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Ayn Rand, Terry Pratchett, George H. Smith, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, George R. R. Martin|
|Known Martial Arts||Taekwondo, Ken Jutsu, Snake Kung-Fu, Whirling Flymo Chicken Fist|
|Biggest Dislikes||Socialism, racism, religion, nationalism, drunk people (with some exceptions), humourless people, moochers, liars, mouth ulcers, headaches|
|Prized Possessions||PC, SVD Dragunov, coin collection & a box full of random treasure|
|Fav. Languages||Russian, English and Mandarin Chinese|
|Fav. Composers||Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Shostakovich, Brahms, Beethoven, Handel, John Williams, Frank Klepacki|
|Fav. Car||BMW 7-Series (or any BMW really) & GAZ-13 Чайка|
|Weapon of Choice||Снайперская винтовка Драгунова (SVD Dragunov sniper rifle) or 偃月刀 (Guan Dao — a Chinese polearm)|
|Fav. Word||Insidious, Devious|
|Fav. Sports||Taekwondo, Shooting|