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About Darkademic

Introduction

Hello! I'm Darkademic.

The name is an amalgamation of the following:

dark
adj. dark•er, dark•est
  1. Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humour.
  2. Concealed or secret; mysterious.
  3. Sullen or threatening: a dark scowl.
academic
adj.
  1. Relating to studies such as philosophy, pure science and languages.
  2. Having an aptitude for study.
epidemic
n.
  1. An outbreak of a contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely.
  2. A rapid spread, growth, or development.

"Dark" for a few reasons; because I'm a night-owl and tend to work late into the evening, because I have a dark sense of humour, and also because I was born on the winter solstice (the darkest/shortest day of the year).

"Academic" because I'm interested in fields such as philosophy, politics, economics, anthropology and science.

"Epidemic" because I enjoy spreading and evolving my ideas via debate and discussion, and have spent a lot of time doing so on various forums.

Interests & Skills

I'm a programmer by trade. I primarily develop web applications but have also dabbled in game development. Over the years I've become very experienced with PHP, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and SQL and specialise in these languages. I'm a huge perfectionist when it comes to writing code and take a lot of pride in my work. I also have substantial experience with graphic/interface design and server/database adminstration.

I've always been interested in philosophy, politics and economics (particularly since secondary school) and over the years I've read the works of many prominent thinkers from each of those fields. 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 was a devout communist for much of my early adult life. I read the entire works of Marx, Lenin and other Marxist intellectuals, and even taught myself Russian (more for its symbolic relationship with communism than due to a support for the USSR, which I dismissed as "state capitalism"). I spent several years in the early 2000s debating against supporters of capitalism on the Internet, and after a while I started to see the errors in my previous thinking. A final, year-long debate on one particular Internet forum led to me abandoning my communist beliefs entirely. Since then I have considered myself an Objectivist philosophically, and a laissez-faire capitalist politically.

Bored by the absence of debate, soon after I found myself arguing against ethno-nationalists and neo-Nazis. I subsequently did research into anthropology and human genetics, however my desire to continue the debate largely disappeared by around 2010 due to the near-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). Since then a new and insidious form of racism has emerged which masquerades as anti-racism, whereby white people are declared to be inherently racist due to their alleged position of privilege. This turn of events may motivate me to devote time to denouncing racist idiocy once again.

Finally, gaming has always been a big part of my life, partly due to having a PC from a very young age. I've led an online gaming clan/community called the Dark Reavers since 1999 which has participated in online leagues for C&C: Tiberian Sun, Team Fortress Classic, Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2, and has played many other games since, including Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Diablo II, Neverwinter Nights, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online, Wildstar, Archeage and Black Desert Online. It remains a successful gaming community with several hundred members from all over the world.

Other Info

Location United Kingdom
Fav. Colour #4513A6
Height 5' 5"
Eye Colour Green / grey
Political Stance Minarchist / laissez-faire capitalist
Fav. Films DuneGhostbustersGhostbusters IIGroundhog DayRing 0The Ring (Japanese and American)Ring 2 (Japanese)The GooniesAmerican BeautyStar Wars (the original trilogy)SpaceballsThe Grudge (Japanese)American History XV for VendettaTerminatorTerminator 2The Grudge 2 (Japanese)Dark Water (Japanese)Twelve MonkeysThe Truman ShowHome AloneHome Alone 2Event HorizonEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindYes ManVanilla SkyBack to the Future TrilogyMementoIndiana Jones TrilogyRobin Hood Men In TightsThe MistTotal RecallDemolition ManRed HeatThe Running ManTwelve MonkeysRobocopRobocop 2Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryStar Trek VIII: First ContactStar Trek IV: The Voyage HomeStar Trek II: The Wrath of KhanTrue LiesNapoleon DynamiteDogmaThe Butterfly EffectMississippi BurningThe DescentThe GameThe Blair Witch ProjectThe DepartedMonty Python's Life of BrianDie Hard with a VengeanceForrest GumpThe ThingSnatchPulp FictionKill BillOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestFight ClubOne Missed Call (Japanese)BrazilA Clockwork OrangeWatchmenThe Shawshank RedemptionChildren of MenThe Manchurian CandidateLeonAustin Powers TrilogyCongoEquilibriumHookLabyrinthMrs DoubtfireLiar Liar
Fav. TV Shows Brass EyeStar Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek: Deep Space 9Star Trek: VoyagerThe X-FilesPenn & Teller's Bullshit!DexterStargate SG-1Stargate AtlantisStargate: UniverseWire in the BloodGame of ThronesThe Day TodayThat Mitchell and Webb LookBattlestar GalacticaFuturamaThe I.T. CrowdGarth Marenghi's Dark PlaceBig TrainThe Peter Serafinowicz ShowPeep ShowJamHustleFlight of the ConchordsQIThe OfficeBrooklyn 99ScrubsKnightmareLook Around YouSouth ParkBoy Meets WorldSpacedTwo Guys and a GirlDinosaursOnly Fools and HorsesDarkwing DuckSlidersSaved by the BellDexter's LabHave I Got News for YouThe SimpsonsWould I Lie To You?The SopranosBreaking BadBlack MirrorHouse of CardsStranger ThingsWestworld
Fav. Music Genres Hip-HopTrip-HopDarkwaveElectronicaHeavy Metal
Fav. Bands/Artists Cypress HillPsycho RealmMetallicaThe Wu-Tang ClanBraintaxXZibitНТЛQueenGravediggazDilated PeoplesZero 7RöyksoppMassive AttackMobb DeepEminemLinkin ParkDelinquent HabitsOttBoards of CanadaTrickyTech N9neMuseLemon JellyPortisheadJurassic 5David BowiePink FloydThe WhoRadioheadThe Chemical BrothersIan BrownMichael JacksonChino XLDaft PunkBlur
Fav. Philosophers Ayn Rand, Aristotle, Sun Tzu
Fav. Food Chinese, Mexican, Korean, Indian & Pizza
Fav. Drink Yorkshire Tea with milk and half a sugar
Fav. Comedians Chris MorrisPeter SerafinowiczDavid MitchellStewart LeeRobert WebbRicky GervaisBill BaileyThe Two RonniesMark HeapSteve CooganPaul MertonGeorge CarlinBill Burr
Fav. Acting Folk Brad DourifBill MurrayPatrick StewartDavid WarnerJeff GoldblumJoe PesciBruce WillisSean ConneryKevin SpaceyEdward NortonBrad PittAnthony HopkinsHugh LaurieTim CurryBrian CoxJim CarreyJohn Rhys-DaviesHarrison FordSigourney WeaverChristopher LeeDustin HoffmanMichael CaineArnold SchwarzeneggerMichael J FoxChristopher WalkenMax von SydowLinda HamiltonLena Headey
Fav. PC Games Guild Wars 2Guild WarsBaldur's Gate IIStarcraftStarcraft IIDiablo IILeague of LegendsNeverwinter NightsWorld of WarcraftTeam Fortress 2C&C 3: Tiberium WarsSins of a Solar EmpireCounter-Strike: SourceTeam Fortress ClassicHalf-LifeHalf-Life 2C&C Tiberian DawnC&C Red AlertCivilization IVDuneDune IIOne Must FallMortal Kombat IIX-WingCivilizationTraffic Department 2192FreespaceFreespace 2DoomQuake IIUltima Underworld IISettlers IIPrince of PersiaSeven KingdomsHeroes of Might & Magic IIIAge of EmpiresLords of the RealmC-DogsCommander KeenBattlefield: Bad Company 2PlanetSide 2ZMinecraftMagic CarpetTheme ParkRollerCoaster TycoonSpace Quest II
Fav. Books DuneObjectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn RandAtlas ShruggedSun Tzu: The Art of WarCapitalism: The Unknown IdealThe Virtue of SelfishnessHuman ActionSocialism: An Economic and Sociological AnalysisRace and CultureAtheism: The Case Against GodThe God DelusionRevisiting Race in a Genomic AgeA Song of Ice and Fire
Fav. Authors Frank HerbertJ.R.R. TolkienGeorge OrwellAyn RandTerry PratchettGeorge H. SmithRichard DawkinsChristopher HitchensGeorge R. R. Martin
Religion Atheist
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 TchaikovskyDvorakShostakovichBrahmsBeethovenHandelJohn WilliamsFrank Klepacki
Fav. Car BMW 7 Series (E38), BMW 5 Series (G30) & GAZ-13 Чайка
Fav. Weather Stormy
Weapon of Choice Снайперская винтовка Драгунова (SVD Dragunov sniper rifle) or 偃月刀 (Guan Dao — a Chinese polearm)
Programming Ability PHP, SQL, HTML / CSS, JavaScript/JQuery, ActionScript, ColdFusion & a little C++
Fav. Gemstone Tanzanite
Fav. Word Insidious, Devious
Fav. Sports Taekwondo, Shooting