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About Darkademic

Introduction

Hello! I'm Darkademic.

The name is basically three words fused together; dark, academic and epidemic.

dark
adj. dark•er, dark•est
  1. Concealed or secret; mysterious.
  2. Sullen or threatening: a dark scowl.
  3. Being or characterized by morbid or grimly satiric humour.
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—specifically a web application developer—and I have been making websites and web-based software since 1999. Over the years I've become very experienced with PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and SQL. I'm a huge perfectionist when it comes to writing code and take a lot of pride in my work. Although I'm primarily a programmer, I'm also decent at graphic/interface design and server administration/maintenance.

After completing my A-Levels in 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, and many others. 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 consider myself an Objectivist philosophically, and a laissez-faire capitalist politically.

During my time studying philosophy and politics I also found myself debating against racial nationalists. 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, 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/community named 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, as well as played many other games in-between such as Warhammer Online, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Diablo II and Neverwinter Nights. 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 IVStar Wars VStar Wars VIThe Grudge (Japanese)American History XV for VendettaTerminator 2TerminatorThe Grudge 2 (Japanese)Dark Water (Japanese)Twelve MonkeysThe Truman ShowHome AloneEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindYes ManVanilla SkyBack to the Future TrilogyMementoIndiana Jones TrilogyThe MistTotal RecallDemolition ManRed HeatTwelve MonkeysRobocop 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 ThingSeven SamuraiSnatchPulp FictionKill BillOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestFight ClubOne Missed Call (Japanese)BrazilA Clockwork OrangeWatchmenThe Shawshank RedemptionChildren of MenThe Manchurian CandidateLeon
Fav. TV Shows Brass EyeStar Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek: Deep Space 9The X-FilesPenn & Teller's Bullshit!DexterStargate SG-1Stargate AtlantisWire in the BloodGame of ThronesThe Day TodayThat Mitchell and Webb LookBattlestar GalacticaFuturamaThe I.T. CrowdGarth Marenghi's Dark PlaceThe Peter Serafinowicz ShowPeep ShowJamStar Trek: VoyagerHustleFlight of the ConchordsQIThe OfficeScrubsI'm Alan PartidgeKnightmareLook Around YouSouth ParkBoy Meets WorldGreen WingSpacedTwo Guys and a GirlDinosaursOnly Fools and HorsesThe Walking DeadDarkwing DuckSlidersSaved by the BellDexter's LabHave I Got News for YouThe SimpsonsWould I Lie To You?
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, Inspector
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 Carlin
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 (E38), BMW 5 (F10) & 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