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Sex and Sums and a Controlled Dose of Rock and Roll

Eccentric and pretentious

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Richard Clegg
9 March 1971
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  • steer@livejournal.com
  • homeomorphisms
Hmm... so... sum up myself in this little box eh? Um... In no particular order I am: usually fairly cheerful; a researcher in networks at University College London; a mathematician (of sorts); into beepy goffy music; NorraGoff; coping; getting into shape; a left-leaning woolly liberal; overworked; a pacifist (even under severe provocation); frequently ungrammatical; geographically challenged; and usually, moderately confused.

According to www.googlism.com then (amongst other things):

Steer is here [True - I checked]
Steer is what? [That is the question]
Steer is able to assist people... [I am here to help and make your day nicer in every way]
Steer is neither [I like this - it sounds like some kind of naff Zen]
Steer is caused by an incompatibility between the steering linkage and suspension [Well, it's not the explanation my parents gave]
Steer is one of Canada's best physical chemists [Amongst my many achievements]
Steer is a most glorious and awe [Indeed]
Steer is estimated to have 13 [I haven't counted myself]
Steer is lying on its side with all four legs pointing in the same direction [Drunk again]
Steer is 450lbs [This is an outdated exaggeration -- I'm not the man I once was]
Steer is the key to further action [I'm not sure what this means but it makes me sound impressive]
Steer is contrary and falls the other way [Noooo... well, perhaps if I've been drinking]
Steer is a straight shooter [Damn right!]
Steer is not recommended [Actually I am often recommended and can provide references on request]

According to suebeedoo: "The Touselled Maned Steer (morlocous Trogloditi) is a crepuscular animal. It is thought that morlocous Trogloditi is related to the Mogwai in that he melts in bright light. He has been observed shrinking away from a 40 watt bulb.

Recent findings suggest that occasionally he sheds his standard plummage of black tshirt and jeans in order to mate, although studies have been suspended whilst an alternative researcher is sought."

According to inbetween_girl: "You're a bit of rough. Get used to it! It isn't a bad thing."

According to rosamicula: "Clothes don't really seem to suit him, generally. He manages to lower the tone of everything he puts on his stoopy 'missing link' frame."

To which I would add: Steer is short for Steerpike a nickname I had on a (now disused) bulletin board in the late 80s. However, lots of people still call me Steer. Which is fine. And if you don't know what Steerpike means, then (as Antony H. Wilson says) "don't worry about it, but you should probably read more".

Music I like:

rgclegg's Last.fm Overall Artists Chart

Look at me still talking when theres science to do.
When i look out there
it makes me glad I'm not you.
I've experiments to run,
there is research to be done,
on the people who are
still alive.

-- Jonathon Coulton
academia, alan moore, alan turing, aldous huxley, apoptygma berzerk, artificial intelligence, assemblage 23, bad diy experiences, bad science fiction, bad television, barbarella, bauhaus, black rebel motorcycle club, c, c++, claytown troupe, cocktails, cocteau twins, cognitive science, computer games, condoms, cordwainer smith, covenant, cryptography, deep space nine, desperate housewives, dinosaurs, distance running, doug mcclure, douglas hofstadter, driving simulation, dynamical systems, e o wilson, ebm, echo and the bunnymen, entropy, erotic origami, errant thoughts, evolutionary psychology, f1, feedback, fish, fnord, formula one, free software, fritz leiber, futurama, game theory, geekery, george macdonald fraser, goff, going out, gojira, gormenghast, goth, haruki murakami, how stuff works, iain banks, ian mcdonald, icon of coil, industrial music, infest, intrusive authors, james ray, john crowley, john tavener, john taverner, jorvick, julian cope, katie jane garside, killing miranda, kurt vonnegut, leonard cohen, linux, lucasarts, magic realism, marilyn manson, mathematics, mervyn peake, mesh, michael frayn, michael moorcock, milan kundera, mind control, motor sport, networks, neuroticfish, nick cave, non-linear systems, obsessing on minutiae, origami, perpetual motion, philip k dick, physics, prehistory, queen adreena, radio 4 comedy, rammstein, richard francis burton, rico, rob zombie, robert anton wilson, rome burns, rose of avalanche, ryu murakami, salman rushdie, sam and max, sarah jessica parker, science, science fiction, screaming banshee aircrew, self-restraint, sex and the city, shostakovich, sociobiology, stalingrad, stanislav lem, star trek, statistics, strategy games, stuff, swimming, synthpop, teasing people, text adventures, the b52s, the creatures, the eastern front, the great game, the mission, the screaming banshee aircrew, the sisters of mercy, the teardrop explodes, the trinity test, the velvet underground, therapy?, trinny and susannah, turanga leela, ultraviolence, umberto eco, unlikely euphemisms, venus in furs, wendyhouse, white zombie, william blake, xpq-21, york

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