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Name: Peter Mackenzie
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, perseverations etc: I have a compulsion for learning things, and can easily spend a week constantly engaged in a single topic, only to move on once I've exhausted its potential, or exhausted my near-infinite attention span. In a way, my meta-obsession precludes any particular interests, since I like to graze on most of what's out there, with an emphasis on physical science topics.
Also, I pick up random hobbies from time to time. One week I might be experimenting with electronic components as a by-product of just having learned about electronics and another week I might be drawing things. I find though that my ability to apply my knowledge pales in comparison to my ability to absorb it, so I rarely persist in applied activities unless there's a good reason to do so, with which I can persist at an activity with as much vigour as I learn.

Year of birth: 1984
Profession, area of study, etc: I'm currently in my last year of studying geography at Glasgow University. I don't really know what I want to do when I leave. I've ruled out a great many things that wouldn't suit me, and there's not much that's left. One possibility is to undertake a plumbing apprenticeship.
I like the idea of hands on work, setting my own hours and not having to put up with much in the way of co-workers. It would also give me a practical skill-base from which to develop some of the inventive ideas that constantly wheel about in my head. Of course, doing a four-year apprenticeship after doing a four-year degree is a bit disheartening, but it looks like one of the better options available.

Where you live in the world: Glasgow, Scotland
Marital status, # of kids etc.: I'm single, and have been for the last 20 years. I very much doubt if that's going to change in the foreseeable future.
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Comments: I found out that I had asperger's in 2002, when my mum gave me Tony Attwoods 'Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and proffessionals'. I eventually got an AS diagnosis on 5/5/04
I'm currently struggling with depression, which has been a recurring problem since primary school. It's only recently (18/8/04) that I went to the doctor for a diagnosis and was prescribed prozac. This has me a little worried, since I've compulsively absorbed large chunks of literature on the drug and found it to be quite dangerous. Previously, I've > tried to mediate my mood with various dietary changes, herbs etc, but none of them have
I'm sad, lonely and isolated, so don't hesitate to email me and cheer me up.

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