I answered less than a year in the poll. The precise date is about eleven months ago.
I was a student, one of the ones that had not had even a year out after leaving school. I am not currently a student, but I expect to resume my degree after a year out. I believe that this is not common for full-time, straight-out-of-school students here in the UK.
My subjects are mathematics and philosophy. I chose maths because it was all that I had really been good at in the past and philosophy because it was the only subject in which I expected to find both unconventional thinking and intellectual rigor. I am interested in epistemology and logic, especially to the extent that they relate to maths, and also in morality. I have also found that I am interested in "intellectual property," voting systems, electronics and politics (though, apart from passable intelligence, I have no great ability in any subject). I sometimes wonder if I might have been better served by different subjects or a single subject.
I currently work weekends at a supermarket for near minimum wage. I believe that I am far too able for this kind of work. Isn't everybody? (Actually, a higher paid full-time colleague recently asked me if I had a calculator to do long multiplication, not thinking that it could be done quickly with a pen and paper). It's difficult to find skilled part-time work for only a few months as an inexperienced person without own transport. If I did find such work, it probably wouldn't pay any more, as its being more comfortable and interesting would be sufficient for people to choose it over stacking shelves. Besides, I don't have any skills. I could work all week, but why would I? I can live on seventy-five pounds per week and I am not going to toil all week at dull, tiring tasks just because my elders and betters think that I should have clean clothes, hot food and other extravagancies. Anyway, I can hardly walk after a weekend's work and I have to do the academic work that I should have done last year.
I used to have few plans for when (and if) I graduate, other than to avoid for-profit activity. Seeing the virtue of the free market (and having become a bit disenchanted with the public sector) I have recently decided that for-profit activity is permissable. I am particularly interested in working in the co-operative sector. I realise that I cannot expect to be paid to do what I would do for nothing, other than to do more of it than I would do for nothing, so my plan is to get very good at something that most people find repellent and do just a little of it for money, so that I would have lots of disposable time to be selfish and generous with.
Now I am interested in actuarial science, but I am not doing very well in my studies. Failing that, I am interested in teaching maths to eleven to eighteen year olds. What attracts me, apart from RMS's (whose thinking I often agree with, even if he isn't flexible enough to extend his pragmatism to seeking mainstream support) suggestion that "starving" programmers become maths teachers, is radical economist Michael Albert's claim that some of the bravest '60s radicals joined the military or law enforcement. I hated nearly every minute that I spent in school, so I think that perhaps I should return to advocate children's rights.
I am British, which doesn't matter much by itself, but as a lifelong resident of Britain I may have aquired a British way of seeing and doing things. I have travelled, but not far or for long. I have never been away from Britain for more than a fortnight and I have never left western Europe. The world interests me and I enjoy travelling, but I can't be bothered with packing, changing currencies, speaking different languages, meeting new people, earning extra money for travel and accomodation costs on top of my existing bills and leaving my British life behind. I do not have a permanent address of my own, as I plan to leave my current rented accommodation in eighteen months time. As a result, I consider Britain, all of Britain and nowhere but Britain to be my home.
My gender doesn't matter to K5 users, (at least, not in the capacity of K5 user) and my ethnicity doesn't matter at all. What does matter is my beliefs and my devotion to hiphop culture.
Eighteen months ago, I favoured what I thought was centrally planned state socialism and I had -10,-8 on The Political Compass. Today, probably due to the creation of an anarchist student society at my university and, to a lesser extent, K5 discussion and conversation with school friends, who mysteriously failed to get through to me when I saw them every day, I am undecided (though at -4,-8 I lean towards anarchism of some flavour or socially libertarian borderless democratic market socialism). I think that I should also mention the Political Survey. Now I have.
I was raised as an anglican. I believe in a god, but I am also agnostic. I reject the traditions of all churches, partly because some traditions are hierarchical or superstitious, but mostly because they tend to inhibit solidarity between members of different denominations and religions and between believers and atheists. I don't know what to make of the Bible. I feel that different biblical books have different worth and I might want to reject some altogether. Apart from any doubts I might have about people who claim to write the word of a (possibly non-existent) god, I doubt the divine right of those who compiled the Bible. Are all books of the Bible worthy of inclusion? Why are other "holy texts" not included? I can't call myself a conventional Christian as I reject the idea of the holy trininty, but I do think that Jesus was a virtuous leader who set an example that Christians (including Bush, Kerry, Blair, etc.) would do well to follow. I hope that this offends everybody equally.
I have always enjoyed running around. At secondary school I was quite a keen sprinter. As I competed at higher levels, I drifted from 100m spinting to 400m as I was consistently beaten over shorter distances by shorter people. I dabbled in other disciplines (my best was high jump) and other sports (I was rubbish), but my real passion was relay running. My greatest achievement was competing for my county teams (one for each of the two althetics associations) for the under 15 and under 17 age groups. Despite being county teams, these teams represented two adjacent counties with a combined population of more than one million two hundred thousand people. This is less impressive than it sounds, as these counties, both in the stockbroker-belt, are disproportionately old and members of the county teams are restricted to one event each, so there may have been enough good 400m sprinters to displace me from the team among those who opted for other events. I stopped putting so much effort into running when I found time becoming more scarce and self-esteem becoming more plentiful. Today I still exercise, but I don't do the more extreme training and I only compete so that I can see some old friends. I don't believe that I would have been good enough to compete for my county team in other age groups, because they all have wider age ranges and being at an end of the age range is little advantage.
The Story Of My Name attached to How did you come up with your user-name? (I should add that although I think that written "freestyles" are silly, I do enjoy written rhyming poetry, such as Nigga's excellent submission currently in voting, but its just not rapping, nor is it improvised).
I found k5 when I read attached to How i found Kuro5hin.
Power to the people and beats!