Cuttlebone
49 East Orange, NJ
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My self-summary
I'm a swell guy, dogs and cats like me right away
but my favorite animal is the octopus. I live near the city in NJ and have basically for my whole life. I make no claim to being a native New Yorker, a New Yorker at heart etc. People I know from other parts of the country have introduced me as "being from New York," when I've visited. I guess this is because to someone from rural PA or the Northwest I seem more like a New Yorker than anything else.

Political activism is an important part of my life. Although just now I am minimally involved as I adjust to my new job. I won't try and recruit you to it but you should at least respect it in principle

I am honest, intelligent, and learning
What I’m doing with my life
Recently I read Hegel's Science of Logic, the year before that
The Phenomenology of Spirit by G.W.F. Hegel. These were books I promised myself I would read before I die and I thought it was time. This is to say; not for school, at lunch, on the bus/train on the sofa, etc. I tried reading Foucault's A History of Madness more recently. If it were actually a history book I probably would have finished it but he tries to cram so much of his own philosophical agenda into it that I just had to put it down. As of recently I've been reading a lengthy SF novel by Samuel R. Delaney. Reading kind of keeps me grounded. A person can never have too much knowledge.

I work at a law firm in midtown. It's been little bit of an unstable place but I am trying to imbue it with stability at least for the time being. They had me working from home during the Summer and part of the Fall as the firm bifurcated and now I am back at my desk in the office. My cat is filling in as my annoying distracting co-worker but I am semi culpable for indulging his silliness.

For the last few years I've been repairing and selling (mostly selling) books on the internet. I am getting progressively better at doing so. My salary is kind of substellar so anything to cover my lunch expenses that does not involve a chemistry set and an RV is all to the good. Also I think encountering an unfiltered flow of used books is beneficial in ways that many people have denied to them.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cuttlebone_books/

I don't drink much and I never smoke or use drugs.
I’m really good at
I learned to read very early, long before yuppie parenting, simply from having my mom read to me.

Scrabble is something I enjoy playing quite a bit. Sometimes I even win. I've tried out chess and go and found I am only good at teaching someone how to play and then losing to them.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know, I guess my eyes. Like anyone else.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I like unconventional music like: Sun Ra, Iannis Xenakis, late John Coltrane, Harry Partch, Alfred Schnittke, Magma, etc. But I won't subject you to it just to be a pain in the ass.

Some of my favorite movies are My Favorite Year, Pi, Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Battle of Algiers. I just finished watching Battlestar Galactica on Netflix, I don't know how anyone is supposed to watch Star Trek again after that.

3 movies I walked out of: The Phantom Menace, Wild at Heart, (the Matthew Broderick) Godzilla.
The six things I could never do without
Books, Computer, My Cat, Music, Political Activism, People
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Social revolution, things I'd like to write, abstractions, work.
On a typical Friday night I am
Mostly at home. I am not much of a party animal. if I do go out on weekends it's often on Saturday night after I am unwound or daytime outings Saturday or Sunday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was diagnosed with a mental illness in 1992 and since then it's been kept under control with pharmaceuticals. It's the kind of thing you wouldn't know if I did not tell you, so I am telling you.
You should message me if
1) You enjoy any of the activities I do

2) You are not too young for me

3) You're a little odd and not in the trendy sort of way; more in the "sometimes it can be troublesome not fitting in" way
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