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My self-summary
I am a wizard and I am made of magic. I also just moved here. Show me your favorite places!

You know those guys that go to the gym and insist on dropping their dumbbells on the floor after every exercise as though they (the guys, not the dumbbells) were members of Satan's infernal menagerie and the dumbbells' handles were meticulously crafted from the bones of dead Popes and slathered in Mother Teresa's saliva? I am the diametrical opposite of those dudes; their dudely ways are anathema to me.

I've been known to climb a rock or two in my day. I was once a sprightly young lad with the strength of, uh, one man; in the twilight of my wasted youth I rattle bony fists at the heavens, seeking REDRESS for the grave injustices of age, all the while beating on, a boat against the current, borne back ceaselessly blah blah blah.

(Actually, I'm still a solid boulderer. Ha ha, jokes!)

(ACTUALLY, actually, I'm kind of out of shape right now.)

My voice is acrobatic -- I have some serious range. If I could sing worth a damn, maybe that would come in handy. I can make some deliciously odd sounds, though, so I'll take solace in the knowledge that I'll probably make an especially spooky ghost (Can ghosts haunt other ghosts? This is a burning question. It burns with something that burns really bright. And hot).

My religion is pizza. It is the one true god. I started a food blog (a "flog"). Read it here: Derek Eats Food

This is my favorite joke:
"A woman walks into a bar and asks for a double entendre. The bartender gives it to her."

I like people who are strong but kind, who have a bit of an edge but aren't so caustic as to melt the flesh from a man's bones. More lemon juice, less battery acid. If you enjoy physical activity, that's a mark in your favor.

And now, a list of true facts:

-- I'm a sucker for redemption narratives.
-- I'm an autodidact.
-- Quiet at first, talkative later.
-- I enjoy absurd humor.
-- I like kids, but I don't want any of my own.
-- Late Spring and early Fall make me happy.
-- I'd rather be hot than cold.
-- Showers are amazing. Baths are amazing. I do fancy my ablutions.
-- I learned to read when I was 2. I might have peaked early.
-- I hate escalators with every fiber of my being. I do not fear them, I hate them. There is a difference.
What I’m doing with my life
I just left a steady job to move here! I'll probably find a job working with the web in some capacity, because that's what I do these days.

Otherwise, I don't know. And that's thrilling in some ways, because I want to do so many things that it's hard for me to decide. I want to write dystopian science-fiction novels and essays on music. I want to code beautiful websites. I want to draw silly animated pictures. I want to build a tiny house and tow it across the country. I want to quit my job and start a band. Sometimes I just wanna lay around.

What I am doing with my life is trying feverishly to hold onto those dreams while managing my responsibilities. I'm an adult. Wheeeeeeeeee!

So, yeah, um. I don't know what I'm doing with my life.
I’m really good at
Writing fake menu items for upscale restaurants. Ask me about Food Innovations sometime.

Entertaining myself.


Self-awareness (mostly).

Coming up with vocal harmonies for songs with only one vocalist.

I can also do a mean one-handed cartwheel.
The first things people usually notice about me
Many people would probably say eyes or eyelashes or both.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Snow Crash
Cloud Atlas
Harry Potter
The Phantom Tollbooth
Basically anything by P.G. Wodehouse.
Too many to list here.

Blade Runner
The Princess Bride
Indiana Jones movies
The Goonies
Hot Fuzz
(I don't watch a lot of movies. I should probably change that.)

Active Child, Al Green, Alcest, Arcade Fire, Bach, Belle and Sebastian, Boris, Broken Social Scene, Chopin, Daft Punk, Dawnbringer, Death From Above 1979, Deftones, Dinosaur Jr., Disclosure, DJ Shadow, Ford & Lopatin, Frank Ocean, Franz Ferdinand, Grimes, Hercules & Love Affair, In Solitude, Iron Maiden, Japandroids, Jay-Z, Joanna Gruesome, Judas Priest, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Les Savy Fav, M83, My Bloody Valentine, Nachtmystium, Outkast, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Pixies, Rachmaninoff, Radiohead, RJD2, Rogue Wave, Run the Jewels, Smashing Pumpkins, Snowden, The Avalanches, The Flaming Lips, The Fucking Champs, The Go! Team, The Shins, The Unicorns, The xx, Thee Oh Sees, Torche, TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and tons more

Bizarre Love Triangle is one of my favorite songs of all time.

I'm not picky in the slightest. I love finding new foodstuffs with which to stuff my face. Take me to your favorite eatery?

Cereal atop ice cream is practically the most glorious combination of comestibles imaginable. If you've never tried it, get on that immediately. I suggest pairing Golden Grahams with Fudge Ripple. A delectable masterwork.

Apples. I will not turn down the chance to try a type of apple I've never tried before.

Also, I like food with plenty of spice and heat.
The six things I could never do without
If I could never again have any of the following six items, I don't think I'd live a very happy life.

1. Black coffee
2. The internet
3. An electric guitar and amp
4. Books of all genres
5. Exercise (I get cranky in the absence of regular exercise)
6. A bit of time alone now and again
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Wizards. Pizza. Ethics.

Why American culture has such a narrow definition of masculinity.

Also, this:
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I get depressed sometimes. It's sort of a family tradition. I'm managing it very well right now, though. :D
You should message me if
. . . well, first of all, you should definitely message me if you want to hear more about Food Innovations.

. . . you have a Scottish accent and you want to read to me. Is that weird? It's probably weird. And I don't care.

But you should certainly message me if you're intrigued by anything you've read here.

A caveat: If you're religious and/or conservative, it's probably not gonna work out.