Sashcracker
28 Oakland, CA
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My self-summary
I've tried my hand at quite a few things in my life but there's still a lot to do.

When I was younger I was sure that interesting experiences made interesting people, so I spent some time off the beaten path. I started playing the banjo and right after high school I hitchhiked across the country, which was a bit foolish and a bit awesome. It brought me face to face with a lot of people I wouldn't normally meet and really broke me out of my bubble.

A little older and wiser, I studied math at UC Santa Cruz and then got my master's degree in the Liberal Arts at St. John's College. It was fascinating to read through the history of human thought.

Over the past few years I've been a farmer, a bike courier, a tutor, and now I'm working as a journalist and applying to grad school for Middle Eastern History.
What I’m doing with my life
Right now I'm studying Arabic and the Middle East to get in to grad school. At the same time I'm organizing socialist student groups across the Bay, interviewing workers on the picket lines, and writing articles.

I've basically adopted the old motto "Nothing human is foreign to me." I'll be in the cold, dark ground before I constrain myself to a single field.

I'm currently reading through "The Communist Movement in Syria and Lebanon." There's so much to uncover about the betrayals of Stalinism on the one hand and the genuine fight to unite people across ethnic and religious lines on the other.
I’m really good at
Mathematics. I've been out of the saddle for a bit so any grad student could probably run circles around me, but some theorems are just too beautiful to forget.

Reading, analyzing, and writing news. I try to stay as informed and involved as possible. The Rodney King obituary I wrote is one of the pieces I'm most proud of: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2012/06/king-j21.html

Playing the banjo; I've been at it for a decade now. I once got 2nd place at a festival in Santa Fe. There were three people competing ;)

I also play the Appalachian dulcimer, and I suppose I'm good at it, but that's an instrument that's hard to be bad at. Seriously, it's fretboard is designed so you can't hit a wrong note.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile. There's very little in life that I find unpleasant so it's usually around.

Or possibly my fantastically curly hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Godel, Escher, Bach; Catch-22; The Revolution Betrayed; Lolita; The Tragic Sense of Life in Men and Nations; Almost anything by Vonnegut, Salinger, or Steinbeck

Movies: Harold and Maude; The Wind that Shakes the Barley; Cool Hand Luke; Hot Fuzz; O Brother Where Art Thou? (Coen Brothers in general); Pan's Labyrinth; Miller's Crossing; Let the Right One In; Winters Bone; Iron Sky

TV: Louie, Mr. Show, Futurama, Arrested development, Flight of the Conchords, Archer, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Bojack Horseman

Music: Tommy Jarrell; David Bowie; Johnny Cash; Doc Watson; Roscoe Holcomb; William Elliott Whitmore; Carolina Chocolate Drops; White Stripes; Flaming Lips; Air
The six things I could never do without
Truth be told I could probably do without most things. My life would change the most for the worse though, if I ran out of pens and paper.

Sometimes I just need to write an idea down to really understand it.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Science, philosophy, and politics. I am always trying to understand the world better.

I would toss in music, but that involves far more doing than thinking.
On a typical Friday night I am
Biking all over San Francisco. Then crashing with a good beer and book or some Netflix
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I own at least one season of the A-Team.
You should message me if
You think life is both deadly serious and hella fun.
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