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brandonmadsen

28 M Minneapolis, MN

I’m looking for

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  • Ages 21–35
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 6:41pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.86m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Sometimes
Religion
Sign
Libra, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on Ph.D program
Job
Medicine
Income
Less than $20,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Likes dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Spanish (Okay), German (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Still changing. Fluid. Revolutionary.

Attempting to suck less by countering fear and laziness with consciousness and courage. Mixed results.
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A quote I try to keep in mind: "One must at all times keep on becoming more of a human being." - Rosa Luxemburg
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ISFJ if you care about that sort of thing.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I graduated from UW-Madison in May 2009 with a shiny new degree in Linguistics. After venturing bravely out into the big world out there I quickly realized there are no freaking jobs (go figure) due to this Economic Crisis thing all the kids are talking about.

A string of crappy temp jobs followed me like a plague for a couple years (okay, two of them were actually pretty cool jobs aside from the temp thing… and the pay), and I emerged sufficiently traumatized that my ass was officially kicked into gear for grad school preparation. I'm now entering my third year in the Audiology program at the University of Minnesota. I figure once I'm done, everyone will want to be my friend because I’ll be able to hook y’all up with some dope hearing aids.

Far and away the biggest constant in my life is political and social justice activism. Since 2004, I’ve devoted the majority of my time to trying to organize to fundamentally transform the world for the better. I'm with Dr. King on this one when he says "Anger at injustice is the political expression of love."

I play bass in a rock band. I also play a few acoustic tunes of my own at open mics around the Twin Cities on a weekly basis.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Arguing the case for socialism, learning and playing music, crossword puzzles, Boggle, cooking (esp. vegan food), vacuuming, doing the dishes, puns, academics, brushing my cat, listening, giving advice (when asked), being logical, being really interested and into stuff while still maintaining a critical eye towards it.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I’m on the tall side of average, and my hair (both head and facial) tends to go through a roughly 10-week-long cyclical life pattern where I let it grow out and then cut it all off, all calculated for maximum hair-cutting laziness and ineptitude. Right now, however, I am letting it grow to see if I can bring back the long Jesus hair of when I was 19-20. Almost over that awkward-length phase, I think/hope.

I used to wear glasses, but I just got LASIK in December 2013.

When people first meet me they sometimes think of me as somewhat robotic and expressionless (or, more positively, stoic and content), but this could not possibly be further from the truth. Those who really know me well can read every nuance of my thought patterns off my face. I’m just subtle like that I guess. And I tend to connect best with those that are able to see that there's more there than meets the eye.

I’m quite openly fidgety, but there is a definite rhythm to my madness. Sometimes I like to imagine I’m just tapping into some universal cosmic pulse. But then I remember that I don’t subscribe to anything nearly so New Age-y - it's the ADD.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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BOOKS
Infinite Jest, Anti-Dühring, State and Revolution, Their Morals and Ours, Communist Manifesto, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Science Marxism and the Big Bang, A People's History of the United States, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State, Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution, Sexuality and Socialism, 1984, (The) Revolution Betrayed, The Sandman graphic novels, Manufacturing Consent, Song of Ice and Fire series, Good Omens, Catch 22.

MOVIES
Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, The House I Live In, The Act of Killing, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Brazil, Bread and Roses, Juno, The Central Park Five, The Ground Truth, Superbad, Sir! No Sir!, The Battle of Algiers, Maxed Out, Sicko, Matewan, Harlan County USA, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei), Sedam i po, An Unreasonable Man, The Milagro Beanfield War, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Madeinusa, The Dark Knight, Inglourious Basterds, The Gama Strike, Capitalism: A Love Story, Roger & Me, The Take, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media, Milk, The Corporation, Rethink Afghanistan, City of God, Inside Job, There Will Be Blood, Night and Fog.

TV
Democracy Now, The Wire, Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Daily Show, Colbert Report, Six Feet Under, Freaks & Geeks, Game of Thrones, Cosmos, Newsradio, Arrested Development, Treme, Mad Men, Community.

MUSIC
Van Morrison, Chris Pureka, Paul Simon, Rebirth Brass Band, Trampled by Turtles, Aesop Rock, PCP, Otis Redding, Guante, Big Cats!, Louis Armstrong, Audioperm, Sam Cooke, K'naan, Gladys Knight, Junkyard Empire, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Harper, Andrew Bird (and his Bowl of Fire), The Alchemist, Bob Dylan, Mates of State, Dietrich Gosser, Mike Doughty (esp. his Skittish album), Tool, The Magnetic Fields, Cloud Cult, Defiance Ohio, Operation Ivy, The Clash, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, Devendra Banhart, Adem, Dillinger Four, Galactic, The Weakerthans, Rage Against the Machine, Against Me! (Eternal Cowboy and earlier), Counting Crows, Sublime, Rancid, Good Luck, Soul Coughing, Violent Femmes, Cake, Lyle Lovett, The Coup, Django Reinhardt, Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, Devendra Banhart, Dillinger Four, El-P, Erin Tobey, Madeline, Kaki King, Martha Wainwright, Led Zeppelin, Mercedes Sosa, Violeta Parra, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nina Simone, Old Crow Medicine Show, OutKast, Patty Griffin, Streetlight Manifesto, Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution, The Pixies, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins (pre-breakup), Third Eye Blind (first two albums), Tracy Chapman, so on and so forth...

SPOKEN WORD
Guante, Andrea Gibson, Khary Jackson, Miles Walser, Shane Hawley, Sierra DeMulder, Poetic Assassins.

FOOD
All of it! I really love eating and cooking. Curries, peaches w/cottage cheese, and everything associated with breakfast come to mind as a few favorites.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
33fgfnk (roommate/homie-for-life): We have been there for each other through a lot, and will doubtless go through a lot more. Plus, without her, who would viciously insult me at every turn?

BitTorrent: Allowing the internet-dwelling masses to live well beyond their economic means since 2001.

→ Coffee: "Oh, addictive fuel! Oh, bitter nectar of life! What wonders dost thou bequeath me this day?" ... is what I originally put here. I actually quit coffee over a year ago while I was recovering from surgery following a bad bicycle accident. Figured with all the painkillers and discomfort anyway, my body wouldn't notice the lack of caffeine (true). So, I guess I just need five things now?

→ Showers: Everything in life has several awesomeness points subtracted from it when I am caked in dried sweat. And awesomeness points are very important to me.

Music: I wanted to make this more specific and clever, but I can't hide the fact that I love everything about music. Making it, listening to it, trying to understand it, feeling the beat, moving to it, getting it stuck in my head... what a unique and irreplaceable space it fills in existence. It's also probably the only activity in the world where it's both viscerally fun/exciting while doing it *and* afterwards I feel like it was a super productive use of my time that I can totally stand behind.

Science: In the broadest possible sense. I am big on trying to understand (and, ultimately, change for the better) the world around me, and science equips humanity with the tools to start doing this in a serious way. The endlessly curious struggle to learn about every aspect of existence is one of the key things that make life worth living.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Mindfulness, how to be a better human being, and what needs to be done to ensure the success of a revolutionary movement.

Also crossword puzzle answers. And song lyrics.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
One week I might be chairing a meeting, the next I'm probably rocking out at a concert, watching shows or movies, working out at the gym, playing bass or guitar, writing an article, preparing a talk, reading, studying, discussing with friends over beers, or just laying back and listening to music.

As a general rule, I'd say I'm more likely to be doing something chill and laid back than intensely adventurous, but on the other hand I tend to feed off others' energy, so it all depends on who I'm hanging with.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I'll be straight with you: I have very little experience with sex and dating, mostly due to deprioritizing these things so far in life. Also because I am super picky about my romantic partners - that's just who I am.

That said, I am a very quick study.
You should message me if
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You are looking for some good old quality, honest human interaction (with the intent of meeting in person - not looking for a pen pal).

Or if you wanna play music/games, or do crosswords together.