johnolantern
27 Goleta, CA
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My self-summary
I'm a radical free-thinker with a strong basis for how I should think and what I should spend time thinking about. Optimistic, kind, confident yet humble, and weird. Free-flowing, yet methodical (wavy?).

I can be sarcastic, but I try to keep it good-hearted and positive rather than cynical.

I'm in an awesome (non-monogamous/monogamish) relationship with SuperSeaStar. We're looking for more friends who respect our affinity for living and loving like this, so don't hesitate to message me about it!
What I’m doing with my life
Working toward my phd in philosophy at UCSB. This will be my 6th (and maybe last!) year in Santa Barbara.

The better question: Why am I doing what I’m doing? I find it intellectually rewarding. I learn better ways to evaluate the world and I get to teach it to others.

I’m liberal, especially when it comes to human rights issues, though I’m not really "into" politics.

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Reading a bunch, trying to finish my dissertation. Doing yoga to keep me sane.

Trying to learn to play a synthesizer and draw perspective. Slowly but surely getting better!
I’m really good at
Being both reasonable and empathetic. There's room for both!

Crypt of the Necrodancer.

Sweating.

Calling people out when they say ridiculous things in such a way that they might learn from it.

Cutting through the bullshit that mires our everyday lives.
The first things people usually notice about me
Maybe my outspokenness. I can have fun in a social situation, but am very open and honest with people. Sometimes this comes off as a bit forward, or weird or whatever. But I always have good intentions.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Most of my time reading is dedicated to philosophical stuff (academic essays & books) so not much into reading novels. But if I had to choose one out of the embarrassingly small list of books I’ve read, then I’d have to go with East of Eden.

I love television because of it's ability, as a medium of art, to build on itself in ways other types of art can't. Some of my favorites are Justified, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Louie, Fringe, Last Week Tonight, Adventure Time, Comedy Bang Bang, The Wire, China Il, Flapjack (!!!), etc.

A few of my favorites movies are Adaptation, The Graduate, Primer, The Prestige

I cannot play music (though I wish I could) but I love it. More upbeat stuff is generally what I look for, but really my favorites are from a wide range of genres. Tom Waits, Sam Cooke, The Fiery Furnaces, The Thermals, Stars of the Lid, Fugazi, Ween, Beastie Boys, Akron/Family, The Magnetic Fields, The Pharcyde, Charles Mingus.

Pizza, Vietnamese coffee, Rainbow cookies, other foods and drink stuff.
The six things I could never do without
The people I love
Art & Philosophy
Novelty
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Personal identity, what we know and how we know it, how to be a good person, how to help, art, people, emotions, patterns, self-reference, the kinds of things I should be thinking, the nature of intelligence, beauty, sex, political revolution, death, paradoxes, ways of thought, how to avoid and undermine rational manipulation, how to educate the masses, micro aggressions, intersectionality

How the world can be so boring sometimes when there is so much good in it.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably smoking weed. I can't really remember.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I sleep with a stuffed sloth.
You should message me if
You want to teach me to play the piano or about music theory. You want to play chess over a cup of coffee. You want to play basketball with me. You want to take a walk to the beach and draw spirals in the sand.

You are a person who is sincere, honest, intellectual, and funny, but also really fucking weird in your own right. Artistic and open-minded. A person who is willing to question things that are rarely questioned. Someone who is not afraid to speak her mind, but can back that shit up.

I intrigue you (at all!). Want to hang out and do something out of the ordinary.
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