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oldhomehaibane

26 M Evans, WV

My Details

Last Online
Apr 16
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
White
Height
6′ 1″ (1.85m)
Body Type
Average
Diet
Mostly vegetarian
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Sometimes
Religion
Agnosticism, and very serious about it
Sign
Sagittarius, but it doesn’t matter
Education
Working on university
Job
Student
Income
Less than $20,000
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t want kids
Pets
Has dogs and has cats
Speaks
English (Fluently), Japanese (Poorly)

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My self-summary
I'm a huge nerd. And a perverse, antiquarian bastard. Basically, I'm like the Seymour character from that Terry Zwigoff movie Ghost World. That's gonna be me ten years from now. Like the character Steve Buscemi portrays in the aforementioned film, I can't relate to 99% of humanity. For me, there's no misanthropy implied in that statement, only indifference and alienation. Don't worry, I've already resigned myself to this, and remain hopeful that I'll meet more people who I can really relate to.
What I’m doing with my life
I've decided to take a break from college for an indeterminate amount of time. Since then, I have been leading a lazy and jobless lifestyle that, if I stop to think about it, is pretty disgusting. Still, I have been fairly diligent in keeping up my Japanese studies, so...not completely disgusting, I guess.

I've got about another two semesters to go in order to get my degree, but I'm in no hurry to return to all of that stress.
I’m really good at
Writing interminably long essays about my favorite things that no one will ever read.
The first things people usually notice about me
Probably my monotone voice and extreme awkwardness!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Some of my favorite authors of classic literature are Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Leo Tolstoy, Pu Songling, and Murasaki Shikibu.

Besides the above, I also have a strong interest in late nineteenth to early twentieth century weird fiction. A few favored authors in this idiom are H.P. Lovecraft (of course), Clark Ashton Smith, Algernon Blackwood, Izumi Kyoka, Lafcadio Hearn, M.R. James, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Ambrose Bierce, Lord Dunsany, and Arthur Machen.

Another literary interest of mine is in ancient and medieval epics. Stuff like the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Iliad, The Odyssey, Beowulf, Táin Bó Cuailnge, The Song of Roland, Poem of the Cid, The Nibelungenlied, that sort of thing.

As for movies, I enjoy a lot of Japanese films. My favorite directors are Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse, Hiroshi Shimizu, and Kenji Mizoguchi, though I also adore the works of Akira Kurosawa (particularly Ikiru) and Masaki Kobayashi, among others.

My favorite film of all time, however, has to be Chris Marker's Sans Soleil. In exploring how time and memory interact to affect and falsify our perceptions of both personal and global history, Marker finished what Proust started with his monumental In Search of Lost Time. I have become completely obsessed with this film, to the point where I even watched Vertigo, Apocalypse Now, and Stalker more or less just to get a better understanding of how those works influenced it (though it must be said that these are all fantastic films in their own ways, especially Stalker which is now my second favorite Andrei Tarkovsky film behind Solaris). Quotes from this film come into my mind all the time as I go about my daily business. Its subtly suggestive visual poetry continues to haunt my imagination. I suspect it will only be a matter of time before it starts crawling into my dreams, as well. It's driving me insane, but in a good way, I think. Definitely a life-changing work.

A list of some of my favorite directors: Ingmar Bergman (Persona, Wild Strawberries, Through a Glass Darkly), Andrei Tarkovsky (The Mirror, Stalker, Solaris), Béla Tarr (Werckmeister Harmonies, The Turin Horse, Satantango) Chris Marker (Sans Soleil, La Jetée), John Cassavetes (Faces, A Woman Under the Influence), Eric Rohmer (My Night at Maud's, La Collectionneuse), Mikio Naruse (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Late Chrysanthemums), Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story, Late Spring), Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World, Crumb).

I'm a huge fan of anime and manga. Most of what I like can be categorized as seinen or josei, though there are some notable exceptions. As a general rule, if Yoshitoshi Abe had anything to do with it, I probably like it. Sadly, a lot of the shows I like are relatively obscure so I'm often an outsider even at anime conventions and on forums. Some of my favorite shows are Haibane Renmei, Kino's Journey, Mushishi, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Twelve Kingdoms, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum, Spring and Chaos, Rose of Versailles, Tatami Galaxy, Victorian Romance Emma, Texhnolyze, Angel's Egg, Ghost in the Shell, Only Yesterday, Boogiepop Phantom, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Planetes, Spice and Wolf, La Maison en Petits Cubes, and Berserk.

I read manga a lot less than I watch anime, but there are a few that have drawn me in. My absolute favorite manga is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which I personally think is the greatest thing Miyazaki ever worked on. This is followed by Kentaro Miura's Berserk, Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond, and Naoki Urasawa's Monster. I also love anything that Kaoru Mori has ever worked on; at the moment I am halfway through her Emma manga and I've read the first two volumes of A Bride's Story. In the future I would like to read more shoujo and josei manga.

I also love some western animation. A few of my favorite shows are Ren & Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Courage the Cowardly Dog, The Venture Bros., The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

My taste in music is decidedly old-fashioned in the extreme. I am fascinated by early twentieth century music, particularly by the rawness of pre-war country blues, gospel, and hillbilly music, though I am also enthralled by opera, jazz, and ethnic recordings of that time period. My favorite artists of blues and hillbilly music are Skip James, Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, Charlie Poole, and Mississippi John Hurt. There is an eerie quality to much of this music and a lot of it is also profoundly emotional in a way that much modern music fails to be for me. I would even go so far as to say that my interest in weird fiction developed as a desire to summon in literary form the uncomfortable though deeply compelling feelings that overwhelm me while listening to Dock Boggs' nihilistic murder ballad "Pretty Polly" or Skip James' despairing falsetto in "Devil Got My Woman" or "Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues."

This obsession with our forgotten musical heritage has led me to flea markets, yard sales, and antique stores all over the place in search of pre-war shellac records, and for some time I have been in the process of assembling an ideal setup for the playback and digitization of 78 rpm records. So far I've got the turntable, a cartridge with a generic 78 rpm stylus, and a phono preamp that should be coming in the mail soon. Besides that, hundreds of dusty old records litter the floor of my study in great big boxes, and I've been going through the tedious (yet strangely rewarding) process of cleaning them and placing them in brand-new sleeves. An old Edison Diamond Disc phonograph now rests in my study near the desk, and I hope that one day I will learn how to maintain and restore these beautiful machines. Eventually, when I get all of the equipment gathered together, I would like to start digitizing records and putting them up on youtube for everyone to enjoy.

Besides pre-war music, I also love the sweat-drenched and gospel-inspired sounds of southern soul, particularly the songs of James Carr, O.V. Wright, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, and Doris Duke. That's not to say I can't also enjoy some Northern soul every once in a while; I love Curtis Mayfield (his "Superfly OST" is one of my all-time favorite albums) and Marvin Gaye's classic album "What's Going On". There's just something about southern soul, perhaps its grittiness, that has a special appeal to me, though.

Other than that, I like some classic rock. "Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band is one of my favorite albums, as is Love's "Forever Changes." Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks" is another favorite album and I love anything by Townes Van Zandt. Finally, I enjoy some hip-hop, mostly golden age and underground stuff like A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, GZA, Gang Starr, Organized Konfusion, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, J Dilla, Madlib, and MF Doom. Hip-hop is pretty much the most exciting innovation in popular music of the last few decades, in my opinion. Sampling fascinates me and I find the idea of DJs "digging in the crates" to rescue old sounds from obscurity, thereby recontextualizing them and giving them new meanings to be absolutely beautiful. In fact, the whole enterprise of "digging in the crates" recalls my own attempts to rescue pre-war music from oblivion so I feel a great affinity for the postmodern aesthetic underlying hip-hop. Sadly, much of this music does not maximize the form's potential, but when everything clicks, such as when a DJ uses a vocal sample in a chorus to resurrect the voices of the past to comment on the present, the effect can be both soulful and profound. One more thing on this subject, although I am not nearly as passionate about hip-hop as I am about pre-war music, I get pretty irritated when people flippantly dismiss the whole genre. Same with people who flippantly dismiss all country music. If you ask me such an attitude stinks to high heaven of ignorant classism.

As for more contemporary rock music, the only artists of the past few decades that I remain enthused with are the Talking Heads, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, and Neutral Milk Hotel. There's other stuff that I don't mind but that's about all I listen to anymore as far as more recent rock is concerned.

I enjoy video gaming. Mostly I play RPGs and survival horror games, though I'm also starting to get into interactive fiction. Some favorites: Planescape: Torment, A Mind Forever Voyaging, Anchorhead, Fallout, Fallout 2, Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Thief: The Dark Project, Thief II: The Metal Age, King's Field, King's Field II, King's Field III, King's Field IV: The Ancient City, LSD: Dream Emulator, Yume Nikki, Proteus, Crypt Worlds, Barkley Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Vampire: The Masquerade-Bloodlines, Ultima Underworld, Arcanum, Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny, Darklands, Morrowind, Daggerfall, Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Icewind Dale, Mother, Earthbound, Mother 3, Chrono Trigger, Fallout: New Vegas, The Legend of Zelda, Super Metroid, Cave Story, EverQuest, Mega Man, Mega Man 2, Mega Man X, Team Fortress 2, Persona 4, Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Siren, Clock Tower, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.

When it comes to RPGs, I prefer games that place an emphasis on meaningful choices and consequences. I love it when the quest design allows you to approach a problem in more than one way, and I also think it's important that there be moral ambiguity in the choices available to the player. Things get boring pretty quickly if you can only ever choose between being a perfect altruist and a cartoonish villain.
The six things I could never do without
Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, anime, old video games, weird fiction, the Internet, and rooster sauce.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Esoteric shit that nobody cares about.
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably masturbating. Hey, I've got to be honest. If not that, then I'm likely to be playing old video games on my NES or SNES, reading a good book, surfing the web, or listening to the blues or Appalachian folk music. I also like to take walks in the middle of the night sometimes. No, it doesn't frighten me at all. Then again, I live in a humble unincorporated community.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I think I might be a masochist.

Oh, and I've been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Besides that, I'm probably as neurotic as Marcel Proust.

I'm now a semi-regular drinker of coffee and it's all because of Special Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 18–99
  • Near me
  • For new friends, short-term dating, casual sex
You should message me if
We have anything in common. I don't often get to meet people who share my interests, so if we like the same shows, books, games, or music, I'd love to talk to you!