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PersianXcursion

24 M Seattle, WA

My Details

Last Online
Yesterday – 11:53pm
Orientation
Straight
Ethnicity
Middle Eastern, Other
Height
5′ 10″ (1.78m)
Body Type
Thin
Diet
Mostly kosher
Smokes
No
Drinks
Socially
Drugs
Never
Religion
Judaism, and somewhat serious about it
Sign
Education
Graduated from masters program
Job
Technology
Income
Rather not say
Relationship Status
Single
Relationship Type
Offspring
Doesn’t have kids
Pets
Speaks
English (Fluently), Hebrew (Okay), French (Poorly)

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My self-summary
Just over a month ago, I left what I thought was my dream job: international campaigning to block corporate power. I realized that actually I needed to be doing something else with my life. Now I'm traveling the country searching for peace and wisdom.

For fun, I read young adult fiction and go to community groups. Every once in a while I remember that Cake is the best band in the world.

Like most people, I'm searching. Specifically, these days I'm trying to figure out what life I want to lead. I am skilled at computing. I am slilled af data and machine laerning. I am excellent at political and social campaigning. But I've seen that the obvious careers in those fields don't fulfill my needs. Trying to figure out what sort of lifestyle will.

Persian-Jewish Israeli American.
What I’m doing with my life
Recently I have:

0. Created a data analysis and optimization software suite for the Wikipedia fundraising team in San Francisco.
1. Co-founded and run a startup in New Haven.
2. Protected people from wrongful evictions with a kickass housing justice group in Boston.
3. Explored the world of religious hipsters in Springfield, MO.
4. Hung out with anarchist communists in Rochester, NY.
5. Spoken as the youngest(?) presenter at the Strata big data conference in NYC.
6. Led three sessions at the Rootscamp organizing conference in DC.
I’m really good at
rabble rousing.
computers.
inspiration.
The first things people usually notice about me
I wear my heart on my sleeve.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books and authors:
(Also see below.)
Paradise Lost (is *so good*). Rick Perlstein. Plato's Symposium, Apology, and Euthryphro. The Aeneid. Terry Pratchett. Mercedes Lackey. Chris Hayes. Tamora Pierce. Waiting for the Midnight Hour. Javier Marias.

Film and TV:
I tend to devour television shows seasons at a time.

The Wire will always remain first in my heart.

Music:
I listen to what was the cutting edge of hipster music in 2010.
I also have a soft spot in my heart for 90's alt-rock, all sorts of baroque music, and anything you might hear on Soul Train.

Here's my last.fm: http://www.last.fm/user/Hario

Food:
The two most delicious drinks are red wine and vanilla milkshakes. But not at the same time!
The two most delicious foods are Israeli-style salad and snitzel (chicken fingers).

Cooking is fun.

I wish I were strong enough to be a vegetarian.

These are the books that changed my life, and why:

Your Place Tomorrow by Javier Marias.
This book, simply put, explains humanity. The main character is a sort of spy: he watches people during negotiations, and reports back what he guesses about their hidden thoughts. This is a terrific lens to pursue the actual point of the book - a modern, readable Proustian tour of the human condition itself.

Which Side Are You On? by Thomas Geoghegan.
This book explains the heartbreak, the promise, and the maddening failures of the labor movement. It's the book that made me first understand the meaning of human dignity and the real need for solidarity in all of us. If you see this it means you're actually reading this carefully. Good! Mention the word "avocado" in a message to me and get a surprise.

Wild Magic, by Tamora Pierce. (Really, all her books)
It took me years to realize that I was reading "girls' books" that feature strong female heroines. I didn't mind - these books are great! I learned feminism from Tamora Pierce, as well as what treating people with respect looks like in practice.
The six things I could never do without
Morning dew.
Train tickets.
Smart things to read.
Civic society.
Keeping my nails trimmed.
Striking up conversations with bemused strangers.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to be a good ally/feminist. Theology. What is the good life? Does this dress make me look fat?

Recent things I'm thinking about:
1. How to be an adult.
2. What does community really mean.
3. Bro do you even
On a typical Friday night I am
Here's what I did for the Fridays spanning a month.

Friday 1. Staying up writing code to optimize the Wikipedia fundraiser
Friday 2. At a board meeting, then at a fancy manhattan party celebrating a magazine release.
Friday 3. I was a dancing machine after a conference in DC.
Friday 4. Move to Oakland for a bit and take care of my friends' geckoes.

Hopefully that gives you a taste.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I ran away from school once.

Forgive me! I was young, and reckless.

Here's the story

It was 2nd grade. I won a meaningless competition; won the right to lead the milk line into the cafeteria. Little did I suspect that line of children would become a line of betrayal.

Noon. We form up. I move to the front. Teacher ushers me aside. Lisa will head the line today.

Shock.

Betrayal.

Anger. I storm out of the room, and out of the building. It took a couple of hours for the police to find me.

Don't worry, I had the last laugh. My parents were furious that it took so long to realize I had left. They transfered the whole family out of the school.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 20–32
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, short-term dating
You should message me if
If you read for pure pleasure -- I want to hear from you.
If you burn with true passion -- I want to hear from you.
If you do good for the world -- I want to hear from you.