I love learning and reading and finding out about new things. One of my great passions of the last few years is anthropology, biology, the history of mankind, the Earth and the universe. The story of reality is amazing, especially when you consider it from the perspective that all of history has led to this singular moment. Everything that's ever happened has come to this very minute in time. The universe was created, the Earth formed, the evolutionary cycle pushed forward to create us, right here and right now. What could possibly be more exciting than that?!
So yes. I am a nerd. And damn proud of it, too. I'm passionate about a great many things, from movies to comics to games to music. I'm also a political junky, an LGBT ally and an environmentalist. I would be an activist if I wasn't so lazy (and if gas wasn't so expensive). I'm a hopeless romantic and someone who tries very hard to do the right thing at all times. Though I'm not that great with introductions, I can talk about a great many things, and can have a conversation about nearly any topic. Try me.
I wear my heart on my sleeves, I don't hide my thoughts and I'm very prone to coming right out with what I have to say. I'm genuine, sincere and honest.
I like and respect inner strength, individuality, resolve, independence and will.
I pay attention to where I spend my money, which I think is a pretty sensible thing to do.
I guess what I'm doing right now is figuring out what comes next.
I'm also very good at pulling pop references out of absolutely nowhere (as if you couldn't tell already. There are two in the self-summary section alone!). I can almost hold an entire conversation in pop culture and Simpsons references.
I love having conversations, discussions and debates. I tend to think that I can hold a conversation on just about any topic. Go ahead. Try me.
I'm also really good at admitting that I don't know things, asking questions and admitting that I'm wrong.
I've recently discovered that I'm very good at making chili.
Comics: I'm absolutely loving the Batman books, Superman and Green Lantern comics. I also like a lot of other comics like Preacher, almost anything by Alan Moore (Lost Girls is skeevy as hell, no matter what he says about it), Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison. John Constantine and Jonah Hex are my two favorite non-super comic heroes. Green Arrow and Superman will always be my favorite superheroes.
For movies, I'll watch nearly anything, though right now I'm really enjoying 'adult' movies (those that are about real subjects and resemble real life) than anything. Right now my favorite is Fight Club, Mad Max: Fury Road, Repo Man and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I also really like spaghetti westerns and will watch anything directed by Kurosawa. I also like artsy fartsy movies now and again (I think AntiChrist is the best movie of 2009). Favorite directors are the Coen Brothers, Tarantino, Cronenberg, Gilliam, Guillermo Del Toro, Inarritu and...others whose names escape me at the moment.
I also absolutely adore Pixar's movies. My absolute favorite is Ratatouille.
Games: I own a PS4, and mainly drift towards narrative driven, single-player games. Some of my favorites are the Arkham series, anything From Software has made since Demon's Souls, Silent Hill 2, The Witcher 3, Far Cry and Doom for when I'm in the mood for mindless mayhem. I'm absolutely crestfallen that there will never be another great Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill or Castlevania game.
Music is a large component of who I am and as such, I have a very eclectic assortment of bands. I like anyone from Alice in Chains to Frank Zappa. My favorite band is Pink Floyd, but I listen to eighties punk a lot more; bands like the Dead Kennedys and the Ramones. I also love the Velvet Underground, Dead Can Dance, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, Primus and other bands that defy categorization. If you know who Bohren & Der Club of Gore is, message me immediately.
I think it's easier to say what I dislike in television than what I do like, which is hard to nail down. When it comes to the more obvious fiction, I don't like shows that have an obvious good guy/bad guy dynamic. Cop dramas, legal dramas, etc. do not feature in my watching. When it comes to the less obvious fiction, I dislike any and every reality show and go out of my way to avoid them. My favorite show is The Wire, but I also watch The Office, the Daily Show, Colbert Report, Treme, Breaking Bad and my biggest guilty pleasure is Dexter.
I love Mexican food, but my favorite restaurant nowadays is probably the Melting Pot even though it's rather expensive. It's nice once in awhile, though. If I had the money, I'd do fondue myself, including meat and veggies and all.
2. An understanding of the deep absurdity of life
6. The unending promise of tomorrow.
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” - Carl Sagan.
Lately, I've been trying to be more class conscious as it's a necessity in modern America. We all need to know where we stand in the global economy, and our own inherent value.
Because I've been in the food service industry for so long/too long, I often find myself wondering why so many people treat those in the food service industry as poorly as they do. FYI: I absolutely judge people on how well they treat food service workers. If you treat them poorly, I will write you off and make no apologies about it.
I also think about the thought processes that allow people to believe in nonsensical things. Not necessarily religion, but things like astrology, numerology, homeopathy, etc. Things that can easily be disproven if thought about for even a few minutes. Also: Conspiracy theories. They're just...fantastic. People will twist themselves up in knots to believe things that fly in the face of all available evidence! People really do make me wonder.
I also have a blog that I need to update more often. I talk about education, books, literacy, comics and post short stories: www.baldermoon.wordpress.com
I had a long list of 'dos' and don'ts' posted here, and I thought better of them. So, give me a message if you think that we could spark.
I will say this, though. I'm a skeptic and hold critical thinking as one of the most valuable life skills that can be gained. I don't mind if you aren't a skeptic, but if you aren't a critical thinker, then I'm afraid we won't mesh. This goes double for anyone that puts any weight behind the zodiac.
“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” - John Waters.