Chipplyman
36 Seattle, United States
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My self-summary
I am adaptive, grounded, and iconoclassy.

I live as well as I can wherever I am. I believe that laughter is the best medicine, that dancing makes everything better, and that we are all temporary and ecstatic facets grown of one source. I tend to reflect aspects sometimes named Pan, Loki, Athena, Budai, Coyote, or Bran. My spirit animal is a unicorn.

I operate best in small groups.

I like to build. I build experiences with a tribe at work. I build costumes with a tribe at play. I want to build a community wherever I stand.

I try to make a difference from behind the scenes with subtlety and forethought. But I also crave the spotlight, reveling in good cheer, surprises, and passionate abandon.

I like camping and getting dirty. I like wandering the city looking fabulous. I'm an owl and my clock runs late. I'm a cuspy introvert and my social currency runs long with good friends but short with strangers.

I believe if you fall in love, you should jump right in.
What I’m doing with my life
I have three big dreams in my life.

Number 1: I want to entertain, to brighten people's lives. I am currently living this dream by day as a video game programmer. I enjoy solving problems, learning how things work, and helping people shine, and this field covers all those personal preferences with the end result of giving random people fun times. I love to be on stage, but these days that only happens at karaoke. I sometimes fantasize about auditioning for something again.

Number 2: I want to live in an autonomous, self-sufficient, intentional community. This is a work in progress. I spend a lot of time with an ever-expanding tribe of miscreants slash do-gooders. We play hard and seek the path.

Number 3: I want to have eaten my twin in the womb. Some people try to convince me that if I don't know by now, I'll probably never know. But I remain convinced that someday I will have eaten my twin in the womb and gained his powers.

Traveling is awesome. I have been across this country several times, summering in Portland and schooling in Pennsylvania. I've been out of the country only twice: once to BC in a torrential downpour camping trip with my atomic family; once to Thailand. Thailand was a new world opened, explosive, merry, relaxing, and terrible, a rejuvenating thrill, a super fantastic experience. I will return there and elsewhere for more exciting adventures, as soon as circumstances permit. I long to visit Peru and Ireland.
I’m really good at
My super powers include accelerated learning, high dynamic range, the voice of an angel, and strong bladder control. I tend to fuse the absurd with the pragmatic. I have skill in abstract thought; hand drums, body music, singing and whistling; costumery and low budget engineering; massage and makeouts. I can stand still in a strong storm. I build bridges and fill in gaps.
The first things people usually notice about me
Head accessories. My horns molt and regrow by turn. I probably have done something odd with the hair on my head and/or face. My sunglasses collection is way too epic for Seattle. Update: I need new amazing sunglasses; my best are now dead or missing in action.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The collected works of Alan Watts, Daniel Quinn, Robert M. Pirsig, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Robert Anton Wilson, Neal Stephenson, Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Tom Robbins. Books that teach.
In particular:
The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber

American Astronaut, Boondock Saints, Fido, Joshua, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Harvey, The Fall, Dr. Horrible, anything by the Coen Brothers, Terry Gilliam or Stephen Chow, anything with Tony Jaa, Bruce Willis, or Anne Ramsey. Sequels that are better than the original.

Live music. Play it like you mean it. Beats Antique, Xavier Rudd, RJD2, Guster, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Bjork, Muse, Blackalicious, Twirl, Vince Mira, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Bob Schneider, Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, Passion Pit, Jonathan Coulton.

Thai; Indian; really good tomato basil soup or clam chowder; peaches; pizza; eggs in bacon fat; pit roasted turkey and other woodfire recipes. Food grown and prepared near me. I want to growa garden but I need someone else to take lead on it because I have a purple thumb.
The six things I could never do without
Spectacle
Love
Laughter
Back roads
Puzzles
Firepit

I used to have pragmatic necessities here, but that is boring. I can't survive without water; I can't live without laughter.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Better ways to get things done. The nature of reality; the inherent and necessary paradoxes and connections between multiplicity and unity, chaos and structure, logic and laughter. The way in which observer, observed, and observation - subject, object, and quality - arise together and mutually create themselves from a formless ground possessing a creative emergent drive.

Zoom Enhance.

Hidden gifts.

Ritual is important for the mind, but we must not confuse dogma and cultural convention with truth.

As a man or maybe just as a human, it goes without saying that I spend a lot of time thinking about

It goes without saying.
On a typical Friday night I am
These days, I'm probably at home tearing down a wall, wiring up an outlet, or foaming the gaps.

I believe that every party should be themed.

Fuck typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Initiative and determination are the foundation of happiness.

If we get to know each other well enough I'll tell you why that's private.
You should message me if
I'm much more likely to respond to your message than to send you one cold. I know how differently this site works for you than it does for me and I loathe the cultural constructs that brought us here. I get an unsolicited message maybe once a month. You're buried in sups from bros. I am a different kind of man; when I send a message it will be thoughtful and particular to you. It's way easier for my introvert to account for that effort when I know there's some interest already.

* you like camping and the outdoors as much as you like city life.
* you can help my garden grow.
* you are a crafter.
* you have interest in Tantric methods.
* you have a plan in case of zombie apocalypse.
* you are willing to let the tickle monster get you from time to time.
* you are a forest sprite who loves to laugh and prance in sunbeams.
* cuddle puddles!
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