49 East Orange, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a swell guy, dogs and cats like me right away. I offer this video of my cat and I offer as proof:

-- but my favorite animal is the octopus. I live near the city in NJ and have basically for my whole life. I make no claim to being a native New Yorker, a New Yorker at heart etc. People I know from other parts of the country have introduced me as "being from New York," when I've visited. I guess this is because to someone from rural PA or the Northwest I seem more like a New Yorker than anything else.

Political activism is an important part of my life. Although just now I am minimally involved due to my job. I won't try and recruit you to it but you should at least respect it in principle

I am honest, intelligent, and learning
What I’m doing with my life
Recently I read Hegel's Science of Logic, the year before that
The Phenomenology of Spirit by G.W.F. Hegel. These were books I promised myself I would read before I die and I thought it was time. This is to say; not for school, at lunch, on the bus/train on the sofa, etc. I tried reading Foucault's A History of Madness more recently. If it were actually a history book I probably would have finished it but he tries to cram so much of his own philosophical agenda into it that I just had to put it down. As of recently I've been reading a lengthy SF novel by Samuel R. Delaney. Reading kind of keeps me grounded. A person can never have too much knowledge.

I work at a law firm in midtown. It was unstable for a while, really since I started, but has now leveled off and is a nice place to work. They had me working from home during the Summer and part of the Fall as the firm split into 2 firms and now I am back at my desk in the office. My cat filled in as my annoying distracting co-worker but I am semi culpable for indulging his silliness.

For the last few years I've been selling books on the internet. My salary is kind of substellar so anything to cover my lunch expenses that does not involve a chemistry set and an RV is all to the good. Also I think encountering an unfiltered flow of used books is beneficial in ways that many people have denied to them.

Unfortunately sales continue to fall and I don't know how long i am going to continue. (Actually since I wrote this it has picked up a little, so I'm still in it for now).

I don't drink much and I never smoke or use drugs.
I’m really good at
I'm thinking about how to answer this question and the thing that comes to mind is my job. I am good at my job, which sounds pathetic I know, but I'd be good at anything I spent so much time doing.
I am very intermittently good at bowling, I keep my living room pretty neat, I have a good relationship with my cat, I keep up on current events and try to have an analysis of and insight on what is going on in the world.
The first things people usually notice about me
I don't know, I guess my eyes. Like anyone else.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Lately I've been reading a lot of B Traven but I am going to run out of material of his pretty soon. I especially liked The Death Ship. When I was younger I was big Philip K Dick fan and I revisited that recently, mostly it held up. More recently I've started reading Samuel Delany. I am also trying to read Marx's Capital Volume III.

Some of my favorite movies are My Favorite Year, Pi, Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Battle of Algiers. I watched Battlestar Galactica on Netflix, I don't know how anyone is supposed to watch Star Trek again after that. (But I did anyway).

Recently I watched the full 10 episodes of Horace & Pete. I thought it was very good.

3 movies I walked out of: The Phantom Menace, Wild at Heart, (the Matthew Broderick) Godzilla.

I like music and file sharing has insured that I have a lot of music to choose from so I listen to a lot of different things, just now I have a bunch of progressive rock on my iPod, so I will see how long that holds my interest.
The six things I could never do without
Books, Computer, My Cat, Music, Political Activism, People
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Social revolution, things I'd like to write, abstractions, work.
On a typical Friday night I am
Mostly at home. I am not much of a party animal. if I do go out on weekends it's often on Saturday night after I am unwound or daytime outings Saturday or Sunday.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I was diagnosed with a mental illness in 1992 and since then it's been kept under control with pharmaceuticals. It's the kind of thing you wouldn't know if I did not tell you, so I am telling you.
You should message me if
1) You enjoy any of the activities I do

2) You're a little odd and not in the trendy sort of way; more in the "sometimes it can be troublesome not fitting in" way

3) You Won't mind if I can't afford to go to Machu Picchu with you