Hipstironic
27 Leiden, Netherlands
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My self-summary
I'm a jester, I enjoy laughing and making others laugh. As per their medieval function, there might even be a nugget of truth hidden in a joke from time to time. I have a lighthearted outlook on life and will try to infect you with it. Wry cynicism is no excuse not to enjoy life. See the Photos section for an assortment of antics that will confirm I fit the wacky but woke template.

As you will guess, I have a soft spot for quirky stories, and the fun is in making them. Strange, wild tales such as hulahooping to ambient whalesong in a squatter hellhole or seeing a band that only plays songs from '90s cartoons of course, but a spot of tea and a B-movie (Turkish Star Wars owns) work just as well if you word it in the proper manner. Don't call it mundane, call it fundane.

Sometimes I put the pro in procrastination, but I'll work on it tomorrow. I can also be scatterbrained: that's probably how I'll end up whenever that much-anticipated World War Z hits.
What I’m doing with my life
I study Literary Studies (with a BA in English under my belt, finished at Maynooth NUI in Ye Olde Oireland), with an interest in nature writing and postmodernism (or sophistry, if you will). Afterwards the plan is to get an internationally applicable teaching degree or a PhD in a low-competition academic area so life goes open world. In the lean meantime, I do some tutoring, senior educating, street promoting, and serving as a human pincushion for needles full of experimental medicine for that cold, hard dosh. All my jobs are odd.

I get my exercise by dancing rock 'n roll (rock4temps, to be precise), because it has lots of spinning around that looks very fancy very quick. This could be you, dancing fever and all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUFJnBemgp8
I run a student dancing group at my student association, so a safety helmet is not needed.

Culture is something you do in my opinion. I write for various student rags, and now also JASON Magazine, Trigger Warning and Prymates. I also volunteer at lots of events and festivals in small ways, and the most recent ordeal is manual Facebook sharing for music festival because I have so many friends. You can usually find me bartending, lugging trash or doing other menial tasks that greatly satisfy my twitchy nature.
I’m really good at
Stuffing my agenda to the brim, making frog noises and whipping up poetry on the spot that will put Sinterklaas to shame. An example: http://www.editio.nl/schrijfwedstrijd/schandpaal/
The first things people usually notice about me
Puns. I'll take quantity over quality in my humour any day of the week, and me and idiom dictionaries are a match made in hell. As a wise man once said, a good pun is its own reword.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Discworld, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Blogs: SlateStarCodex, ThingOfThings, FredrikDeBoer, PopeHat
Movies: Airplane!, Hot Shots, The Naked Gun trilogy
Shows: Community, Archer, Portlandia, Mr. Robot, Game of Thrones
Games: RPGs that poke fun at themselves à la Paper Mario, multiplayer mayhem à la Smash Bros
Music: Epic metal, deephouse, DnB, chiptune, skapunk, electrojazz, synthpop (I punch up Youtube playlists like FunkyPanda, listing all the artists takes ages)
Food: Summer sauerkraut, rhubarb, spinach pie, rice pie
The six things I could never do without
*Free festivals. http://www.festivalinfo.nl/festivals/?type_select=gratis is my friend.
*A bike/public transport, because there's no such thing as free parking outside of Monopoly.
*A world wide web filled with endless new insights into human folly and vice.
*Hertog Jan and Liefmans Fruitesse for the summer eves.
*Headwear and props, because half-arsing costume parties is life.
*A Wii, because of the pick up 'n play aspect. Always good to shove the controller into the hands of a fresh person and see them adapt in a few minutes.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How to fight the fear of missing out. How to fit random phrases and sleepy thoughts together into coherent articles. How all good things come in three and why my mortal fear is trisection.
On a typical Friday night I am
At any concert/party/b-day that has a sweet theme/music, arriving late because my outfit is horribly awkward to bike around in.

If not at a party, I'm probably scrounging the internet for fangames/mods (currently having fun with the Dutch-made RPG Exit Fate) and parody vids.

This weekend had a celebration of a foundation I was board of a bit back due to them existing for 10 years. It was wonderful to see how far we've come, and I'm glad I could contribute my part to it.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a severe case of ticklishness which makes me sound like the Joker on acid when people abuse it.
You should message me if
...you can put up a fair fight in bant-to-bant combat. Scoring high in the Dank Triad of personality traits also helps (irony, mellowness and creativity).

...you want to try a Thing and need wry commentary along for the ride. If you don't know a Thing, I will gladly provide one (f. ex. World Pillow Fight Day, polka gigs in bars, culty food fairs, volunteering at riot police training, etc.).

...you like your politics nitpicky and esoteric. Forget left and right, try marxist accelerationism versus anarcho-futurism.
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