Ilkhanstylz
41 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
Full-time knowledge-fiend, part-time musician, quarter-time mendicant, and variable-time eremitic, I seek the low-key, the intense, and the ridiculous on equal terms, a typical aquarius I suppose.
I enjoy ephemera of all kinds, but I seem to have a knack for interests that are now ridiculously commonplace; po-mo analysis, "good" bad movies, musical colonialism, etc. To be honest, I'm kind of tired of it, or to quote the guy who quoted the other guy: "I'm so far ahead of you I'm in back of you." Portland makes me feel both old and pointless, and young and vibrant. Welcome to the dialectic, motherfucker (as the Philosopher once said).
What I’m doing with my life
Getting up way too early.
Keepin' my Tiger claws retracted in the year of the Monkey (while dodging all the life-challenging coconuts the said Monkey has been throwing at me all year).

Debating bad-habit-killing strategies.
Reading bout dead people who lived long ago and far away.
Formulating musical ideas, and trying to implement them within my means.
...And of course, making basil pesto...
I’m really good at
Making tasty food quickly, knowing who did what in musical groups, explaining certain complexities in a simple manner, singing harmony (even when it's out of my range), knowing a little about a lot (AKA being the guy you want on your trivia team) and a lot about a little, odd-meters, being enthusiastic to the point of exhaustion, over-analysis, intentional malaprops, figuring out melodies on stringed instruments (harmony as well), being parenthetical (duh) and sleeping in.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books?
I have to say that in all honesty, I almost never read fiction, so I'm not up on the "lit nerd" thing. It seems as much of a fetish/cool-kid aesthetic as music is for a lot of people, with the name dropping and whatnot (as in the ridiculously common Haruki Murikami/Jorge Borges/Rumi troika that is obnoxiously proliferate in y'alls profiles on here in the last few years).
I've still got a long list of reads to attend to, mostly in the "I've always wanted to.." or recommendation vein, but I'm usually distracted by music or film or something else. Chances are I've probably heard of it, but never read it, or attempted/read part of it, but lost interest.

Nonfiction is a different thing entirely; I've read so much I don't know where to begin, especially history/art/culture-related shtuff. Giles Milton and Jared Diamond are old favorites, as are The Many Headed Hydra, George Sansom's classic history of Japan, and Robert Lacy's Saudi history book "The Kingdom." You probably get the gist of my tastes, and don't even get me started on scholarly articles...

Movies?
As far as the Cineaste shtuff: early Coen Brothers, Terrence Malick, Zhang Yimou, early Ridley Scott (not Tony, though I have a soft spot for The Hunger), Steven Soderbergh, Stanley Kubrick, Dario Argento, Peter Weir, Atom Egoyan, Werner Herzog, Erroll Morris, Sergio Leone, and of course, the inimitable Peter Watkins. In addition, I'm a fan of Japanese cinema, from the the obvious Kurosawa, to the (slightly) more obscure Shinoda and Oshima and beyond.

There are way too many films/directors I enjoy, and I always leave someone off the list until I get re-acquainted. I devour lots of documentaries, and I love me some cheesy horror/chop-socky/direct-to-video sleaze,

Music?
A tougher nut to crack, but this is a bit of a smattering (updated often), And if you are so inclined, feel free to play any of them at the same time (and PLEASE message me if you do, I'd love to hear about which combos work best...) :)

RIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOnXe8ttmjY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8yBN5KjZN0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQjfw2QI9Aw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEHnvqKFCOs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJPwfkosk60
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiLmDUXK2v4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplfiXGxrxA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH8wXWppvf8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ArHnc_4FL8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpYC6W1nu8o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smWzj-SXe9M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzmggUAqePY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1VUjwRPiJg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imfR5M9ZXBs

Food! This is much easier, and simpler, perhaps because food has less of a specific social component
(but what's up with the "bacon" zeitgeist?
UPDATE: the "bacon zeitgeist" has officially passed, and we have now apparently entered the "Cupcake Zeitgeist.").

Two words describe my food preferences: Heat (as in Scoville units), and Flavor. Combinations of the two are best, but each one should be present in something awesome, be it meat-ridden, or vegan.
The six things I could never do without
Creativity
Critical thinking
Curiosity
Compassion
Commonality
Cuisine
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The inevitable collapse, and how to prepare
musical instruments of all shapes and sizes
income inequality, and the relative political simplicity of ending it
the bleakness
companionship
missed opportunities, and how not to miss them in the future
On a typical Friday night I am
Sleeping earlier than most people
You should message me if
*** to all of you that "liked" me in the past couple of weeks/days/months: Please just send a message; I'm not a paying member, and I remember when you didn't have to be one to see who "liked" you***
Shame OKCupid, Shame...

You like mellow people that get animated at the prospect of shared interests, beliefs, and whatnot.

Oh and also if you wanna escape to Cape Breton. (or perhaps Kamloops?)

Oh yeah, if you ARE from Cape Breton or Kamloops.
No really, I'm serious. Totally fucking serious. :I
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