J-Parm
29 Portland, United States
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My self-summary
Graduate of Reed College, religion major (distinct from a major religion; at present I only have a handful of worshippers). Presently taking some courses at PSU and getting ready for law school.

Pretty stereotypical Portlander/Reed alumnus: I'm intellectually curious, politically left-wing with a touch of anarchist/left-libertarian, have been known to indulge in the occasional substance (though I stay away from the really hard ones, as the idea of being addicted to things disconcerts me), generally more stressed out than is strictly necessary. A bit verbose, if that wasn't already apparent. I have the most amazing plush shark and whale that you will ever have the privilege of meeting. I think joie de vivre is an important and intensely appealing quality.

I fire dance from time to time. I spin poi, whip and meteor. I'm kinda mediocre with the former, and don't actually burn with them much these days (though I do love my podpoi). I'm pretty good with the latter two, and can do a lot of things that nobody else seems to do with whip. I'm always happy to meet more fire spinners around Portland and the surrounding environs.

Regarding my relationship status: polyamorous by inclination, currently casually involved with people but not embroiled in anything more committed.
What I’m doing with my life
THE LAW.

Finishing a second BA, getting into the law school application process. I'm interested in a lot of areas of science and technology law (intellectual property, speech and surveillance online, etc.), but beyond that I'm not all that sure what area I want to practice in. Doing part-time archival work for a library to pay the bills. Picking myself up and dusting myself off after being sick for a long time. Plotting world-domination.
I’m really good at
I'm fluent in the language of carnivorous eggplants, and I know a hawk from a handsaw under virtually all weather conditions.

I won a pancake-eating contest, once upon a time. I'm told I spin fire pretty well. I have an exceptionally good memory. On occasion, I even lift. I have a real knack for being too clever for my own good, and outsmarting myself in not-usually-helpful ways.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I use "Deviant(s)" as a term of endearment. Occasionally "Disco Deviants," if I'm in particularly good company.

That I'm not entirely here. Where I am, I'm not sure. Perhaps my mind is floating free in the ether, or something no less obnoxiously Neoplatonic. I'm open to suggestions as to where I am. I have been known to gesticulate on occasion, and also to wear funny hats.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
(Books) Foucault's Pendulum (Eco), Sometimes a Great Notion (Kesey), The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner), Brave New World (Huxley), The Scar (Mieville), The Illuminatus! Trilogy (Wilson & Shea), Annihilation (Vandermeer), Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf).
Other favorite authors include: Vladimir Nabokov, H.P. Lovecraft, Joan Didion, John Steinbeck, Warren Ellis, Jorge Luis Borges, James Joyce, Andrew Hussie, Philip Pullman, Pseudo-Dionysius, Zhuangzi.

(Movies) Lawrence of Arabia, Trainspotting, Wild Zero (the greatest Japanese zombie rock opera ever made), The Big Lebowski, Black Swan, Silence of the Lambs, Videodrome.

(Television) I don't watch much TV, but not in a holier than thou sort of way. Umm...Cowboy Bebop, Freaks and Geeks, Community, Battlestar Galactica.

(Music) Leonard Cohen, Shpongle (really anything involving Simon Posford), Epica, Yuki Kajiura, Nightwish, Warren Zevon, Massive Attack, Carl Orff, Juno Reactor, Broken Bells, David Bowie, Dr. Steel, Ennio Morricone, The Pogues, Jason Webley, Queen, RJD2. A lot of different things, but especially psytrance, symphonic meta, Celtic punk, and various eclectic classic rock.

(Food) Indian, Thai, Lebanese and other Middle Eastern, gloriously greasy diner food at 2 AM. (It's always 2 AM somewhere.)
The six things I could never do without
Six is an arbitrary number, and I'll spare you the usual cracks about the necessity of air:

People. Both in the sense of close friends, and the random crowds of acquaintances that filter in and out of my life. I really like and need human contact and affection.
Books. Light of my life, fire of my loins (papercuts have never been more terrifying), my sin, my soul. Including but not limited to the one I just paraphrased. For better or worse, they own my life.
Hope, both hope for myself, and for the ability of the human race to improve and/or transcend itself. I don't believe in an afterlife, reincarnation, etc. Transhumanism is about as close as I come to religious belief.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Premillennial Dispensationalism!

Many things. I spend a lot of time in my own head. And other people's heads, as it were. I used to do a lot of grandiose speculating on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, but these days I try to keep my topics a bit narrower, if only because it's so hard to come to any interesting or original conclusions about the bigger things. Still, I can't help but come up with the occasional General Theory of Everything, and "Head in the clouds, body in a bucket" fits me pretty well as far as descriptions go. I spend a lot of time thinking about the end of the world, and about people who spend a lot of time thinking about the end of the world. Oh, and sex, but you doubtless assumed that.
On a typical Friday night I am
Partying or otherwise hanging out with people, usually. I go a little crazy if I don't get my people fix. Peradventure I'm sitting in my room, grinning maniacally, gesturing messianically, and listening to 'O Fortuna,' 'Tribute,' 'The Last Crusade,' or the like (because most music just isn't earth-shattering enough).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Once, when I was in middle school, I awoke from a dream crying out "Oh Marmalade Tea, your lips are so juicy!" I've never been wholly certain what to make of this.
You should message me if
Something I say here really catches your interest. You think everything is important all the time, and find life and the world really damned interesting. You think I'm a veritable latter-day James Bond with an order of Plasocristotle on the side.

I'm open to mind-to-mind contact over the internet, meeting on platonic or amorous grounds in person, you name it. I like meeting and talking to people. Sate my craving for novelty?
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