As far as paying the bills goes, I make maps. Or, more specifically, I drive around collecting and encoding the information that goes onto the maps. It's a pretty cool job. I get to travel a bunch, and play with fancy high-tech toys. I'm getting ready to go back to school for a related degree, but that's still a little ways off.
Beyond that, I'm a former community organizer, and I still have a great deal of passion for, and drive to do political work. At the moment though, I don't have anything particularly engaging me and commanding my energies and attentions. Keeping an eye open for the next cause to put my time into. Past campaigns include things like traveling around NY with a 15 foot tall wheelchair, becoming a city councilpersons mortal enemy, and making senior citizens in the Hamptons really really angry about Medicare.
Rules for Radicals changed my life.
Sounds: Instead of listing everything I like I will list a few things I have been listening to a lot lately:
Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Jam, early Style Council, assorted other soul revival stuff and it's various descendants.
Newish stuff from RTJ, The Mountain Goats, A Giant Dog, OMNI, Kendrick, Colleen Green, Screaming Females, Pile, New Pornos... y'know, The Zeitgeist.
Third-wave ska bands that I listened to in high school, and new music by people who were in those bands.
Also, a whole lot of NPR and Podcast stuff.
Moving Pictures: I watch a lot of Storage Wars and similar shows when I'm on the road. It's awful, but hypnotic. I like oddball comedies and heavily serialized, intricately plotted stuff. You know, your Arrested Developments and your Always Sunnys. Your Wires and your Breaking Bads.
I think I like the opening shot of The Player more than the opening from Touch of Evil to which it's a tribute.
Flavors: I have a mild obsession with finding the best pizza in New York. I've tried all of the classics (Tottonno's wins amongst them, though Patsy's in Harlem gets points for still serving slices), as well as as many of them fancy newfangled places as I can get to. I'm always looking to try more of them though. Also, since beverages are nominally 'food', I will mention here that I am a big craft beer snob and love tracking down and trying cool new things.
Especially schadenfreude. It's usually funny because it isn't me.
Baseball, Politics, and Rock and Roll.
The mechanics of Power.
Whether the owners of Kum Bowl Kitchen really understand what it is they own.
My reaction to mint is not unlike that of a vampire to garlic.
You know the song lyric I grabbed this username from.
I don't care what you think about the Oxford Comma; if you're the sort of person that properly uses semicolons in casual writing like texts and emails though, we ought to talk.