An excellent character --
-- A great wit/Humor
-- Being who you are
-- Being madly in love with me
So, let's have a chat and see how things evolve as we get to know each other. As for me, I am friendly, but bookish. Also I have ZERO interest in hook-ups!
I am interested in: Books. Films. Animated shorts. Anime. Art. Museums. Tea. Playing board games. Travel. Cooking. SIFF. Dance. Physics. Astronomy, Dance!. I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE to read (especially in the morning when it is overcast and misty outside), watch/study/talk about films/books/science and sustainability, silhouette puppetry & animation/anime,illustration,table top gaming, PAX, photography (mostly b&w), swimming, tai chi, taking walks, travel, playing mahjong and i-Go, think/research/talk about cool science-y things (especially how things/brain/people work, various life sciences, bioengineering/sistainability, and space), learn languages, and travel. I love art in nature and in spirit, as well as in design.
I like a lot of artists of different mediums. (Museums) rule. PLEASE support your local libraries and museums - these are precious sanctuaries.
Oh, and I LOVE Bizarre Celebrations.
Currently I am continuing an ongoing love affair with film history and how it relates to and sometimes defines or is defined by the era it exists in. I am extremely interested in art history and well just history in general. I also enjoy various Chinese and Japanese arts, literature, music film and politics (although most of this interest is in the ancient world).
Also, I really love design (sustainability, video games, world building - they all interest me) and wish I knew how to turn it into a feasible career for me. I know the answers to this are obvious, but they just don't quite fit my heart.
While my work doesn't define me, I do enjoy it because it makes a difference in others lives.
Classical: Ralph Vaughn Williams , Antonín Leopold Dvořák, Eduard Tubin, Johann Sebastian Bach, cello & violin, Frédéric Chopin, Ravel.
Soundtracks: I listen to an obscene about of video game and film soundtracks. Seriously, I can't get enough of them and has literally been a reason to watch or play my new favourite games or films (OSTs were my gateway drug into Indie gaming, which is now a HUGE part of my life. It's how I first found Cave Story, Braid, Bastion, and my most beloved Journey). Austin Wintory, Darren Korb, Inon Zur, Jeremy Soule, Jesper Kyd, Neal Acree, Nobuo Uematsu, Mitsuda Yasunori, and countless others have a very special place in my heart for their work - Elder Scrolls/Guild Wars OSTs, Shadow of Colossus/ico, Fate OST, Okami, anything by BioWare, Xenogears , Red Dear Redemption, WOW ost, ... This list goes for ages. For films: Le Double Vie de Véronique , The Game of Thrones, The Last Unicorn, Seirei no Moribito, Juuni Kokki, Kalafina, Pride & Prejudice, Little Women, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain , Yann Tiersen (official), Crazy, Stupid, Love. Chloe (Raised by Swans), Ennio Morricone, Nobuo Uematsu!, Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Other favourites: The Acorns, Alela Diane, Amanda Palmer/The Dresden Dolls, american analog set, Animal Collective, Fiona Apple, At the Drive-In, Belle & Sebastian, Björk, Boards Of Canada, David Bowie (Official), Broken bells, Carla Bruni, Neko Case, Chairlift, Chase & Status, CHVCHES, City & Colour, Cole Porter, Deamau5, Dead Meadow, The Decemberists, Julie Delpy, Dubstep, Duran Duran, Edith Piaf, Electric 6, Fleetwood Mac, Glitterbang!, Grimes, HAERTS, Imogen Heap, Joy Division/New Order, Kasvinsky, Kokia, Lady Gaga, L'Amour La Morgue, La Roux, Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley, John Coltrane, Molly Lewis, Lux, Magic Wands, Magnetic Man, Marina and the Diamonds, The Mars Volta, Mazzy Star, M83, Metric, The Middle East, Miike Snow, Mr. Little Jeans, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nina Simone, Oasis, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Origa, Parov Stelar, Passion Pit, The Passions, Polica, port-royal , Postiljonen, Purity Ring, Raised by Swans, The Real Tuesday Weld, R.E.M., Sarah Slean, Scissor Sisters, S.H.E., The Shins, Sneaker Pimps, Soundgarden, Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, Sunset Rubdown, Talking Heads, Thelonious Monk, Mike Tompkins, TV On The Radio, Ulrich Schnauss, Vector Lovers, Vincent Vallières, Washed Out , The XX, Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Karen O, Yppah!, Yo La Tengo, Zoë Keating. My Project Playlist
My Favorite TV Shows: Dr. Who, Eureka, Community, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Coupling, Once Upon A Time, Warehouse 13, Archer , Firefly, BBC, PBS, CBC. ARIA, Yokohama Kaidashi K, Shinsekai Yori, Juuni Kokki, Mushishi, Seirei no Moribito, Revolutionary Girl Utena.
For favourite anime/manga
My Favorite Movies*: White Nights , Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice (I'm a sucker for most PBS/BBC novel adaptations of things), Much Ado About Nothing (both Whedon's and Branagh's); Joe vs the Volcano; Before Sunrise/Sunset, Tokyo Story, Ikiru, Le Notti Bianche , Le Trois Colours: Blue, Red, White Trilogy, La Double Vie de Véronique, Harry Potter (esp. 3/6/7), The Hours, HUGO; Crazy, Stupid, Love.; Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, Fairy Tale Theatre, Spirited Away, The Last Unicorn, Twelve Months, Wild Swans, Little Mermaid (Star Maker, not Disney), The Sea Prince & the Fire Child , Little Women, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, Lost in Translation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Women (1939), Serenity. Studio Ghibli: Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Akira, Okuribito (Departures), Tokyo Godfathers, The Taste of Tea, Sasameyuki (The Makioka Sisters), Kwaidan (怪談 a.k.a. Kaidan). Most Japanese and older European films. Also, if Focus Features made it, I probably loved it. Angels in America, Annie Hall, The Artist, L' Avventura, Audition, Babel, Blood Diamond, CHLOE, Citizen Kane, Closer, Dreams, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Exotica, Fern Gully, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Garden State, GattacA, The Golden Compass, Hamlet, Hanami/Kirschblüten/Cherry Blossoms (Doris Dörrie), I Heart Huckabees, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Quentin Tarantino, Labyrinth, The Last Samurai, The Last Unicorn, Late Spring, Love Actually, The Man Who Planted Trees , Midnight In Paris, MirrorMask, The Muppets, My Name Is Khan, Never Let Me Go, Orlando, Pan's Labyrinth, Persepolis, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Princess Bride, Scoop, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Seventh Seal, The Story of Saiunkoku, Saawariya, Secretary, Seven Samurai, Shrek, Sound of the Mountain, Stranger than Fiction, The Sweet Hereafter, Tangled, To Rome With Love, Up, Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes)/Vanilla Sky, A Very Potter Musical, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Walk on Water, Waking Life, What Dreams May Come, Where the Wild Things Are.
*Directors (if they made it I probably love it, even if it isn’t on the list above): Miyazaki Hayao, Kunio Katô, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Atom Egoyan,Yasujirō Ozu, Lotte Reiniger, Ingmar Bergman, Kurosawa Akira, Satoshi Kon, Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Ichikawa Kon, Richard Linklater, David Yates, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Zach Helm, Luchino Visconti, Alain Resnais, Michelangelo Antonioni, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Imamura, Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes, The Face of Another), Kinji Fukasaku (Yakuza Papers, Battle Royale).
My Favorite Video Games: The Last of Us, O-kami, XenoGears, Elder Scrolls series (esp. Skyrim/Oblivion), ChronoTrigger/Cross, Portal, BioShock, Dragon Age series, Mass Effect series, Assassin's Creed 2 (wonderful mechanics), Final Fantasy series (Tactics <3 Cefka <3), Secret/Legend of Mana/Evermore series, Battle of Olympus, Lunar: Silver Star Story, Legend of Zelda/Link, Baulder's Gate series (anything out out by Bioware really). I mostly like/play a great deal of indie games and puzzlers.
My Favorite Tabletop/Board/Card Games: Dominion, Innovation, MTG, Ticket to Ride, Timeline, Nuts!, Bang!, Shadow Hunters, Power Grid, i-Go, Mahjong, Cards Against Humanity, "Historical" board games like: Settlers of Catan , Puerto Rico, Agricola, Kingsburg, Carcassonne, Seven Wonders; ecoFluxx, Monty Python Fluxx, Word Thief, Asmadi Games (We didn't playtest this at all!), Arkham Horror, Munchkin, Citadels, Aye! Dark Overlord, Gloom, Once Upon A Time, Phase 10. Actually this well has no bottom…
Food: Fish. Kale. Rice Pilaf. Chinese (esp. Northern style, jook/congee, sichuanese, Shanghainese), French, Japanese, Indian, and Ethiopian cuisine. I like to cook as well.
My Favorite Books/Authors: Peter S. Beagle (The InnKeeper's Song & its world + his short stories are my favourite of his works), Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Shaun Tan, Kawabata Yasunari, William Shakespeare, Jane Eyre (Brontë), Ursula K. Le Guin, Murakami Haruki, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Audrey Niffenegger, Dianna Wynne Jones, Shirley Jackson, Little Women (Alcott), David Mitchell, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Ray Bradbury, PKD, Robert Heinlein, Japanese literature & Chinese classics, Madeline L'Engle, Edward Gorey, T.S. Eliot , citizen erased, Cao Xueqin, Nietzsche, Virginia Wolfe, Amy Tan, James Morrow, Jonathan Evison, James P. Othmer. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Neverending Story ~ Michael Ende, The Night Circus ~ Erin Morgenstern (mixed impressions), Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory, Perfume ~ Patrick Süskind, The Things They Carried ~ Tim O’Brien, Hiroshima Mon Amour ~ Marguerite Duras, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Hours (Cunningham), poetry, Assyrian legends, European/Japanese/Chinese folk/fairy tales & mythology from everywhere. Also a big fan of lesser contemporary Japanese writers and Chinese classics. More on books here Lots of sci-fi/fantasy collections.
My Favorite Artists: Remedios Varo, Shaun Tan, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer, Pieter Claesz, Leonardo da Vinci, Odilon Redon, William Degouve de Nuncques, Berthe Morisot, Toshiko Takaezu, Leonora Carrington, René Magritte, Henri Edmond Cross, Jan Steen, Willem Claeszoon-Heda, Mary Cassatt, Maurice Denis, Edmund Dulac, William M. Timlin, Franz Hals, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Pieter Janssens Elinga, Rembrandt, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Bilibine Navarre, Eugène Anatole Carrière, Jean-François Millet, Honoré Daumier, Paul-Albert Besnard, Émile-René Ménard, Carravaggio, Titian. Photographers: Michael Kenna, Rodney Smith Clarence J. Laughlin, Jerry Uelsmann, Duane Michals, Kimberly Gremillion. Symbolism, Impressionist, Fauvism, Nabis, Dutch Golden Age and Utrecht School , Surrealism, steam punk. I also enjoy illustration a GREAT deal and collect various illustrators.
Illustrators: Charles Vess, Shaun Tan, Arthur Rackham, Frédéric Back, Edmund Dulac, Lisa Evans, Lotte Reiniger, Yuriy Norshteyn, Aleksandr Petrov, Jean Giono, William M. Timlin, Michel Ocelot, Errol Le Cain, Warwick Goble, Kay Nielsen, Anton Pieck, Gustave Doré, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Sulamith wolfing, Frank C. Pape Ivan, John Bauer, Theodor Kittelsen, Scott Gustafson, Rentoul Outhwaite, Charles Robinson. Not to mention several favourites from Deviant Art. Actually - ask me about this one. It's a pretty passionate subject and I have been known to spend ridiculous amounts of money at Antiquated Book fairs for some of my findings.
My Favorite Animators: [a work in progress] Ben Hibon , Lotte Reineger , Michel Ocelot . Shigeru Tamura.
*Interesting media (film, books, music)/Studio Ghibli
* A room of one's own with cats (space to myself when I need it/a thinking place - cat[s] mandatory)
* Great food
* A nice cup of tea
Dr. Who. Shakespeare, particularly Much Ado About Nothing (you'd be embarrassed to know how many productions of this I have seen or how long I can discuss it). Studio Ghibli. The film/anime I just watched/the book I'm reading/just finished. Some cool or interesting concept I've been recently exposed to. What I should read/watch next. Some design aspect of a video or board game I played or witnessed 'recently'. How to make cooler levels in Mario Maker. Other world building stuff, such as my next world building experiment. Wondering why I can't find anyone else to run Jane Austen or Murakami or other classic and modern literature campaigns with. Dreaming about how the mechanics would work in said campaigns. Oh! Time/Book traveling campaigns! ... How to best kill/avoid zombies. What I should cook for dinner (zombies need not apply, though I do enjoy the idea of a zombie that dreams of being a great chef). Languages, usually dead. Life, The Universe, and Everything. Space colonies and how they would actually work. Global solutions, solutions to energy sustainability, white/black holes, black & white cinema, what's happening out there in the Universe, what's going on with Voyager mission, cool/funny/fascinating science facts, Who we are, why we're here, what's really out there, space/the Universe, why those idiots thought taking Eureka/Firefly/any other awesome shows worth watching off the air would be a GOOD idea, how Trump could actually have been elected as our President (like legitimately. No seriously. How did that happen?), next research project at the library, how to be better at WOW/MTG, the zombie apocalypse, how much I love being a nerd/geek. What games to play next. Why there aren't more games like Shadow Hunters in the world.
* I LOVE the movie Joe vs The Volcano. It's seriously in my top 20 and I am often astonished that more people haven't seen it because it's so good.
* I learn up to three impossible things before breakfast.
* I'm in love with Carl Sagan, Jane Austen, and Nikola Tesla.
* My brother is my favourite person in the whole Universe. Literally. I checked.
1. You are a geek/nerd/dork who wants to have a real conversation.
144. You want to get together to play some games or watch anime.
1. You can chat endlessly about films, books, ideas, indie games, soundtracks, books, sci-fi/fantasy, or Jane Austen.
8. You want to talk about how animation is just as significant as film. Especially Studio Ghibli.
3. You have a new recipe you want to share with me (not a cheesy one, but an actual recipe). Alternatively, if you know how to cook delicious Indian, Iranian, Middle Eastern, or Chinese cuisine, I will happily be at your beck and call.
2. You think the word "integer" is sexy.
13. So is the Florence & the Machine album: Ceremonials.
5. You want to walk on the Sound and study mollusks with me.
55. You can turn into a library or bookshop (bonus points if you can do this at will!) or you used to be one (oh! So wise!) <3
34. You have a theory about the event horizon of a white or black hole.
89. There is this fantastic restaurant/dive you HAVE to take me to.
21. You prefer tea to coffee.
42. You admire the works of Ben Hibon & Lotte Reiniger.
In all seriousness though, if you liked what you read then I would probably like getting to know you. I can be a bit shy though, so please message me.