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My self-summary
Oh, hey, it's a new profile... Now featuring ~39% less rambling, blathering, and bullshit!

I have a bit of a dirty mouth; if you can't deal with that, now would be a good time to GTFO.

I have a confession to make. My name is Alex, and I'm... long-winded.

However, I'm going to avoid that quality in this profile update. Maybe. We'll see.

So I'm a fairly interesting specimen of the early-30's human male in its natural environment. I'm generally pretty observant and engaging, though I need time to get wrapped up in my own thoughts as well. I appreciate nuance and subtlety. I'm skeptical and irreverent. I'm also pretty hilarious, I think. Your mileage may vary. Night owl. Metalhead. Film buff. Conspiracy realist. Highway star. Apocalypse dude. Sex machine.

I am in a non-monogamous relationship with (and live with) No-Pants-Dance. So I'm not available to be anyone's main squeeze, but I am open to and interested in dating. I'd enjoy getting to know someone new as a romantic partner or friend with benefits; if things end up platonic, that is cool, too, though not my primary motivation for being on here. I am open to casual things, as well as those that develop more seriously over time; in either case I am much more interested in enduring connections than fleeting experiences. I also try to bring care and consideration to even the most casual of interactions and put a high premium on communication.

Sometimes I play Quickmatch... What can I say, clicking things is fun. If I rated you highly, please accept my most superficial compliments (You seem cool and/or have a great face!). Or say "hello" if you feel the urge.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm still in the process of figuring out what I REALLY want to do with myself, but I'm taking classes in pursuit of a Masters in history, because it's something I enjoy and am pretty good at.

Also spending time with my partners and friends, seeking out occasional mischief and hijinks, and immersing myself in as much media (audio/video/text), for entertainment, education, and enlightenment, as I can manage.

Also staying up too late.
I’m really good at
I'd like to think that I'm a good listener and writer. I can remember the hell out of trivial details. Find the absurdity and levity in most situations. I can swear like a bastard and turn most conversations pervy. Navigate. Like, a car, not a frigate or whatever. I am good at seeing different perspectives and playing devil's advocate. And word games.
The first things people usually notice about me
Long hair? Diabolic (yet endearing) grin? I dunno, you tell me.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In keeping with my plan to avoid long-windedness, I'm going stick mostly with genres/subgenres/subjects instead of specifics. Suffice it to say, within the following categories, my taste is just plain fantastic and these are good topics to talk with me about. That doesn't apply so much to food; I don't have particularly good taste in food and don't know enough to talk about it in great depth.

75-80% non-fiction these days, between school and my own interests. That generally means a lot of history, politics, journalism, some biographies... I read a lot about 20th century politics, the Cold War, the national security state, covert operations, organized crime, political crime, organized political crime, civil liberties, foreign policy, geopolitics... Deep politics, para-politics, drug politics, terror politics, vast right-wing conspiracies (no, not THAT one). Capitalism and oligarchy. Domestic spying and political disruption, private intelligence networks, mind-control, propaganda and disinformation. Drug running, gun running, money laundering. The Assassinations (JFK/MLK/RFK), Watergate, and other coups. The China Lobby, the French connection, the Vietnam War, Koreagate, Iran-Contra. The Nazi diaspora, the Fascist International, the World Anti-Communist League.

I also like film and music biographies, criticism, what-have-you.

For fiction, I am especially into many different types of crime and suspense (Rex Stout, James Ellroy, Mario Puzo, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Johnathan Kellerman, A.C. Doyle). I enjoy horror fiction (H.P. Lovecraft, Richard Matheson), and occasionally some sci-fi and fantasy. Literary/non-genre fiction is not off the table, but not a priority.

I like movies that are, in one way or another, sensational, gripping, or exciting, which usually means genre films (Horror, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, War, Western, Sexploitation, etc.), though occasionally a good drama or something along art-house lines will catch my interest. I'm really into films of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, so I watch a lot more at home than in the theater, though my tastes are more recent when it comes to comedies. Some of my favorite filmmakers are David Cronenberg, Mario Bava, Alfred Hitchcock, Lucio Fulci, John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Dario Argento, Jess Franco, Roger Corman, Kinji Fukusaku, Paul Naschy, Quentin Tarantino... I'm also a Will Ferrell fan.

I lean more towards comedy with shows. Current: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, Archer, Peep Show, Bob's Burgers, Parks and Rec., Wilfred; Past: Mr. Show, Seinfeld, Fawlty Towers, Reno 911!, Party Down. I do get into some more dramatic/thrilling stuff as well, like Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Columbo, Star Trek (TOS), Weeds, OitNB, and The Rockford Files.

I also listen to lots of Black Op Radio and Mae Brussell (Dialogue Conspiracy/World Watchers International).

Heavy Metal (Is The Law), Thrash/Speed Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal, Power Metal, Hard Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Industrial/EBM... I also dabble in Prog, Pop, and film scores.

I'm a bit picky, and not a foodie. Pizza and cereal are important. I appreciate a nice steak, a good burrito, a hearty chili (medium heat), buffalo chicken (ranch not bleu), taters precious, bacon cheeseburgers, fresh fruit, pasta, garlic lovers hummus... Ice cream! I drink too much Dr Pepper. When I drink beer, Bass Ale is my standby, though I like to try different things.

I think this should be included in this section. I've always been a big Scrabble fan, and my Words With Friends addiction is growing. I haven't had a chance to play Trivial Pursuit or Risk in awhile, so I'm definitely interested if you want to challenge me at either. My video game playing has dropped off drastically with my return to school, but I have spent my share of time with all generations from NES to PS3. Series: Contra, GTA, Assassin's Creed. Also tower defense games like PixelJunk Monsters and Comet Crash.
Six things I could never do without
Six cats. The two here and at least four more in existence to propagate the species.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
For starters, all the political/historical/social issues I mentioned with regards to my non-fiction reading. My next meal. Something I read or watched. People I've seen recently and others I haven't. The evolution of various genres of film, music, fiction. Taxonomy. The psychology and politics of aesthetics, art, and entertainment. Building better habits. Things I'd like to write about. Things I'm learning about. Things I don't understand at all. Things in the night.

I think a lot about making out and getting sexy.
On a typical Friday night I am
There's a good chance I'm reading and singing Judas Priest to my cats (or possibly some King Diamond). Or unwinding with one of my girlfriends, some takeout, and a funny movie. I do also get out and about when the destination is right, such as some worthwhile show (music, burlesque, comedy) or a decadent meal of some kind, though I'm not overly concerned whether those sorts of things fall on a Friday or not.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Well, I was pretty candid in answering the match questions, so if you're looking for something juicy (and really, who isn't??), you might try looking there.

I might be judging you a little bit if: you think this section is an oxymoron (reading comprehension makes me hot), or you are more offended by flag burning than book burning. Just a little bit though. I might be judging you a lot if you think the earth is bigger than the sun.
You should message me if
You think you would like to know me.
The two of us