Hello, ladies. Look at your man. Then back to me. Sadly, I am not Isaiah Mustafa. But if he were here with us he could probably enjoy intelligent and clever internet humor like me.
Teachers from across my entire youth set out to make math and science shine, and I lapped it all up. Nowadays, I'm learning that there's more to our existence than that happy, technocratic, progressive dream---but the light of insight still inspires.
Every day, every bit of travel, every person, every puzzle... they all can send me into deep thought into how the systems of this bittersweet world work.
And they do so---unless I'm gripped by music, a movie, a book, a game, a charismatic comedian, a fascinating professional, a damsel in distress, a friend in need, or workplace banter on a fun job.
I'm a fermata. Hold me.
Will be sad to lose its good features, but am very much looking forward to getting out of Pittsburgh.
What I'm doing with my life
Any economy out there still based on fossil fuels better watch its back when I'm around. Its days are numbered. Same with societies based on manipulative marketing.
Or plutocracy and white-collar crime.
Or autocracy and kleptocracy.
... I will always need a mission to be happy.
But as long as there is one, let's relax from it with singing, making music, making music in small groups, making music in big groups, gaming, multiplayer gaming, pick-up team sports, stand-up comedy, cooking, making our own pizza, learning chemistry, listening to TED talks and someday giving one, dancing, having fun with outfits and clothes, gardening, reading books and talking about them, taking in some occasional nature, taking in some occasional travel, and playing with small children.
I'm really good at
Comforting everyone in the room with a smoothly modulated deep voice speaking the "President's" English. (As opposed to the Queen's English #dontexplainthejoke. And now I can't even use that quip because we have Donald Trump.)
I can fix computers. And teach.
Six things I could never do without
Systems thinking (how does this work, what's wrong with it, how could it be made better...)
That "tactile" feedback of doing something masterfully (video games, playing an instrument, designing a document, dancing, singing, crafting something, explaining something to someone...)
Some money ; ) for nice domestic things like refrigeration and health insurance
The most private thing I'm willing to admit
I fell in love with a man, once. He was adorable, gentle, touching, humble, funny, charismatic, intellectual, sweet-hearted, and sensitive.
But boy am I tired of always finding such touching personalities in male packages!
And even those have been rare lately!
On a typical Friday night I am
Work. Movie. Restaurant. Working out. Shopping for something specific. Board/table/party games. Reading. Crashed at home looking things up on tvtropes.
Making you dinner. Giving you a massage.
You should message me if
...also laugh or smile at the kind of stuff in my Other Photos section.
...like 'em tall, smart, sensitive, and stable.
...keep drugs out of your life.
...make fitness part of your life, or want to.
...Plinkett also changed your life with his Star Wars Prequel reviews. Or you gave two thumbs up to Zero Punctuation's golden classics (I know he's hit or miss these days).
Pets: dogs and cats are both great places to visit but I wouldn't want to live there. Oh and horses are great, too.
Kids: I'm a late bloomer and don't have enough relationship experience to settle down and start a family, so I'm not looking for that yet. (Though I don't want to be a generation late, like my own parents were.)
Sex: Vanilla, gentle.
I'll try to keep it to the ones that changed my life. (So far. Many more to come, I trust.)
Cryptonomicon (by Neal Stephenson); Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (by Barbara Kingsolver); The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason (by Sam Harris); The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (by James Gleick); Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (by James W. Loewen); How We Got To Now (by Steven Johnson) and, similarly, The Origins of the Modern World: A Global and Ecological Narrative from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-first Century (by Robert Marks)
Boy there are many that hold the keys to my heart, or soul, or inner child or something. Many are now recognized as guilty pleasures, with elements that i know are shameful or terrible, heh.
Special mentions go to:
The Hunt For Red October; Hot Fuzz; The Incredibles; Die Hard; The King's Speech
But there's always:
Star Wars; Empire Strikes Back; Return of the Jedi; Lethal Weapon 1, 2, and 3; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Temple of Doom; Last Crusade; The Matrix; Boondock Saints; Shaun of the Dead; Ratatouille; Wall-E; Up; Cars; Mask of Zorro; Ocean's 11; The Fugitive (I even like the sequel, U.S. Marshals); Black Dynamite; Wreck-It Ralph; The Negotiator; Fellowship of the Ring; Two Towers; Return of the King; Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3; Charlie Wilson's War; Gone in 60 Seconds (shame); Charade; Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl; Inception; Mission Impossible; Ronin; Leon the Professional; Heat; Zootopia; Thank You For Smoking; Inside Man... letting this get too long. You get the idea. Try me.
Have been waiting very patiently (since my first age-peer friend mentioned watching something consistently, which happened to be Scrubs) to have someone to snuggle up on the couch with, because otherwise TV seems like a dangerously huge time commitment. Can't wait to see Breaking Bad, for instance.
Enjoyed Community and Venture Brothers when I had roommates who were watching them.
Oh and Daily Show... miss you, Jon Stewart...
I grew up on (and love) classical music. Rachmaninoff's piano concerto #2 is a gorgeous example.
But my homegrown interest is film soundtracks (and game soundtracks). Nothing beats John Williams' themes or atmospheric/mood sections, or Jeremy Soule and his Elder Scrolls Oblivion stuff.
But I party too. Cee Lo's "Fuck You", Tenacious D, everything in the Rock Band games, Weird Al Yankovic, Pentatonix... who knows what else? So Call Me Maybe!
I love stone-church choral music, I love Gershwin, I love Simon & Garfunkel. I loved Avenue Q and "Hello!" from Book of Mormon. I had African drumming in high school and loved it. I love barbershop (as long as its subtle and clever and not trying too hard). Beatles music is genius.
Music is the only drug I will ever need.
Ok, maybe sex, too.
Grew up on so many, including so many wholesome ones. Carmen Sandiego? Learning Company? The Incredible Machine?
Meanwhile, will be happy to keep on with the Zelda games (haven't been able to play Skyward Sword yet, let alone BotW), and looking forward to the next multiplayer home runs in the same vein as Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead.
If I can ever take a breath from all the work I'm doing, and can afford a better computer, I'll happily catch up on one drug: Bioware games. Oh and the Civilization series. And the Anno series.
Also, table/party/board games can be the shit! I'm especially a sucker for social discovery games. Except Cards Against Humanity---loved it the first time, played it once or twice after that, and now it's just too vulgar and unfunny. Play Joking Hazard instead. And Concept, Codenames, Anomia... even good old Scattergories.
I love meat but hate CAFO's, and I love sugar, fat, and salt, but I also love what I've learned about the physiology of our metabolism. So I'm definitely a "health-itarian", shooting for ecologically conscientious, life-improving food... and as Michael Pollan says, "mostly plants"! And, what do you know, it always ends up being delicious anyway.
Fast food can eat a dick. Unfortunately, even "normal" restaurants are feeding us the factory food that comes on Sysco trucks and the like. I happily eat at those either while being social or even just treating myself when I'm too tired or too triumphant to cook, but I try to hook up with the local/sustainable/conscientious food system whenever possible. I have a crockpot, rice cooker, and now, a bread machine. Hot damn.
Now that I think of it, TED talks of course!
Ken Robinson's "Do schools kill creativity?". "What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?" by Nick Bostrom. "What explains the rise of humans?" by Yuval Noah Harari. Al Vernacchio's "Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one..."