I used to have dreadlocks, hence them appearing in several of my photos. Wised up to cultural appropriation, now I don't have them. Check your privilege, cockwombles.
I'm non-monogamous/polyamorous. If you don't know, that means I have multiple intimate and romantic relationships, with the full knowledge & consent of everyone involved. To be honest, I've become a detached from the 'polyamory' label as time has progressed - I've found the community to be really lacking in intersectionality, and terrible at dealing with its abuse and racism issues. Especially as I actually lean very heavily towards relationship anarchy, it doesn't feel like such a good fit any more.
If you don't like the fact that I share my love, my life, and my bed with multiple, incredible people, then I suggest you shit off right about now.
I prefer open, honest and straightforward communication. This can come across as confrontational and uncompromising sometimes, especially as I am unfortunately prone to impatience. They're character flaws and I'm working on them, but I do try my best to be a reasonable human being despite them. They're also partially a result of my bipolar (the impatience definitely is), but you have to work with what you get.
Usually things I don't compromise on are the big stuff; respecting people of different races and genders; not supporting bigots and abusers; being aware of and taking ownership of your privilege; that sort of stuff.
Some of the labels that can be applied to help you get a handle on me are: bipolar, pansexual, polyamorous, geek, designer, techie, sadist, atheist, artisan, intersectional feminist, writer, ethicist and anarchist.
I'm an all-round techie geek, and I love my gadgets. Also science. Because science is fucking cool. So I spend what time I can playing with gadgets and finding cool science to learn about.
I'm also a creative bugger across a lot of different media. I've made videos; written articles for a couple of magazines and published a lot on my blog; edited a website for a couple of years; done a lot of painting, sculpture and photography; I took up taxidermy a few years back, and have also worked with leather, metal, wood - all kinds of things.
I post my creativity on my website at http://thebobbu.com
I love me some video games, reading and LARP whenever I get the chance. Which is not often, annoyingly; even though fantastical worlds are some of my favourite places to spend time - the people in them are much easier to deal with. I do get to listen to short fiction podcasts reasonably regularly. though. The Escape Artists selection are really good genre fiction podcasts, I can highly recommend them.
I used to smoke a pipe, I used to drink a lot, I used to go out a lot, I used to take drugs; I used to be much more brash and blustery. These days I don't smoke, do drugs or drink as it makes my bipolar more difficult to manage. I am much more reserved and thoughtful nowadays. Still a mad bastard with a penchant for daft ideas, I just prefer chilled out ideas I can do at home.
Accidentally acquiring pets. I have managed to take on a number of reptiles over the years, mostly as last minute rescues or impulsive Gumtree purchases to give the wee buggers a good home. I currently have two different terrapins (Mississippi map turtle and a yellow bellied slider) a bearded dragon, a crested gecko, a corn snake, a boa constrictor, and a whites tree frog. They are my family and I loves them.
When it comes to movies I like a well put together action movie, such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Pacific Rim, or Dredd. I also love indie movies with some dark depths to them - Perfect Sense, Code 42 and Franklyn to name a few of my favourite British ones. Plain old weird stuff like Bunny and the Bull or A Fantastic Fear of Everything are always good. Wes Anderson is a legend, as is Guillermo Del Toro. Basically, I like Good Movies, and have a soft spot for Fun Movies. Ask me if you aren't sure about the difference.
For TV I have similar tendencies as I do with movies. Farscape is one of my all-time favourite SF shows. Love me some Game of Thrones, and Penny Dreadful was excellent. I thoroughly enjoy a good cartoon, so Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Avatar, Archer, Venture Brothers, Rick and Morty and Code Monkeys are all great watching for me.
Music-wise my taste is best described by the Bill Hicks quote 'Play from your fucking heart!' At the moment I am listening to a playlist on Spotify I created called 'Folk off, folk-face', including such bands as Show of Hands, Steeleye Span, Lindsey Stirling, 3 Daft Monkeys, and Blackbeards Tea Party. Other playlists include my comedy playlist, which consists of things like Professor Elemental, The Beards, Tim Minchin, Bil Bailey, Garfunkel and Oates and Jonathan Coulton.
Though my formative years were rock, grunge, punk and metal (especially nu-metal), so I will always enjoy a good bit of Nirvana, Korn, The Distillers, Rage Against The Machine and bands of that ilk.
I like most food, though I tend to lean towards a vegetarian diet as much as I can; try to be an ethical eater, though sometimes lack the motivation to give enough of a shit.
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