Upaya
49 Austin, United States
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My self-summary
This is the part where I use 'I' a lot.

I am an archeologist, amateur aerialist, reader, writer, cyclist.

I look and live much younger than my biological age. I am very responsible, but also goofy, shy, awkward (favorite word ever,) and have a healthy inner child.

When I win the lottery, I am going to hire Tim Burton to design a house with crooked architecture, secret passageways, and hallways that go nowhere.

I don't care much about money, but apparently other people do, so I'll just say that I earn more than I need, have no debt, and all of my vices are inexpensive, except for the occasional book buying binge.

Update: Just bought my first home! Walking distance to my office and to my favorite music venues downtown. I am pleased.

Music is my serotonin reuptake inhibitor.

Descriptors: Optimistic. Introverted. Stoic. Whimsically Humored. Meticulous. Awkward. Autoluminescent.

I'm kind of terrified and overwhelmed by the election.
What I’m doing with my life
Deciphering not-so-ancient archeological texts.
I’m really good at
Tackling daunting tasks.

Saying something unexpected.

Using present participles.
The first things people usually notice about me
Blue hair.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Music:

http://www.last.fm/user/Upaya5

I have eclectic taste in music. About the only genre I find irredeemably bad is contemporary country.

Lately I have been obsessed with No Wave and Free Jazz

Favorite band Sonic Youth
Rowland S Howard
Thurston Moore
Leonard Cohen
Tom Waits
Fisherspooner
David Bowie
Suicide
Alice Coltrane
Grace Jones
Eric Dolphy
Brian Eno
Patti Smith
Talk Normal
Sun Ra
Iggy Pop
The Stooges
Lou Reed
Foetus
JG Thirlwell
Sonny Sharrock
The Lounge Lizards
Neubaten
The Velvet Underground
Pussy Galore
The Residents
Gogol Bordello
Rufus Wainwright
Peaches
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
Balkan Beat Box

Authors:

Tom Spanbauer His book "In the City of Shy Hunters" is my Bible.
Amy Hempel
Shirley Jackson
Barry Hannah
Mark Richard
Padgett Powell
Frank Herbert
Junot Diaz
Carson McCullers
Eudora Welty
John Irving
Harry Crews

Movies:
Magnolia
Eternal Sunshine
Everything is Illuminated
Fight Club
Santa Sangre
Bronson
Wings of Desire
Moulin Rouge
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Velvet Goldmine
Boyhood

David Lynch
John Waters
Hal Hartley
Wes Anderson
Charlie Kaufman
The Coen Brothers
Terry Gilliam

TV: I don't watch much TV, but I own everything Joss Wedon has done and watch his shows with religious fervor.
Battlefrackingstar Galatica. Venture Brothers.

Holy shit, True Detective!

Art:

Francis Bacon
Soutine
Dada
asobase kotoba
Warhol
negation
amor fati
I spend a lot of time thinking about
On a windless day, how many helium balloons would I need to attach to my body to enable me to jump 50 feet into the air, and then float safely to the ground.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I do not eat vegetables, condiments or sauces. These are borderline phobias for me. I'm ok if you eat them, but I may have to occasionally avert my eyes.

When I was about eight years old a teacher told my class that, on average, a human being would take 13 million breaths before dying. Of course to my eight year old mind this meant that I had better start breathing slower, or better yet, hold my breath as long as I could, as often as I could. I know better now, but still secretly enjoy holding my breath in hope of extended life.
You should message me if
If you want to sit around and listen to vinyl, watch weird movies (or not so weird movies,) or get coffee and talk for hours.
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