VegBenMusician
31 Pittsburgh, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a very positive vegetarian singer-songwriter and pianist who believes that problems can be solved. I also write (humorous and/or socially-relevant sci-fi fantasy, as well as poetry), though that's taking a back seat to music for now. I am very positive and often silly.

I love fresh air and sunshine. Excuses to wander are welcome.

I don't have any, but I care a lot about animals. (Humans included.)
What I’m doing with my life
Saving the world! But to save the world, we must first learn how to master ourselves... and frankly, that's the hard part.

In a more immediate sense, I'm a web designer, musician, and writer, among other things. Piano and voice are my instruments of choice most of the time. My preferred means of addressing social issues is through stories which expand people's hearts a few sizes, Grinch-style. Most of us have some Grinchiness left in us somewhere. Humor and beauty or both powerful when wielded for good.
I’m really good at
staying positive, caring, listening without judgment, making people laugh. Also, I would venture: songwriting, piano improvisation. ...I make some quite solid vegan/vegetarian seitan buffalo wings, too.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'd guess my positivity, sense of humor, and, um, dashing good looks?

I've also had a lot of people notice my dimples when I smile, especially when I shave my goatee. (There's some pictures of what I look like without, by the way, if you're curious.)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books include the Children of the Star trilogy and Enchantress from the Stars, both by Sylvia Loiuse Engdahl, and Terry Pratchett's wonderful Discworld series (I believe my favorite was The Fifth Elephant)... also a big fan of Good Omens, Terry Pratchett's collaboration with Neil Gaiman. So sad about Mr. Pratchett's passing, but man, what an inspiring fellow. Harry Potter of course, as well as Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. Oh, and the Veganomicon!

I love Miyazaki movies (especially Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, and Nausicaä in te Valley of the Wind)... and I don't think I've ever seen Spirited Away without first making veggie sushi. :) Kung Fu Hustle was pretty darn wonderful, and the nerdy side of me really, really appreciated Scott Pilgrim. Pixar movies like Wall-E and Up are extremely lovely. That said, while I don't like more violent stuff nearly as much, if you've seen both The Usual Suspects and Fight Club, then I have a terrible joke to tell you.

I don't watch TV a lot, but Firefly and Arrested Development are both good. I actually have watched more Japanese anime than
live action stuff... some of my favorites are/were (in no particular order) G-Gundam, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Yuki Yuna Is A Hero, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Tenchi In Tokyo, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, and the Gundam Wing movie Endless Waltz. And most things Miyazaki (as noted above).

Music includes the piano rock of Ben Folds, the uplifting folk-punk of Defiance, Ohio, the wonderful indie / chamber pop goodness of The Never and Lost in the Trees (and the Polyphonic Spree, too), sometimes some They Might Be Giants, Paul Simon / Simon and Garfunkel... I'm not sure what classical music specifically, but certainly some of it would count, too.

As far as food, other than my vegetarian-itude, I'm not particularly picky. Middle Eastern, Indian, Thai, American, Italian sometimes, Mexican, bubble tea, general food-type food... I also enjoy cooking. I tend towards experimentation, which usually doesn't end in disaster, but again, the Veganomicon is a wonderful cookbook.

I don't play games much anymore, but I used to really like RPGs, platformers, and sometimes shmups... Final Fantasy Tactics is one of my all-time favorites, as well as the first four entries in the Mega Man X series. Commander Keen, Jazz Jackrabbit, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Tyrian, Epic Pinball, Klonoa, and Armored Core all hold special places in my heart. I'm a heretic, insofar as I finished Final Fantasy 8 but not 7. Recently I've enjoyed Cave Story, Portal (if that counts as recent - great use of story), and Hydorah (though honestly, I wish it had an option for unlimited saves - my only gripe. But it does force you to hone your skills). And I only watched Markiplier's playthrough of it, but Spooky's House of Jumpscares may have my all-time favorite title of any game I know.
The six things I could never do without
See Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs. Seriously though...
Good, uplifting music.
Time for meditation.
Positivity / compassion / unselfish Love.
Wit, most especially the kind that doesn't come at anyone's expense.
Family / friends / animals.
Delicious food.
And, a special bonus seventh... big, epic, inspiring goals.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
As of this minute: what does it actually mean to live life to the fullest?
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
into the public record of the internet is: to be determined. In person, well, it depends how trustworthy you prove yourself to be. :)
You should message me if
you want to. The power, as they say, is yours.

Bonus points if you're lovely, kind, and good. More if you're silly, too. If you're vegetarian, that's excellent; if you do neat and inspiring, things, I'd like to hear about them.

I can't promise we'll hit it off but I will try to reply. Hope to hear from you soon!
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