I sold my car! My primary mode of transportation is now my bicycle.
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I'll be riding my bike 200 miles (round trip) from Portland to the Common Ground Fair again in 2015. Learn more: ClimateRideToCommonGround.org
In February of 2012, I finished a job as an Assistant Director and Camera Operator on a documentary film"American Autumn" that premiered globally June 28th in NYC at Indie Screen. It is currently available as a pay-what-you-want DVD copy at Occudoc.org.
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"Some day you and I will be dead, and this place we call home will be torn to the ground to make room for a new set of lives, but until then, let's have some fun." -Ze Frank
I was living between DC and NYC from October till January 2011.
I'm living in Portland, Maine now. I play bass in the rock band Theodore Treehouse, and write Jazz music for Pastel Sound Explosion.
I enjoy life.
My profile is a mess.
So here's the thing: I signed up for this when this was still Sparknotes.com (a website with fake quizzes and real cribnotes for cheating on tests) and OkCupid was just ONE of the many quizzes. So I've been a member of this site since I was like 17. I've had 4 deep and meaningful long term relationships since then, and only one of them was through this site.
I don't want a fling, I don't want a hookup. Finding a partner is not high on my priority list. I want deep and meaningful relationships. I would rather have a deep friendship than a shallow relationship.
If you've not caught on by now, I'm an introvert, I really do like people, but y'all can be exhausting. I hate small talk and don't enjoy making new acquaintances for that reason.
I've got a strong network of meaningful friendships, which sustains me. I am rarely lonely. I'm quite content to stay busy doing things I enjoy on my own, but if you'd like to join me in working towards common goals, please join in, I'd love your company and mutual aid. Place zero expectations on romance, and we might hit it off and become friends.
So the for real 'about me' section:
I enjoy gardening, and will grow/forage a portion of my food no matter where I live. In West Cleveland, I grew potatoes on my windowsill. In Dallas, I grew fresh cantaloupe in a compost pile. In Maine, I grow potatoes in the front yard, along with a lot of other delicious stuff.
When I was a little kid, I would tell people I wanted to be a scientist when I grew up. I read books and magazines on microbiology, astronomy, and theoretical physics for fun-- as a kid. How did I end up being a musician?
I love languages, and codes. I know a few languages, and speak them to varying degrees. If you are a native speaker of something other than English, and wouldn't mind helping me learn, message me.
I feel like I'm always on the cusp of what's to come, but never quite arriving. I spread myself too thin.
I am a musician,
I worked as an intern on Dennis Kucinich (pronounced Koo-SIN-itch)'s presidential run in 2007-08. I dropped everything in my life for this guy nobody has heard of-- why? A lot of really good reasons. Ask me about it. I love talking politics. With Kucinich's presidential campaign I got to travel the country, organize fundraisers, talk to celebrities like they were real people, speak to people from all walks of life, and see the American political machinations from inside. I also got to meet my political superheroes, like Ex-CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern, Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich (of course), Mike Gravel, and others-- and yes, I took their autographs down in my pocket US Constitution. (NERD ALERT)
I've been to 31 states in the contiguous USA, and 4 Provinces of Canada. I consider myself having lived in 8 of those states. I've not been beyond the edge of the North American continental shelf yet. I would like to someday, either by boat, or by airplane. By boat would be more of an adventure.
I have an online persona as the Punk Patriot. I'm a leftist pundit. I say things to try and stir up debate. I even make a little money doing it. You are allowed to think this is incredibly dorky. I agree.
I love books. I have two large bookshelves that are entirely filled with books, and I have read probably 80% of them. The rest I either keep as reference, am in the middle of reading, or plan to get around to reading later. By my bed I always seem to have a stack of 3-7 books that I'm in the middle of reading.
Why do I love books?
Authors have to live their entire lives to get the experiences and knowlege to write their books, and you can get an entire lifetime of accumulated knowledge, wisdom, and experience in just a few hours. What a bargain!
I believe in Science. I approach all other religions from a Taoist perspective. If I had to pick a religion, it would be Dr Who or Adventure Time.
I'm firm believer that our goal in life must be to maximize the happy.
I like to intellectually challenge others, and I like for others to intellectually challenge me. Challenging and examining one's currently held ideas is the only way that growth is possible, and I'm passionately in support of the growth and evolution. I find critical thinking skills, and intelligence are both super attractive.
I'm 6'4", which is only a little bit tall for a guy, but it's very tall for a woman-- which is too bad, because I wish more women were near my height. Why? Long arms make for amazing hugs, and as my friends can attest to, I enjoy both giving and receiving amazing hugs. I also don't like having to bend down to hug people. And yet, for friends and grandmothers, I do.
As a musician, I love music. I don't worry about genres. Like Duke Ellington, I believe there are two kinds of music, the good kind, and the other kind.
My two biggest heroes of political philosophy currently are Ralph Nader and Vaclav Havel. In light of that, I guess I'm a Socialist. I also am an anti-capitalist, marxist, and an anarcho-syndicalist.
Deal with it. B-|
There is nothing in this world that does not affect you and there is nothing in this world that you cannot affect.
The future is always our blank canvas on which to paint our intentions and vision. This only stops being true the moment you give up.
Live your life as such and you can achieve anything.
Life is a puzzle game, the road is long and varied, the answers are not always obvious. Everyone should start consciously participating in life! Not just some of the time. All the time. We must always be listening, and looking and interacting with everything around us, always be paying attention.
Pour la religion, j'aime de bonnes idées. Je n'ai pas besoin de cérémonie, j'ai besoin de bonnes idées.
Je suis Taoist, anti-capitaliste et syndicaliste. Mais je ne suis pas anarchiste dans la mode de violence ou la mode condescendre. Je sais tout le gouvernement est fictif dans nos esprits, mais rendus vrais par nos mains. Le gouvernement existe seulement parce que nous pensons et agissons. Mais c'est très vrais, et nous pouvons le former, et nous pouvons participer dans les processus.
Je déteste le fascisme.
Écoutez. Regardez. Prêtez L'Attention.
Quand vous vivez, vivez consciemment. Tous les temps!
Playing my Bass
Shooting Clowns at people using cannons
Creating Raccoon and Beagle Hybrids
Je monte mon velo
Je joue ma contrabasse
Je tire des clowns aux gens à l'aide d'un canon.
Je crée des hybrides des chiens et des raccoons.
Я езжу на велосипеде
Я играю в мой контрабас
Я снимаю клоунов на людей, используя каноны
Я делаю гончая и енотовидной гибридов
Seriously though-- right now I'm working to
Degree accquired! [✓]
Make the Maine Green Party a viable political party, and get a job with healthcare benefits. [ ]
Ahh, there is always something to work towards...
Two things that stand out, however are:
1) Debate. I was on my high school debate team for two years in a row. It was great fun. Critical thinking is a great skill to have.
2) Music. I'm a composer. I have twice put together a 33 Member Orchestra. It's a lot of work, so I haven't done it a third time. As a bassist, I play a lot of random jazz gigs.
I'm also in a band called "Theodore Treehouse. We all like music. We don't know what genre we are.
J'aime l'intelligence, et je veux savoir tous les choses, mais je sais seulment que je peux, parce que je veux savoir trop plus.
Alors, je suis pas assez bon à n'importe quelle chose.
Or it could be that I'm sort of tall... and often they remind me of it in case I've forgot, by saying "My, you're tall!" But it's usually only after I stand up, and I seem to meet most people sitting down. Maybe that's my true superpower.
*Not actually true.
The Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu
The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Baron ofthe trees by Italio Calvino
Religion in Late Modernity by Herman Neville
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: The New Liberal Menace in America by Stephen Marshall (I'm not a conservative)
MAUS by Ari Silverstien
1984 by George Orwell
Biodeisel Power by Lyle Estill
Riverkeepers by Robert F Kennedy Jr and John Cronin
Hidden Power by Charles Derber
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (everybody hates this book except for me)
Stupid White Men by Michael Moore
How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office by the League of Pissed off Voters
The old text books I found at my grandfathers house that have maps of the USA from 1900
(b) Movin' pictures!
28 Days Later
The 5th Element
Animals Are Beautiful People
Charlie Wilson's War
Enemy of the State
Jesus Christ Superstar
The Princess Bride
Requiem for Dream
The Royal Tennenbaums
Run Lola Run
Wag the Dog
V For Vendetta
(c) Movin' squigglys!
I actually enjoy some old time country, like the O' Brother Where Art thou sound track... and the timeless Johnny Cash.
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messangers
Jesus Christ Superstar (so many good tunes in odd meter, like The Temple, which is in 7/4)
Pastel Sound Explosion
System Of a Down
They Might Be Giants aka TMBG
Vastness of Space
(d) Tasty movin' squigglys!
I do eat: Organic free-range meats. Stuff that grows in my garden. Everything that isn't on the next list.
I don't eat: pork, most seafood, and avoid meat that isn't ethically raised like it's the downfall of functioning civilization. 'Cause it is, and we won't realize it till it's too late.
Ask me what I've been thinking about lately, and I'll probably respond.
I'm annoyed that the "Slow Dancer" is recommended to look for "The Sonnet" or "Maid of Honor" but NOBODY is recommended to look for the "Slow Dancer."
It leads me to believe that the test itself is pretty bogus.
* You can name 5 countries that are not the USA, Mexico, or Canada, and their location on a map, without a map.
* You are a passionate consumer and creator of things (art, music, literature, etc).
* You are curious about everything and wish to acquire all knowledge ever.
* You Ski or Snowboard, or would be willing to learn how.
* You are laid back.
* You want to talk about anything. Ever. What's the worst that can happen? Friends?
* If you want to help me practice my French or Russian, German, Dutch, or whatever.
* Вы говорете по-Русски и по-Английски.
* Si vous parlez anglais et francias et vous voulez parler avec moi pour ma pratique et aider-moi reconnaitre comme parler en francais. Je ne parle pas tres bien maintennant. Pardonez-moi, sil-vous plait. J'etudie francais dan l'universite, mais j'oublier rapidement.