ashley-y
45 Seattle, United States
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What I’m doing with my life
My main interest: visiting Japan. I've done this three times, despite not speaking the language. Favourite things: Shinto shrines, hot springs, food, general aesthetics, unusually well-functioning cities, art, deeply-rooted culture.

Software and its associated mathematics is much of my life. A large drug company pays me to write Haskell code for one of their products, with as much mathematical abstraction as possible. To that end I'm trying to learn a bit more about category theory.

I have a 13yo son, who occasionally comes to visit from out of state.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I recently reading Spring Snow, by Yukio Mishima, and I love its fine, painterly details of scenes and emotions. Books I've recently read: the first Kushiel's Dart book, various books by the late Iain M. Banks, about the first half of The Pillow Book, The Magicians trilogy. Next up is Runaway Horses.

I like anime. I particularly like the way many stories explore group loyalty and "vertical" relationships with power differences, something that is generally looked upon negatively over here. I also go for any kind of supernatural or mythological themes. Some favourites: Haibane Renmei, Mushi-shi, Attack on Titan.

Anime perpetually surprises me with depth in nominally children's stories, while many of the American and British TV shows I watch keep disappointing me with various predictable tropes, but I can't resist watching them anyway: Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Sherlock. I love a good drama series though. Borgen was a good one.

I adore folk horror movies: The Wicker Man, The Company of Wolves, A Field in England, The Witch.

I visit SAM and the Frye on occasion. I live quite close to the Asian Art Museum and typically visit on their free days. I like Symbolism, Dada, Surrealism, Superflat, old things, new things, the traditional and the hyper-modern.

I occasionally go to the opera here. The Ring in 2013 and especially 2009 was like a religious experience for me, spell-binding me for every single minute of four increasingly long operas.

I love arty, clever movies such as the ones by Peter Greenaway.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Ideas are important to me, especially in their plurality: I tend to believe a little bit of everything, and to see something valuable in almost every view. Politically this makes me a kind of liberal traditionalist. I believe in culture, society, relationships, government, and civic responsibility (mostly this means paying taxes tbh). More than anything, I believe in excellence, more than equality, and people doing what they feel called to do. Arete, you might say. As a Brit I'm a monarchist at heart.

I'm much more interested in trying to understand the world than trying to change it.
You should message me if
I'm looking for interesting people to spend time with IRL. I'm quite introverted, but I like doing things with people.

On dating: I've always dated people I was already friends with first, and I prefer if being friends is still an option if the dating thing isn't going to work out.
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