solkhiz
30Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
Child of the Bay Area working poor, grew up in a low-income predominantly POC neighborhood, read some books, witnessed and instigated some troubles, wandered out and saw a good chunk of the world, came home to find roots, learned alot, still searching for something, continuing to evolve in unexpected ways.

I'm fascinated with decentralized systems and social fragmentation. Most of my life I've been drawn towards fringes, where people and cultures don't conform to the many unhealthy pathologies of the dominant American paradigm. My core values are informed by critical-thought, mutualism, antiauthoritarianism, anticapitalism, and creativity.

I try to engage people with humility and kindness. The world already has enough self-righteousness and negativity, and getting mired in cynicism doesn't do anybody any good, since we're all just insignificant blips in the void and whatnot.
What I’m doing with my life
For many years I worked long hours as a metal fabricator/welder for both art and industry. It was very fulfilling, but circumstances contrived to make that lifestyle untenable long-term.

So these days I do part-time research for a database company, and spend my ample free-time tinkering, sketching, hiking, reading, and trying to figure out where to go from here. Reinventing yourself 10 years into adulthood is both daunting and exciting, but life and lemons and lemonade, or some such cliche.
I’m really good at
Relating with folks. Growing up, there were very few white people in my neighborhood, so I learned to connect with folks from different backgrounds.

My grandmother (who helped raise me) treated everybody with an exceptional generosity of respect, dignity and empathy- I hope to emulate the high standard of human decency she embodied.
The first things people usually notice about me
Simple utilitarian clothes
Deep voice
Listening more than speaking
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
- Books are super important to me, pretty much the only material possessions I covet. As for preferences, I'll read almost anything that isn't ignorant or fascist, with special affinities for socio-political topics, art books, non-linear fiction, cyberpunk scifi, systems thinking, and natural sciences.

- I cook alot, but it's always a hearty soup or simple pan fry. Lots of rice, potatoes and vegetables. Healthy and cheap. My specialty is an Azorean peasant soup my grandmother taught me.

- Downtempo beats and classical piano are my working music. Mornings start with old-timey blues. Soft spots for punk, metal, traditional world music, and Northern Cali rap as reminders of people and places and things now past.
Six things I could never do without
+ Houseplants
+ Midday naps
+ Solid American-made boots
+ A quality multitool
+ Notebooks, sketchbooks, and my preferred pens
+ Engaging reading material
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Discourses around the trajectory of a rapidly changing world
How to best merge glitch and figurative imagery
Whatever I'm building next
Autonomous Zones
Networked systems
Contemporary interrogations of race, gender and sexuality
How wonderful trees are
How vibrant graffiti is
Where the hell I left my phone...
On a typical Friday night I am
For a long time I was always at a show or party. These days I'm probably reading or sketching.
You should message me if
You prefer Oakland over the City
You make stuff
You sympathize with leftist thinking
You won't let rain spoil a camping trip
You'll laugh with me at the absurdity of it all
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