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My self-summary
FAIR WARNING: I swear I won't talk your ear off. I have a lot that I could say, but things rarely get to that point, as much as I have to hope they will.

Easygoing (wait a I?) but (perhaps infuriatingly) moral dude into punk and independent music, psychopharmacology, botany, taxonomy, animals, anthropology/archaeology, beverages, world cultures, languages, and political issues (especially migration, human trafficking, self-reliance and sustainability etc.), sanitation and ecologically healthy food production, some works of science fiction and fantasy, drawing(,) maps.

Oh, for the record, I don't like bisexual as a label. Queer's better. Anyone can own it. Also, I'll take the time to say that I could enjoy the company of women and men and possibly people in between and beyond.
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a biochemist by background. But I'm most interested in the analytical chemistry, and especially ethnobotany (study of plants in their cultural contexts) and economic botany of plants (and of course chemical ecology and phytosociology!!). I've done a good bit of research on plants containing caffeine and theobromine, namely, coffee, kola, cacao, tea, guarana, and most especially hollies (like yerba mate! [and black drank]). I'm in grad school at UIC as of now, and maybe I'll work on these or other interests - native fruit, useful, and drug plants of the United States, especially. I'd like to conduct fieldwork, travel a lot, and start my own conscientious business someday.

Looks like I AM NOT gonna be funded by the Hershey (Chocolate) Company to do some of this ancient botanicals (well I'll probably just do my own thing with Peruvian pink peppercorn [molle] chicha) and whatever other work with cocoa flavonoids, stilbenoids, whatnot and vasodilation, inflamation, cardio health, etc. It seems I will be collecting plants and isolating actives from them for the National Cancer Institute (the man), hopefully in Chiapas so I can network better with the Mayan roasting coffee cooperatives down there. But in fact I'm going to end up in Laos. Trying as best I can also to work with the American Indian Center of Chicago (and the Chicago Botanic Garden/their Plants of Concern Program?), developing a research project together involving culturally relevant plants like the above, and finding common ground between their programming and my own.

I've been watching a lot of Archer and now Game of Thrones (I've been reading the series since high school so...) and I read a fuckton in Spanish and about world mythology (about black demons that remove virile men from their homes and place them on spikes as bridge supports, about fresh water dolphin seducers, anaconda, bird, and wolf shapeshifters, about sustenance mountains, succubi, and sleep paralysis), the environment, plant medicine, herbals, floras, the Eclectics, geography, glocal issues, and arts n crafts, otherwise. I tried germinating some maypops and other plants, but thus far transplanting has been a better option for me. Except for garlic. That's an easy one. Around the city I'm taking stock of currants and honey locusts and viburnums and sumacs and hackberries and groundcherries for una salsa verde septentrional and probably many other lovelies soon or so I hope. But that doesn't take up much of my day really, though I wish it would. Wait. It kinda does take up a lot of my time.

Current long term dream project: Year-round sukkah-as-mega-trellis (braced by vertical tub grey water system?) ...also feline companionship
I’m really good at
punning (and the use of brackets therein), terribly, cleverly, in general
falling asleep not too long after drinking
waking up about six hours later after a night of drinking
making weird noises (I am an only child)
singing (if I do say so myself!)
The first things people usually notice about me
Not my pretty blue eyes or webbed toes, certainly. I have a beard and mustache now. Maybe these? I don't normally ask folks.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
MUSIC: Kayo Dot, Kalvin Crime, Har Mar Super Star, Big Business, The Whip, Karp (Kill all redneck pricks), Dead Rider, The Bloodthirsty Lovers, Gun Club, Hawnay Troof, Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons, Andrew Douglas Rothbard, Cheer-Accident, Swell Maps, Treepeople, Unwound, Beauty Pill, Joan of Arc, Pavement, The Weezer back-catalogue, Hüsker Dü, husband&wife, The Catalyst, Prayer Breakfast, The Soundtrack to Commando, Buzzcocks, Local H, The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Memory Map, Racebannon, Satisfact, Slaves, Pleasure ∞ Forever, Fly Ashtray, Rapider Than Horsepower, Homecomings, Nomeansno, Swans, No Trend, Grifters, OOIOO, Flag of Democracy, Weasel Walter, Black Pus, Moss Icon, Ink & Dagger, Mocket, Octant, Rep Seki, Jawbreaker, Blatz, Rudimentary Peni, Polvo, Flipper, Sunny Day Real Estate, Make Believe (Tim Kinsella), Turboslut, Harvey Danger, XBXRX, Enon, Palatka, Guyana Punch Line, Thank God, Sebadoh, BEST FRIENDS!, Dinosaur Jr, Aa (Big A little a), Hella, Yowie, The VSS, Heroin, Antioch general, punk music for the self-conscious, mindful, and kind, people that are extremely angry for all the right reasons, goofball pop songs with the timbres for performing neurosurgery

BOOKS: A Song of Ice and Fire (viz. Game of Thrones), The Wheel of Time, Dune, Foundation, One River, Mad Jesus, What If Our World Is Their Heaven?, Philip K. Dick in general, Humanure, Murray Bookchin, Ecopolis, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground, Before the Wilderness, all sorts of stuff on indigenous crafts and myths, especially in the Americas

SHOWS: The Expanse, Archer, Game of Thrones, South Park, King of the Hill, Boondocks, The Goode Family, Futurama, FLCL, Lexx, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Venture Brothers, Home Movies, Bob's Burgers, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Bizarre Foods, Man V. Food, Chopped, Food Jammers, Old Food Network like Good Eats, Molto Mario, Iron Chef, you get the idea

MOVIES: Blue Velvet, Being John Malkovich, Let the Right One In, Suspiria, Shaun of the Dead, Event Horizon, Stalker

FOOD: As little of it as possible for as little money as possible right now. And caffeine galore.
Six things I could never do without
Black pepper
Garlic chili oil
Molten guitar
Stretching limbs & cracking joints
Trying to write my dreams down
I spend a lot of time thinking about
What Vytenis said is this: "The hand sink dumps into the same pipe as the toilet in each toilet room. All existing toilets are set up this way. You have to design the building before it is built with separate plumbing risers." Vy is a Lithuanian guy. The language of his forebears conserves features of the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European tongue that for the most part are no longer with us. Some people get by on speech nevertheless.


Crocheted coral reefs

Labors of love, emphasis on both labor and love

Unassisted Pegginism, Post Jobs, Post Office

Cloud-forming microbes in the atmosphere and the godawful things we're doing to our albedo's libido

Gifts that kill you as you use them but which become your only recourse and primary source of worth


Similarly, drinking the water that should not be drunk - but must be! It'll change you irrevocably, for better or worse. I'd write a thesis if I were on that track. Also, (violence) taboos, like the ones for vampires.

Graft chimeras, cancer, the nature and quality of life

"Pink Turns to Blue" that a Sleeping Beauty reference?

Power: the ability to define what is and what is not creepy and get away with it

Double standards, judgmental behavior, gossip in social dynamics

Shitty jobs and the homeless and insane

Paresthesia, phosphenes, blood glucose levels, hypnagogia and sleep talking language

After taste, post haste

Stepan Co., Mallinckrodt, the DEA, and the bombed out husks of Latin America and Central Asia

Drawing my back tat illuminated figure prototypes exactly right and then getting them inked on me, probably in a quincunx!

Designing tabletop and MMO- RPGs that teach people how to take care of themselves and use diplomacy (and self-defense/offense when necessary) on Earth maps rather than just dice roll and envelop themselves in abstractions of a cosmology they might not be too invested in and in fantasy

Being a world-traveling student, scientist, amateur (as in lover of many things, a serious dabbler, a Renaissance man); I most especially am interested in working in Chicagoland, throughout the U.S., especially the East, Southeast, and Midwest, and generally in the "South" (the non-Anglosphere and similarly well-to-do countries), but I love learning about everywhere and everyone, which often enough happened at my last job. Making up for U.S.A.n atrocities and callousness somehow

Fuck Mars. Fuck the Moon. Strip mining the Moon is still strip mining. Let's terraform Earth.

Life without marriage
On a typical Friday night I am
(whatever it is I'm doing) wishing I were at home getting sloshed and watching Weezer's Video Capture Device. In particular, "Lullaby for Pat Finn / Wayne" and other little gems from the early 90's, as well as Pat Wilson's antics with socks, hands, and bottle rockets.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am pretty darn ticklish.
You should message me if'd like to dance your ass off to weird indie rock, hardcore, and punk records with me.

...we are the news, and that's all there is to it. Do you genuinely enjoy watching some stranger urge you to pay your taxes with a smile, treating you like a kindergartner all the while? If so, fish elsewhere. Fuck CNN.

...the line between a braggart and a paragon of honesty is damn thin.

Let's greet each other at the convenience store.
The two of us