davelydave
27South Kensington, United Kingdom
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My self-summary
Photos are old. Also my hair is very long now. I'll get around to changing them this year.

I'm a hard-left history, 'video games' & animation dilettante with an incoherent career trajectory, moving to London in September 2017. I would like to make some new friends.

I am non-binary trans and genderqueer. Please refer to me using the pronouns they / them / their. I feel I am not supposed to exist. I think a lot about gender feelings.

INFJ-T. Cancer. Melancholic. Fake goth.

Years ago, I was a right-libertarian, and very confident and abrasive. I believe I have rehabilitated myself, and I am now told I'm a kind friend, a good listener. Your mileage may vary. I went to a private school intended to reproduce the liberal patriarchal elite.

I'm pretty into:

* PSX JRPGs;
* Art by trans women;
* Social history;
* Hand-drawn animation;
* Migrant welfare;
* Feeling cute.

Some time ago, I was bad at practicing consent. I'm happy to answer your questions, and I believe I now behave differently. But if that's a stop sign for you, I understand.
What I’m doing with my life
Gathering funds so I can move out of nowheresville and move to a place where I can make friends. I just learned to drive! I'm currently trying to learn Python.

Having to sell my labour without regard for my mental health in order to gain permission to be alive
I’m really good at
Almost nothing. I guess I know more than most people do about history and constitutional law, but not more than professionals do. I am an okay cook.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
The blog posts I like most tend to turn up on Aevee Bee's ZEAL, Dylan W Birdosaur's Tumblr, Marian Churchland's HCHOM, and Offworld.

I like novels: The Waves, A Confederacy of Dunces, Middlemarch, and The Return of the Native.

Periodicals: notoriously unclubbable types like me must find private ways of belonging. I subscribe to New Left Review, the London Review of Books, and Past & Present. I like the Wire.

Lately I've been listening to Akala, Parliament-Funkadelic, Roxy Music, The Coup, Japan, Oathbreaker, Grimes, Holly Herndon and Dead Can Dance. I'm thinking of buying a synthesizer. I love frequency modulation synthesis soundtracks from old dating sims and Etrian Odyssey.

Radio: I listen to Resonance.FM and NTS Radio a lot, and NPR, BBCs 3, 4 & 6, and the World Service, a little.

At my funeral, probably play I Was a Maoist Intellectual, Running Up that Hill, and then this: http://youtu.be/xgn1eHG_lr8

Favourite and recently enjoyed games include Banjo Kazooie, Dominique Pamplemousse, FF X-2, Hate Plus, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Shadow of the Colossus, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Rymdkapsel, Star Control II, and With Those We Love Alive.

The TV I most like includes Adventure Time, Borgen, Every Frame a Painting, The Legend of Korra, any Jonathan Meades programme, Mad Men (I don't accept the orthodox interpretation of the ending), Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon, Steven Universe, and Watchdog.

Movies I like include The Piano, The World's End, Alien, Brassed Off, Ratatouille, The Thief and the Cobbler, The Land Before Time, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Whisper of the Heart.

My favourite webcomics are Unsounded, xkcd, Dresden Codak, Kate Beaton's little holiday diaries, Computer Love, Family Man, Dicebox, and A Lesson is Learned but the Damage is Irreversible. I will not respond to messages about your favourite Marvel or DC characters or runs. Please keep your fascination with these moribund companies or their lurid film productions to yourself.

My absolute favourite speaking voices are those of Holly Hunter, Tariq Ali, Jarvis Cocker, Virginia Woolf, Jim Carter, and J R R Tolkein.

I tend to doodle a lot of animal-human chimerae and genderqueer gourmands.
Six things I could never do without
I value my space, and require the ability to flee back to my cave. But I'm very affectionate and into forming one particularly strong bond. I'm ambivalent about moving in with a partner.

Local history is a wonderful thing to throw yourself into. Who lived in your house in 1840?

(I'm rendered totally helpless by Japanese-style turn-based RPGs, especially if they're really cute and allow me to dress up my characters)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Austerity, gentrification, how to make border guards feel unsafe in every neighbourhood in Britain, black bodies, trans bodies, and disabled bodies, what I'd do to the Cabinet given a solid afternoon and a room without windows or doors, whether I can make friends.

How mainstream video games valorise normatively male behaviour and values, while devaluing feminised labour.

How the nature of play is socially determined.

That Hannah Black essay in The New Inquiry which placed ASMR in the context of alienation of communities, and the outsourcing of affective labour under capitalism.

How I've fucked up a lot in my personal relationships, and need to learn to be a better partner and friend. Whether I'm going to be able to have warm shelter my whole life. Whether I'll find a community I can feel part of.

The endless, fascinating depths of racism, sexism and bad writing in Game of Thrones. It's just awful, but I can't look away.

I feel like the deficiency of Brief Encounter is that the titular event doesn't actually happen on a train. The film isn't about trains at all. Have you ever had a serendipitous conversation with a stranger in the Reading Costa? Of course not. The space is designed to make you spend money and then leave. All the magic happens on the train. A narked parent once threatened me for talking to his baby on the 0808 to Southampton Central.

How JRPG parties are like the queerfam I've never had

I used to have lots of hobbit fantasies, but now I dream about space insects building cosmic communities

Types of trash I am (i.e., pop culture jokes I will get tend to be based on): DragonBall, Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
On a typical Friday night I am
On my own in bed with no interest in being anywhere else
You should message me if
You are an accepting person who can spend time with an awkward loner who gets it wrong, forgets things, hates crowds, communicates poorly, and is prone to sensory overstimulation.

You're a trans woman with radical politics and a lot of patience. (I know this is a big ask. I wouldn't begrudge any trans women who didn't want to talk gender with someone like me.)

No SWP, no GamerGate, no cops, and no fat shamers, slut shamers, or body shamers of any kind. No SWERF 'n' TERF. Definitely no libertarians. Tories will be shot on sight. Zionists, Tankies, Trots, Stalinists, and other apologists for state violence: don't talk to me. 'Sapiosexuals' or anyone who isn't an explicit anti-ableist: no. Absolutely nobody who denies the Shoah, the Armenian Genocide, the continued colonial war against Indigenous Americans, or any other genocide, is welcome. MRAs, PUAs, 'humanists', 'factual feminists' and misogynists in general? There's the door. 'Rationalists', effective altruists, skeptics, movement atheists and logical postivists, stay away. If you think some people are just too negative, fuck off. No men over 40. As a general rule, if there's a subreddit for you, I don't need you in my life.

Anxious unemployed queer vegan anarchists welcome.

Please contact me if you're into minicomix, cats, theory, anarchism, turn-based JRPGs, social history, cartoons, sandwiches, and constitutional design, because we were meant to be.
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