happygoplucky
32 Los Angeles, United States
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My self-summary
I'm nerdy book-lover. There's something new to learn everyday, and I always want to try something new. I am constantly rustling up my friends to go out to a new restaurant or bar or movie or whatever.

I love this city. It's a realization I didn't come to easily. But there's something that inspires me about the crash of cultures that compose it.

I grew up in the South Pacific. (Seriously.) I moved to LA for college and ditched town as soon as I graduated to live in Scotland. Since I was an English major, there was something far-too-tempting about visiting the haunts of my favorite writers.

After I got my master's in public policy, I moved to DC, which showed me that I'm more of a West Coast personality at heart. I like things that are arty and quirky more than serious and important.
What I’m doing with my life
I worked in entertainment in LA for a half dozen years, then went to grad school in public policy. Now I work in a strange mix of the two, using Twitter but for social justice.

I do communications for a business association that helps young people succeed in college or land their first job.
I’m really good at
Keeping my fingers on the pulse of this city. If there's a street festival or an obscure indie flick in town, chances are I know about it. Wanna go with me?
The first things people usually notice about me
I shave my head.

Supposedly, early male-pattern baldness is a sign of high testosterone. *ahem*
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I have way too many favorite books to list them all. I'm kind of a book nerd. I love David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs. My favorite author is probably James Baldwin. Here's a short long list: Jonathan Franzen, Michael Chabon, Joan Didion, Don DeLillo, Fyoder Dostoyevsky, Lorrie Moore, and A.M. Homes. I also love pop economics books, like Freakonomics, and actual economics books, like Crisis Economics. (Let's hang out some time and talk about books. Seriously.)

Shows: South Park on TV and This American Life on, uh, radio? Lately I've also become obsessed with Girls.

According to my iTunes play count, my favorite artists are The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The Hidden Cameras, Interpol and Arcade Fire. I also love Freelance Whales, Fun., Beirut, Interpol, Of Monsters and Men, Iron & Wine, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman and Clem Snide. Basically, if you're a melancholy boy with a guitar and a good metaphor, I probably listen to you. I also like early Radiohead but that probably goes without saying. And I will always have a soft spot for Alanis, Tori, and Liz Phair. I like trashy pop when I'm drunk and dancing, but I rarely listen to it on my own.

I love Thai food. But, honestly - I know this makes me so unhip - I could eat pasta and pizza for days and days and days.

I also love coffee. Freshly-roasted, freshly-ground, french-press coffee -- that's my jam.
The six things I could never do without
As long as I have

good coffee,
rich pasta,
comfy blankets,
sunny days,
good music,
and hot sex,

I'm a happy camper.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
technology, government and impending environmental catastrophe. There's so much promise in smartphones, virtual reality, and other emerging technology that empowers us to engage with each other in new ways. Can technology be harnessed to reimagine government and political engagement in liberating ways? Or has climate change progressed to the point that not even technology can save us from ourselves?

In twenty years, will we live in a techno-utopia or a post-industrial stone age?
On a typical Friday night I am
watching a movie? My Friday nights tend to be not-so-typical these days. A chill dinner with friends. Watching a movie - either in or out. Sometimes an actual theater. Sometimes nerding out at home and reading or learning how to code.
You should message me if
you want to grab dinner, or lunch, or coffee, or whatever.

I have lots of great friends, and I'm always open to more. But I'm mostly here to date and see where it goes. We can keep it open-ended.
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