illigmonkey
35 Brooklyn, United States
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My self-summary
Permanent iconoclast that has the scars to prove it.

I just want to go surfing with Yohji Yamamoto.
What I’m doing with my life
Riding bicycles. Kind of. Kissena starting racing at 6:30 on Wednesday nights has proven to be elusive with my work schedule.

I make the internet almost every day as a front-end developer. I also do UX/Design stuff when called upon and get to sit in meetings drawing wireframes and getting way too intimate with columns.

Currently haunting the Morgan Ave stop area in Bushwick.

I run over the Williamsburg bridge a few times a week when it's not bitterly cold (or miserably hot/humid).

Taking pictures of people taking pictures, and people eating.

I make clay stuff on a pottery wheel at a studio in Midtown. It's nice to be away from computers + phones and have something tactile at the end. Plus glazes are awesome. My instagram has basically everything I make.

I jam out late 80s-early 90s piano rave chords/acid techno a lot as a hobby. Soundcloud link coming soon, ok?

I occasionally consider dumping everything and living in the desert building dune buggies + eating cactus meat for nourishment.
I’m really good at
Lifting heavy things up and down.

Spending way too much on furniture.

Sweet kick flips.

Using scare quotes.

Changing a clutch on a car within 6 hours or so.

Picking out good restaurants. Yeah, I can filter through 300 Yelp reviews /NYTimes.

Spatial relations.
The first things people usually notice about me
I look like an Egon Schiele painting. If you're cool with that, then welcome aboard.

I also don't lie about my height, thank you very much.

A homeless guy once asked if I was a ninja. It was life fulfilling.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Huxley, Sartre, Kafka, Camus, Mishima, (some) Murakami, (some) Zizek, Philip K Dick, Irvine Welsh, etc etc etc. I can get into details later. I have mixed feelings at this point on Brett Easton Ellis. Gravity's Rainbow is going on the list for next. I'm slightly weary of navel-gazing philosophers who wrote tomes exclusively for people that have tenure in certain Cambridge-based colleges, but reading easily digestible internet papers about them is fun. Really trying not to be @GuyInYourMFA and failing miserably.

Periodicals (those count!): Jacobin, Architectural Review, The Atlantic, New Yorker, the Awl.

Music: I had a bunch of artists here, but let's just say I listen to Drone/Ambient/Techno (Output/Verboten/Good Room/Bossa Nova Civic Club?)/80s synth pop/abstract/whatever music. Who wants to go to a show where some guy has 20 guitar pedals hooked up to themselves? Mayyybe youuuu?

Film: Most anything on the Criterion Collection, basically. I also have a soft spot for terrible 80s schlock (eg stuff that was on Up All Night). It's a hereditary thing. Brownie points for anything Syd Mead was involved with, even if stuff outside Blade Runner isn't exactly super cerebral.

TV: Æon Flux from many years ago. The Twilight Zone. Game of Thrones is okay. The Simpsons seasons 2-9, ideally. Yes, I watched Twin Peaks. If I have to list one terrible guilty pleasure, it's Kitchen Nightmares (preferably the less bombastic UK version, but the American train-wrecks are good enough).

Food: Anything that doesn't have too much cilantro. I have the broken tastebud thing. FYI, I am not a spice masochist. Other than that, game on.
The six things I could never do without
Passion.
Learning.
Music.
Art.
Passing out in the bathtub after a long run/ride.
Guacamole.

(+1 is that graphic of the pizza guy going "You've tried the rest, now try the best!" and winking at you. He just makes me so genuinely happy.)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
If I should move out of my apartment to get a pair of Shiba Inu for more Instagram likes. I love my building, but no dogs allowed.

The concept of privacy on the Internet, the moral quandary of startup style labor-as-a-commodity, thinking about goods production, and human rights in general.

How to improve the world through better design.

If I should start a one man New Order cover band or not, as Bernard Sumner is getting up there.
On a typical Friday night I am
Taking advantage of my Jukely account.
You should message me if
You like tiny weird galleries.

Having a bike would be awesome. (No, you don't have to race)

If you wanna nerd out on design, light art, or something else otherwise creative/if you want to learn synthesis.

You want to watch 2 Fast 2 Furious at least three times in a row. Just kidding, more like six. As the poet Tyrese Gibson said so eloquently, "We hungry."

You're super smart.
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