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My self-summary
I dance. Between dances I work as a lawyer, manage a community-service-driven cooperative (that specializes in hyphens), play and design games, make music, and take copious naps.

If you dance blues or fusion you can probably skip the rest of my profile and just go to a nearby dance to encounter me. For those of you who don't dance or who have extra time, I'll try to make this interesting.

I'm poly, and take each relationship or interaction on its own terms. Long term partners, casual dating, as platonic friendship are all equally valid, and I try to let each relationship be what's natural for it.

In other news:

I radiate a variant of the higgs boson that attracts bizarre events to me rather than massive objects. Seriously, my life is consistently improbable.

I'm a feminist, meaning I care about gender equality. I think patriarchy hurts men, too, and we're all ultimately on the same team, whether we realize it or not.

I'm not a scientist, but science is important to me, as are its limits.

I often dance places instead of walking, especially within coffee or gelato shops.

I think everything one does deserves an epic soundtrack.

I've been known to disagree with the majority of people about things that seem obvious and uncontroversial, like whether or not we survive going to sleep.

I am INTP by nature, but in the last 5 years I've developed my extroverted and judging secondary personality traits.

I'm actually more ignostic than agnostic, but that's not an option.

I am superciliously silly, a priori, and sorcerous.

Now in Japanese!
Na naaa na na na naa na naa na na katamari damacy...
What I’m doing with my life
Trying to fall in love with someone or something every single day.

I'm also an attorney. I work with a tiny firm in Center City, and planning to move toward solo-practicing. I really didn't expect to end up in the private practice of law, but it's more satisfying than I'd imagined.

I have a particular interest in intellectual property and tech policy stuff. I care about people's access to information and laws that actually encourage people to be creative. I have strong opinions on net neutrality, telecom consolidation, and fair use.

I also manage an eight-person intentional community that hosts awesome dance parties and regular community service events. This in turn connects me to a lot of projects and the city-wide social entrepreneurship scene.

If law-type things don't pan out, though, I'll go with my original plan to be Archmage of Earthsea.
I’m really good at
Parallel parking. Since moving into the city this has become a necessity.

I go blues dancing regularly, and organize dances in the area, including fusion dancing at my house. I occasionally partake in contra dancing, and learned how to call dances once upon a time. I have some experience with ballroom, salsa, and tango. I go to lindy hop dances from time to time and pretend I know what I'm doing. But I don't.

I play piano (for which it turns out having big hands is useful), ukulele (for which having big hands just looks silly), guitar (his name is Ignacio), and larynx. Sometimes I also write songs (here's one:

I'm good at games, both digital and non-digital. When I'm feeling productive I can also make them (here's one I made to accompany my friend's 16-bit music:

I can wield a sword and deliver a killer roundhouse kick, but these skills are rarely called upon since no one seems to want to attack me, much less hand me a rapier and then attack me.

I am not really good at navigation, however. When I walk out of a building, I tend to just walk in a totally random direction and don't stop to consider where I'm going until a few blocks later. If I have the chance to see a map, or I'm in a grid-based city, I'll be fine.

Now in Japanese!

Now in Rumi-ese!
I am almost as awake as Shams Tebriz.
The first things people usually notice about me
That I'm dancing. It's more noticeable if we're not at a dance venue. People also notice my height (which I often forget about myself), my willful hair, my nerdy t-shirts, and my adventurous demeanor.

Or maybe that I'm carrying a black ukulele around. Or a housemate.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
a) Confessions of a Mask, On the Plurality of Worlds, A Wizard of Earthsea, The Two Towers, The Demolished Man, Shadowrun 3rd Edition Rulebook.

Also, modernist poetry and haiku (kawazu tobikomu...if you know what I mean).

b) Koyaanisqatsi, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Ran (or anything by Kurosawa, for that matter), Fallen Angels, Princess Mononoke, Ghost in the Shell, Pan's Labyrinth, The Life of Brian, Legend of Drunken Master, Ghostbusters.

Warning: I have an older sibling who is a film studies professor, so I'm acquainted with some disturbingly high-brow movies. That said, you can probably convince me to watch whatever.

c) Babylon 5, Arrested Development, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Evangelion, Last Week Tonight, Doctor Who (the David Tennant seasons), Game of Thrones, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Silicon Valley (I totally lived half the scenes on that show).

Unless they mean Broadway shows, in which case the obvious frontrunner is Hamilton. I also really like Spring Awakening and Phantom.

d) Billy Joel. Also Radiohead, Philip Glass, Peter Gabriel, Rachmaninoff, Death Cab for Cutie, Sigur Ros, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, The Swell Season, The Decemberists, The Civil Wars, Beirut, Nobuo Uematsu, The Protomen, The Beatles, William Shatner, other stuff (these lists have a dangerous probability of getting unreadably long, so I'm trying to restrain myself).

e) I feel like I'm gradually becoming vegetarian. There isn't a powerful push behind it - I'm just happier when I eat more vegetables and less meat. More specifically, the important foods are: hummus, cheese, mushrooms, nuts (especially pecans & walnuts), nut-butters, Singapore noodles, other kinds of noodles, chocolate, strawberry shortcake, onions, kale, spinach, roasted peppers, and any fruit except watermelon (I know it's weird, but it's one of the only foods I'm averse to). You could put most of those things into one big pot and I'd be super excited. I do spicy.

As to drinks, I like many varieties of milk (almond/soy/cow), juice, and water. I really like water. I drink beer/cider/whiskey, but mostly on social occasions (some of my friends make amazing cocktails). I don't usually like soda (and hate diet sodas), but I make an exception for Virgil's Rootbeer, which I think includes angel's sweat as an ingredient, and Maine Root.

f) Why is there no games section? I'm adding one: Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy (IV, VI, Tactics), Rock Band, The Elder Scrolls (Oblivion, Skyrim), Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Ascendancy, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Super Metroid, Shadow of the Colossus, Xenogears, Secret of Mana, Starcraft, Megaman (2 particularly), Minecraft, League of Legends, Dark Souls, Puzzle Quest, One Finger Death Punch.

Non-digital games: Dungeons & Dragons (3.5, 5e, PF), Shadowrun (3e), Magic: The Gathering, Nobilis, Waving Hands (Warlocks), Catan, Carcassonne, Dominion, Ascension. Chess is pretty cool.
Six things I could never do without
Errant thoughts, movement, music, sleep, transformation and my eyes
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The best music to accompany a given activity, the nature of strategy, copyright law, implicit narratives, time travel, alternate universes, whatever the hell an economy is, ninja (it's already plural, as it happens), wizards, intellectual property, ninja wizards (alternatively, wizard ninja, which I guess is more concise by one letter), overpowered prestige classes, aesthetics, 3D printers, symbols, swords, dragons, flying stuff, lasers, "what the hell is the name of this song?", metaphysics, the value of humanity, pseudo-puns, and the void.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sneaking into a restricted portion of the Roman forum behind a bunch of Italian archaeologists who were allowed to be there.

Admittedly, that only happened once, and I think it was on a Monday morning, but it is the type of thing I would do on a Friday night when the opportunity presented itself.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have mixed feelings about wearing a suit. Sometimes it makes me feel like I'm buying into an oppressive system and visually signaling that I'm superior to people around me; other times I think it makes me look snazzy.

I'm a lucid dreamer. I didn't train or meditate or drink a weird sleeping potion - it just happened.
You should message me if
It is known. And you want to get coffee. Seriously, I spend a stupid amount of time in coffee shops when left to my own devices.

As to the kind of person I'll respond to, these attributes help:
-You're cute. This can mean a huge range of things, so there's no particular appearance to aim for, as long as you rock it.
-You dance. This is not strictly necessary (I've met my share of awesome muggles), but is worth major bonus points.
-You're smart. This can mean bookish, intuitive, witty, logical, or cunning. If you can't think on your feet, then you have to sit or lie down all the time, and that can get old.
-You're confident. Say what you think. Disagree with me, especially if I'm wrong.
-You're kind of a nerd. Again, many flavors accepted, but if you would never contemplate watching a sci-fi show or playing a board game, I'll think you're too narrow.
-You can surprise me. If I could explain how to do this, it wouldn't be surprising anymore.

Other reasons to message me:
-You need me to help you with a transdimensional horse infestation
-You're the ghost of Akira Kurosawa
-You want to offer me a job where the word "awesome" appears in my title
-You make music
-You're a dragon, or a Mother of Dragons
-You're affiliated with a community-minded institution that wants to ally with mine and increase the power of your benevolent empire
-You need to improve your LSAT score from 155 to 165 over the next two months and can pay using a combination of cash, baked goods, and Soviet military secrets.

I know this profile is long. That's to scare away people who don't like words.
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