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My self-summary
Somehow the muses seem to have me left unkissed today, so this is still under construction. Take it as a reminder that even in this speedy online world, sometimes, good things need time ...
What I’m doing with my life
Paradoxically, I'm more or less a man of the word, so this box should already be overflowing with text. But for the moment and in the interest of instilling some suspense here, I'll just leave it at that.

Ok, since I see you biting your nails in apprehension already: I'm a creative director and conceptualizer at an ad agency. Yes, you can make a living from latent misanthropy, megalomania and mediocre storytelling abilities (plus a penchant for augmenting abject alliterations). A fact that still amuses and amazes me greatly.

Great design, architecture, photography, music, drinks and shoes are things that can usually make me very happy.

Oh, and over the past couple of years I have developed an almost unhealthy obsession with handmade lightweight bicycle frames and the fine art of fillet brazing. So much in fact that, instead of obeying the impulse to go and buy yet another bike (I already own way more than I can sensibly ride, plus a small scrapyard of parts), I'm considering to lock myself up in a garage for a couple of weeks with a case of beer and a pile of steel tubing and teach myself how to build the perfect bicycle. Or find someone to teach me. So should your second name be Colnago or Tommasini and you have a Grandfather somewhere back in Italy, perhaps we should go for a drink or two ...

And no, I'm not into biking as a sport per se and I deeply abhor anything involving colorful spandex or ridiculous athletics. I'm just into the beauty of a simple and perfect machine of classic aesthetics and truly elegant design, a true work of art with the added benefit of noiseless locomotion late at night, taking me effortlessly from one dive bar to the next. If you are a person who takes deep pleasure in taking nightly fixed gear rides to explore some weird advanced cocktail culture experiences maybe we should go for a drink or two as well.
I’m really good at
1. dealing in paradoxes
2. random bouts of sarcasm
3. ordering yet another round, totally ignorant whether you're a glass half full or a glass half empty person
The first things people usually notice about me
I have no idea what they notice first, but usually they remember me very well ...
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Food: does a well prepared Monkey Gland count as food? Or a Corpse Reviver? And before you start drawing any false conclusions: just google it. See? The perverted mind is yours ...

Books: on my nightstand right now (and on my iPhone as the enhanced edition): The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave. Which perhaps already says a lot about some of my cultural likes and dislikes.

Mortality - Christopher Hitchens. Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell. Medium Raw - Anthony Bourdain. The Gum Thief - Douglas Coupland. Indignation - Philip
Roth. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk. The Creation of Reality - Joerg Starkmuth. Against the World, Against Life - Michel
Houellebecq. Platform - Michel Houellebecq. Windows
On The World - Frederic Beigbeder. V For Vendetta - Alan
Moore. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut. How to be alone
- Jonathan Frantzen. Under the Skin - Michael Faber

Movies: The most stunningly impressive movie I saw just recently: One More Time With Feeling, the accompanying film to Nick Cave's new album The Skeleton Tree. It's so immensely sad and beautiful, dealing with the tragic death of Nick Cave's teenage son in such a human, touching, fragile and dignified way – it just leaves you speechless and totally in awe. Highly recommended if you can stomach it – too bad screenings are extremely scarce.

Anything by Christopher Nolan.

Antichrist. Watching Shutter Island and Ghost in immediate succession in the same movie theater. Seems I was in a rainy island mood that day ...

The Road. Gainsbourg. The Box. Biutiful. Enter The Void. Despicable Me. The Book of Eli (for it's visual appeal). Hunger (a movie about the IRA hunger strikes in the Eighties). The Wrestler. Eden Log. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead. In Bruges. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Bug. Control. The Fountain. A Scanner Darkly. Wanted. Cloverfield.

Anything by Michelangelo Antonioni (especially L'eclisse and Blow Up). Anything by Lynch and Hitchcock. Andrej Tarkovsky. Any French Film Noir, Nouvelle Vague, the works of Leos Carax or Olivier Assayas ...

An old obsession from the past which I rediscovered recently: Italian Gialli from the sixties and seventies: Danger Diabolik, L'una sull' altra, La belva col mitra, Profondo Rosso, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento ...

Music: on heavy rotation right now: Daniel Lanois/Trixie Whitley/Black Dub – absolutely magnificent! Another recent favorite: 2:45. Movie Soundtracks by Lalo Schifrin, Angelo Badalamenti, Clint Mansell, Bernard Herrmann, tons of obscure and not so obscure electronica. School of Seven Bells, Bauhaus, Tones On Tail, Peter Murphy, Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard, Marc Almond, The Cinematic Orchestra, Interpol, Calla, The Departure, Sleigh Bells, Foals, Broadcast, Yeasayer, The Streets, Editors, Muse, Client, Bat For Lashes, MGMT, Zola Jesus, Dirty Projectors, LCD Soundsystem, Magnetic Fields, Ladytron, Funkstoerung, Elektrochemie, Maximo Park, The Clash, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, Morrissey, DJ Shadow, Ian Simmonds, U.N.K.L.E, Photek, DJ Krush, Massive Attack, Jazzanova, Aphex Twin, Boards Of Canada, Recoil, Curve, Squarepusher, Primal Scream, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Grinderman, Tricky, Martina Topley-Bird, Autechre, Robin Judge, Tycho, Nautilis, Klute, Mira Calix, Tensnake, Circlesquare, IAMX, Zoot Woman ...
The six things I could never do without
MacBook Pro, iPhone, Internet access. (And for a while now, the new 11" Macbook Air. What an amazing little machine, I'm totally hooked. And it makes me wonder what the next steps in miniaturization will be. Disposable one-use computers on paper napkins? Implants?)

Ableton Live (when im moonlighting as a bedroom beat wizard) and a set of bicycle tools (when im moonlighting as a bicycle mechanic).

A halfway decent taste in clothes, shoes, food, music, (pop) culture and the rest of the material world

Halfway decent people to share these tastes

The rest is very negotiable
I spend a lot of time thinking about
things I could most definitely do without

why this thing here keeps saying that I'm only a 97% match to myself (and a 2% enemy ...)
On a typical Friday night I am
I'm much more notorious for making sure that it will be more of an atypical Friday night ...
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Hey, at this moment you don't even know for sure whether I'm a guy or a girl in real life. So why would you want to take a grubby back row seat in the seedy porn theater that I call my brain just yet?
You should message me if
your curiosity is winning over your skepticism. I'll return the
favour by making sure that your skepticism will be winning over
your curiosity again in no time at all ...