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My self-summary
East Bay native, and apart from several overseas sojourns, I have been lucky enough to reside here these one score and seven years.

I've spent much of the last few years ascending the Ivory Tower. Having recently summited the second rampart (an M.A. in the humanities), I gazed up at the vats of boiling oil being poured down upon me, decided to fashion my diploma into a makeshift hangglider and leapt.
What I’m doing with my life
Books - reading them, thinking about them, talking about them

Urban exploration and general wanderings.

Currently working at a left-leaning political nonprofit, looking at lots of opinion polls and trying to divine some sense out of them. Finding out interesting things like what percentage of Americans think they are morally superior (most), and what items people would bring on a time traveling adventure (guns, condoms, and antibiotics). Sometimes I try to make pie charts.

Trying to use my powers for good.

I take breaks to go outside, sing, play piano, and interact with persons neither fictional nor deceased.
I’m really good at
Drawing (mainly haggard old dudes)
Dancing preposterously
Riding bikes up hills
Singing karaoke
wearing silly hats
Remembering (useless?) facts and geographical data
Making burritos (breakfast or otherwise)
Playing R. Kelly's Ignition remix on piano (fairly mediocre at most other compositions, though my Springsteen/Taylor Swift mashup has met with modestly positive critical responses)
Using parentheses (apparently)
The first things people usually notice about me
My jewfro. When I was living in Taiwan, people would frequently ask me if my hair was real, or just go up and touch it.

My chariot, last of the great silver volvo station wagons that once roamed these lands in vast herds.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Any interesting history book, good ol' good ols like Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, current newspapers, 19th century newspapers, oral history collections, most of all the Cartoon History of the Universe, George R.R. Martin, Clockwork Orange, David Mitchell, Neal Stephenson, Alan Moore, Art Speigelman, Osamu Tezuka, Joe Sacco. Currently reading Hilary Mantel's Cromwell series and loving it.

Cosmos, Daily Show, Colbert, Deadwood, Rome, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, have watched the entirety of Honey Boo Boo, with much ambivalence.

Anything with unapologetic passion: BRUUUUUUUCE, covers of Bruce, Beethoven, Meat Loaf, Wagner, various other opera, Prince, Lana Del Rey, Hall and Oates, David Bowie, Motown, Chromeo, other crunchy electronica, Henry Purcell, Queen, Warren Zevon, Dvorak, Jackson Browne, trashy pop (in a major T.Swift phase at the moment), NPR is my jam. Dan Carlin's Hardcore History.

Tasty food, often hummus. not too into the cephalopods.

IPAs. Grapefruit juice. Grapefruit IPAs.
Six things I could never do without
the color teal
oh shit that was 7
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Why does the grinning bobcat grin?

Where are my keys?
On a typical Friday night I am
Eating, drinking, and engaging in merriment
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
when I was in 5th grade, I drew a comic strip about Cap'n Crunch, Tony the Tiger, the Lucky Charms leprechaun, and other breakfast cereal characters going on time-traveling adventures.
You should message me if
You have Byron's "The Destruction of Sennacherib" tattooed on your back.

You want to go out to museums, karaoke, pub quiz, or any other fun excursion.
The two of us