20 Facts About Me

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In case you wanted to know.

Twenty (mostly) True Things About Me

  1. I’m forty years old. I don’t feel forty years old. Well, my knees feel about forty years old in the mornings, but my sense of decorum and authority certainly hasn’t caught up.
  2. I was born in Alabama. This tends to come as a surprise to most people, as I don’t sound particularly ‘Southern.’ I moved up to Pennsylvania when I was about 12, came back down to Alabama to go to college, then came back up to PA (with a detour or two in between.) When I was younger, I had a lot of Southern jingoism, as I believe a lot of people from the South do. I’ve mostly gotten over that now.
  3. I currently have a shaved head. Less maintenance, overall.
  4. I have two younger siblings. I would say they’re both as odd as I am.
  5. I’m ordained in three religions: The Church of the SubGenius, the Cult of Discordia, and the Moorish Orthodox Church. Some people collect stamps; I get ordained by weird post-modern religions.
  6. My middle name is Leland. It basically means ‘fallow land‘, as in the farmland that is so worn out you just leave it alone for a season or two so it can get replenished with nutrients. I try not to read too much into that.
  7. I’ve had my own talk show: The Pleasure Saucer. It was a local access cable show, in Asheville, NC. It was the only show scheduled to come on at 2 AM, and due to content regulations, it was the only show that had to be scheduled to come on at 2 AM. I’m quietly proud of that. Fully archive here.
  8. I’ve also done a variety of podcasts, including my latest, Cinematic Pig’s Feet with Katalin Justice. I’m starting a new one in 2017.
  9. I’ve never graduated college. I had some issues with depression, and spent some semesters not leaving my dorm.
  10. My university, the University of Alabama, had a program called New College. Essentially, you could make up your own major, if you could convince a panel of students and teachers it was a legitimate one. Which is how I spent a semester with ‘Paranormal Studies’ as my major (that was one of the semesters I didn’t go to class.)
  11. I am a member of the Mallet Assembly, the Men’s Honors Living Option for the University of Alabama. Well, it was the ‘Men’s Option’ when I went there. Now it’s the ‘Autonomous Living Option’. I’m happy they made the change.
  12.  I have a tattoo of a Chaos symbol on the back of my left hand. I was slightly drunk at the time I got it, and the back of the hand seemed like an acceptable compromise between my shoulder and my forehead. So yeah, that’s me slightly drunk.
  13. I am a RSS addict. The number of blogs I read through my RSS reader (Feedly) is quite ridiculous.
  14. A long time ago, I passed my test to receive a 1st Dan (roughly the equivalent of a black belt) in Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.
  15. I’m a left libertarian agorist, with Karsonian mutualist tendencies. If you don’t know what all that means, you’re more likely to live a happy life.
  16. I love easily, and sometimes that hurts like a motherfucker.
  17. I have a great interest in making art, but have a tendency of buying books on art, rather than making it, when I get the urge.
  18. I was in a punk band with my two brothers, called Traxx. There was a bass, a drum kit hooked up to weird sound effects, and I screamed into a microphone. It was pretty cool.
  19. I’m currently a Certified Nurse’s Aide. It’s not a bad job. I’ve certainly had worse.
  20. For about six months when I was 6 or 7, I literally believed I was a space alien.
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