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One of those Insufferable Craft Beer Snobs

16 May 1944
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We hold these truths to be self-evident: Romanesque is objectively better than Modern architecture; Wittgenstein is a bitch to read, but pays off with fractal fecundity; it is better to be playful than cool; what will finally immanentize the eschaton is the titanic struggle between adherents of New York- versus Chicago-style pizza; American fans have dog-nature while British fans have cat-nature; either God is ineffable, or the Fundamentalists have direct access to His wishes, but not both; change is inevitable, especially under sofa cushions; chocolate is so a food group.

I am a doodler, a dabbler, a dork, a dilettante, and a mostly-off-recipe cook. I like the idea of gardening, but want a paid professional to do most of the work; still, it would be good to grow a few tomatoes or so. And lily-of-the-valley. I have a ferret-like attention span, and a great fondness for the colorful and the shiny. I wish people played parlor games more. I am a flirt, a pest, and a well-vetted brat. "I am frolicksome, and I am easy, good-tempered, and free..." Mostly good-tempered, anyhow. Someday, I would like to try my hand at restoring an old house. I seek the company of people who are smart, and clever, and very good at what they do. I can actually fake the act of suffering fools gladly, but don't often do it in print. I love dancing and singing and making pretties, and don't do near enough of any of those things. I'm such a prat sometimes. I love words, and people who are good at playing with them. I pick up the basics pretty quickly, but seldom manage to stick around long enough to get really good. I love my cotton ragg socks. I speak Swedish and English passing well, I muddle along indifferently in French, Spanish, German, and to a lesser degree, ASL. I am at a total loss as to what would be a good professional use for my skillset.

I was born in Karlskoga Sweden, whose other claims to fame are the Bofors Gun, the adjudication of Alfred Nobel's will, and Olympic diver Ulrika Knape. I was ripped untimely from my Motherland, and in the process became good at calling any place home. And a little too good at "out of sight, out of mind," as well. It was that, or mourn forever.
afrocelt, alma-tadema, andy goldsworthy, apbt, archery, art nouveau, badminton, bangles, banter, baubles, beads, beadwork, beer, bil, board games, boiled in lead, canadians, caviar sandwiches, comedia del arte, community, cooking, corflu, cosmic minds, dave langford, david hume, diana wynne jones, dr. who, duff, eastercon, embroidery, english country dancing, equitation, faandom, fabric, fan funds, fandom, fantasy, fanzines, ferrets, film noir, firefly, fireworks, foreign film, gammaldans, garmarna, georgette heyer, guff, hardanger, impressionism, intentional communities, jane austen, john sayles, knifemaking, languages, linguistics, livability, logic, mah jongg, making jewelry, malt whisky, mike batt, monty python, moomintrolls, movies, mysteries, narrative, nominal aphasia, non-fiction, northside records, novacon, nuance, old houses, operant conditioning, p.g. wodehouse, parlor games, patrick nielsen hayden, period costume, plokta, polyamory, polymer clay, qualia, quantum shrillness, rasff, reading, rec.arts.sf.fandom, regency dancing, richard mitchell, roger zelazny, romanesque architecture, roots music, sailing, saki, sapiosexuality, science fiction, science fiction conventions, science fiction fandom, science fiction fanzines, sewing, sex, shakespeare, shooglenifty, single malt, spirits of iron, stan freberg, steeleye span, steinlen, storytelling, sustainability, swedish pop, swing dance, taff, tea, tea parties, teaching, the frantics, tom lehrer, tom stoppard, travel, van gogh, warren zevon, wit, workshopping, writing, writing fiction, ya fiction, young doubliners, zoos


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