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what makes me tick?

General Info
Name: Rob Camp
Age: 27
Location: Akron, Ohio
School: Kent State University; Kent, Ohio
Birthplace: Hilljack Paradise, 10th Level, Hell
Politics: Social Anarchism
Religious Beliefs: ex nihilo nihil fit

Hobbies are something of which I am lacking at the moment. I used to be an avid illustrator, and wanted to do it professionally, but after graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I can’t even be bothered to draw a stick figure. I’ve since gone back to an old interest of mine, psychology, and decided to go back to school for it.

Other interests of mine include photography, politics (though they anger me more and more lately), and figuring out how to get into shape. I also occasionally write microfiction – extremely short stories, which serve only to keep me amused – which I’ll post occasionally. I don’t think it’s that great, but I’ll put it up there anyway, just to take up space.

Music is an important part of my life (though, sadly, I can’t play anything for the life of me). You can tell a lot about people by their musical interests.

I like stuff from any genre. And no, I’m not going to follow that up with the clichéd ‘…but I hate rap and country’ nonsense. Even they have their place, it’s just that the junk they play on the radio is exactly that: junk. That goes for every genre.

Overall, though, my preferences are in rock (mostly its modern subgenres, i.e. post-rock, post-punk revival, new-prog, etc.), electro (mostly IDM, ambient, and progressive trance), and older stuff, whether it’s classical, jazz, or the blues. I also like more off-the-wall stuff, like zydeco, gamelan orchestral music, or flamenco. I even listen to Cold War-era spy radio transmissions for entertainment.

I’m not completely eclectic in my tastes, though. I can’t stand pop. I don’t like people telling me what to listen to, especially if it’s crap. And damn, is it crap.

I can’t be very thorough with my cinematic preferences. I guess it’s easier to say what I don’t like, which is dumb comedy/action/romance/etc. I’m not really into huge blockbusters (there are exceptions of course, like the new Batman series) and dumb frat comedy, like whatever the hell Will Ferrell is doing nowadays.

I like comedy the best, though. Current favorites are Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

I need to read more than I do (though I think people in general need to, as well). I’m a fan of satire and wit, from the masters, like Kurt Vonnegut and Mark Twain, to modern essayists like David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell.

Other books I’d recommend are The Gun Seller, by Hugh Laurie; Crooked Little Vein, by Warren Ellis; The Lucifer Effect, by Philip Zimbardo; and the classic: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

I’m currently reading I, Lucifer, by Glen Duncan. It’s basically Lucifer’s side of the story, told as he resides outside of Hell, in the body of some poor sap who tried to kill himself. I’ll let you know how that goes.

The last time I watched TV was on June 5th, 2005, when the news was flooded with Ronald Reagan obits. After dealing with nothing but reruns on digital cable (repeats and commercials seem pretty counterintuitive when you have to pay to watch), we chucked the cable and haven’t looked back.

This isn’t to say I never watch TV, or that I am above that sort of stuff. I do like House, Spaced, Arrested Development, and The Venture Bros.

Not much else, though, anymore. I get most of my entertainment through the internet (which is just as couch potato-y, to be honest). I’m a loser like that.

Ultimately, I recommend you just throw out your television and read a book instead. It’s quieter, less insulting, and it won’t try to sell you things by telling you how inferior you are to Madison Avenue’s ideal people.


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