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Name: Torley
Interests, hobbies, obsessions, perseverations etc: Many of them... especially OBSESSIONS... people, places, and things. I'll list a few: at the moment (May 2004) I am really into Donald Trump ("You're fired!"), Sasha Cohen (figure skater), and Amber Tamblyn (actress). I think I'm getting really interested in Lacey-Lee Evin of the band Lillix too, she's got awesome bangs. When I was a kid I had the atypical typical fascination with dinosaurs, my parents (R.I.P. Dad) bought me so many books and dino-toys. And choo-choo trains for awhile. And then, I got into computer science. All along since I was 3 was music. Started out with classical piano lessons,now I do techno(logically-based music) fulltime. I also like to draw (crayons, pastel) and make colorful things. I used to do other creative things like write poetry and science fiction stories, although my writing now is mainly personal essays relating to music and entries in my blog!
Places: I like airports and hotels a lot, especially classy ones. Speaking of, I like neon colors. And women in neon dresses. And I'm also interested in human sexuality and social rituals (although I don't care much for small talk or inefficiency). I don't like redundancy too much, although what I often like to do is get into a real routine or cycle and then force myself to break it and get into another loop -- like techno music! It relates in SO many ways. I like to help people, I like to see people smile. There is so much pain and suffering in this world -- enough already! -- so happiness and joy are underrated bigtime. I'm told I'm many contradictions, "Humbly Arrogant" being one of them. "Cautiously Reckless" is another.
I used to be big into big words. Now I use them on occasion on an as-needed basis, which seems sage to me . . . I don't want to be off-putting or confound others. Language is about communication and I wouldn't use a big word just to intimidate someone because I *used* to do that and I realized the error of my ways sometime after. Hyperlexia is cool and all but I also like learning slang and street talk, and especially pop culture vocab. Bling bling! Dat's crunk.
I hardly watch TV or movies. The ones I do watch, I select precisely and enjoy immensely. Right now I like "The Apprentice" (looking forward to Season 2), Joan of Arcadia (which is a wonderful, inspirational show; I went nuts on their fan forum awhile ago), and the best movie I saw recently was probably Kill Bill with my little brother. It was very stylized. I like a lot of sci-fi/spec-fi, like Star Trek. And yes, the X-Men analogies ;). Not so much Star Wars, but I like time travel movies and movies dealing with parallel universes and alternate realities. I like considering possibilities, and making dreams come true. I'm simply complex =)
If I had the time and resources, I'd like to collect more inflatable furniture -- inflated, and this would take up quite a bit of space -- I'd also like to taste more desserts, especially many kinds of cheesecake. That would be a gourmet hobby. I'm serious! Some day I hope to try Kraft Dinner & Caviar. If I like something, I always run the risk of being addicted to it, so I try not to get too deep into it. Example: one day I played this computer game, Deus Ex: Invisible War for like 3 days straight (thankfully after> completing my work schedule for that time), and my eyes were all wonky after that. That wasn't the worst part of it! I then proceeded to go to the game's official message board and make over a thousand posts on every single conceivable topic about the game (graphics, storyline, technical glitches) in the space of the next few days. Finally, I came to and dropped the game and uninstalled it from my hard drive.
TECHNO TECHNO TECHNO TECHNO... had to say that, sooner or later. I am obsessed with synths and samplers and the galaxy of making computer music. It is truly amazing to me how Kraftwerkesque ideals have come to fruition -- some of them, anyway -- and progress continues to be made. I find it very exciting... the whole history of classic machines like the Roland TB-303 and how it was the bedrock of acid house and "that squelchy acid sound", or the recent innovations in laptop DJing and how new performance devices will make the link between man and machine even more fluid...... but enough about that!!!
Of major importance to me, tying in with what I said above, is raising awareness of neurodiversity and of the autistic, and Asperger's Syndrome. I think it is often hard for people who have it to speak up... but I am getting better at it. We can't be silent victims when injustices are doled out to us, and I have pragmatic, altruistic hopes for a bright future and better understanding. It won't be instant, and it certainly won't be easy. But each of us has an important role to play in this puzzle called life.

Year of birth: 1981 A.D.
Profession, area of study, etc: Technomusicology - study and research of electronic music in its many diverse forms!!! My obsession! I try not to talk too much about it because I start rambling, like REALLY rambling... I need to have other things in my life and I mustn't be so one-sided. It's hard.
Where you live in the world: Canada
Marital status, # of kids etc.: Single, not looking at the moment... hoping to be married with children when the time comes :) being a good husband and father is -- will be -- very important to me. Romance is an artistic science. And when you're really in love, you can't explain it. You just know you are... and it's that simple... or complex?! If marriage is an institution, it's gotta be a mental one! Ha ha. Sorry, I jest.
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Comments: I found A2P2 through an ally's link @ I'm sure you have visited, and if not, do come sometime! :) So I was encouraged to send in my picture and this descrip... and here I am, doing just that. Thanks for setting this up, I appreciate it. Thank you graciously.
The photo was taken by my big sister Nellie, so props to her for that :)

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