Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Gauntlet Comes Clean: Full Metal Disclosure

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Gauntlet of Balthazar for a weird one that's either some unbridled sharing, or extreme narcissism, depending on how you look at it. I figured at this point I might as well just spell out some personal incidentals, 'cuz frankly, as a struggling artist whose trying to be "out there", my goal from the start was to promote myself - not to hide. And so, with very little ado, here it goes...  

The Physical
I was born in Islip / Plainview, Long Island, New York, USA. My eye color is Hazel (nice and rare). My blood type is B+ (about 8% of the population - so also rare, at least in the US). My Y-DNA Haplogroup is J-L70 (previously known as J2), and lastly, I'm right-handed. 

The stuff that's true, but I hate to admit it
My Chinese Zodiac Sign is the Snake. My Western Zodiac Sign is Aquarius. My Numerology is 30/3 (far too sensitive). My Tarot card is The Tower. And lastly, my Myers-Briggs Personality type is INTJ - the architect (which probably explains why I like world creation and business mechanism design).

The beliefs that give structure to my madness
Politically I describe myself as a "Neo-Whig" (which one could describe as a Right-Leaning Libertarian. But since the Libertarian Party can't get it together, I have remained a registered Republican for the last 30 years or so). Socially I am a Classical Liberal Conservative (which means I have no interest in what anyone does behind closed doors as long as it doesn't hurt anyone and everyone is a consenting adult. Saying that, I do have a traditionalist streak. Economically I am an Anarcho-Libertarian Capitalist (which is a school that dictates extreme free market entrepreneurial capitalism within a legal framework versus the globalist corporatism of the Neo-Libs and Neo-Cons. Culturally I describe myself as Jabotinskyite Zionist (after Zev Jabotinsky - who was an early 20th century anti-socialist, secular revisionist Zionist leader who advocated a socio-cultural code known as "Hadar" - or "Jewish honor", as well as Jewish and Arab integration in the State of Israel). Religiously I'm a weird bird, and at best I describe myself as being Judeo-Pagan.

What I'm reading
The last book I purchased was "A History of Palestine 634-1099" by Moshe Gil and the book I purchased before that was "The Magician's Companion" by Bill Whitcomb.

What I'm listening to
The last vinyl album I purchased was Morrissey's "I am Not a Dog on a Chain". The last CD I purchased was Avenged Sevenfold's "The Stage". The last music I downloaded was Badflower's "Ok, I'm Sick". The last band playlist I cued up on Pandora was Muse.

What I'm watching
The last film I watched in a movie theater was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The last series I binged on DVD was Star Trek: Discovery (Season 2). The live action series I'm currently binging is Netflix's Money Heist. And the last animated series I binged was Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season 7).

Music Gear
The last electronic instrument I purchased was The Arturia Mark II Minilab keyboard. The last analogue instrument I purchased was a Schecter Diamond Series C-6 Elite Electric Guitar. The last Digital Music Program I upgraded was Ableton Live 10 Suite. And lastly, the last instrument I purchased in the "other" category was a Silver Creek Black Gold Harmonica in the key of C.

Food and Drink
My favorite coffee beverage is the marzipan cappuccino made at Espresso Elevado in Plymouth, Michigan. My favorite home brewed coffee is Illy Ground Espresso Medium roast with fat free condensed milk. My "go to" tea is PG Tips. My "go to" cocktail is the White Russian. My favorite dessert is the Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) at Curry in a Hurry in New York City, though Knefeh (Arabic cheese pastry) runs a close second. My favorite Asian cuisine is Vietnamese. My least favorite Asian cuisine is Korean.

My first job was as a delivery boy for a midtown Manhattan gourmet restaurant / cafe at the age of 15. The first concert I attended was the '60's-70's Scottish proto-metal band Slade at the Fillmore East (I was three years old).

Weird facts
I have created several synthetic languages and, bonus, dialects of those languages. I taught myself calculus when I was figuring out P&L tables. I didn't describe myself as a writer / screenwriter until the age of 42, even though I has written parts of books, articles, screenplays, and had completed two novels and novellas. I started to learn guitar at the age of 13, but quit, and then took it up again at the age of 18. I almost lost sight in one eye when I was child. I've read the Quran, the Vedas, the Gnostic Gospels, and placed in a (Jewish) bible study contest when I was a child. I have uncanny aim with bow-and-arrow. Relatedly, I own a few swords. I really enjoy studying endangered and extinct languages. And lastly, it was totally normal to eat chicken feet when I was growing up. 

What I'm working on right now
Writing and Film: I'm currently working on the script for Nevekari Enterprise's Hard-Sci-Fi series Sovereignty (Episode 1.04 "Titan"). I'm also editing the film for Nevekari's Sovereignty Promo #2 (otherwise known as the Robert Adam Malleson Bio Reel). Music: I'm currently recording tracks for an album titled "Five Year Plan", which is a collection of anti-Marxist-Socialist-Communist-Soviet industrial-electronic tunes by 391 & the Army of Astraea. I'm also adding tracks to a second Sovereignty EP. I am currently also compiling and remixing tracks for two retro music compilations: The first is a 391 & the Army of Astraea compilation of songs recorded in the 1980's and 1990's called "Lost Tracks Found", and the second is a compilation of archival Stubborn God Productions pieces titled "Working Backwards: A Collection of Collaborations".

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