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Overview

  • 35 references 24 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 40, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Developing Software & Property
  • I've learned a lot by indulging in the strangeness of others
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About Me

I'm just curious about the world and the people in it. So when I'm not indulging in art, science, politics or history, I push and pull against the notions and stories of others.

My life is metered in creative projects and intellectual obsessions. I take to ideas and dive deep with them. I try to build with what I find. In the past month (4/2013) I've had people compliment me for my knowledge in existential risks, auction theory, election theory, and the major histocompatibility complex.

My projects range from transportation activism, to building companies, to creating social groups, and making events happen.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I've had the pleasure of traveling across America and throughout Paris via the homes of kind others. So beautiful to be embedded in a place, participating in the lives of others.

Interests

I love ideas, big and small, old and new. I love art, in any medium.

To be challenged, and delighted. To progress.

  • arts
  • politics
  • traveling
  • divinity
  • history
  • science

Music, Movies, and Books

Because this list will never be quite up to date, instead I'll share my philosophy about art that I communicate through food. I like the sharpest chedders, with beer, I like the hoppiest IPAs, the richest scotch, and so on. With every sort of thing I want depth, intensity - I want to be overwhelmed.

But to be a little more specific, in music there's: post-modern rock, math rock, electro-pop, dubstep, and so on...

Matthew Barney, The Knife, James Blake, xxyyxx, Purity Ring, etc.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

The most amazing thing I've been lucky to do is settle in with amazing others. And to try my best to be, for fleeting moments, a channel for amazing itself.

Teach, Learn, Share

Lately I've been finding myself playing mentor and advisor, and I have to say I love it. I love to teach, to help a mind unfold and expand around an idea, just by tugging at the edges.

One of my favorite old ideas, that I can share right here, comes from the Quakers. They arrived at the idea of the fundamental equality of people hundreds of years before it was in vogue, and were so certain of it that they refused to doff their caps. They believed that every person carries with them the spark of divinity, and to treat anyone as lower or higher than another would be an insult to that divinity - nothing else could be more important than that spark, that we all hold. This is a great quest, I think, identifying that spark in oneself.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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