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About Me


Me; we.


quiter (cf louder),
listener (cf talker), but this can change without notice.
like to potter, cafes are good.
history books (cf newspapers)
there's this thing called linux, and ..........
a great film is a great thing
not really a worker.
honest, but maybe kinda hopeless.
good with people, kids and cats (seem to) like me


The ratio of the amazingness, beauty, greatness, of the world, to that of one's self, is so vastly huge that anyone who fights, or tries to dominate, just isn't aware, hasn't been paying attention.


it is the individual: me, you, that person over there, that see everything, do the experiencing. Of course. That is: while the "world", this thing that we are standing on, is beyond, let's say, anything, it's *each of us individuals*, as individuals, that experience each bit of it. Of Course.

So, this may seem completely obvious, but it is not remotely similiar to how many parts of the world operate. They tend to value organisations, systems, small parts of the world, abstract futures, glands-based dominance and mindless boosterism.

My personal philosophy is for the former, and against the latter.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host, I meet for coffee, I visit, I surf


hosted a few people, met a few people in a few countries, a few continents, know a few people, been to a few events.

I have warmed a few couches in my time, and supplied friendly accommodation to homeless and stranded.


great films
how the world is, 20th century and other history
starting projects
talking about amazing things.
talking about mundane things.
other people's successes.

Music, Movies, and Books

One Hundred years of solitude, The First circle, Tragedy and Hope (C20 history), Of mice and men, and Cannery Row, The Corrections, The Master and Margarita, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (the best book (books) I have read), Iron in the Soul and maybe The Reprieve, The Outsider, Notes of a Dirty Old Man

Adventures of Baron Munchausen, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, When we were Kings, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Pulp Fiction, Satyricon (Fellini), And your mother too, Babel, amores peres, Santa Sangre, Barton Fink, Millers Crossing, No country for old men, Kung Fu Hussle, Italian for Beginners

JSB's Christmas Oratorio, St Mathew's Passion, and most Bach, if it's well done, Husker Du, HDU, boards of canada 'peel sessions' EP, Jeff Buckley's Grace, dinosaur Jr, especially 'you're living all over me'

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

two week motorcycle journey, Vientienne to Luang Prabang and back. Reissued classic kaiwasaki. Beautiful country, friendly, friendly people, great bike, and a few crazy adventures.

for "amazing things I've seen" someone else said "magnetism". I agree. Magnetism, magnetism is an amazing thing that I have seen. And civil engineering. And most physical chemistry, and airplanes, and humans: the majesty of the human race!

The majesty of the human race: that's an amazing thing that I have seen.

Teach, Learn, Share

Currently am editing documents that have been translated into English, and am happy to help most people with their English

In a former life I was a computer programmer, like everyone else, so if it is C, C++, assembly... whoops, I see your eyes glaze over

Countries I’ve Visited

Bulgaria, Cambodia, Egypt, Greece, Laos, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

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