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Joel Wirāmu Pauling

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  • 193 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Māori, Tagalog, Thai
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Network Architect by day (and often ...
  • Life and a Few Pieces of Paper to ma...
  • From Taranaki, New Zealand
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About Me

25/04-15/05 : Working In Toronto

CURRENT MISSION

Sabbatical in Canada starting Mid October - March 2014/15

ABOUT ME

I am not your typical Beer loving/All black supporting Kiwi, but I am however typical in that I am sarcastic in my sense of humor. We find it endearing. So keep that in mind.

Kia ora, that's Māori for Hi. I do actually use it as a greeting non-ironically.

I am Pakeha(that is a complex term ask me about it), with strong sense of Maori Bi-cultural heritage. Have been flatting in multicultural flats since I left home at age 16.

You name some sort of political/ethnic/religious/spiritual/sexuality category (or combination thereof) I have probably lived with someone ascribing to/being a member of it at some point.

Only people I don't do well with is privileged, sexist misogynists who are convinced that the way of the world is prescribed in stone. Generally that goes hand in hand with Right Wing Authoritarian types and people high in Social Dominance Orientation; although not always - Did I mention I may have taken one two many post grad courses in Psyc of Gender/Politics and Social Inequality/Multiculturalism? I got over it, took me 8 years in the real world tho.

Diversity in living situations reminds us that ours is not the only perspective. That's pretty much how I go about life. I've got my own opinions - but enjoy being challenged and challenging others.

Legacy CS profile here : https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/288483/profile/legacy

Google+ here: https://plus.google.com/111096521876100491635/

Tweets here: http://twitter.com/aenertia

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Facebook here : http://www.new.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701359831 : NB: I have left Facebook due to their restrictive privacy/content EULA.

Flickr photo stream here : http://flickr.com/photos/aenertia NB: Don't use flickr much anymore

PHILOSOPHY

"Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man." - Henry Adams
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The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I meet and go out of my way to meet other CS'ers when I am traveling through places.

I've moved on from being 'the' local CS guru to being pretty much relaxed about participation these days. If it suits, when it suits and without drama.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Couchsurfing is a fairly culturally ingrained Kiwi trait growing up, especially in rural areas where I grew up - because you often didn't have a ride back into town (or town was 2 hours drive away).
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I've hosted or been hosted around the Globe. I've stopped trying to list countries/count or remember all of them.
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I have been quite active at times doing CS bits here and there and getting it introduced to a wide range of people both in Tourism and Travel and through Academia (as part of my thesis). Once did an interview in Manila for a Magazine article about CS, and am always keen to help out others when and where I can. There is also an Ignite talk I did here :

http://www.ignitewellington.co.nz/2010/07/joel-wiramu-pauling-couchsurfing.html

Also sometimes system bug reporter.
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Interests

Many and Varied, but people, cultures, places and languages are up there with Geek stuff.

I have a thespian bent bone; in that I like musicals, dressing up, stage makeup and getting in front of people singing, dancing and showing off. All as part of planned theatrical production; preferably with hijinks and hilarity, of course.

Music, Movies & Books

For extensive listening history and analysis of a very wide ranging taste see: http://last.fm/user/aenertia

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Books/Authors:
Cyrptinomicon, Illuminatus, 1984, The Tempest, Neuromancer. -->Lots of Favourite Journals/Short Stories--> Authors: William Gibson, Neal Stevenson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchet, Philip K Dick, Ray Kurziwiel
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Movies :
Lots of Documentaries, I like Arthouse/Foreign, I am a bit of a Sci-Fi addict at times... Anything with an expansive and immersive background...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Fended school children off at the top of a Buddhist temple in a Muslim country. Bathed a crippled elephant. Traveled through 5 countries in 2 days. Been involved in changing laws in New Zealand. Wrote a Thesis. Built several server farms single handedly from scratch.

Met amazing people from all walks of life, and shared in their lives.

Teach, Learn, Share

Linux and Free/Open Source Software(computers/phones etc) questions, networks(internet kind) and some Māori mythology, cross-cultural quirks. I can occasionally impart gems.

What I Can Share With Hosts

A friendly ear, and good conversation. Beyond that depends on my Schedule and Time. Sometimes I will be able to ferry you around, do daytrips out and have time to properly hosts. Other times it will be - here is the couch, key and fridge ; see you around.

Being flexible as a guest and adapting to your hosts life is what I aim for.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cook Islands, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, New Zealand, Singapore

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