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adam baker

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Overview

  • 27 Positive References
  • No languages listed
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Programmer
  • BS in CIS, Philosophy from OSU. MA i...
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

cogitate

ABOUT ME

I spend my time chasing the spontaneous suggestions of my friends, seeing live music, and programming various projects for friends, self, or profit.

I'm not an old hand here in San Francisco. I love walking. If you do to, I will walk around this city and her parks with you, day or night.

PHILOSOPHY

Life is an optimization problem and I'm always stuck in a local maximum.

I am a scientifically minded naturalist. I prefer consequentialist views of ethics to deontological views, though I'm not a Utilitarian.

I want to live indefinitely, and to exceed natural human capacity in most things. In other words, I'm a transhumanist. I just hope we survive the singularity.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I'd like strangers to crash with me.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've crashed with a few and hosted a few. The most salient traits shared by these experiences are live music/art performances and bars.

Interests

I spend good amounts of time watching the videos for open classes, tech conferences, and TED talks. I read a bunch of serial fantasy fiction and random comics on the internet. I pet my cats. I go to concerts and listen to music a lot when I'm home. I compose software.

Intellectual interests include economics, statistics, machine learning/AI, epistemology, ethics, logic, linguistics, and psychology. Really, anything there is to know. I just don't list physics, chemistry, biology, etc because I haven't pursued them much, though I wish I would.

Music, Movies & Books

Here's a place where I link to freely available songs I think are worth a listen.

http://song-a-day.blogspot.com/

I like indie rock, hip hop, electronic/ambient/house, jazz, metal, classical, modern chamber music, lo-fi, experimental, pop, etc.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Recently, I was absolutely blown away by The Soldier's Tale performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and narrated by John Lithgowe.

I was on BART coming back from a Grizzly Bear concert in Oakland, and there was a couple playing gypsie folk tunes on tuba and clarinet. The smile never left my face, and as thanks, I gave them butterflies.

Countries I've Visited

Japan, Netherlands, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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