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The following writeup is almost 3 years old, so while relevant, I have changed a lot...
To make a long story with countless fun details short: I've always been a very curious person. I've experimented with computer programming since the age of 9 - at first on a WebTV, not anything most would consider a computer, but I was so interested!
I dropped out of high school at the end of junior year. My parents were skeptical, negative, violently opposed, but it was what I wanted, and I knew I would make it work. As far as education goes, I was and still am confident that I can learn anything I truly want to know on my own. I prefer to guide myself, to do what I'd like, to address what I feel needs to be addressed, to follow my own intuition and excitement. I know me better than a faceless institution.
I stopped going to school about a month before turning 18. I worked with a friend at his place, creating some stuff to be proud of. I got my own apartment soon after. I say this is not to brag, but to describe the setting for the narrative. Being free to choose how I spend my own time on a daily basis has led me to some extraordinary, universal experiences. I considered myself openminded before these experiences, but these times blew my mind far further open than I could've ever imagined. My first encounter with MDMA was a paradigm shift; it showed me more potential for love and empathy than I had ever experienced. My first LSD experiences a month later were even more enlightening. I live for experiences like those, the ones that remind me: "Love is all you need." :)
philosophy, music, software, poetry, food and vegetarianism, yoga, life
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm into indie, psychedelic, ambient, experimental and rock, including:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Doors, Brian Eno, Deerhunter, Shpongle, of Montreal, T. Rex, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Modest Mouse, Boards of Canada, All India Radio, MGMT, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Spacemen 3, Jim Guthrie, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Arcade Fire, Kuroma, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, The Black Angels, The Beach Boys, Dead Meadow, The Zombies, The Beatles, Atlas Sound, Spiritualized, The Dandy Warhols, Tim Hecker, Ott, Neil Young, The Decemberists, The Knife, The Warlocks, Joy Division, Tame Impala, Girls, The Olivia Tremor Control, TV on the Radio, Younger Brother, Magazine, Yeasayer, Fleet Foxes, My Bloody Valentine, Asura, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Radiohead.
Check out my music taste: http://www.last.fm/user/akaz0
Movies: Enter the Void, Pink Floyd The Wall, When Youâ
Teach, Learn, Share
Know, in various degrees (and always learning):
• Tons: Software design philosophy, development knowledge.
• Quite a bit: Nutrition, health.
• How to sing - A favorite. Euphoric.
• Somewhat: How to play the guitar.
• A little yoga.
• Scattered interesting ideas.
Want to learn:
• More of the above.
• Esoteric knowledge.
• Tons of stuff I haven't listed or maybe even thought about yet.