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Overview

  • 4 References 2 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Portuguese, Swedish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • wanderer
  • very random college education, depth in computation, math...
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About Me

I used to be a hacker by trade, ex-network security expert and telecommunications consultant. Since then, I've moved more towards things that focus on self-reliance, autonomy and sustainability. Recently, I've been studying biology, electronics, agriculture and sustainability in my free time.

Thus far, I've lived and worked (or studied) in five countries and traveled to many more; however, not as many as my father who was Portuguese. I was, born in Northern California. For now, I live by the sea in Bergkvara.

"The overman’s work of art is his own life, which he forges and lives according to his own creative will." So, me and my world are a cavns of sorts.

Philosophically and politically, I'm somewhere between post-left anarcho-nihilism and Zen (Ch'an.) Obviously, that implies I'm an agnostic atheist of sorts but I have deep interest respect for Abrahamic and Buddhist things.

"Saying that there is no dharma to be explained in words is called preaching the dharma."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

When I studied abroad, I really loved the experience of meeting so many exchange students and I really loved that environment. I think, with an apartment, I can bring some of that around again. I think it's nice to see this area through fresh eyes as well and maybe do some things I wouldn't normally do :)

Interests

What makes me happy lately is creating things from scratch and taking things apart. Cooking something using the apples or rose hips from the garden, listening to music, walking until I can't hear any more cars and can see nothing-man made or people, sunbathing by and swimming in the sea... I'm spending a lot of time in the garden now that Spring is arriving.

Things I'd like to do more of are fishing, camping, baking, painting and travelling but my list is much longer. I can imagine having a certain someone to do those things with could be fun.

  • arts
  • environment
  • cooking
  • baking
  • walking
  • electronics
  • gardening
  • traveling
  • cars
  • painting
  • music
  • fishing
  • camping
  • atheism
  • swimming
  • agriculture
  • biology

Music, Movies, and Books

# Films:
* "Zerkalo (The Mirror)" by Andrei Tarkovsky
* "Fight Club" by David Fincher, Jim Uhls (Chuck Palahniuk)
* "Syriana" by Stephen Gaghan (Robert Baer)
* "Man on Wire" James Marsh (Philippe Petit)
* "Take this Waltz" by Sarah Polley
* "Naked Lunch" by David Cronenberg (William S. Burroughs)
* "Vertigo" by Alfred Hitchock
* "Bicycle Thieves" by Vittorio De Sica
* "Now is Good" by Ol Parker (Jenny Downhan)
* "Donnie Darko" by Richard Kelly
* "Don Juan DeMarco" by Jeremy Leven (Lord Byron but not really)
* "Rear Window" by Alfred Hitchock
* "Room 237" by Rodney Ascher
* "Léon: The Professional" by Luc Besson
* "Det sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal)" by Ingmar Bergman
* "Tropa de Elite" by José Padilha, John Kaylin (André Batista et al.)
* "Gravity" by Alfonso Cuarón
* "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" by Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Elanor Coppola
* "Dangerous Knowledge" by David Malone (BBC UK)
* "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam
* "The Zero Theorem" by Terry Gilliam
* "The Double" by Richard Ayoade (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
* "Inception" by Christopher Nolan
* "Under the Skin" by Jonathan Glazer and Walter Campbell (Michael Faber)

# Books:
* "The Myth of Sysiphus" by Albert Camus
* "The Stranger" by Camus
* "Nausea" by Jean Paul Sartre
* "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" by Friedrich Nietzsche
* "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu
* "The Tao Te Ching" by Lao Tse
* "Siddartha" by Herman Hesse
* "Not Zen" by "Ewk"
* Random excepts from Arthur Schopenhaurer
* Random passages of Marcel Proust
* Everything so far by Robert Baer, some other whistleblowers, leakers, etc. as well
* Textbooks on subjects that interest me (e.g. mathematics, physiology, chemistry, sustainability.) At the moment, it's biology and I'm hoping to move on to either physiology or botany and compiler engineering when I'm done with that.
* Theses and journal publications on a lot of those same subjects, especially in mathematical logic and computer science.
* "The Holy Bible" with disputed provenance, primarily the Pentateuch in any case.
* "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones" compiled by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki

# Music:
* Comeback Kid
* Earth Crisis (especially later albums)
* Bad Religion (all albums)
* Black Flag (sorry but mostly later albums)
* First Blood
* Sick of It All

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Permanently moved to the other side of the planet.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United States, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United States, Wales

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