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I'm living in a culture bubble. Please help me pop it.
Attempt number 5. Whatever I write here, I shall keep, for now.
Tall, kinda scruffy, I'm more of a book (or let's be honest, internet) kind of guy. That doesn't mean I won't go out hiking, or walking through town with a friend; but it does mean that I'm more of a social doer: without reason to go out, I'm happy to play guitar (badly), or piano (not as badly), or pursue my goal to master computer programming. For an Alaskan, I am pretty strange: I hate the summers, love the winters; don't own dogs; and don't vote republican.
I know it says "All about you", but I'd like to leave some of it for discussions, preferably over a nice drink.
Life is better than it has ever been before in all of human history. And despite all the bad news, it's getting better.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I joined back when I bought a house, but then it got a bit cramped and I decided to hold off. So technically I'm new at this.
Introverted interests: reading, binge-watching good tv shows, playing piano and guitar alone, computer gaming and programming.
Extroverted interests: talking, joking around, making fun of movies, bocce, wandering around town (while talking, of course), going out to dinner, sometimes hiking, going to the pub, education.
Be warned: I have strong opinions on many topics, and will talk for hours about things like math, evolution, religion, life extension, cryonics, Artificial Intelligence, practical philosophy, general science, and AD&D to name a few.
- pub crawls
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Avengers, Event Horizon, Monty Python, South Park, Team America: World Police, Amelie, Blade, Army of Darkness, Ong Bak, Le Pacte Des Loups, Banlieue 13, I Saw The Devil, Oldboy, Alien, Aliens... and many others
NOT: Michael Bay, Damon Lindelof
Music: dubstep, folk, techno, minimalist, foreign, pop, rock, classical, some baroque, romantic... and others.
Books: Selfish Gene, On Consciousness, The Ancestor's Tale, Freedom Evolves, GEB (not done yet), House of Leaves, (guilty pleasures: anything by Piers Anthony, Charles Stross, Jim Butcher, Patrick Rothfuss), The Road... add more later.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I went on a walk one winter, very late at night. I think I was angry about something and was trying to blow off steam. I ended up at the lookout on a small hill, when a ring of pillars of light formed directly above my head. They were many different colors, but glowed very brightly white. I know they were just the aurora, but I couldn't help but feeling as if the whole pantheon of Norse gods was looking down at me, telling me to calm the hell down. It was beautiful.
Teach, Learn, Share
I have a passion for math that I am always happy to share. That is, I love to share the passion AND the math.
I love sharing my esoteric computer quirks. Maybe there's something we can trade there.
While I'm not an expert, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the philosophy of religion, science, and knowledge. I think I can give you an acceptable rendition of the Deduction of Evolution by Natural Selection on a bar napkin, if given the chance.
Countries I’ve Visited
Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United Kingdom, United States