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Simon Braunstein

Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

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Overview

  • 30 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Game programmer, pixel artist, teacher.
  • Two graduate degrees (Interactive Me...
  • From Barrington, RI
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to design a computer game that has extrinsic emotional/educational value to people.

ABOUT ME

1. I am not ashamed to admit my weaknesses or discuss my history!
2. Baking and pixel art are extremely important!
3. Flakiness is desirable in crusts, but not in people!
4. I cherish the idea that video games are an art form, and I am searching for a way to get motivated about creating and practicing that art.
5. I am in love with cheesy snacks, like Cheddar Goldfish.
6. I find Native American culture fascinating, and I really like talking to people about how any indigenous culture has been treated. I'm always looking for new ideas/information on that one.
6. I love to read others' writing, and my own.

PHILOSOPHY

COMPENSATING

When I was a teacher,
I was sick.
my ex-girlfriend wrote me a letter
of recommendation
for a job I dreamed I'd get.
Maybe it was an unfair thing to ask for.
I wanted to believe in myself,
If only by proxy.

I got the job.

I announced my ascendance
to the school secretary, the next day.
She said, You've had it?
Wishing for some
(sex)
righteous reversal,
I said, more like It's had me.

When traveling
we leave shining trails of ourselves,
sluggish memories.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

By living in Taiwan and making you happy.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've spent a few nights here and there in New York on friends' couches, operating mostly as an analog couch surfer. But then I stayed at my friend Ben's house for a month, and he taught me what it was all about. Now the world is my oyster, and stuff. And I've been hosting people in Taiwan and Australia ever since.

Interests

Game programming, Pixel art, Chiptune music, Canoeing, Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Opera, Graphic Novels, Computer Game Programming, Pixel Art, Poetry, Writing, Rollerblading, Reading, Web Comics, Haberdashery (only barely), Baking, Banjo, Salads, Nutella, Stenciling, Texas Hold 'em, and Being a zoo of muscles.

Also, playing video games.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Virt, Neko Case, Of Montreal, Grizzly Bear, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Jaga Jazzist.

Movies/TV: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Sifl and Olly, Six Feet Under, The Hudsucker Proxy, Harold and Maude, SLC Punk, Kill Bill, The Fall, Three Kings.

Favorite Books:The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Crime and Punishment, The Stars My Destination, Slaughterhouse Five, Preacher, The Watchmen, The Day of the Triffids, Dracula, Mythologies (By Roland Barthes).

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I have traveled down rivers in central Florida with at-risk teenagers. I have seen a kid punch a tree on purpose in order to break his hand, so that he could go away from that river. He was wrong. We took him to the hospital, and brought him back. Har?

On this same trip, I saw a kid get beaten by his friends. They said that they did it because they wanted to go home, and if they were violent enough they'd have to get taken off the trip. They apologized to him even while they were terrorizing him after he locked himself in a van in 110 degree heat. They were right. They were sent home.

I was once threatened by a mother at gunpoint during parent-teacher conferences, at my old school in Brooklyn.

I once ate an entire large cardboard carton of cheddar goldfish in ONE AFTERNOON, while playing Metroid.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to draw any object adorably in 16 pixels square. I can teach you how to program.

I can teach you some Chinese! A tiny little bit.

I can teach you how to build a camping stove out of a Pepsi Can, bake an apple pie, knit, sew, rock climb or canoe. I can teach you how to play Street Fighter II for the SNES like a god-damned champion.

I would like to figure out how to do a kickup, how to walk on my hands, and how to be better at Actionscript. I would also like to learn to dance. I'm no good at that, yet. Oh! And I'd like to learn about alternative medicine/nutrition, as a means to an end of me being the most forgetful person in the universe. That would help.

Countries I've Visited

China, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Taiwan, United States

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