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Overview

  • 64 references 13 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Russian
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Aerospace Engineer/Data Scientist by day, Astronautics a...
  • [M.S. Astronautics-Univ of Southern California (online)] ...
  • From Everett, WA, USA
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About Me

"I'm not an actor, but I portray one on the television." - Ravin

CURRENT MISSION

Forget being a tourist, its all about travelling and partying with the natives!

ABOUT ME

My mother is from Madagascar.
My father is from Quebec.
See an underlining pattern here?

I'm co-founder of the Seattle Cardboard Tube Fighting Leauge.
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardboard_Tube_Fighting_League
-http://www.tubeduel.com

PHOTOS:http://www.flickr.com/groups/ctfl/pool
VIDEO: http://youtube.com/watch?v=yc7MWswbYlg

I've randomly hosted one in Washington D.C. at the National Mall, July 2008. I'm looking to expand it to Philly & NYC in 2009.

I'll post pictures of it on CS soon.

PHILOSOPHY

Manage to live your life without malice and a glass full of absinthe.

"90% of life is showing up" - Woody Allen

"Success; the ability to accomplish goals beyond one's comfort zone." -Ravin

"Diversity; seeing differences as opportunities yields results" - unknow

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

After 5 years in Florida, obtaining my undergrad degree, an overexposure to tourists left me with disdain for that particular form of travel.

Eventually, I stumbled upon Couchsurfing. It shall suit me well.

I did meet up with the CouchSurfing camp @ Burning Man 2007. They were a blast to meet and greet. I think I may camp with them the next time around.

Please feel free to ask me for photographs of the event.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Haven't yet tried the International Couchsurfing extensively yet.
UPCOMMING:
Moscow, Russia & Kathmandu, Nepal (& Japan?) - Winter 2012

Before, I mostly surfed at personal friends pads. Now, thru this site, I have couchsurfed the following:

Baltimore, MD/Washington D.C.(Cardboard Tube Fight)- July 2008
Long Beach, CA - Dec 2008
Philadelphia, PA/Washington D.C. (Obama's Inauguration) - Jan 2009
Los Angeles, CA - April 2009
Fort Lauderdale, FL & Vancouver, B.C. Canada - Jun 2009
Philadelphia & New York City (Cardboard Tube Fight) - July 2009
Logan, Salt Lake City, UT & Los Angeles, CA - Aug 2009
Victoria, B.C. Canada - Nov 2009
Pasadena, CA - May 2012 (attend my MS grauduation ceremony)

Interests

Burning Man, music, movies, motion, monopsony, magnetic, momentum, marginalized man, Hemmingway, grapefruit, mangoes, Yuengling, Mileage running, xkcd, The Onion, Starry nights, Sushi, Sashimi, pescetarianism, peppermint soap, blogs, blogging, recursive dreams, flash mobs

  • arts
  • acting
  • running
  • partying
  • movies
  • traveling
  • billiards
  • blogging
  • music
  • camping
  • history
  • medicine
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

MUSIC: I'm a music snob.
http://favtape.com/lastfm/ConradKilroy

Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Amen Break, Yacht Rock, The Grey Album, Craig Armstrong, William Orbit, Santogold, The Beta Band, The Rolling Stones, Zero 7, Kings Of Convenience, Feist, Bran Van 3000, The Flaming Lips, Mint Royale, Air France, Procol Harum, Wagon Christ, Supreme Beings of Leisure, eDIT, The Go! Team
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MOVIES: I'm a movie snob.
Fight Club, Rushmore, Being John Malkovich, Buffalo Soliders, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Se7en, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Adaptation, Be Kind Rewind, Sideways, Three Kings, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, No Man's Land, Punch-Drunk Love, Calabi-Yau, The Aristocrats, The Dirty Dozen, The Gumball Rally, Topkapi, Darwin's Nightmare, Wag the Dog, Why We Fight, The Corporation, Zelig, The Big Lewbowski, Doctor StrangeLove, Groundhog's Day, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Oldboy, Shaun the of the Dead, The Aviator, The Game, Unbreakable, Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Idiocracy, The King of Hearts, Le Roi de Cœur, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Straight Story, The Ref, Blow, Pushing Tin, The People vs. Larry Flynt, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Me and You and Everyone We Know, L4YER CAK3, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Stanely Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Wes Andersen, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Charlie Kauffman, Terry Gilliam, Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, Robert Aldrich, Barry Levinson, Woody Allen, Harold Ramis, Ted Demme
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BOOKS:
Pierre or the Ambiguities, Fight Club, The God Particle, Cloudsplitter, The Onion, The Prestige, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, On Bullshit, Freakonomics, More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics, The War Against Boys, The Starfish and The Spider, Pirates and Emperors, Against All Enemies, Galileo's Revenge, Siddhartha, A Modest Proposal, School vs Education

Nietzsche, James Thurber, Earnest Hemingway
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Updated here on facebook
http://www.facebook.com/p/Ravin_Pierre/39700702

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Ha, just you wait till you hear my eccentric and wild experiences.

-Been to Madagascar a few times
-Staged a Klan rally for art, history project
-Bent the first amendment
-Accidentally met George W. Bush
-Innocently violated federal sales tax laws, learned an important social lesson
-Lived on standby for 3 days at MCO
-Lost a house because of adulterous roommates
-Helped rally a flash mob
-Saw the Man burn 2x in one Burning Man trip
-by happenstance, reunited a hacker with a long lost friend
-detained in South Korean airport immigration, big winter misunderstanding

yeah, good times...

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm a conversation piece at heart.
What would you like to learn?

Perhaps I'd like to learn how to compile a better screenplay.

Countries I’ve Visited

Azerbaijan, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Madagascar, Malaysia, Russian Federation, South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Azerbaijan, Japan, Madagascar, Russian Federation, United States

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