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Peculiar playful gravitas. I get excited about complex and weird ideas. I laugh loudly. Think quietly. I love computers and people, too.
Jungian psychology pegs me as ENTP:
I like stuff with anarchic playfulness, like Discordia and Daoism - stuff that's not hierarchic or institutionalised. I had enough of that stuff in school.
One of my all time heroes wrote something I like a lot: "Yet my most cherished advice to all friends is the following: learn to enjoy your contingent present, don't be obsessed by the future. Carpe diem, and enjoy the current emotions: a starry sky, a fresh wind, the shells on the seashore, your love at your side in the night, a long talk in the evening twilight with a friend, the smile of your kids. Substituting *that* with a TV -or a computer screen- is a very poor bargain... that is one of the few things I am now pretty sure of."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
When I had a home, I hosted people as much as possible.
When I travel, which is now all the time, I am either couchsurfing, or surfing the couch of friends!
And, of course, I'm always telling people about the project.
I've traveled all over the world via CS and today I am happy to say that I've met some really great friends from this community!
Software freedom. Type and Typography. Design. Internet. Social dynamics. Rambling around cities and landscapes. Art. Sailing. Drawing. Swimming. Meditation. New cities. Philosophy. History. Education. Transition Towns.
Music, Movies, and Books
"The problem with rock and roll is that the generation that created it is now the establishment. Rock pretends it's still rebellious with its video posturing, but who believes it? The stars are all either 45-year-old zillionaires or they endorse soft drinks! The 'revolution' is a capitalist industry! Give me a break! Fortunately, I've found some protest music for today's youth. This stuff really offends Mom and Dad: Easy-listening Muzak. I play it real quiet, too."
I love music, but - honestly - who doesn't? The fact is, I just don't feel that strongly about it. I used to listen to BBC Radio 1 or 2 or 4 when I lived in the UK, but I sold my car (and very nearly everything else) in 2009 and now I basically don't listen to music any more.
Mostly I like energetic music, whatever genre. I'm so easy going, I like most things.
I love film. I am not ashamed to say that my most favourite films are big Hollywood films, the ones that I saw growing up: [[Back to the Future]] (must have seen it a hundred times as a kid), [[Terminator 2]], [[Indiana Jones]]...
Fight Club had a big effect on me when I was a kid. You are not the car you drive.
I am particularly fond of "The Whale and the Squid." Dark! And I love everything Kubrick did. I also have a love for silly comedy. Ah, Tommy Cooper!
I rarely read fiction books, for me real life is more interesting. I used to bring Calvin & Hobbes books into reading class instead of 'real' books. The last book I read I thought was really excellent was Accelerando by Charlie Stross. Once I went out and bought all of Chuck Palanuick's books after reading Fight Club online. But instead of fiction, I read a lot of curious non-fiction stuff from all over the web - Wikipedia is insanely great!
My favorite authors of all time are Eckhart Tolle, Marshall Rosenberg, John Taylor Gatto, and Marshall McLuhan. Look 'em up! :-)
I was a fussy kid, but not any more. My favourite is probably Thai Green Curry. I like to eat vegetarian food a lot even though I'm not.
I saw the "Surfwise" documentary, bought Doc Paskowitz' book, and in 2009 I was inspired by his CRAZY WRITING STYLE to improve my diet a lot and aim to exercise daily. I often let myself down with traveling - day pass access to gyms is fat coins - and in 2011 I picked up the whole 'Paleo diet' thing again from my friend Owen, and the 'Slow Carb diet' from Andy. Trying to avoid bread, rice and pasta makes the invisible threads of civilisation most perceptible...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
In June 2007 I was involved in a nasty car accident. Unexpectedly, and by total luck, I survived without any serious injuries that are likely in such a tragedy. This effected me in profound and subtle ways.
"You have to know, not fear, that some day you are going to die. Until you know that, and embrace that, you are useless."
Teach, Learn, Share
I am building a career on advancing the role of computers in maintaining a free society, and specifically, making typographic design tools freely available: I free fonts.
Before that, I was a student of the idea of "information design."
I read a lot about the history and nature of compulsory state schooling and probably talk about that stuff too much.
I often think about the collapse of industrial society, which I believe has already begun due, to peak resource extraction colliding with the monetary requirement for growth. (Buy gold.)
Thus I slowly learn more and more about Permaculture and Transition Towns and stuff like that - so if you're into that too then, hello!
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In