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  • Fluent in English, German
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Working at the university as a programmer-scientist.
  • MSc in Computing
  • From Hamburg, Germany
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About Me


Writing software to reduce traffic jams.


I'm Michael, I program computers, research traffic and live in Berlin. I somewhat lean to the nerdy side, but I think I'm pretty sociable by now.


Left-libertarian, humanistic naturalist.

We all live in one world, not in two or three of them, and certainly not everyone in their own. We can improve our condition by exploring and explaining it.

We should work less.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Only very little so far! But when I had only been in my new and yet rather empty flat for a few weeks, I hosted a guy from Russia who brought a film projector, and I took him to an indy video store where he chose an obscure German production to watch on my white wall.


Walking. Hiking. Drinking and talking (or listening). Travelling, preferably without cars. Want to scuba-dive more (I have little experience yet).

Software development, open-source geospatial.

Music, Movies, and Books

Stanley Kubrick is the best. Also Woody Allen. I enjoy the independent mainstream: Kill Bill, Night on Earth, Trainspotting, Dead Man are among my favourites.

I listen to what has been introduced to me by more knowledgeable friends at certain points in my life, which is not systematic, but also not random. I like a lot, but I also dislike a lot. I enjoy local (Hamburg) hip-hop, ska, punk-rock and some campy disco. Also German chanson ("Liedermacher"). I don't listen to electro music at home, but I regularly go to the Fusion festival.

I enjoy reading theory and novels alike, especially if they cover or are informed by science, technology or philosophy.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

A friend in Tel Aviv gave me a tour of that neighbourhood which is around the old bus station. We went into a bar with mostly people from Sudan, plus us. One of them told us how he came to Israel across so many borders.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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