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World domination through my robotic minions.
I love meeting and getting to know wonderful people and bringing them into my social circle.
I love novel experiences -- strange foods, weird activities, strange social situations, ... We only live once and I want to experience everything I can.
I love understanding how the world works, and how people work. We're such beautifully fascinating creatures!
I love learning. Right now I'm learning kite-boarding, slack-lining, topics in math and robotics, TIG welding, and some dance forms.
Life is too short to spend lots of time watching TV -- kill the infernal machine!
It's fun to throw yourself into crazy situations without much planning and roll with what happens. I'm a huge fan of randomness and spontaneity over planning. I think the fact that the universe exists at all is ridiculously amazing and the thought of it (or a look at the night sky) always fills me with awe and happiness.
I've always thought this T. S. Eliot quote was awesome, and totally apropos for CS:
We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I host occasionally, attend CS meet-ups, camp with the CSers at Burning Man, and will eventually couch-surf myself!
Travel, Burning Man, snowboarding, motorcycling, SCUBA, slacklining, fire spinning, reading, evolutionary psychology, climbing, history (WW2 on), understanding the universe, green energy, meeting awesome people, philosophy, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, cuttlefish and other cute animals, the night sky, hiking, big dogs, exotic fruits
- swing dancing
- scuba diving
- bungee jumping
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Movie: 2001 - I don't care if you think its boring :), Vanilla Sky
Book (fiction): House of Spirits, Brave New World
Book (non-fiction): Selfish Gene
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Travelling around the Palestinian territories as a Jewish, half-Israeli, Atheist American was eye opening, adrenaline pumping, and plain old awesome.
Swimming with a humpback whale in Australia.
Bungee jumping the Nevis in New Zealand. The thought of it still sends chills down my spine.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: Fire-spinning, slack-lining, SCUBA, snowboarding, evolutionary psychology.
Learn: Guitar, salsa & swing dancing, drumming
Countries I’ve Visited
Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Panama, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Sweden, United States