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Jared Duggan

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Overview

  • 48 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Video games production
  • Environmental Science & Policy, Envi...
  • From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

Hello fellow travellers!

I work at Warner Bros. Games Montreal and while I don't consider myself to be much of a gamer, I've been using my job as an opportunity to hone my skills so I can apply them to personal high-tech art projects. Right now I'm working on some stuff (on my own time) for the Oculus Rift. I can't wait to see what this step in technology will bring us! More on that in the "interests" section..

I live in Montreal for it's outstanding arts/music scene (Rodin exhibit arriving soon!), strong vegetarian/vegan community, and generally easy-going lifestyle. It's nice to be able to drink in parks, have easy access to so many hiking/biking/skiing trails, and to enjoy the non-stop festivals that get the city outdoors even on the coldest of January nights!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

CS is an amazing community of like-minded people. It's a pleasure to be a part of it, lend a hand to travellers, and to meet interesting people when I'm on the road. Nobody knows an area quite like a local!

Interests

Indie cafés, wine/microbrew beer, dinner parties, party parties, gardening, and exploring new places and ideas. Some of my favourite topics include: science/tech, the singularity, psychology, philosophy, social dynamics,

I'm particularly interesting in global politics (especially from the social philosophy standpoint) and their implications. Remember how I said I was working on some art projects? Here is a quote that I draw inspiration from:

"In using art as a tool for transformation, we have the opportunity to create a reality as beautiful, healthy and strong as our imagination permits."
Martina Hoffman

Music, Movies & Books

My default music is electronic (especially the really trippy, transportative stuff) but I like a bit of everything from jazz to goth, rap to neo-baroque, worldbeat to top-40... you get the point. I'd love to hear what you're into!

Here's a quick off-the-top-of-my-head list:
Koan, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Bluetech, Floex, Frou Frou / Imogen Heap, NCC, Postal Service, Delerium, :Wumpscut:, Sasha, Tool, Deltron 3030, aKido, Elsiane, múm, Sigur Ros

Currently Reading: "The New Machiavelli" by H.G. Wells and "Mindset" by Carol Dweck.
Next in Line: Open to suggestions

Films/Series:
- Rick and Morty
- Adventure Time
- Black Mirror
- Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring
- Lost in Translation
- I <3 Huckabees
- Waking Life
- The Fountain
- Twelve Monkeys
- Genius Party
- Serial Experiment Lain
- Kino No Tabi
- Mushihsi
- Trigun

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I went canoe camping on the same river two years in a row. The first year there was a long drought that reduced the river to a trickle. More than half the time we had to portage, and the other half was spend getting stuck on rocks in the shallow water. The following year during an outstandingly stormy month. The entire river was swollen and churned and frothed ferociously.
It was incredible to experience both extremes!

Teach, Learn, Share

Learning is not a passive process; neither is having fun!

What I Can Share With Hosts

I'm a great cook and can pair wine like a pro ;)

Countries I've Visited

Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada

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