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Hello! Welcome to Los Angeles!
I'm an artist and photographer. I teach art at Long Beach State University, and you can see some of my photography around Los Angeles here:
You can see some of my CS guests here:
"Runaway University", aka "my house", is an experiment in international cultural exchange. I hope that while you're here you'll make a little time to spend "on campus" (in the house) and maybe prepare a meal, or lead a yoga session, or a baking class, or a laughter workshop! You can see a few past RULA (Runaway University, Los Angeles) workshops here:
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Why do we bother to take selfies at The Hollywood Sign or The Eiffel Tower? There are already millions of them here:
I guess we do it because different features of different cities have an almost primordial pull on our souls. These images are one way of touching the otherwise ephemeral qualities of a city. I hope as travelers that we also take the time to hitchhike on Sunset Boulevard or share a bottle of wine on the banks of the Dordogne river. I hope we take the time to be great CouchSurfers.
ARE YOU NEW TO CS?
If you are, here are some awesome videos from "What a shame Mary Jane" that might be helpful:
• How does CS work? https://youtu.be/uoeLW_2Os3o
• Getting started on CS: https://youtu.be/Pu5lctyfHuI
• Is CS free? https://youtu.be/WIO0ivo5nvs
• Is CS safe? https://youtu.be/D9Xk3SOHnEw
• How to write the perfect CS request: https://youtu.be/PVXewFRRuhw
• How to find a CS host for every trip: https://youtu.be/NPHKDbR3l3E
• How long can you stay with a CS host? https://youtu.be/95CF2SYo23A
I'm a Los Angeles-based artist and Arts Educator.
- urban exploration
- new experiences
- urban planning
- open source
- art museums
- artificial intelligence
- digital nomad
- street photography
- arts and culture
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC - FRENCH
MUSIC - ARABIC
• Souad Massi
• Emel Mathlouthi
• Nancy Ajram
MUSIC - TURKISH
• Olcay Bayir
• Aleyna Tilki
MUSIC - GERMAN
• Nina Hagen
• Ute Lemper
MUSIC - RUSSIAN
• Via Gra
MUSIC - K-POP
• Lim Kim
MUSIC - TAIWAN
• Mavis Fan
MUSIC - CANTONESE
• Pixel Toy
MUSIC - AMERICAN
• Got a Girl
MUSIC - UK
• Bat for Lashes
MUSIC - POLISH
• Ewa Farna
FILMS - INTERNET FREEDOM
• Citizen Four
• The Internet's Own Boy
FILMS - SPECULATIVE FICTION
• The Matrix
• Blade Runner
• Altered States
FILMS - IDENTITY
• I Am Sam
FILMS - UNDERSTANDING LOS ANGELES
• "Chinatown", Roman Polanski, 1974 - explains the water
• "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", Robert Zemeckis, 1988 - explains the transportation
• "La La Land", Damien Chazelle, 2016 - explains the dream
FILMS - WHY UNIONS MATTER
• "Norma Rae", Martin Ritt, 1979
• "Matewan", John Sayles, 1987
• "North Country", Niki Caro, 2005
BOOKS - PHILOSOPHY
The 2 best books I've read for making sense of living in this world are:
• "Buddhism Plain and Simple" by Steve Hagen
• "For The Time Being" by Annie Dillard (David Birney's reading of the audiobook version is sublime)
BOOKS - CULTURE and TECHNOLOGY
The 3 best books I've read for understanding the perils of our technological moment (and why, if you happen to be an American, you should vote for Elizabeth Warren) are:
• "Zucked" by Roger McNamee
• "Surveillance Capitalism" by Shoshana Zuboff
• "What Technology Wants" by Kevin Kelly
BOOKS - IDENTITY
Some of my favorite books on Identity are:
• "Alias Olympia" by Eunice Lipton
• "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See
• "Murder of a Medici Princess" by Caroline P. Murphy
• "The Birth of Venus" by Sarah Dunant
• "Dirty Blonde" by Courtney Love
• "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" by Oliver Sacks
• "Willful Creatures" by Aimee Bender
• Kill your television!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
• Cave diving in the Yucatan.
• Kelp forest diving at Catalina.
• Arch Rock kayak crossing at Anacapa Island.
• Kayaking with 6 dolphins at Corona del Mar.
• Hearing a sea lion cough at the end of the Newport Jetty.
• Hearing whales sing at the bottom of the ocean in Kona, Hawaii.
Teach, Learn, Share
• Let's start your blog!
• Let's dye your hair a fun color!
• Let's work on your blog *while* your hair color is processing!
• I am an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. If you'd like to get married while you're in California, I'd be happy to perform your service!
What I Can Share with Hosts
• Fusion Teas.
• Art, Culture, and Amateur Philosophy
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico
Countries I’ve Lived In