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Derek Clark

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Overview

  • 7 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • SEO Engineer
  • Computer Science @ U. of South Florida
  • From Tampa, FL
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Scale couches, drink beer, befriend plants and animals

ABOUT ME

People, the pursuit of knowledge and experience are the most valuable things to me. Sharing laughter with someone new or having a fruitful discussion about something--anything--is something I actively seek. It brings me to this site.

I do technical web stuff by trade, but I surround myself with people that are either:
- open-minded/free-spirited
- suffering affinities for THE ARTS
- self-aware/intellectual/self-suspicious
- obnoxiously hip / poorly dressed
- not actually people, but instead dogs or cats
- "characters"

PHILOSOPHY

Hmm. Mainly, I try not to assume too much about what I know or can know. When you really buy into that kind of thinking, things like human compatibility and (or) that feeling you get looking at mountains become the most sacred things in life.

Also, I distrust "faith" - it's belief in something 1) unknowable (definition of faith) 2) we would prefer to be true. That's a good recipe for 1) being wrong, 2) reasoning contaminated with bias, 3) alienating others. Suspending conclusion is humility. Be humble!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I work from home and can do my job most anywhere, so I'm going to start roaming around in the interest of discovering new places and new people. I'm open to discuss hosting to be a good participant.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Great experiences with CS'ers in San Francisco and Portland so far.

Interests

Natural settings, eating/making beer, Scrabble, critical thinking, self-actualization, mountain biking, mario karting, lowering sea turtle awareness

Music, Movies & Books

I created/curate Brasky.org, where my tastemaking pronouncements should help answer.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

My first reaction to this prompt: 2007--Watching the Perseid meteor shower through the thin atmosphere at 10,000 ft in Yosemite during overnight camp in high country (every 15s we saw thick, slow streaks of many different colors) - substances were involved.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can offer up sagacious morsels related to the voodoo of building/managing/marketing websites.

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