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Maximilian Klein

Oakland, CA, United States

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  • 8 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Hebrew (modern), Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Wikipedian in Residence
  • I have a B.A. in Math from Berkeley,...
  • From London, U.K.
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About Me


Solve the paradox of counterculture being another culture.


I have two rules for conversation:
1. Only ask people questions that reflect choices they've made, and
2. Only ask questions that in all probability have never been asked before.

I like to take the time to overanalyze minutiae, until the point where you have to forget about the topic and never mention it again. That makes for smiling Sunday breakfasts or ruined ones depending on your stance, and I am precisely undecided about how I feel about myself as well.
If we were ever waiting in queue for tickets to a movie you should be comfortable with giving up at the last moment turning around and going on to do something completely different - like visiting an owl sanctuary or whatever the contemporary whim dictates. Spontaneity over finely tuned plans. And Peter Pan over olive oiled frying pans.

Lastly, I like to be challenged on my own rules, occasionally fail to the point of humiliation and try the toothy grin tactic.

What I'm doing with my life:
Working at a think tank which is an ideal professional as could ever be envisaged. So I pour a lot of brainsweat into digital experimenting
On the weekends, with inevitable hangovers, I have to convince myself that it's not ok to lay in bed and read wikipedia all day, even though I think it might actually be.
About once a month I get struck with this need to play as hard as I work, which is sometimes the award of a bike ride, and otherwise 6 months on Kibbutz.


Be the psychologist you want to see in the world.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I'm a newbie, but have gone to a lot of meetings in Kiev, Prague and Tel Aviv, and think I'm ready to start traveling CS style for real, not to mention starting to returning the favour.


Printers (laser-jet),
Bicycle repair,
Train travel.

Music, Movies & Books

Ballard, Welsh

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Once in Thailand I tried to swim to a boat in the middle of a monsoon to impress somebody, but came very close to drowning - that was the moment when I let go of my ego.

Countries I've Visited

China, India, Japan, Sweden

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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