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Making the world my family, one person at a time.
I'm a native New Yorker who's lived much of his life elsewhere. Studied engineering, worked in graphic design, book publishing, and now computer 'programming' of websites for kids. I'm not much for 'small talk,' much preferring to dive right into the good stuff. I try to live optimistically, try to be part of the solution, while leaving room for dessert. Balance is key.
Sometimes, I take pictures:
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Donating, meeting people when possible. So far have met up with folks from Germany, Israel, and Denmark. I will also pipe in occasionally, try to answer questions posted in the NYC groups/messageboards.
Haven't couchsurfed yet - not here, anyway. Have hosted/been hosted by RealWorld(R) friends in US and EU with no ill effect.
I'm rather obsessively into music, photography, arts, and science. I play guitar and my small apartment/flat is festooned with guitar gear throughout. Don't worry, you won't be tripping over wires as you walk around - I try to keep it neat.
Music, Movies, and Books
Take a deep breath... are you ready?
Movies- Such as, but not limited to, the following: Fargo, Pulp Fiction, Memento, The Matrix, Bullit, Todo sobre mi madre, Cool Hand Luke, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Rear Window, Sunset Blvd, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Dumb & Dumber, Twelve Monkeys (and its inspiration, La Jetee), Moon, Amelie, Me and You And Everyone We Know, Pi, Adaptation, Boogie Nights, The Pink Panther (w/Peter Sellers), Our Man Flynn, Hot Fuzz, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Manhattan, Chinatown, Amadeus, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sixth Sense, Blade Runner, Back to the Future (pretty much summarizes the 80s for me), Sherman's March, Kick Ass, animated and anime features (if 1 drawing is art, why can't 129,600 per hour also be?) such as: Paprika, Spirited Away, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, FLCL, Samurai Champloo. Oh, and Bollywood musicals!
I also pick up select TV shows when they come out on DVD, such as - The IT Crowd, Mad Men, Galactica (back in the day).
Music- 'classic' 60s-90s garage and hard rock: the Kinks, the Beatles, the Stooges, Sweet, Television, (early) Van Halen, Motorhead, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Tesla, Primus, King's X, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Soundgarden, (early) Chili Peppers, Faith No More, White Zombie. Prog like Rush, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Coheed & Cambria, Umphries McGee, (early) Saga. Some goth, EBM and 'symphonic' rock like Front 242, Thrill Kill Kult, KMFDM, Switchblade Symphony, Lacuna Coil, Nightwish, Kamelot, Sisters of Mercy. Guitar music of every stripe (think Segovia, Eliot Fisk, Sharon Isbin, Pierre Bensusan, Leo Kottke, Phil Keaggy, Greg Howe, as well as Satriani, Malmsteen, Vai, Gilbert, et al). Classic 'cool jazz' and 60s lounge like Thelonious Monk, Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sinatra, Bacharach. Funk and soul a la James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, Bill Withers. Early electronic music like Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Philip Glass, Yello, (some) Mannheim Steamroller, Gary Numan, Kraftwerk. More recent pop, techno, industrial and rock-related stuff like !!!, LCD Soundsystem, Cocteau Twins, Daft Punk, Meat Beat Manifesto, Underworld, Orbital, Fila Brazilia, Air, Gus Gus, Beta Band, Thievery Corporation, Bjork, Basement Jaxx, Nine Inch Nails, Sigur Ros, St. Germain, Rammstein, The Cardigans, Soul Coughing, Man or Astroman. House. Techno. Trance (makes a great substitute for coffee). Outliers, like Katzenjammer, Pizzicato Five, Cibo Matto. Classical, especially 'classic' (ie, pre-20th century) classical. 'Early' music. So-called 'world' music: love beats and tones from traditions outside my own: Celtic, Samba, Sufi, Bhangra, Tuvan, Koto... I'm a little nuts about music.
Books- in non-fiction, like
Cosmos - Carl Sagan
Just Six Numbers - Martin Rees
How The Universe Got Its Spots - Janna Levin
Stumbling on Happiness - Daniel Gilbert
This Is Your Brain On Music - Daniel Levitin
in way-out fiction, like
Generation X, Microserfs - Douglas Coupland
The Skies, My Destination - Alfred Bester
A Canticle For Leibowitz - Walter Miller
Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
The Colour of Magic, et al - Terry Prattchett
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Jennifer Government - Max Barry
Left Hand of Darkness, Earthsea - Ursula K LeGuin
Childhood's End, 2001, Rendezvous With Rama - Arthur C Clarke
Foundation, Robots of Dawn - Isaac Asimov
Don Quijote de la Mancha - Miguel de Cervantes
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Aww, just one?
If it must be travel-related... swimming in an exceptionally bio-luminescent bay in Vieques, PR, on an inky dark moonless night has to qualify as one of the top most awe-inspiring experiences of my life.
Also: It only took 20 years' trying, but after an awesome friend introduced me to the moka pot I've figured out how to misuse it to make the most divine cup of cafe-con-leche.
Teach, Learn, Share
Oh I don't know. I don't often document my discoveries. Ask me and if I know how to do it I'm all-too-happy to pass on the knowledge.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Puerto Rico, United States