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Overview

  • 3 References
  • Fluent in English; learning Dutch, Latin
  • 36, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • Dev/Ops Engineer
  • College up to dropping out of a PhD program
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Doing all of the things.

ABOUT ME

Likes: Spontenaity, change, overpowering emotion, cold logic, math, SCIENCE!, technology, the night sky, wandering over the face of the earth, travel, beauty, diversity, storms, dissatisfaction

Dislikes: Stability, stagnation, petty annoyance, sophistry, arithmatic, dogma, ludites, smog, sessility, apathy, bigotry, heat, complacency

PHILOSOPHY

Although this life is but a wraith,
Although we know not what we use,
Although we grope with little faith,
Give me the heart to fight—and lose.

Ever insurgent let me be,
Make me more daring than devout;
From sleek contentment keep me free,
And fill me with a buoyant doubt.

Open my eyes to visions girt
With beauty, and with wonder lit-
But always let me see the dirt,
And all that spawn and die in it.

Open my ears to music; let
Me thrill with Spring's first flutes and drums—
But never let me dare forget
The bitter ballads of the slums.

From compromise and things half done,
Keep me with stern and stubborn pride;
And when at last the fight is won,
God, keep me still unsatisfied.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I really enjoy hosting people, and I hope to be able to host again soon. I'm trying to get my living space back in order to be able to have guests again.

Interests

A. E. Houseman, abstraction, absurdity, aesthetics, androgynous pronouns, antiques, art nouveau, astronomy, b movies, baking soda, ballet, baroque, bathroom graffiti, bicycling, bohemianism, books, cartoons, changeling, chosen families, civil disobedience, civil liberties, Clark Ashton Smith, classical mechanics, climbing trees, communalism, computers, contemplation, corsetry, costuming, Cthulhu, d&d, d-pittsburgh-bullcrap, dancing, dark alleys, DDR, Don Marquis, dreams, Edgar Allan Poe, etymology, faery tales, fantasy, folklore, fractals, freedom, frolicking in the rain, fuzzy math, gaming, geeky stuff, Gerard Manley Hopkins, glitter, goat cheese, goth, hacking the urban context, happy toads, haute couture, hippies, historical cosmological models, homesteading, honey badgers, horror, hugging trees, idealism, imagination, information theory, intellectualism, INTP, Invader Zim, John Keats, Jung, Kaiju Big Battel, kung fu movies, larp, Latin, linguistics, lip balm, Live Journal interests, Lord Byron, Louis Comfort Tiffany, magical realism, Marxist-Satanic-foreign sexual practices, math, mathematical formalism, mathematical intuitionism, mbti, melancholia, metaphor, monsters, mythology, Neil Gaiman, nerdcore hiphop, nerdy stuff, opera, Oscar Wilde, pantheism, parrots, Percy Shelley, personality type, philosophy, physics, pi, pie, playing guitar, poetry, pointless stories, polymaths, poncy elves, psychology, Pythagoras, quaint amusements, random facts, reading, religion, renaissance festivals, roleplaying games, romanticism, Sara Teasdale, science as description, science fiction, SCIENCE!, sewing, sexual liberation, shenanigans, sidhe, snow, sociology, space opera, space travel, sparkly things, speculative fiction, stained glass, steampunk, storms, stupid science tricks, surrealism, sword and sorcery, systems, tangents, tea, the moon, the sublime, the terrible secret of space, thousands-year dead languages, thunderstorms, toys, unicore, unilobe, Unitarian Universalism, Vitamin Water, Wikipedia, wikis, wistfulness, wxaining, Yagan's head, yoga, your mom, zombies

  • arts
  • books
  • poetry
  • folklore
  • beauty
  • festivals
  • dancing
  • ballet dancing
  • ballroom dancing
  • cheese
  • baking
  • yoga
  • technology
  • cartoons
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • homesteading
  • music
  • guitar
  • opera
  • rock climbing
  • astronomy
  • etymology
  • languages
  • logic
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • psychology
  • religion
  • science
  • sociology

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I have walked (and hitched) from the east to west coasts of the U.S.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach yoga and ballroom dancing. I'm always up to answering math questions.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Netherlands, United States

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