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I'm from Hawai'i. I've also lived in Alaska, Canada, South Africa, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. I've traveled around in Europe, East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, Southern Africa and North America.
I like to be in nature. I enjoy horse back riding, sailing, and scuba diving. I would like to do that sort of stuff more often. Hiking and camping is fun. I most like to travel by train and boat. I've been a vegetarian since birth, but I'm not an annoying one. Politically I'm mostly left of center. I enjoy intellectual conversations. Partying is nice occasionally. I like growing things. It's especially nice to plant trees when I'm visiting family in Hawai'i. I'd like to see them grow over many years. It's fun to make difficult things sometimes. Once I got into watchmaking. Right now I work as an English teacher. I would like to keep exploring the world. To keep learning.
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Music, Movies, and Books
"The Lord of the Rings", I love how J.R.R. Tolkien created a whole world for his stories. The languages, the history, myths and legends, different species. His work inspired the whole fantasy genre that came afterward. Although I do think that good and evil are too black and white in his world.
"A Song of Ice and Fire", by George R. R. Martin, it's a very complete world with history and politics, and I like this. I like that there isn't too much magic use even if it's a fantasy series, and that the characters are not black and white. You feel sympathy for the bad guys and understand their motivations, they aren't just simple evil, or even simply selfish (although some are very selfish) and the good characters make mistakes, do bad things and are sometimes selfish. The characters are in the end so human. A couple other good fantasy authors that come to mind are Piers Anthony and J. K. Rowling.
"1984", by George Orwell, because it's a look at how a normal man might live and try to survive in a dystopian future. How people can be conditioned to believe what is obviously a lie to survive. Aldous Huxley is another author along those lines. And some other good sci fi authors are Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, William Gibson, Larry Niven, Dan Simmons, Robert A Heinlein, Kurt Vonnegut, Neal Stephenson, Roger Zelazny, Madeleine L'Engle, Carl Sagan, Vernor Vinge, Kim Stanley Robinson, David Brin and Iain M Banks.
"Anna Karenina", by Leo Tolstoy, because the characters are so flawed, some of them are too selfish, or too easy to give up. But you still feel sympathy. My other 19th century favorites are Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Émile Zola, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Emily Brontë, Victor Hugo and Jules Verne.
"The Little Prince", by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, because of the simple magic of the story and the pictures. It always sticks with me, and I can read it again and again.
"The Solitaire Mystery", I like how Jostein Gaarder uses magic in the contemporary world in his novels. They are realistic and fantastic at the same time. And the mystery has a lot of depth to it. Haruki Murakami and Milan Kundera are along these lines, and good, but I think Gaarder does it better. Neil Gaiman also does this sort of genre well. He is great with all the mediums he works with; novels, movies, tv series and comics.
"Atomised", by Michel Houellebecq, possibly the most depressing book I've ever read. And yet just so good. I wouldn't recommend anyone who is in a sad period read this as it's hard to get through. Yet it's worth the darkness.
"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", by Douglas Adams, because it's funny and yet has some serious social commentary. I enjoy this sort of humor, Terry Pratchett is another author who does this well. Another great, sort of comedy is "A Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole
I read a lot and just tried to remember some titles I enjoyed especially much. Non-fiction, while enjoyable, doesn't as often make as much of an impression on me. The last non-fiction book that stuck with me was "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl. I found it inspiring how he found motivation to keep going while an inmate in a concentration camp.
TV Series: I don't really watch series except with friends these days. It's wonderful to have a dinner with a few friends and watch a few shows. Some of the series I've quite liked have been: Game of Thrones, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Fargo, Doctor Who, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-Files, Babylon 5, Firefly, Warehouse 13, Fringe, Futurama, Supernatural, Grimm, Xena: Warrior Princess, The Office, 30 Rock, Scrubs, Black Adder, The IT Crowd, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Black Books.
Movies: The situation is pretty much the same as with shows. I rarely watch a movie but with some friends it can be nice. Some of my favorites have been: Blade Runner, Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Neighbor Totoro, Before Sunset, The Fall, Pan's Labyrinth and The Fountain. I like anything by Hayao Miyazaki or Wes Anderson.
Music: I don't have current favorites. Here is a selection from my current playlist: ABBA, Air, Alison Krauss, Björk, Blink 182, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Buena Vista Social Club, Cesaria Evora, Chris Pureka, Coldplay, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Counting Crows, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Damien Rice, Dave Matthews Band, Den svenska björnstammen, Elliott Smith, Elvis Presley, Fatboy Slim, Fats Domino, Foo Fighters, Francis Cabrel, Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Harry Belafonte, Hirasawa Susumu, Icona Pop, Imogen Heap, Iron and Wine, Jack Johnson, Jacques De Coning, James Blunt, Janis Joplin, Jay-Z, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Cash, Kanye West, Katy Perry, Keali'i Reichel, Kenny Rogers, Leonard Cohen, Lily Allen, Lida Ekdahl, M.I.A., Marcy Playground, Marilyn Manson, Mediaeval Baebes, Men At Work, Metallica, MGMT, Natalie Merchant, Nelly Furtado, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Norah Jones, Offspring, Oren Lavie, Paul Simon, Pink, Primative Radio Gods, Puff Daddy, Queen, R.E.M. Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rolling Stones, Rufus Wainwright, Sarah McLachlan, Savage Garden, Shakira, Shania Twain, Simon & Garfunkel, Ska-P, Smashing Pumpkins, Snow Patrol, Soul Asylum, Stone Temple Pilots, Sublime, The Beatles, The Corrs, The Cranberries, The Doors, They Might Be Giants, Tom Waits, Tori Amos, Van Halen, Wheezer, Weird Al Yankovic and Xavier Rudd.
I also have a classical playlist for when I'm in the mood: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Delibes, Dvorak, Gluck, Grieg, Handel, Haydin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Offenbach, Pachelbel, Purcell, Ravel, Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Suppe, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Vivaldi, Wagner and Weber.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Hungary, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United States