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I have miles and miles to go, before I sleep!
Am told I am witty, got a sense of humor - and also a very passionate guy! Perhaps I am, perhaps am not - you got to tell me!
Am (as we all are) always travelling, if not physically, at the subconscious levels.
Love listening to Sam Harris, the late fabulous Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby, Eugenie Scott, Dan Barker, Jerry Coyne, Sean Carroll, David Silverman etc to name just a few.
Also listen to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan, Taslima Nasrin etc
My article on genocides: http://thedailycougar.com/2007/10/19/guest-commentary-genocide-awareness-crucial-for-prevention/
my blog : http://alismac123.wordpress.com
since October 2014, volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
NOTE: I would be happy to give a tour of the Paleontology Exhibit Hall at the HMNS to anyone interested!
since 2008, been volunteering with the Houston chapter of the American Red Cross's Disaster Assistance Team. There is a huge need for trained volunteers & I strongly recommend as many people getting trained as possible.
in 2007, was a liaison volunteer between the Holocaust Museum of Houston and the Univ of Houston to organize talks by Holocaust survivors or their family members to create awareness about genocides, past and present.
Actively involved in NASA's Education and Public Outreach to speak abt science, evolution etc to the general public.
Work as a research scientist at the Univ of Houston, trying to understand microbial evolutionary dynamics etc - without losing my sense of sanity
Respecting others is the only way to respect oneself!
Adventures are vital to maximize our potential and increase the chances of discoveries !
so lets go on adventures - which could be physical or simply intellectual, introspective and spiritual (in a non-religious, non-denominational way)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
By hosting, meeting up/helping visiting surfers, sharing ride with those who need one, and CSing.
I would be happy to show visitors around town - when am free - feel free to shoot me an email.
I have met several couchsurfers, couchsurfed and hosted surfers!
In the beginning, I was skeptical about the concept - but once i got over the initial skepticism, it has been smooth - so far!
CSurfing helps to get to know people better, understand ppl from different perspectives, their thought processes and thus helps me evolve too!
There are tons of things i just do not know about, and this is a great way of learning and sharing.
Chances of CSing with me increase if you were to read my following blog post and mention in your request the date on which this incident happened!
Music - ILAIYARAAJA, BON JOVI, STING, PINK FLOYD, PHIL COLLINS, to name a few
Sports, reading, travelled a bit - been to Denmark, Spain, Germany in Europe, Canada and the US in North America.
I still have plenty of places to cover right here in the US.
check these out - the world's most under-recognized music composer, Maestro. Ilaiyaraaja!
Music, Movies, and Books
Music - anything BUT hiphop/rap (not a big fan of those genres!)
Movies - tons of them - ask me!
Books - ALISTAIR MACLEAN - the greatest pulp fiction author whose books kindled my love for the English language. But I have so many to list, the space wont be sufficient, John Sandford, Stephen Coonts, James Lee Burke - to name a few others
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I had a life-defining experience in the Rockies on the 27th of May, 2013 - please read it here:
I have a fossil named after my discovery of the same..
I stumbled/discovered the fossil 'Denazinosuchus' - 70 million years old from the Upper Cretaceous - my first fossil discovery on my first paleontological field trip with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The most amazing things I have seen are very personal/spiritual - the strange feeling of melancholy that sets in during a weekend afternoon is an inner calling for private mulling over the self - thats one example!
Teach, Learn, Share
Am a bigtime passionate fan of the music of Indian composer MAESTRO. ILAIYARAAJA.
India's RENAISSANCE COMPOSER nonpareil and avant-garde, versatile, composer genius extraordinaire !
What I Can Share with Hosts
Simple meals - vegetarian - nice conversation when I am around - in a relaxed setting and sharing what little I know of Houston and of life !
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Denmark, Germany, Singapore, Spain
Countries I’ve Lived In
India, United States