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Overview

  • 11 references 6 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • research assistant and aspiring comedy writer
  • psych and comp sci, Mcgill University
  • From Newton, Massachusetts, US
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to be really cool

ABOUT ME

In the real world I work as a web developer...but my passion is journalism, in particular science journalism. I also sometimes moonlight as writer for a company that outsources online dating (which is as weird a job as it sounds!)

When I'm bored, I also have a tendency to drop what I'm doing and go traveling, couchsurfing, volunteering, camping, hitchhiking (all those ridiculous things that leave you broke and happy).

Gardening, guitar, karaoke, and space heaters have kept me warm in this incredibly cold Toronto winter.

PHILOSOPHY

Since I´ve started travelling and hitchhiking, I realize that there´s something really life affirming about positive personal interactions with strangers. In our day to day life the only interactions we really have with people who are not our friends and family are economic exchanges, which makes it impossible for two people to actually relate to each other.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I don´t have a couch to offer now...roommates! I participate any way I can.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Heard about it through friends, think its a really cool idea and would love to get involved.

Interests

science journalism, web design, computer science, cultural studies, cognitive science, music from the 70s, bread baking, cooking in general, DIY camping stoves, movies from the 70s, bioarchitectura, learning Spanish, good books, comedy, the table of condiments that periodically go bad

  • writing
  • books
  • design
  • diy
  • cooking
  • baking
  • gardening
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • karaoke
  • camping
  • computer science
  • cultural studies
  • journalism
  • science
  • hitchhiking
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies
The Departed, Werner Herzog stuff, good documentaries, 70s Hollywood cinema, Luis Buñel (especially The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), Superbad

Music
Elvis Costello, The Band, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, 70s power pop, 70s krautrock, Joe Meek, Husker Du, Iron Maiden, Radiohead, The White Stripes

Books
Confederacy of Dunces, Invisible Man, Absurdistan, Don Delillo, Thomas Pynchon, Milan Kundera. Also good philosophy and cultural theory, Dan Dennett, Slavoj Zizek. Right now I´m getting into the Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

slept on top of a volcano with my friend, our beds heated by volcanic steam

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: random musical and film knowledge, guitar, Spanish
Learn: try me, also anything about gardening

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