Christopher Lin

San Francisco, CA, United States

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  • Software Engineer
  • B.S. Symbolic Systems, M.S. Computer Science
  • From California, United States
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About Me


Fulfill my dream of becoming a published writer.
Accelerate my acroyoga practice.
Become financially independent.


I'm been couchsurfing since 2008 and have had the privilege of staying with very kind people and paying it forward by hosting others. I believe strongly in the power of hospitality exchange to open people up to new perspectives and opportunities for kindness, and I'm excited to see more and more people join the movement.

And now here goes my old, very boring description of myself:

I currently live in the Mission district of San Francisco with six housemates in a co-op called The Goat Hole. As you can see from our name, we don't take ourselves too seriously. All my housemates are very easy to get along with and fun to talk with, and I love living with them! We run our house co-op style, meaning we all share groceries, supplies, and other resources, and we all do our part with chores and anything else necessary to keep the house running smoothly.

I spend most days working at Airbnb is kind of like CouchSurfing, except people pay; consequently, there are a much wider variety of places to stay. I'd be glad to expound on what I think of the similarities and differences between the two projects, and what they each offer to travellers and hosts.

My educational background is in cognitive science, human-computer interaction, and artificial intelligence, and I also dabble in creative writing, particularly essays, cartoons, and graphic novels. I spend a lot of time hanging out with friends, listening to music, going to concerts, and wandering around the city.

I am also an avid practitioner of acroyoga, so if you want to learn or are a bit of a monkey yourself, I'm always happy to play!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Host people, couchsurf and hang out with people when I'm travelling, rhapsodise about the beauty of hospitality exchange


information organisation, content curation, writing, music, product design, creative nonfiction, media criticism, stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, satire, virtual reality, Internet communities, software, critical theory, debate, outlandish adventures

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: I like it a lot, and I love to learn about new genres I've never heard before and to learn more about the historical trends that shape what I listen to today. Here are the genres I like: power pop, twee pop, chamber pop/baroque pop, noise pop, dream pop, shoegaze, post-rock, neo-psychedelia, classic rock, prog rock, punk, new wave, third wave ska, P-Funk, alternative hip-hop, downtempo, turntablism, Asian Underground, ambient, glitch, Afrobeat, and Indian filmi/classical.

Movies: I treat movies the same way I treat music: learn to love all kinds. I particularly dig heist movies. Other types of movies I enjoy: whimsical dramedies, dialogue-heavy comedies, mockumentaries, documentaries, mindfucks, contemporary movies that really dig into and exemplify or deconstruct a classic genre (think Quentin Tarantino or Coen brothers stuff)

Books: I like memoirs and creative nonfiction, graphic novels, and stylistically excessive novels. I also read a lot of graphic novels. Favourites of all time are probably the Alice novels by Lewis Carroll and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I once pissed off the entire global community of Harry Potter fans by writing an essay satirically suggesting that the only way for terrorists to get the attention of the American populace was to kidnap J.K. Rowling before she finished the seventh Harry Potter book. I received loads of hate mail and threats to cast curses on me. A good summary of the incident can be found here: I suppose you ought not check it out if you are prone to think things in poor taste — otherwise, enjoy!

Teach, Learn, Share

I've been practicing acroyoga for a year now and am always happy to share that with others. It's a real thrill to be lifted in the air or to balance upside down for the first time, and I'd love to give you that thrill! (Acroyoga is a form of partner acrobatics where one person lies on the ground and lifts the other in the air, then performs all kinds of acrobatic tricks and therapeutic yoga-style poses.)

I'm a coder by trade and super involved in the Internet, so I can talk lots about data analysis, the future of the web, and human-computer interaction. I did research in college on the psychology of virtual reality environments, and I'm down to talk about that if you're interested. I've found that people often find VR talk fascinating.

I'd especially love to convince you of the value of technology if you're wary of its influence on the way we live our lives. I find that my having one foot in hippie values and one foot in thoughtful practicality often puts me at odds with both types of people. I'd like to bring you to the center.

I spent a lot of time in high school and college both participating in and coaching debate, so I know a good bit about public speaking, rhetorical techniques, and political philosophy, and would be totally down to talk about any of that.

I really like sharing slang from different parts of the world and creating messed-up syncretisms. For example, we in Northern California use 'hella' to mean 'very' or 'to a great extent,' as in 'hella good' or 'hella fast.' I once learned from a girl that people from her part of Australia use 'kuda' to mean 'cool' or 'good.' Thus was born 'hellakuda,' which I think is an awesome-sounding word.

On a more practical note, I like cooking, especially stir-fry and quinoa dishes, though I wouldn't profess to being particularly good at it. I also actually enjoy doing dishes, as long as it's a lot of them in one large batch and they aren't insanely gross, so maybe you'll get some mileage out of that.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Most of all, I love a good conversation, ranging from the nature of art to the future of technology to how our society can address income inequality. Or we can just riff and banter. I'm happy to take you out for this over dinner or a drink. I'm also happy to cook or clean around the house — I actually enjoy doing dishes, so feel free to take advantage of that!

Countries I’ve Visited

Burundi, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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