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Harry Pariser

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Overview

  • 9 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Indonesian, Japanese, Spanish
  • 61, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Writer, author, graphic designer, ar...
  • BS, Boston University. Major, Public...
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 55% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Trying to figure out how to live when we are governed by a system whose only 'ethic' is greed

ABOUT ME

I live in San Francisco, and I have traveled to Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central (and now) South America. I have lived in Japan, written travel guides to seven destinations, and have explored remote areas of Asia. I can speak English (obviously!), Spanish, Indonesian, and Japanese.

These are three travel apps I have created:

Barbados Travel Companion

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/barbados-travel-companion/id476115714?mt=8

Explore St. John

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explore-st.-john/id428169483?mt=8

Experience Indonesia!

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/experience-indonesia!-travel/id570297078?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

Android versions:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sutromedia.android.guide.barbados

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sutromedia.android.guide.exp.st.john

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sutromedia.android.guide.indonesia.guide866

PHILOSOPHY

Enlightened self interest, e.g. the common good is in my benefit. Try to control what I can influence by contacting my political "leaders" etc.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have hosted couchsurfers and met with several abroad. I have participated in events here in SF.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have not yet stayed with anyone, but I have many experiences being invited into peoples' homes, especially in Southeast Asia.

Interests

Politics, world music, history, linguistics, painting, photography, computers (Mac), graphic design, food, anthropology, social change, economics, philosophy, nature, ecosystems, printmaking, ceramics, architecture, archaeological sites, ancient art, rainforests, mechanisms of social control, cults, religion, theater, dance

Music, Movies & Books

I like independent films and documentaries, including ones from Japan, Korea, China, Iran, India, the US and Canada. Samples: Darwin's Nightmares, all Adam Curtis documentaries, Fish Tank, Phyllis and Harold, Ozu, Bergman, Miike, etc.

I read both fiction and nonfiction, esp. Indian authors (largely Parsees), Anne Tyler, John Updike, V.S. Naipaul, Arundhati Roy, etc.... Too many to name!

I like jazz (Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Matthew Shipp, salsa, African music (Mali, Zimbabwe in particular), folk music and some blues, rock and R&B. I don't like heavy metal or hiphop....

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hiking up Gunung Penanggungan in East Java after sleeping with Hindu pilgrims halfway up.

Hitchiking around Hokkaido.

Traveling by boat (cargo/passenger) around Eastern Indonesia.

Hitchiking across the United States/

Teach, Learn, Share

I can cook (but no meat or fowl; I do eat fish) spicy food very well. Graphic design, writing, editing, knowledge about the arts.

Countries I've Visited

Barbados, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Republic of, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I've Lived In

Japan, United States

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