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To be ready when opportunity knocks.
I'm a bit of a wanderer and Jack-of-all-trades. I've lived in many places in the US (Massachusetts, New York, Florida, DC Metro, etc) and visited many more. I've had many jobs, though I've been in my current job for nearly 5 years now. Sometimes I think I'm a little crazy, and other times I think I'm a genius. Now, I'm trying to be both. ;)
Accept, then act.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've met couchsurfers once in Saigon and I've had a a pretty good number of people stay at my place, but mostly I just ask for travel advice.
I've slept on many a friend's couch in my college and immediately post college days, but haven't done so much lately.
Philosophy, Religion, Politics, Money, Cognitive Science, the Environment, Cosmology, God, Resource-based economies... you know, all the stuff that is actually fun to talk about that you aren't supposed to discuss if you're being polite.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: latest title, This is The End; Music: Yes, please; Books: The Brain That Changes Itself.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I think the most amazing places I've been were Tikal in Guatemala and Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake in California. Actually, now that I think about it, watching the sunrise from the top of Mt. Fuji was pretty epic as well.
Finally, I'd be remiss if I neglected to mention that there are some pretty epic places in Hawaii also (Mauna Kea, Kilauea, Haleakala, Kuliouou Ridge, Napali Coast, etc).
Teach, Learn, Share
I'd like to treat any readers to some scientific poetry by Carl Sagan inspired by Voyager I's epic photo of earth from the edge of our solar system.
From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of, Netherlands, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Japan, United States