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Greg Thrasher

Davis, California, United States

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Overview

  • 11 Positive References1 Negative
  • Fluent in English
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • hanging around
  • Audited 97 classes at 6 universities...
  • From Davis, CA, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Finding that place

ABOUT ME

I come from a university suburb in California's central valley, a place which is apparently the capital for bicycles and postgraduate study (you'll have to forgive me). In my travels I've discovered that everywhere is basically the same, but Davis is pretty ok if you can handle the USA.

I was a "history and philosophy of science" student. I read and write a lot and I love talking to people about everything. That's me in a nutshell. I love the stories people tell.

I have a pretty strong faith in pluralism just because I think everybody needs dignity and everybody speaks in different languages, but in the last two years I've started to work on Zen so now I'm beginning to get some hardcore opinions.

I'm a good cook and I love eating; if nothing else, I hope you'll cook for me or let me cook for you!

PHILOSOPHY

Donna Haraway for dictator?

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

My main hobby is researching global sustainability, and in the last year of university I got a ridiculous opportunity to spend all my time envisioning communitarian schemes. I think I wish for a world of millions of tiny self-sufficient nations, and CS.org sort of seems like good practice. If I'm given shelter and not forced to do anything completely foolish, my time is yours.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Not much. I'm new! I made a CS.org account in 2007, but have yet only had a few surfing experiences. I've most enjoyed those that are very personal, i.e. more life-changing than just shelter+entertainment+smalltalk.

Interests

Poems; you know, it's the whole thing. There ain't nothing else.

The spirits and bodies and songs of places, ideas, the land.

Anarchism: no, not noise and violence and politics... By anarchism, I mean ways/technologies of living collectively, cheaply, smoothly, abundantly, without requiring a lot of stupid rules and policing.

Information systems, "ubiquitous computing". But especially things that don't involve computers at all... oldschool!

"Permaculture", "do-nothing farming", "natural farming", "no-till farming", "forest gardens"...more food and soil everywhere, no?

THE ACADEMY: histories of academic disciplines and literatures, the modes of education and the modes of learning, students, teachers.

Modernist photography: people like Jack Gescheidt, Andy Goldsworthy, Spencer Tunick, Edward Weston, Edward Burtynsky, Robbert Flick, Lewis Baltz.

Language arts: poetics, forms of literature, speech, writing, seeing, thinking, music.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Rivers and Tides Tarkovsky Old Joy

Music: Vic Chestnut Townes van Zandt Shelagh McDonald Leonard Cohen Kurdish music (and most other "traditional" music) Traditional Jazz (i.e. Dixieland) Slowdive Music from medieval Europe Sound Collage (such as sfsound) Minimal dubstep

Books: the good ones and the pretty ones

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I hitchhiked through 24 United States last summer. But the sunset is better.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm a Science Studies student, so I know things about science...and the world...and education.

Countries I've Visited

France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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