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  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • renovating a house currently, but unemployed
  • lots. @.@ 6 years of schooling, though only a 2 year degr...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live sustainably in a wonderful community, creating to my heart's content

ABOUT ME

I'm just a synx, webferret and philosopher trying to understand the universe from within! I'm pretty strong and too smart for my own good, but somewhat moody and hard to get going without a slap on the butt. An ox is gentler than a rabbit, yet strong as a horsepower; a ferret riding an ox would best describe me. You may not agree with what I have to say or what I believe in, but you'll never see any harm come from me, no hatred or shame, only good will and honesty.

PHILOSOPHY

I need to find Pandora's box. Please, if you know anything about its whereabouts, help me...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I'm a bum. ._. I mean, it's a respectable thing that I am not inflicting land ownership on the world; I don't make the fool's claim like many do that your worth is determined by your land rights or how hard you work to hurt yourself. Unfortunately my employers do, so I usually am not employed, but I think with the right community I could really thrive and help people out.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

None really... I used to travel across the hills every weekend to stay with my mother in their separation agreement, but I wasn't allowed by my father to be friends with anyone, and I don't know anyone in my mother's town to this day. I have been camping a lot though, and I know how to pack lightly and leave a small footprint. Plus I sleep on a couch a lot...beds are really too big for me.

Interests

animals, ecology, computers, stories, magic, sex, games, ferrets, eclectic music, comics, art, photography, chemistry, cooking, taxonomy...yeah pretty much everything

  • animals
  • arts
  • photography
  • concerts
  • cooking
  • comics
  • traveling
  • magic
  • music
  • camping
  • boxing
  • chemistry
  • ecology
  • philosophy
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Loquacious lists just turn me off. I've been watching Drawn Together lately, and I like The Illuminati (for comedy value only, honest). I won't tell you what my favorites are though, because I would probably be wrong.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I composed and directed a song performed by my high school concert band.

Teach, Learn, Share

With asymmetric encryption, you have two pieces of data, two numbers, two files called keys. A key pair. One key you keep private, and never share, and one key you make public, and always share. Anything encrypted with one key, is meaningless gibberish unless you decrypt it with the other key. You cannot decrypt something by the same key it was encrypted by. That allows you to do two things:

1) Other people encrypt information with your public key. Since only your private key can decrypt it, that means nobody can spy on the information and only you can decrypt it. Only the "endpoints" or starting and ending computers, ever see the unencrypted data.
2) You encrypt information with your private key. By encrypting a summary of a document with your private key, called a hash, if anyone else decrypts that with your public key, it will produce a hash that matches the document. Since nobody else's public key decrypts things encrypted with your private key, that means anyone can be 100% sure that it came from you. That's what "digital signing" is, because the encrypted hash is called a signature, and it verifies that only people with your private key (that is, only you) signed the document.

2 sounds more complicated, but it's really not. My signature of this little tutorialette is at the bottom, so you can tell who authored it if you have gpg or pgp. These are both VERY useful, for protecting your privacy from snoopy governments and corporations, and for preventing people from pretending to be you. Digital signatures prevent identity theft, and asymmetric encryption prevents snooping, so use both!
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