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Overview

  • 119 References 100 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Japanese, Spanish
  • 42, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Weird Person
  • Recording Arts (Music/FX), Science/ Psych
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To rationalize everything, shirk responsibilities, shift blame, and color outside the lines!

ABOUT ME

People might describe me as a cynic, a naive optimist, a depressive, or a weirdo depending on the set of circumstances. I like to make people laugh and think and I like to be challenged by novelty.

In a happy situation I remind myself it could always get worse. In an unhappy situation I also remind myself that it could always get worse. I try to keep things wonderful, but you won't catch me at it. Hah.

I am fascinated by skepticism, cognition, cognitive biases, and logical fallacies to the point where my social interactions become wildcat experiments. This backfires a LOT.

I am an avid consumer of books, movies, music and general weirdness. I privately want to create the thing that will open your eyes and change your life but usually I just go for a bike ride or something.

I am into mountain-biking (and bikepacking), swimming, and hiking, canoeing, camping. I can also hit a hackey-sack.

I am surprised at how passionate I get about TV shows, movies, and comic books. I think that means I am a geek.

PHILOSOPHY

I live to find the secret room with the potion that makes you invincible for the rest of the game.

All folly can lead to brilliance, and all brilliance can lead to folly, so don't sweat it, eh?

Act from kindness when you can, act from principle when you can't feel kind, and at the very least try to bring less suffering into the world (unless it gets you bacon and cheese)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Basically, I got sick of Canadians.

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Not as often as I used to, I've simply grown very picky about who I host these last few years, and unless I know I can spend some quality time with guests, I usually don't bother. I love to allow my own life experience be of use to others who may benefit from it (who doesn't?). I also understand what it is like to be in a strange place, uncertain of how to make the best of a situation, providing some local advice is the least I can do.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have hosted several people from all over the world. I myself have only surfed locally in Canada; Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hull, Montreal, and Moncton. I have also been to the 2008 Canada-Wide CS Meet in Tappen, BC.

Interests

Music (technical recording aspects and composition)
I love interesting music, don't really like talking about it because I sound like a prick when I do.

Film (ditto)
I love movies

Mountain Biking & Bikepacking (I'm not really hardcore, though, just stubborn & determined and it is faster than walking)

Fiddling with things, DIY.

Arguing with people who are wrong on the Internet.

Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Snowshoeing, and Spelunking are things I would like to do if someone offers the opportunity

Hiking (I need trees, heights and running water. Quiet companions are a plus. I mostly just do day-hikes these days, for lack of time, but I LOVE the big week-long or greater expeditions.

Science-based skepticism, cognitive biases, agricultural issues, critical thinking, sciences. Philosophy and psychology.

Geek stuff (you know, the internet, weird "underground" media crap, nanotech, Mars, Ecology & Climate Change, pretty much anything that ties into the natural world and our place in it, and understanding people...)

Books (if it has print, I will try to read it. I guarantee I will criticize the f-heck out of it when I am done)

I do love my opinions.

  • wildlife
  • books
  • fitness
  • gardening
  • movies
  • reading
  • tv
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • camping
  • atheism
  • swimming
  • biology
  • ecology
  • psychology
  • science
  • mountain biking
  • plants
  • nutrition
  • skepticism
  • bikepacking
  • biotech

Music, Movies, and Books

Authors: Saul Bellow, Vladmir Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, R. D. Laing, Erich Fromm, Irvine Welsh, Herman Hesse, Albert Camus, Thomas Mann, Colin Wilson, Jamie Delano, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Robert A. Heinlein, Stanislav Lem, Franz Kafka, Thomas Pynchon, Graham Greene, Thomas Ligotti, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Iain Banks, Neal Stephenson, John Gardner (the American one), William Gibson, A.S. Byatt, Robert Anton Wilson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Bruce Sterling, Umberto Eco, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George R.R. Martin, Steven R. Donaldson, Susanna Clarke, Samuel R. Delaney, Roger Zelazny, Douglas Adams, Gunter Grass, Tom Robbins

Film:
Boogie Nights
Happiness
Desperate Living
No Country For Old Men
Atonement
Wild Zero
Grizzly Man
The Idiots
Wit
Monday
Naked
Search & Destroy
From Beyond
Brain Dead
Re-animator
Mulholland Drive
Barry Lyndon
A Clockwork Orange
Big Lebowski
Man Bites Dog
The Tenant
Closer
Tape
Waking Life,
Hedwig and The Angry Inch
GG Allin:Hated,
Dig!
Deadman

TV:
The Wire
Rectify
Fargo
Leftovers
Nathan Barley
Six Feet Under
The Killing
The Fall
Gintama
Twin Peaks
I'm Alan Partridge
Extras
Twitch City
Chris Morris' Jam
Patriot

Music:

Miles Davis' Bitches Brew for everything. Any rock/electronic/whatever equivalent to the spirit of jazz. The rest is pop-post-punk-electro-retro-mashup mixtapes. I look at my playlists and I realize that I am basically an emo hipster in denial.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

If I've done it, it's probably not all that amazing. Besides, you really had to be there, y'know? I'd rather let others inspire me with their experiences. Most of my outdoor adventures have a recurring theme where folly brings me close to death, so some people might find that interesting, i guess.

Teach, Learn, Share

I use this one to humble myself all the time:

"Just because it happened to you, doesn't make it interesting." Hah! I've always liked that quote.

I may be able to teach a bit of proper mountain bike riding & maintenance. I have one of those brains that is happy to regurgitate everything it knows or thinks it knows, so be warned.

“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.”
- Christopher Hitchens

https://nodesci.net/blog/2015/05/17/a-guide-to-kinda-looking-smart-on-the-internet-how-to-find-and-evaluate-online-information/
Music for streaming:

https://archive.org/details/dnamixtape

What I Can Share with Hosts

I once hosted someone with a severe smelly foot odor which lingered wherever his feet touched and took months to get rid of even after he left, so I can guarantee that I will do everything possible to avoid bringing a similar contamination into your home.
Oh, and I will tell you if you: need a shower, have something on your face, have to do up your zipper, have a booger hanging from your nose, or have anything else I think might be wrong with you ;-)
I currently work for a cidery place which gives me acces to discounts on cider and local fruits.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada

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