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I will pause to consider this eternity from which the subsequent ones derive.
In order to qualify as a protagonist, a human must be able to demonstrate an attachment coefficient of at least 0.75. A coefficient of 1.0 or above is required in order to be a hero.
Factors used in calculating the coefficient include:
-ability to believe
-fervency of that belief
-willingness to look stupid
-willingness to have heart broken
-willingness to see our universe as nonboring or, better yet, to see it as interesting, and maybe even important, and despite its deeply defective nature possibly even worth saving
I am a student at Stanford University - of artificial intelligence, computer human interaction, human cognition and international public policy, I also am an Astronomy instructor at Point Reyes Field Institute on the weekends. I love engaging with people, understanding diverse perspectives, integrating them in mine and in turn exanding both my world and theirs.
“Let no one persuade you of a single thing. Study your hunger and how to feed it. Trust in whatever sounds twist your viscera. Write in the cadences of first love, of second chances, of air raids, of outrage, of the hideous and the hilarious, of headlong acceptance or curt refusal. Make the bitter music of bumdom, the sad shanties of landlessness, cool at the equator and fluid at the pole. Set the sounds that angels make after an all-night orgy. Whatever lengthens the day, whatever gets you through the night. Make the music that you need, for need will be over, soon enough. Let your progressions predict time’s end and recollect the dead as if they’re all still here. Because they are.”
― Richard Powers
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I login in once in a while, say Hi to my previous hosts who have now become pleasant memories. It's a community thing.
Sometimes pleasant, sometimes tolerable and sometime I find home in someone else's couch.
Hmmm... Science, Science Fiction, Literature, Philosophy, Objectivism, Quantum Physics, Oceanography, Marine Biology, Animals, Sailing, Backpacking.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Joshua Radin, Lifehouse, Vienna Teng, Maria Mena, The Weepies, William Fitzsimmons, Rosie Thomas, Anna Nalick, Amy Lee, Ani DiFranco, Balmorhea, Enya, X Ray Dog.
Movies: Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Mr. Nobody, Finding Nemo, What Dreams May Come, The Lake House, Avatar, Halo Legends, Children of Men, Eat Pray Love, Samsara, The Loss of Sexual Innocence, Atlas Shrugged, Watchmen,...
Books: Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein, The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula Le Guin, The Dark Tower by Stephen King, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson, My Name is Memory - Ann Brashares, The End of Eternity - Isaac Asimov, and so on.
TV shows: Fringe, Alias, Lost, Journeyman, Cougar Town, The Ricky Gervais Show, An Idiot Abroad, Archer...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
That I have existed. My life itself is a continuous amazing event. "Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man" as Orison Swett Marden put it.
Teach, Learn, Share
"sic itur ad astra"
What I Can Share with Hosts
Stimulating Conversations and Uncommon Stories
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Belize, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Macedonia, Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Guatemala, Italy, Kosovo, Mexico, Montenegro, United States