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  • Fluent in English, English; learning German, Gujarati, Japanese
  • 31, Other
  • Member since 2011
  • Student
  • University and Autodidacticism
  • From Vancouver
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About Me


Free the software


I love to learn. Everyone has an interesting story (and often many!) and some kind of knowledge I don't. I believe in being up-front and honest - however I expect the same from others. The other side of that coin is accepting people for whoever they are. So long as no one is being harmed I'm cool with people being whomever of whatever makes them feel best.

All that super serious stuff aside, above all I prefer having a good time! I like to crack jokes (but not at the expense of others - mild teasing is fine ;) ) and just enjoy my time with whomever I'm with. I am a very positive person.

I am a Linux user and avid Free Open Source Software advocate. I love using and running Arch Linux on my systems - allowing me to keep up to date (and sometimes on the bleeding edge) with all the programs I use. I enjoy running a personal server which allows me to keep all my personal data on my own encrypted mediums (and ensure everything is transmitted securely).

My other passions include critical thinking ( and many other branches of philosophy) and political science. I like playing around with all kinds of concepts.


Let others do whatever they want as long as they are being peaceful and all participants are willing. Talk to people and reason things out. Explain all sides of an issue in the best way possible and choose the side that makes the most sense (not always the initial side we are on).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Once our home is in better condition, we hope to have others over as well. For the time being, we're just leeches :'(


My partner and I stayed with a host once in Denver. The couple was really awesome and we are still friends to this day. In teaching Luke about networking and penetration testing, I like to think that he had sparks of interest in the area, let's say I poured some gasoline over those flames. In teaching him about this, I've learned where my own weaknesses were and took steps to further my understanding.

Sounds kinda lame, but for me that was a blast!


Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Networking (server stuff), encryption (as it's used practically), programming (though not very good at it), video games, anime, movies.

  • running
  • anime
  • movies
  • video games
  • coding
  • communications
  • political science
  • science
  • software

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies/TV: Star Trek (all except TOS which we will see soon), Cloud Atlas, Drew Carey, Whose Line is It Anyway, South Park, Breaking Bad, Its always Sunny in Philadelphia, Venture Bros, Adventure Time, My Little Pony, V for Vendetta, 1984, Brazil, Elysium, Fight Club, American History X, Batman Dark Knight Returns (animation), Blindness, Lawnmower Man, Dolls, End of the Line, Equilibrium, Sunday trilogy, Futurama, Jisatsu Circle (Suicide Club), Battle Royal, and many many more. Linux Outlaws if that counts.

I also enjoy video games, especially competitive level fighting games. Dota 2 is my favourite game ATM, Injustice was my previous. My favourite fighting game has to be Dragona Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (yes, on the Wii). I also love playing Street Fighter 4, Smash Bros (all of them), Marvel Vs Capcom 3, Grand Theft Auto (all of them), NHL 13, Dark Souls, Chronotrigger (my most beloved jrpg), Shank, And Yet It Moves, Killing Floor, L4D 2, Oil Rush, Portal, Postal 2, Trine 3, TF2.

Books: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (as well as the JK Rowling originals of course!), Under the Dome, Pop Apocalypse, Slow Death by Rubber Duck, 1984, Animal Farm, Mause,

Anything by Plato and Aristotle (read lots, The State being my favorite), Kant, Utilitarianism, positivism/empiricism works.

Anime: Attack on Titan, Afro Samurai, Cowboy Bebop, Death Note

Manga: Death Note, Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin), Full Metal Alchemist, Alyosha, Ahita Dorobou,

comics: Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl, Superior Spider-Man (as well as the previous ASM), All New X-Men, Secret Service.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

You'll have to ask me personally about this one.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you anything you've ever wanted to know about computers and especially Linux. I can show you how easily unencrypted communications across the Internet (and even your local network) can be intercepted. I can show you how to harden your online communications so that no one (not even the NSA) can break it. I can also teach you about the internals of your Operating System (and if not, why it's not possible to learn that [often due to the source code being secret]). I can also teach you how to think in a critical manner, eliminating nonfactual knowledge and how to detect nonfactual knowledge.

Above all else, I wish to learn what knowledge I hold that is nonfactual (and I'm sure there is a lot). I like learning almost anything though... if you have some special knowledge or skill, I'm sure you can improve what I know of the subject/area. I could list all the areas I'm interested in, however that would take too long. Let's just assume everything!

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