I'm a Canadian, from Toronto, sometimes it comes out in my "out"s.
I moved to NY in 2010 to study, and I recently finished my Masters
in design from SVA.
What I’m doing with my life
I work with teachers, helping them incorporate interactive
technology and physical computing into their lessons. I've been
working part time as a teacher for the past decade, teaching
design, technology, guitar and piano, tutoring math and science,
Hebrew school, and a hardcore summer camp counselor until I was
So my current work is supported by all that teaching experience and
my past life in product design and I'm driven by the larger social
issue, which is that teachers are so important to society, and they
need help to use all the new tools that are available to them.
I’m really good at
I think what I'm best at is simplifying complex problems. Although
it means that I am a better fixer than I am sympathizer, I enjoy
helping people I care about through problems they are overwhelmed
by. In terms of hobbies, I play piano, guitar, and sing. I write
plays, poetry, and I have a handful of blogs. I play hockey in a
competitive ball hockey league once a week. I take pictures, and I
The first things people usually notice about me
I tend to dive deep with people, even if we just met. I can be
light and fun, especially when I'm outside in the sun or drinking
or in groups, but given the chance I really like to get into
personal one-on-one conversations. I just find that I learn a lot
about myself and others from opening up. I also have a lot of
initiative, and usually am the one establishing contact and
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
My favorite movie genres are like thriller crimes with twists (Pulp
Fiction, The Usual Suspects, Inception), "what-if?" style comedies
(Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Horrible Bosses), and
documentaries (Planet Earth, King Corn, Who Killed the Electric
Car?). I also love TV shows, comedies and dramas (30 Rock, The
Office, The League, New Girl, Dexter, The Sopranos, The
I discovered I need reading glasses when I was 20 and since then
I've been reading like crazy, mostly academic stuff. I love
fast-paced fiction (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The DaVinci
Code), graphic novels (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), but mostly I read
essays, journals, websites and books pertaining to design or I
guess anything in the realm of non-fiction.
I like different music depending on my mood. Much of the time I'm
in a singer-songwriter mood (She & Him, Bon Iver, Edward
Sharpe), but I find myself listening to instrumental music while I
read (RJD2, Chopin, Album Leaf), but I also listen to all kinds of
rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Black Keys), hip-hop
(The Weeknd, J-Dilla, Lauryn Hill), soul (Marvin Gaye, Raphael
Saadiq, Stevie Wonder), and Indie-folk (Phoenix, Flaming Lips,
Simon and Garfunkel).
Oh and food. Most of the meals I buy are sandwiches or Asian food,
but I eat a lot at home. And I make a mean spaghetti and meat
sauce, all kinds of chicken, pancakes, eggs... I don't eat dairy,
and I try to eat healthy substantial food so that affects my food
choices a lot, but food's my thing. I eat every day.
The six things I could never do without
I've been to over 30 countries so I could never go long without
traveling, which goes hand in hand with not being without my
camera. My computer is obviously up there. (I find that I'm nervous
to make this list because now if I lose any of these 6 things I'll
feel even worse). I couldn't do without my reading glasses (unless
there was a Duane Reade around), then I'd just need my credit
At a higher level, I need things to inspire me, things to learn
from, and things that serve as creative outlets. That, and someone
who cares about me nearby.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
I immerse myself in reflecting on what I read and on relationships.
It's always a surprise to me where my thoughts end up, but
ultimately I usually go back to social issues, the design of
infrastructural systems, responsible education, the future of
technology, and philosophy or psychology. Also, I try my best to
embrace the unknowns in relationships, but I do spend a lot of time
pondering about the people I care about.
On a typical Friday night I am
I am not very routine based. I may be at the studio late, but if I
can avoid it, I'll be hanging out. I've mellowed out recently, very
rarely getting hammered. I'd much prefer catching up with friends,
going on a movie-date, watching sports at a bar, sitting home
stoned with a movie, or at a friends with an X-box.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am an only child, and I was raised with not many people my age
around. I did extra-curricular activities 5 days a week, and rarely
saw my school-friends outside of school, until I got my own car at
17. As a result I dislike being alone for long periods (although I
often am), but I have a wide variety of skills and interests.
You should message me if
I'd be delighted if you'd message me. I always take it as a
compliment if nothing else. But please don't take it personally if
I don't reply. I'm sometimes unavailable.
If you are going to message me please just don't be like fucking
insane or anything because that sucks and I don't like that very
much at all.
Here's an awesome list of conversation triggers I came up with if
you're the type to overthink it (in order of heaviness):
TV, books, movies, music
Cities and countries
Work and play
Family and friends
Sex, drugs, rock and roll
Schools, jails, hospitals
Politics and religion
Life and death