Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
(my profile is a little messy right now as I'm slowly transitioning
back from London to California)
I'm a pretty happy guy. I consider myself extremely fortunate in
general, and in particular, for the balance I've had the past
several years. To have been able to travel extensively for fun
whilst rapidly growing my competence and maturity in the business
world has been like a dream. I'm now semi-retired, have returned to
California, and am leisurely making intentions for the future in
between reconnecting with old friends.
I'm like no one you've ever met. In a good way.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Living in and enjoying the present. Entertaining myself and others.
Taking risks. Finding the path to the desired outcome. Having a
good sense of who to trust. Pushing the boundaries of my comfort.
Being optimistic. Underselling and overdelivering.
A few specifics:
- Being on airplanes. I've been on a lot of long flights, and I am
perfectly happy. I know how to entertain myself and stay relaxed.
You should see what I cook to bring with me on flights: it's
- Work/life balance. I'm more than really good at this: I'm a
pioneer in the field.
- Opening coconuts
- Finding a place to watch the sunset
- Lifting heavy objects over my head
- Sleeping outside
- Reading books aloud to others
- Stretching (I'm not going to claim to be really good at Yoga, but
I'm at least really good at showing up to Yoga classes)
- Motorcycle maintenance
- Telling stories
- Putting up hammocks (outside and inside)
- Cooking and eating seafood
- School. Both learning and teaching.
- Collecting firewood and breaking it up without any tools
- Learning languages. I seem to always figure out enough to get by.
Then I forget it all.
- Walking for days with a heavy bag on my back
- Being comfortable in lots of disparate places, situations, and
- Inspiring and leading teams of researchers to a common goal in a
corporate environment. After travel and education, this is what
I've spent most of my time doing.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Smile, confidence, and enthusiasm.
Also, people seem to be surprised by (and comment on) my wearing
flip flops (in London). Or that I'm wearing a suit (in California).
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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My favorite books include Tales of the South Pacific, The Sun Also
Rises, A Confederacy of Dunces, Count of Monte Cristo, and The New
For music, instead of describing favorite genres or artists, I'm
going to just list the most recent playlist I made on my phone. The
playlist is called "Morocco," it has 73 songs, and I made it about
a month ago.
Pomp and Pride - Toots and the Maytals
Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
Gypsy Eyes - Jimi Hendrix
Gone Till November - Wyclef Jean
Come Over - Busy Signal
Like I Love You - Melanie Fiona
Ramble On - Led Zepelin
Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
Hold You - Gyptian
All Night - Far East Movement
For the Love of Money - The O Jays
Electric Feel - MGMT
Wild Thing - Fancy
Drift Away - Dobie Gray
Blue Orchid - White Stripes
Kangaroo Court - Capital Cities
Move! - Damian Marley
We're Gonna Make It - Damian Marley
Night Shift (SloSloNoMo remix) - Busy Signal
Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Exodus - Bob Marley
Genevieve - Cymande
Get By - Talib Kwali
Ghettomusik - OutKast
Iron Lion Zion - Bob Marley
Say You Love Me - J Martins
Nuthin' But a G Thang - Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre
Out on the Tiles - Led Zeppelin
Stepping Razor - Peter Tosh
Pomp And Pride - Toots and The Maytals
Pressed in a Book - The Shins
Ramble On - Led Zepelin
She's a Rainbow - Rolling Stones
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Take Me Home, Country Roads - Toots and the Maytals
Time - Easy Star
Quick Draw - Busy Signal
Fire - Ohio Players
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Get Off - Foxy
Black is Black - Los Bravos
Friday On My Mind - Easybeats
Track 8 - Vanuatu CD
Track 9 - Vanuatu CD
Track 13 - Vanuatu CD
Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Push and Shove - No Doubt
Float On - Modest Mouse
Peaches and Cream - 112
Stronger - Kanye West
Boss Tycoon - Mac Dre
The Seed 2.0 - The Roots
40 Oz. To Freedom - Sublime
Pressure Drop - Toots and the Maytals
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Conquistador - Procol Harum
Artillery Riddim - Munga
Man Down - Rihanna
Instant Crush - Daft Punk
Benjamin Wa Mambo Jambo - Nimefulia
Aoyoyo - J Martins
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmerelda
Rock N' Me - Steve Miller Band
Go Dumb - J Valentine
Wet Sand - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Atlantis - Donovan
Rockers - Bunny Wailer
Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
Montanita - Ratatat
More Bounce to The Ounce - Zapp
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Whether I should consider furthering my career or just have fun for
Whether I should buy a round trip ticket or just a one way. Maybe I
could take a train...
Whether I'm carrying enough food, water, and clothing to enjoyably
survive whatever's coming in the next few days.
Whether I can find a good place to sleep in this village or it's
better to head to the next one.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
listening to the philharmonic orchestra play Flight of the
Valkyries set to lasers in the Royal Albert Hall after having a
sushi dinner with lots of sake.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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is that I've gone on a few okcupid dates and I'm shocked to the
extent that women are relieved by my being "relatively normal"
compared to the average okcupider. I like to think of myself as
somewhat unique, special, and eccentric (in a good way, though),
but apparently okcupid is honeycombed with crazy dudes.
You should message me if
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You're generally confident and upbeat.
Just a quick note: I know from female friends that okcupid
messaging is very one-sided (and for women, often overwhelming).
While I'll never send a message that just says "hi," it would be
cool if you did. Even a tiny bit of effort letting me know you're
interested/curious helps to get the conversation started. Don't be
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