Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
Hello and thanks for reading my profile! I should start out by
saying that I have a two year old daughter and have been her sole
caregiver since she was a baby. When she came into my life becoming
a father was the last thing I expected, and I gave up a life of
travel and adventure to care for her.
I mention this first because it not only establishes a pretty
important dimension to any relationship I'd have, but because it
shows that I'm a strong person who is also caring and compassionate
and has a sense of duty. It also shows that I am earnest about
being a good father and man, and that I'm a person who can be
Anyway, my story is that I devoted six years studying philosophy in
college, and was blessed to do philosophy with many fellow
travelers who challenged me beyond what I thought possible, and
continued together for many years afterward. After college I worked
as a sawyer on fire crews in the summer, while spending my winters
studying and writing and the springtime living on small
I love working hard, outside and with my hands. I tried to get a
normal job and return to suburbia after my daughter came along, but
I couldn't do it. I don't know how anyone could do it! Nthing's
better than a good days work for me, especially if I have good
friends to come home to.
At the same time I'm an incurable intellectual, and the (literally)
thousands of hours I've spent reading philosophy books inevitably
enters into everything I do. I can't help it, and the only way I
was able to cure myself of an incessant need to analyze everything
was to take a step further into the religious dimension of
existence. I've had a few really direct experience of where the
limits of our overclocked monkey brain are reached, and there is
the divine. This experience changed me, and its something that I
want to share with everyone I meet.
The focus of all my efforts now, aside from caring for my daughter,
is working to start a community. I spent a lot of time living on
small farms, and since college I've been networking with my best
friend from college, and some of our mutual friends who were fellow
thinkers. Together we will soon have substantial savings and a
solid base of knowledge with which to buy tools and land to turn
into an open invitation, open source free school called the
The thinkery is hard to describe quickly, but its basically where
the living conversation of thinking is continued in the midst of a
community that is devoted to education in the mastery of crafts,
trades, and skills. the thinkery will try to provide a place where
people can share knowledge in practical skills by working together
on projects as teachers and fellow students, and by sharing tools
and labor. It strives to reteach people how to create the things
that populate their lives in cooperation with other people. It also
will teach clear thinking so as to aide in the creation excellent
human beings, with clear thinking being necessary in this
I'm looking for a woman who would be able to treat my daughter as
her own, and loves being around children. Someone who is strong and
capable, and could share my dreaming of having a community. A woman
who works hard and has goals, but isn't driven to succeed in the
sense of success that is the "way of the world." A woman who is
able to forgo comfort and ease and face hard times, even, if it
means working alongside each other for what we think is right.
Having to care for Maria has made me appreciate how amazing and
important motherhood is, and I would hope to be with somebody who
embraces this side of womanhood.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I'm just finishing up my second season running a conservation Corps
chainsaw crew cutting beetle kill up in the mountains. I fell into
the gig kind of randomly, but it turned out to be a unique
opportunity to teach. I started the season with a group of 15 18-24
year old with little or no saw experience and by the end of the
summer they became tough, lightning fast chainsaw samurai!!! In all
seriousness they did achieve entry-level mastery in this difficult
and potentially dangerous skill, and learn good, safe
When I was a young man I wanted to be a philosophy professor, but
the past years with those young men and women gave me an
opportunity to teach far greater than standing up in front of a
bunch of sleeping freshmen blowing hot air. I was a pretty cool
crew leader too, if I do say so myself; I was fair and a really
good teacher and worked really hard. I also could play the part of
a stand-up comedian, or a hard-ass lunatic, when the script called
for it. It was so much fun! The transformation I see in my folks
over the season is amazing.
I'm also wrapping up my other employment for the season, which was
teaching wildland fire chain saw classes. This was also great fun,
and a great opportunity to teach.
Right now I'm living in a small community near Berthoud. I was
originally invited out here as just a caretaker of a small
property, and to do some construction work in exchange for rent;
but I started talking about some of the ideas I had for community,
gardening, and natural building and the lady who brought me in to
do the work found these ideas were similar to what she envisioned
for the place. So she gave me free reign to start testing things
and inviting people to come live out here and have a small
community. I'm also living here with my daughter and caring for her
I'm also working a lot with my mom's husband to put up a sixty foot
wind tower on their property, and working to rennovate an
outbuilding and turn it into a small apartment. And its brewing
season, so I'm starting to plan out the next brew. My brewing motto
is: taste the beer not the hops. I've started experimenting with
spicing my brews with stuff other than hops. This past Spring I
made a sage porter that was pretty good. Not great but pretty
My ultimate goal in all of this is to continually put into practice
a radical new approach to education; I am working along side a
group of friends to move out to Oregon and begin a project we call
the Thinkery. the idea of the Thinkery started out as a somewhat
utopian vision for a philosophy school that could be
self-sufficient and not charge tuition by building itself up and
sustaining itself by permaculture and natural building practices.
From there the idea became more about how philosophy could inform
these practices, and how philosophy too could be changed in its
course of thinking by an experience with the creation and
sustenance of a community. Now the idea has changed some more from
this, and our goal is to start out in Oregon by first integrating
ourselves into existing skill-sharing and cooperative networks. We
can slowly building up mastery in ourselves of practical skills,
while continuing to invite people into the living conversation that
is our particular path as thinkers.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I've been well educated in the history of philosophy, and more
importantly I learned to ask and answer philosophic questions in
the course of a living conversation. I'm really lvling up my
gardening and building skills, as well as preparing food, brewing
beer and becoming a craftsman. I'm also an excellent sawyer, having
run a saw on fire crews, taught my whole crew last year, and been
paid to teach chainsaw classes. Finally, I think I'm a really good
parent: my daughter is tough, happy, sociable, and extremely
The first things people usually notice about me
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This depends on the people doing the perceiving. I'm generally very
polite and usually soft spoken. I trigger contradictory inputs for
redneck and hippy, and people are curious about my daughter who is
usually with me, prancing around, telling stories about penguins or
princesses, pretending to be shy, making up words in Chinese and/or
Spanish, or singing lines from Styx songs. ..she knows most of
"Come Sail Away" by heart now. A lot of people say I remind them of
people on TV. When I'm on the road, I drive a sweet art car that's
currently half finished.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
I used to watch a lot of movies; I loved Herzog's films, and the
great Japanese directors (Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ichikawa, and
Teshigahara.) I also liked Ingmar Bergman.
I like Star Trek: The Next Generation. I consider it to be the
golden age of television.
I listen to Buckethead, Andrew Bird, The Presidents, Talking Heads,
Tom Tom Club, Jethro Tull. Many others.
I also try to read a bit, though much less than I used to; I still
pull out Deleuze and Guattari's Thousand Plateaus and Anti-Oedipus
when I get the chance. I also read the Bible. My favorite writers
during my philosophic development were Heidegger, especially his
later works, as well as Deleuze, Feuerbach, Schopenhauer and
Ortega. I'm reading a book on yurts now, an don on lime plaster.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
I'm always thinking about something! To name a few things, this
year I've been thinking a lot of what its like to be a photon (or
the photon, or n-photons depending on how you look at it...) also
been thinking about how genetics is genuinely and not just
metaphorically a language, but that its a language much richer than
the idea of a "genetic code" suggests.
My free time for much of this year was devoted to building a large,
super-efficient wood stove called a rocket mass heater. Now that
the stove is mostly done, I have to plaster over it to seal it and
protect the material its made out of. So I've been thinking a lot
about lime plaster, as it is the best choice; however, lime plaster
is a difficult process to master, and it has all but died out as a
practice so there aren't many avenues to learning it that don't
include a lot of thinking things through on your own and messing up
a few times. now that I have some experience with the stove and
with natural building techniques, I've started thinking a lot about
new stove designs, and ways to incorporate the ruins of industrial
society into functional buildings.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
My daughter likes painting a lot, so we often paint together before
she goes to bed. Picasso said that It took him four years to paint
like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child; and, i think,
the best way to learn this is to paint with children. we also cook
on a campfire a lot on the weekends. good times.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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