I don't try to be quirky, but I end up that way by following my
tastes and logic. I am lucky enough to have a lot of flexibility in
my life, so I plan things around bluegrass festivals in the
Catskills or art festivals in Japan or bike races in Washington
County or biathlons in Oslo.
I put too much faith in people, but am cynical enough to limit the
damage. Fiercely independent, shy at times, a loyal friend, intense
when it matters and relaxed when it's appropriate, my brain is
filled with information that most people would call useless.
What I’m doing with my life
Basically, trying to live the best one possible. This involves some
angel investing, trying to live in two (or three) awesome places
simultaneously, going on great trips, experiencing lots of arts and
culture, and having too many ideas than are good for me.
I live an odd bi-coastal lifestyle between upstate NY and San
Francisco. It's hard to explain in a few sentences, but I think it
makes perfect sense.
I’m really good at
Knowing stuff; I'm an information sponge.
Being amazed/disgusted/confused/upset/ambivalent about the world.
The first things people usually notice about me
Nothing. Despite being bald and heavily freckled, I can blend into
the background almost anywhere.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: If On A Winter's Night A Traveller, Watchmen, 1491, Why the
West Rules-For Now (amazing book, worst title ever), almost
anything by John McPhee, Craig Childs, or Dupuy and Berberian. I
just finished "Temperatures: Very Low and Very High" and it was the
best thing I've read in years. My brain is now much clearer on the
fundamentals of entropy and I've discovered negative temperatures,
which is more than you can ever expect from a single book.
Movies: Shoot The Piano Player, Grizzly Man, Until the End of the
World, The Best of Youth. Directors: Godard, Sturges, Almoldovar,
Wong Kar-Wai, early Woody Allen, Haneke.
TV: I don't watch much TV nowadays, so this mostly is from years
ago: The Wire, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, random idiots risking their
lives reality TV (when I am in a hotel somewhere that gets
Music: Tom Waits, Billy Bragg, The Clash, lots of bluegrass, Public
Enemy, Led Zeppelin
Food: I am picky, in that there are lots of things I don't like, so
complicated foods often run afoul of my tastes. But I will try
almost anything. I am live with the cuisine of Japan; I stole this
from a friend: "Every meal there is like the best meal of my life".
The six things I could never do without
Snow, places to go, a bike, my friends, nature, and good movies.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How screwed the world seems to be.
How to fit all the cool stuff I want to do into my calendar.
What art I should buy.
Why I can't find the time to learn Japanese or practice banjo.
On a typical Friday night I am
Playing banjo in the cabin. But few Fridays are typical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
That as complete a grasp I have on most parts of my self, there are
parts that still elude me.
You should message me if
You think you'd like to meet up in person.
You want a companion for fun activities. Hikes, canoe trips, museum
visits, concerts, offbeat road trips.