Some books that have had a significant impact on my worldview
and/or impacted my life direction are: "The Global Brain Awakens"
by Peter Russell, "The Wisdom of Crowds" by James Surowiecki,
"Wikinomics" by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams, "Collapse" by
Jared Diamond, "The Naked Ape" by Desmond Morris, "Our Inner Ape"
by Franz de Waal, and "The Lorax", by Dr. Suess (I'm able recite
this last one from memory).
Some books that I deeply appreciate as works of art are: "Nine
Stories" J.D. Salinger, "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran, "The
Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho, "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse, "The
Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien, "If You're Afraid of the
Dark - Remember the Night Rainbow" by Cooper Edens, "New and
Selected Poems" by Mary Oliver, and "The Gift" poems by Hafez
translated by David Ladinsky.
Some of my favorite movies are: Baraka, American Beauty,
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Unbearable Lightness of
Being, The Thin Red Line, and Children of Men.
I lived with a television for the past 8 years, but I watch
"Survivor", PBS's "Frontline", and science documentaries on my
computer. I watched HBO's "The Wire". I also watch TED talks.
I tend to like ambient, dub, trance, new age, and world music. I
like music where it feels like the artist sees themselves being a
means through which the universe is expressing its beauty, rather
than seeing themselves as its creator, and believing that they
I'm generally less able to appreciate music with lyrics. The
imposition of lyrics can feel like an attempt to contain something
inexplicable in human words, like trying to bend something that's
pure and beautiful as it is already, and in doing so, making it
Some of my favorite musical artists are: Brian Eno, Lisa Gerrard,
Axiom of Choice, Omnimotion, Robert Rich, Adham Shaikh, and Paul
Some of my favorite DJ's are: Armin van Buurin, Ferry Corsten,
Mars, and Mysterë.
I care about making responsible food choices. The Union of
Concerned Scientists ranks food consumption as the second most
environmentally impactful area of activity that Americans engage in
after transportation. This comes primarily from the emissions from
transporting out of season and non-local food over great distances
to American consumers, and the use of environmentally destructive
farming techniques. I buy locally and sustainably grown food
I'm also a vegetarian
because I do not want make
animals die for me when it's not necessary for my survival or
Apart from the free food I get from my restaurant, I generally have
a pretty austere diet. Sometimes I'll boil pots of rice and beans
and put them in the fridge to eat over the next week. I don't
generally put in the effort to heat food or mix in other
ingredients before I eat it. The way food tastes is not something
that's important to me.