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I'm a Southern California native but not your typical LA type,
besides loving the ocean and perpetual sunshine. Between stints of
diving deep underwater in the Caribbean without a tank, whipping up
homemade pesto from scratch, playing Gershwin rhapsodies on the
piano, or inventing new mathematics for my creative visual
software, I'm always keeping myself busy, one way or another.
I am liberal, both in politics and in my use of sea salt. I have
the qualifications for Mensa, but the dignity not to join. My
two-year-old niece can't look at me without dissolving into
giggles. I can keep up with anyone, and I am rarely
But then... running my hands through my own hair just isn't quite
the same. And my passenger-side seat-heater feels neglected every
now and then. So here's to all you fascinating good-hearted
intelligent romantic adventurous individuals out there!
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What I’m doing with my life
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My life goals are threefold: to enjoy the very best experiences
life has to offer, to create something beneficial to humanity that
might not otherwise be created, and to share the journey with those
closest to me. (Including a family someday.)
Career-wise: I run a speculative startup developing visual creative
apps, while also moonlighting as a software developer for a larger
well-known software company. This combination gives me great
freedom and flexibility; I can work from almost anywhere, and set
my own schedule.
Leisure-wise: My passion for the past few years has been
Freediving, a sport which has taken me around the world to train
and compete in beautiful and exotic places. (Recently, the Bahamas
and French Riviera; up next, Curaçao and Serbia.) The friendships
and camaraderie that have come out of these experiences are
I’m really good at
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- Waxing philosophical (and/or surfboards).
- Playing piano without the sheet music.
- Holding my breath until YOU turn blue.
- Making cappuccinos with leaf patterns on top.
- Skiing black-diamond slopes without falling.
- Communicating complex ideas in simple ways.
- Administering nirvana-inducing shoulder-rubs.
- Grilling Indian-spiced salmon with couscous and chutney.
- Conversing late into the night over red zin and Valhrona...
The first things people usually notice about me
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Really long eyelashes. And a warm smile.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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I grew up around classical music, steeped in it from an early age.
(Interspersed with summer-camp 80's music.) Vladimir Horowitz,
Arcadi Volodos and Yundi Li never cease to amaze. Buddha Bar is a
great standby for ambiance. And I've discovered that Gangnam Style
is particularly effective for intense workouts. (You laugh, but I'm
burning calories!) On the radio, Alternative/Electronic/Indie on
shuffle, or NPR/KCRW/Radiolab. TV: Daily Show / Colbert / Bill
Books: currently reading a biography of Nikola Tesla, an idol of
mine. I recently read Nate Silver's "The Signal and the Noise,"
about Bayesian statistics, forecasts and predictions. (There's like
a 97% chance that's not as scary as it sounds.) I'm on the TED Book
Club mailing list, so every month is a deluge. Malcolm Gladwell,
Lev Grossman ('The Magicians'), Daniel Gilbert ('Stumbling on
Happiness'), Kathryn Schulz ('Being Wrong'), xkcd volume 0, and
more... Also working my way though the massive slab of culinary
wisdom that is Modernist Cuisine..
Movies: Amelie, Tampopo, Shawshank Redemption, Ferris Bueller,
anything Pixar, Amadeus, LOTR, Blade Runner, Princess Bride, The
Red Violin, vintage Python. And I hope that Mel Gibson one day
redeems himself, so I can watch Braveheart again.*
Food: I love to cook, and I generally eat healthy, but with no
particular restrictions. I source organic/humane when possible, and
abhor the Monsanto/Dow monoculture machine. My homemade latte art
technique is improving. Lots of favorite secret spots around
*One positive personal anecdote received. I'm softening...
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Maslow's Pyramid is a good place to start. But besides the obvious
(family, friends, health, food, sleep, air, love), I suppose it
comes down to the luxuries:
• Passport. (just renewed because the old one was completely
• A good chef's knife, and proper ingredients to use it
• Mask, fins, and snorkel. (scuba tank optional.)
• My piano, or at least a full-range keyboard.
• Deep conversation, laughter, and inspiration.
• Peet's Arabian Mocha Sanani (Whole bean)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
-Why do mirrors reverse left and right, but not up and down?
-Is it paradoxical that I avoid eating bluefin tuna because they're
too tasty to eat to extinction?
-Why do fax machines still exist? Seriously.
-Visualizing large numbers. If you literally tried to mint a
trillion-dollar platinum coin, it would be six feet thick and weigh
-If I had to give a TED talk, what would it be?
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Out on the town, if the situation presents itself. Cooking dinner,
watching Real Time or a movie. Working on my F chord. Or working
late into the night on my current project to fix a bug or add a
feature. Or, catching a redeye to Miami to zip down to the Bahamas.
The point is, if your typical Friday night is typical, you're doing
it wrong :)
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I prefer not to sleep with sheets tucked in. I like to untuck them
and make a little nest for my toes...
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