I am an explorer of science, ideas, culture, film, and novel
experiences. I grew up in the deep South, helped invent an
engineering college near Boston, moved to the Pacific Northwest on
a whim, reinvented myself in the Midwest, and moved to California
in order to become a productive member of society. I decided to
move here on a Thursday and started driving on the following
I travel whenever I can. I've been to more than forty countries and
had countless adventures. Some of my recent travel adventures
include staying up all night to climb a volcano in Guatemala and
road-tripping to Bali with an Indonesian rock band that I met on
What I’m doing with my life
I'm a software engineer at a molecular diagnostic startup.
On the side, I throw themed dinner party every month and then blog
I’m really good at
Blending in different groups, traversing real-life social networks,
making travel recommendations
The first things people usually notice about me
A lot of people remark that I seem genuine after meeting me. I have
no idea how you tell that after one meeting, but I'll take
The flip side of this is that I can be surprisingly honest. In the
words of a couchsurfer I met in Indonesia-"He likes to give direct
opinion about phenomena happened around him. And find it very
honest opinion from his heart."
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: The Namesake, American Gods, Time
Traveler's Wife, What is the What, Ideas in Food, Lila, Tufte
Movies: Waking Life, Before Sunset, Eternal
Sunshine, Gattaca, Lawrence of Arabia, Lost in Translation
Music: Built to Spill, Bon Iver, Geographer,
Coltrane, City and Colour, Sigur Ros, Alt-J
Shows: Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother,
Frasier, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Louie, Community, Modern Family,
Parks and Recs
Food: I love comfort food from around the world
like the soups I had in Colombia and homemade dumplings.
On the other side of the spectrum, I love spicy foods. I have more
than two dozen ways in my kitchen to make something spicy.
The six things I could never do without
passport, a gas stove, printed words, data, flow, and new frontiers
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Optimization vs adventure-I am passionate about
optimizing the boring things in life to make room for the good
The theme for my next dinner party-I've hosted
dinner parties in five cities with themes ranging from
food-on-a-stick to a Kimchi taco party with hand-rolled tortillas
and homemade kimchi.
Where to travel next-I filled up a passport last
year and am well on my way to filling another. Peru, Iceland,
Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, and Nepal are currently on my short list.
On a typical Friday night I am
Working through my 100+ item SF bucket list or doing something
entirely random. My bucket list is currently comprised mostly of
places to hike and places to eat.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I spent 36 hours in Romania and managed to get punched in the face
and lose a tooth (bottom, left) in the process.
You should message me if
You have interesting travel stories to share.
You have a wacky dinner party idea for me.
You think hiking in Napa is a good idea.