I'm originally from California (lived there for 23 years) and decided to move out to Colorado to escape Silicon Valley. I work as a freelance web developer, and the culture out here is less toxic and the rate of professional burnout is much lower. It's an awesome time to be an entrepreneur, and Denver is definitely going to explode with tech in the next five years. I like to think I have found my second home, and all signs point toward that as well.
I enjoy the outdoors, martial arts, live music, seafood, and the company of people who genuinely want to improve themselves. I love bouncing ideas off of people and find perspective to be extremely valuable.
I would one day like to help spearhead educational reform in America. I have always rebelled against traditional education, as I feel that learning isn't about busywork or homework and classroom time could be better spent teaching people about how to apply information instead of simply how to hard-code it and remember arbitrary facts.
I'm also a huge proponent of the mind-body connection in people. I trained as a martial artist for seven years and acquired a black belt, and I have always applied the things learned from that time in my life to other activities to great success.
I am a self-taught programmer who is able to make a profitable living off of it. It took hard work and a ton of networking, but it was great to have something like a small business that you built with your own two hands from the ground up.
I'm also a video game wizard. Dark Souls is my jam, and I used to play a lot of Counter Strike. I enjoy games that have a really high skill cap as I like to exploit nuances and novel strategies when I'm being competitive. Gotta keep them off balance, you know?
If we talking about my physicality, the most common comment I get from strangers is, "Have you ever modeled?". It has gotten old at this point. I have nice facial structure and a sound body, but I'll be damned if I ever take a modeling job.
Music: Queen, The Pillows, Gorillaz, Jack's Mannequin, Cage the Elephant, Nujabes, Explosions in the Sky, Immortal Technique, Rachmoninoff... the list goes on. I have extremely varied music tastes and will listen to just about anything once.
Books: Lord of the Rings, John Livingston Seagull, The Little Prince, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, and the Song of Ice and Fire series to name a few.
Movies/Shows: Stanley Kubrick movies, Lord of the Rings, There Will Be Blood, Fear and Loathing, most Dreamworks animated movies, and Twelve Angry Men. For shows, I am a huge fan of Rick and Morty, FLCL, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones.
Games: Metal Gear Solid (All of them), Undertale, Super Smash Bros, Dark Souls, CS:GO, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Bioshock (Infinite especially), Final Fantasy, and World of Warcraft.
If I am relaxed, I think about education, themes and archetypes in shows, books, video games and other media, and how I would like to change the world for the better.
If I'm not out, I am probably working on one of my work contracts and talking with friends online.
Also, if you are interested in the free Tae Kwon Do lesson, hit me up. I'm very willing to teach!