Child of the Bay Area working poor, grew up in a low-income predominantly POC neighborhood, read some books, witnessed and instigated some troubles, wandered out and saw a good chunk of the world, came home to build and create, learned alot, still searching for something, finding value in unexpected places.
I'm fascinated with decentralized systems and social fragmentation. Most of my life I've been drawn towards fringes, where people and cultures don't conform to the many unhealthy pathologies of the dominant American paradigm. Values like free-thought, mutualism, anti-authoritarianism, and creativity have informed much of my worldview and decisions over the years.
More immediate than all that heady stuff, kindness and mindfullness are central to how I conduct myself. The world already has enough self-righteousness and negativity - I try to avoid being mired in cynicism, as I've found laughter and human warmth makes most things better in a small, tangible way.
So these days I do part-time research for a database company, and spend my ample free-time tinkering, sketching, and trying to figure out where to go from here. Reinventing yourself 10 years into adulthood is both daunting and exciting, but I think this is part of growing up, or some such cliche.
Studied political science in my early 20s, but my anticapitalist inclinations didn't go over well with most of the faculty, and the quasi-corporate culture was driving me insane. Me and hierarchical organizations don't really get along.
Recently have developed an undeniable curiosity in the technical infrastructure of the Internet, and somehow seem to be amassing a haphazard network of boxes in my room. Surprisingly, after years of walled-garden ignorance, the expansive horizons of Linux and TCP/IP seem quietly liberating.
My grandmother (who raised me) treated everybody with an exceptional generosity of respect, dignity and empathy- I hope to emulate the high standard of human decency she embodied.
Listening more than speaking
- Cooking usually means a big pot of vegetable soup or bean stew. Lots of rice, sardines and collard greens. Peasant food, healthy and cheap.
- Glitchy downtempo electronica, alt hip-hop, Old World chant, and classical piano are my working music. Mornings start with old-timey blues. Soft spots for punk, metal, Putumayo compilations, and Northern Cali rap as reminders of people and places and things now past.
+ Coffee, as a hopeless caffeine addict
+ Afternoon naps
+ Solid American-made boots
+ Notebooks, sketchbooks, and my preferred pens
+ Engaging reading material
How to best merge glitch and figurative imagery
Whatever I'm building next
Contemporary interrogations of race and gender
How could I reach out to more queer folks
How wonderful trees are
How vibrant graffiti is
Where the hell I left my phone...
These days - Probably reading or sketching. Though I still love a good show, just without the getting smashed part...
You prefer Oakland over the City
You make stuff
You're progressive, creative, or unusual
You sympathize with anarchist thinking
You can help me learn Python
You consider TV a mind-numbing and life-stealing opiate
You'll laugh with me at the absurdity of it all
I can always use more friends with artistic, Leftist or technical inclinations.