Ein Auge aufs Geschäft, eines im Plattenkasten
Ein Ohr fürs Rudel und eins für den Gegner
Ein Tanzbein und ein Arschtreter
I'm a networked communications and audio geek living and working in New York City. I moved back to the US from Freiburg, Germany in the Summer of 2011. I speak fluent German if you do.
I work for a silicon valley software company in the security and communications space. My workstations are macs and servers linux.
For fun I divide my time between computing, electronic music and bars/nightlife.
I used to DJ minimal techno in Germany on a semi-regular basis, but at some point work and my travel schedule made that impossible. I'm hoping to get back into it here in New York now that I'm traveling less.
I didn't go to college, just skipped it over. I love learning and intellectual pursuit for its own sake. At 18 I was ready to live and tired of formal education so I took off for Europe. Didn't think at the time that I'd drop into a straight-laced career quite so quickly, but I've been full-time in high tech since 19 with the exception of taking the summer of 2008 off to DJ and make music... Greatest. Summer. Ever.
I'm hugely attentive to grammar and style, and I view that as a good thing. If you don't have time to write contractions I don't have time to respond.
Also, Sundays are for Football. Buffalo Bills. However, I'm not a huge sports guy. I love to watch the major soccer tournaments every two years but that's it.
- being exactly on-time (not early and just before late)
- making computers do things they were not meant to
- producing controlled chaos
- procrastinating (but still pulling it in under the wire)
- listening (seriously, I'm the go-to sounding board for a lot of my friends)
- being curious
- making steaks (I make a damn good steak, just saying)
Normally, you don't ask people "So, what are the first things you noticed about me" unless you've just grown a third eye.
I would guess that it's the fact that I think before I talk, but who the fuck knows.
- Too many to list, just ask. The most important are both of Robert Pirsig's books, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and "Lila: An Inquiry into Morals"
- American Beauty
- A Clockwork Orange
- American History X
- The Wall
- Reservoir Dogs
- Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (Ich weiß, daß es Schnulze ist... na und?)
- Mulholland Drive
- Python and The Holy Grail
- Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
some others, but I don't really watch movies much. If I need to veg for a few minutes I'll watch an episode of a TV series, if I'm going to spend 90 minutes or more I'll usually read a book.
NPR!! - anything from Fresh Air to This American Life, Morning Edition, Science Friday, Wait Wait, Radiolab, etc. Recently discovered Moth Radio Hour (that wasn't on my old NPR station) and loving it.
I cancelled cable, but Netflix or otherwise streamed would be:
- The Wire
- Homicide: Life on the Street
- The Daily Show
- Breaking Bad
- How I Met Your Mother
- Mad Men
- The Shield
- 30 Rock
- Arrested Development
(This is what I've watched over the last few years, I don't spend a lot of time in front of a TV and I don't expect that to change.)
- minimal techno!
- Stuff on the M-nus label
- Stuff on Bpitch Control
- Absolute Beginner
- Götz Widmann
- Element of Crime
- Fettes Brot
- Beastie Boys
- Frank Zappa
- Pink Floyd
- The XX
- Alanis Morissette (Shut up, it's what I grew up with.)
- Chicken Wings (I'm from Buffalo, so...)
- Chicken Fingers (I know, I know)
(I stopped drinking coffee at some point years ago. Though I still get a decaf occasionally, I miss it terribly and somehow I just can't bring myself to change this list.)
Also, I never learned to parallel park. (don't judge!)
Also: ping me if you understand the phrase "du hast so viel Stil wie ein Cornetto-Eis" - I really need to keep up my German.