funnytube
49 Orinda, United States
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My self-summary
**My moniker- it is an old handle I used generally on many sites, related to my interest in radio tubes.**

Optimist with some practicality thrown in. There is a bit of teacher in me. I enjoy explaining how things work in a clear, approachable manner.

I am a Freelance illustrator, and have done work as diverse as illustrating postage stamps, car engine cutaways, medical devices, scientific processes and the San Francisco skyline for a commemorative chocolate bar.

I am fascinated with antique technology. I spend much of my free time tinkering in my shop, reanimating the voices long-silent machines as well as creating new devices. I enjoy digging for raw project material at swap meets & estate sales. Though I'm comfortable with solitude when working, I also enjoy good company, engaging conversation and the local alternative culture(s).

I was born and raised in the SF bay area by British parents. I inherited some of their customs. I lived and worked in the UK during my college years. I have always felt some fond familiarity with the UK, but the Bay Area is my home.

My parents encouraged my artistic skills from a young age; they both were in creative industry professions. I learned illustration from my dad. The beauty of old things from my mom. My grandmother was a dreamer, which I seem to have inherited. My grandfather was an engineer at Lawrence Berkkeley Labs. His influence led me into tinkering with old electronics.
What I’m doing with my life
Running my illustration business from home. Tinkering. Collect and sell vintage electronic components to make extra funds. Attending life drawing sessions at UC Berkeley when I can. I volunteer with the Fix-It Clinic where I put my teaching & tinker nature to good use, helping folks repair and understand their devices. Pursuing the creative ideas rolling around in my head.
I’m really good at
Spatial recognition. Fixing things. Creative thought. Listening & finding cohesiveness among the diverse, creative perspectives and talents of others. Seeing both sides of the coin. Digging for urban gold at flea markets and in basements. I make a great cup of tea, UK style.
The first things people usually notice about me
My disarming, friendly smile and outgoing nature.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books- Presently I tend to read history and technical articles focused around vintage electronics, primarily vacuum tube circuits and design parameters.

Movies- Dr. Strangelove, Harold & Maude, Le Mans, Bullitt, High Fidelity, Edward Scissorhands, Bladerunner, Fight Club, The Big Lebowski, Midnight in Paris, just to name a few.

Music- diverse. KFJC is my fave station. Eclectic. Murcof, Waits, Kraftwerk, Monk, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Earth Wind & Fire, Count Basie. Changing constantly. Presently rotating a lot of dark ambient & industrial. Radio Dismuke. I collect LP's, those little vinyl nuggets of musical history.

Food- Mole Rojo. My kale/carrot/blueberry smoothies. Grilled food. Indian (Navratan Korma in particular), Thai, Sushi, etc. Honey mangos. Cadbury's or local dark chocolate. Blend 101. Good Earl Grey tea.
The six things I could never do without
Barring basic survival needs-
Pens and pencils
Tinker space
Hand tools
Voltmeter
Human interaction and intimacy
My Workstation
Tea
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Our species and it's similarity to others. Pattern recognition. Biology. Human interaction. What neat things I can make out of found junk. Shapes.
On a typical Friday night I am
Sketching nudes on the UC campus. Catching up with friends over a drink. As I'm freelance, every night can be Friday or Monday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've had my share of foibles/mistakes/dumb ideas. I usually try to rectify them ASAP.
You should message me if
You find resonance with this profile. You are basically happy, creative and busy. You wish to share the stuff in your head with the stuff in someone else's head. Cross-pollination.
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