funnytube
48 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. Creator/builder/drawer/tinkerer. I enjoy talking about how old things work. I have more projects in my head than there is a lifetime.

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

I am fascinated with antique technology. I spend much time tinkering in my shop, reanimating the voices long-silent machines as well as creating new devices. I dig for raw project material at swap meets, surplus stores & estate sales.

Born and raised in the 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 and love for old things from a young age. My grandmother was a dreamer, which I seem to have inherited. My grandfather was an engineer at Lawrence Berkeley Labs. His influence led me into tinkering with electronics.

Travel? Sure. I've hiked a number of the east bay trails, but far from all. I like to explore decrepit buildings and towns untouched by development. Camping in forests. Fan of natural hot springs. Recovering burner. I'm comfortable with solitude but also enjoy good company & engaging conversation.
What I’m doing with my life
Running my illustration business from home. Tinkering. Building. Dreaming up new projects. Hiking the foggy Berkeley hills. Collect and sell vintage electronic components to make extra funds. Life drawing. Volunteer with the Fix-It Clinic where I put my skills to good use, helping save devices from the landfill. Always 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.
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. Turing's Cathedral was a recent good read.

Movies- Dr. Strangelove, Harold & Maude, Le Mans, Bullitt, High Fidelity, Edward Scissorhands, Bladerunner, Fight Club, just to name a few. Gravitate towards science fiction.

Music- diverse. KFJC is my fave station. Eclectic. Murcof, Waits, Kraftwerk, Monk, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, Count Basie. Changing constantly. Presently rotating a lot of dark ambient & industrial. Access to Arasaka. Architect. Cocteau Twins. D.A.F., Gary Numan. Hecq. KMFDM. Medeski, Martin & Wood. Radio Dismuke. I collect LP's, those vinyl platters 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
Pens and sketchpad
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.
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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