Otherwise, I am an artist, my background is in computational mathematics and I occasionally work as a software engineer, most recently at the nytimes ... but I quit, sold everything I own and am spending the next few years traveling the world. This time focusing on art projects, writing, and languages (studying Spanish and I just started learning Mandarin and traditional Chinese writing).
I'm living in Taipei right now, I really love it here, it's a great place to focus on art projects and writing -- and perfect for learning traditional characters and practicing 書法
I believe "life" is fundamentally simple, that the complexities and beauty of nature can be uncovered when we look beyond our own imagined complexities.
I believe the purpose of life is to live -- when there is no goal there is a spontaneous and uninhibited energy, an emergent freedom of being, and the continuous discovery of life in each moment -- and with that awareness life is transformed into a joyous innocence of being.
In my estimation most of us are unable or unwilling to let go so completely. To the extent that we cannot let go (i.e., our passions -- that which we suffer for) there's a terrifying meaning to be found.
I find most life-affirming moments are discovered in that psychological space between chaos and order, between suffering and bliss, facing into the unknown of existence. This might be why I love to travel as I do, it ejects you from the illusions of your daily comfort and forces you into the unknown.
I think and meditate a lot on kundalini tantra, meditative states of nondualism, and nirvikalpa samadhi. These are themes that show up in my artwork, and give language to otherwise transcendent experiences.
Letting go of ego, maintaining an almost childlike awe to the world around us
I love movies, from terrible B-list cult classics like Buckaroo Banzai to the more mainstream classics like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Clockwork Orange, Amelie, The Big Lebowski, Into the Wild, Trainspotting, Twelve Monkeys, The Princess Bride, Tampopo, etc ... I recently fell in love with Only Lovers Left Alive
I eat almost everything (no matter where on earth I find myself, if I see someone eating something, then it must be edible so I'll happily dig in), I especially love Korean and Vietnamese food, French desserts, delicious wines too complex for my limited understanding of wine, well-brewed beers without pretense, and most of all new foods I've yet to experience!
So perhaps my current, soon to be lost, necessities includes:
+ transcendent bliss
+ awareness of beauty
+ loving kindness
Often times I think about thinking; cognitive heuristics are one of my favorite subjects for thought experiments.
And while I think a lot, I find the process limiting and self-exhausting.
In the exhaustion of thought, there is a silence of mind and the experience of the inexhaustible, a blissful beautiful freedom, a choiceless awareness of the world as it truly exists. The experience seems similar to Mescaline or Salvia, but only in that it's impossible to describe articulately in words.
I guess my absolute favorite times of the week are the midday weekdays, say Tuesday around 2pm, you'll often find me at a cafe or diner, headphones on, sitting quietly reading and sipping on tea. The joy of these moments I cannot fully express.
I adore loving and kind-hearted people; strange people, normal people, smart people, silly people, people who love animals, people who love life ...
I find the most attractive people are those with an honest lust for life, a sentimentality, a willingness to be vulnerable appreciating beauty.