I live and work in Japan. I am interested in just about everything related to art, music, language, philosophy, science, medicine, environmentalism, and engineering. I'm slightly less interested in but try to keep up to date on politics and economics. They're more like necessary evils than passions in my mind.

I like to stretch my creative muscles from time to time, and my goal in life is to learn as much as I can before I die. Why bother learning so much when it will all be lost when I die? It's interesting to me. I want to experience as many of the positive human experiences as I can before I die, and I think there's a lot of comfort to be found in being able to do just about anything for yourself. Self sufficiency is a very noble goal in my opinion. I hope to leave the world a little bit better than how I found it, but time will tell. Sometimes I try my hand at writing science fiction or fantasy but I dream of writing literary fiction. Other times I build crappy websites or lose at video games.

I practice intentional living, coincidentally but very similar to the manner of Henry David Thoreau. If you have never read Walden, I highly recommend it. I had already established most of my ethics before reading Walden, so it was more confirming than influential, but it is definitely one of the greatest books I have ever read. As I read it, I found myself repeatedly thinking, "This was published in 1854?!"

I'll stop here for now. I think this is a pretty good picture of who I am without prying too deeply into my personal life. After moving to Japan, I came to understand the value of privacy. In a country with such a high population density, privacy is far more precious than I previously understood.