The stories of others are important to me as a source of reflection that transcends any singular experience.
Through listening to the varied experiences of peoples' lives, there is an opportunity to learn what would otherwise have required me to have lived for centuries. Good stories also hold a battery of wonder and inspiration that charges the mind when it needs the power of creativity or solution.
A Hiroshima survivor - An Apollo 15 astronaut - A notable Harvard geneticist resurrecting the Woolly Mammoth - A 110-year-old alive during the 1906 Earthquake: the stories of those that I have met help write the one I call my own and this interests me more than anything.
Science & Learning
Empirically understanding the natural world goes hand in hand with the very same reason I love stories about people and human history. The formation of this planet and the telling changes to our environment in which life is formed shows us an epoch written with some of the most unbelievable beginnings, extraordinary progressions, and cataclysmic ends. It is a story told in the very soil of our earth, the icy tail of a comet, the DNA of a Scorpion, even we are a part of the oldest parchment that is used to explain existence through our origins in the stars: I cannot put down and forget the story of the universe for long.
More interesting than my Political Science major were the courses I took in Anthropology, Astronomy, and Paleontology. It was more meaningful to look quietly through a telescope in college and see the rings of Saturn than it ever was to be educated by an institution. The perspectives in planetary observation I learned, is where reflection and inspiration meet with ease.
A few of my favorite films include Dr. Strangelove, There Will Be Blood, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Senna, Alien, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Goodfellas, Jurassic Park, The Godfather Part I & II, and Once Upon A Time in the West.
| Documentaries | Cosmos A Personal Voyage, The Fog of War, Senna, Man on Wire, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Walking With Dinosaurs, The War Room, Ken Burns (body of work).
I am primarily interested in writing about the experiences I have with others, and designing stories that link such experiences into world oriented events, and the future of civilization. Currently, I have been writing a science fiction story that is allowing me to experiment with this.
The Dragons of Eden (C. Sagan), Anna Karenina (L. Tolstoy), Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman! (R. Feynman), Lord of the Rings (J.R.R Tolkien) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (J. Meacham), House of the Scorpion (N. Farmer), Treasure Island (R. L. Stevenson), A History of Western Society Volumes (Mkay | Hill), The Bell Jar (S. Plath) The Pearl (J. Steinbeck) Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History (Cambridge Press, 3rd Edition), Calvin & Hobbes (B. Watterson).
I have been a Big Brother, for about four years now; helping to offer enjoyable and inspirational resources to a young man, in
ways that I myself have already been fortunate enough to have had. It has been a pleasure, and a learning experience for both of us that I hope continues to provide us with knowledge and friendship for the rest of our lives.
I founded Gateway International to embark on the transpacific brokering of both private island real-estate and high-end land development.
The adventure was not fruitful, and possibly illegal, but enjoyable and fascinating all the same, and an experience I still learn from today. To read how it unraveled, and how it nearly lead to my being barred from Fiji, click the link below:
During the 4 years that Gateway existed, we were approached by HGTV to do an episode showcasing one of our islands, celebrity interests such as singer Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and offers as much as $4 million dollars, before it all began to come apart.
A search engine and forum for offices to solve their work-related questions.AngelList.
The Dust Top is an invention that I built to prevent the decay of people's books around the house. Leaving them on shelves or stacked atop one another can lead them to collect damaging dust, harmful mites, mold, and if stacked, even deform the spine. The design was to stitch a piece of flexible cloth in such a way that it would fit atop almost any sized book, wrapping around the top inch or two like a hat: not only preventing dust from settling but also keeping the pages taught enough that dust does not gather through the sides either. I filed for a provisional patent on its design.
Vandl - iPhone App
The Vandl app was an iPhone application designed for people interested in new, creative, and playful ways to have fun with friend's Facebook pictures. I first published it with a co creator back in 2011 when I was a senior in high school, and while a glitch in the upload process to the iTunes store left us without an app cover for the first week, we were able to make it to more than 1,000 downloads nonetheless!
Fossil hunting, tide pools, wildlife photography, astronomy, road trips. If I could do anything today, it would be to swim with a baleen whale. The photo to the right is of a sea lion in mid leap. A likely warning for me to keep moving.
Monterey Harbor, CA. 2019
All of my websites are custom designed. The templates that are available for sale can be found by clicking the above link, that includes this site!
Why I Design Websites
Presenting a well thought out aesthetic that pleases other people for it's dynamic yet accessible simplicity is not only important to me, but it's also part of the challenge and pleasure in creating. Web design offers such creativity and freedom.
He was less than a mile from the epicenter of the bomb. After watching his classmates die in an inferno that swept over his elementary school, 8 year old Takashi Tanemori was rescued by an Imperial Soldier and brought to one of the nearby rivers, where the horrors and miracle of Hiroshima began to truly take form. 70 years later, I would have the opportunity to meet Mr. Tanemori, and to become the dearest of friends. I have orchestrated multiple speaking events for him, each with a unique platform for him to deliver his message of peace and forgiveness, and in the words of his father, that "the greatest way to avenge your enemy is by learning to forgive."
Pioneering two of the most successful campaign rallies for Eric Gudz, it was my idea to utilize the Davis 5k as a place to hand out free drinks in the promotion of his political movement to young voters on campus. During a day when President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Kevin De Leon, and other political figures came to Davis, my coordinating the borrowing of a local town's persons Octocycle (pictured left) for Gudz campaign, awarded me a cheery conversation with them all.
British Imperialist Speaker
I designed and hosted an event with a woman from Iraq who grew up under British Imperialism in the 40's. Her story of being whipped in the streets to her eventual trip to England decades later is a life rich with experience and learning.
The Debate of Two Professors
I was asked by a professor at College of Marin to put together and moterate an event to critique and contrast the value of Libertarian vs. Liberal philosophy. A large turnout of Marin County's small libertarian members showed up in force, as did a number of faculty and students of the college, providing a nice balance. It was interactive, informative and catered.