Personal Interests

Here are some things I like doing outside of work.

Martial Arts – I have recently been practicing Systema, Tai Chi, and Taekwondo. Before that, I trained to a 5th-degree black belt instructor in Taekwondo and have trained in Hapkido, Korean Weapons, Kali, Boxing, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Aiki Jiujitsu. I like training and learning in a constructive, safe, and disciplined environment. 

Rock Climbing – I started bouldering 2019 and currently a V2 level noob. It’s a fun way to get stronger.

Physical Training – Trying to get stronger and more fit without injuries. I try to supplement technical skills with aerobic, strength and mobility work. Interested in working with trainers and experts in physical performance. Also starting to dive into HRV Training and Wim Hof breathing for peak performance.

Nutrition & Integrity Food – I have been learning more about how your body manages the demands placed on it by work, sports, and stress. I like knowing my farmer and eating fresh nutrient-dense food.

Games, Comics, Movies, and Entertainment – I grew up playing Sega Genesis and know the pain of being on the wrong side of history. Currently getting into MtG, board games, Nintendo Switch, nVidia GeForce Beta. I love playing games as a social activity with friends and am always looking for recommendations. Avatar: The Last Airbender is the last unreasonably good thing I watched and I still think about it all the time.

Travel – At the end of 2019 I took time off from working to travel and experience the spice of life. Seeing other parts of the world is an effective way to expand your mind. I always like funny stories, cultural mishaps, and discoveries that people make on the road.

Reducing My Environmental Impact – In 2020 my goal is to quantify and reduce my own personal CO2 impact. I’m currently working on my house in Michigan to do a zero energy retrofit, rooftop solar, and setting up a composting + permaculture garden in the yard. I have a google doc compiled of best-in-class sustainable product alternatives and ideas for reducing emissions. Comments are enabled so free to add or contribute!

Philosophy – In the tradition of Ben Franklin, Seneca, Lao Tzu, and Aristotle. How to use the practice of virtue to live better. I also like the traditions of George Carlin and Diogenes who remind us to see the absurdity of our world.

Books – Here’s my library, reading list, and wish list. Recommendations always welcome.

New Ideas – See Memetics. If you have any sources of interesting ideas, please share! I like 100 Little Ideas, The Long Now Foundation, Edge.org, Patrick Collison’s Questions, Gwern’s Questions, My Climate Journey, Steve Jurvetson, The Exponential View, Stephen Wolfram, Peter Thiel, Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Ben Franklin, exploring my bookshelf, having random conversations, doing new things and playing games.

House & Electronic Music – Living near Detroit in college I went to DEMF in college. I love dance parties and grew up listening to video game soundtracks (Chemical Plant Zone from Sonic the Hedgehog 2). Open to recommendations. 

Investing – How do some people achieve outsized returns on their capital allocations? What are those people like? What do they do? and probably just as important what don’t they do? The Psychology of Money and IWTYTBR are good places to start. Risk-adjusted allocators of capital.

Personalized Medicine – When I was young my cousin died of a rare form of cancer. Cancer, autoimmune disorders, and other rare diseases are increasing in prevalence. Why is this? Micronutrient testing, advanced blood tests, genetic testing, and epigenetic and studies in longevity are particularly interesting to me.

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