Hello and welcome! I make beats on my computer, write science fiction, and blog about my life experiments and “systems for living well.” I live in Oakland, California (in the Temescal neighborhood) with my wife Kia Simon, our daughter, and our dog Leia.
I produce electronic music as Jondi & Spesh, Momu, and other aliases, and run Loöq Records with DJ Spesh. Our tracks have been played by the world’s top DJs as well as featured in major motion pictures (Groove), TV shows (C.S.I.), and video games (Dance Dance Revolution) and released on a multitude of labels including Bedrock, Renaissance, Proton, 19Box, and Sony BMG. Some of my older tracks are considered classics. You can listen/read more here. Here’s my complete Discography.
Some people say you should focus on just one thing and ruthlessly eliminate all other activities and pursuits, but I side with Heinlein:
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
― Robert A. Heinlein
In recent years I’ve taken up fiction writing (mostly sci-fi), and recently sold my first story to Strange Horizons. Here’s my (currently very short) list of published fiction. Some of my favorite authors include Iain Banks, David Mitchell, Neal Stephenson, T.C. Boyle, Lev Grossman, Jeff Vandermeer, Jo Walton, Kim Stanley Robinson, Dan Simmons, Octavia Butler, Charles Stross, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ted Chiang, Mary Doria Russell, Cormac McCarthy, and Clive Barker. Here’s a list of some of my favorite science fiction novels.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou
I also work as a freelance database application developer. I have developed and maintained projects for BART, Google Transit, Alameda County, the San Francisco Symphony, and a number of small businesses and non-profit organizations.
In the past I have worked as an event promoter, DJ, movie extra, martial arts instructor, dolphin cognition researcher, and Renaissance Faire fish hawker.
Other activities I enjoy: family adventurecations, reading great science fiction and fantasy, making lists, and a bunch of mostly-nerdy hobbies (tabletop RPGs, painting miniatures and making terrain, sword-fighting, racquetball, keeping up on health and nutrition research, watching MMA fights, bad carpentry, metal detecting, genealogy research, and bird watching).
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