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 and our daughter.
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 that doesn’t sound fun to me. I agree 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 2013 I made a (minimum) five-year commitment to become a science fiction/speculative fiction author. Since then I’ve written fiction most days, and recently sold my first story to Strange Horizons. Here’s my (currently very short) list of published fiction. My favorite authors include Iain Banks, David Mitchell, Neal Stephenson, 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, 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 fish hawker.
Other activities I enjoy: family adventures, dinner parties, reading great science-fiction, playing racquetball, sword-fighting, tabletop RPGs (including painting miniatures and making terrain), keeping up on health and nutrition research, bad carpentry, making lists, and watching MMA fights. I also dabble in the classic old man hobbies (metal detecting, family tree research, and bird watching).
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