Hi, I'm Tim.
I write things on a blog that I think are cool (sometimes I tweet them). I write code.
I dig drumming, snowboarding, cars, business, finance, economics, music, movies, camping, and snowboarding. I can talk a lot about these things.
If you ever want to give me a gift, but can't find something I'd like, why not donate to my nonprofit, Oakland Digital.
Among other things, I've swum with sharks (the kind that usually don't bite), spent a week canoeing around the Everglades (so many mosquitoes!), and drove around the Eastern US in a 1971 VW bus (more dangerous than you'd think).
I want to do more cool stuff. It's probably from watching too many movies, but hey, dream big.
I really want to use a flamethrower. I've seen 'em do it on Mythbusters, I grew up watching action movies with flamethrowers, and it seems awesome. I found links online to movie supply studios that rent flamethrowers, but after calling around, it turns out that what most of these shops call a "flamethrower" is actually a weed burner that you need California permits to use. A real flamethrower requires very expensive Federal permits and years of waiting periods and training. Few people in the US have these permits. I guess there's always other countries.
I want to do a lap of Laguna Seca in under 1:50. Laguna Seca is an amazing track, with lots of turns and elevation changes that make it one of a kind. This is something I'm going to eventually do -- 1:50 is a fairly aggressive lap time, and no matter how many times I play this in Gran Turismo, it's going to take a lot of practice laps in the real world.
I ride a motorcycle as a daily driver, but I really want to take one on a track and do a wheelie (as well as doing some laps). I ride a cruiser as my daily bike, so I'm not going to be doing it on that, but one day I'm sure I'll pick up a cheap sport bike and test this out. I wear safety gear on every ride anyways, so I'll throw on some extra padding and I'm set.
Having grown up in Florida, snowboarding might seem like a strange hobby. But I love it, and I really want to launch and land a big jump on my snowboard.
I also want to jump out of a plane. Ideally, I want to do this in the Florida Keys. If I'm going to be out and about at 10,000 feet, I want cool stuff to see on the way down.
I jumped out of a plane. Let's check this off my list of things for now, but I will definitely go again.
I want to be able to play Rush's "Tom Sawyer" from memory. It's an iconic song and has enough complexity to require a high skill level while still being good to listen to.
I also want to be able to play Tool's "The Pot" from memory. It's an entry point into the drumming of Danny Carey, who is clearly a robot. The looks like it has a fun flow and physicality to it. The track on the album also seems really well mixed to me.
There are a lot of people who I'd like to eat a meal with, but these are some of the famous ones: Shawn Carter, Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Jim Carrey, Alec Baldwin, Will Smith, Gordon Ramsay, and Russell Simmons.
I want to chop down a tree with an axe.
Speaking of things our species has done throughout the years, I want to go and see (in person) cave paintings from 10,000 years ago. If that's not something that'll put you in your place, I'm not sure what will.
Finally, I'd like to drive on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Preferably a cool car.
Update: I drove on the Salt Flats