At The Pool Trash Talk
Check out At The Pool’s designer, Jason Hsin, who was just featured in an LA start-up tech blog and filmed on the roof of At The Pool’s HQ.
Just watch, he’s awesome.
Featured Member and Blogger Extraordinaire: Adam!
Because we have such awesome people on At The Pool, we like to brag about them every so often and share their awesomeness with the whole At The Pool community.
Of course, this wasn’t quite enough adventure for me, which is why I started the Izhmash-Mish-Mash blog.
What is your favorite drink?
Hot chocolate with a layer of marshmallow so thick at the top that it’s impossible to come back up without foam on my nose. That or a tumbler full of scotch.
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Unspeakable horrors of Russian cuisine, like kefir. Also some tasty pelmeni, perepechi, and a few local cheeses recommended to me by a homeless guy outside the grocery store (thanks Артём!).
What is the last book you read?
After spending some time in the cold Russian winter, I started pining for some warm American literature, so I’m currently reading Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” for the first time. Reading it in Russia led me to the realization that it’s basically an American reimagining of a classic piece of Soviet literature, Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita.” Both are well worth a look, if you need something new to read!
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?
Neil deGrasse Tyson would be a good choice right now. He’s well-respected, has science practically flowing through his veins, and I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have just an epic mustache, rather than an epic full beard.
(que awesome bridge photo)
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
All I want is the power to instantly transform Russia’s bland food into something with a modicum of taste. Call me… Tobasco Man!
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Barbed Wire: The Story of a Guy Who Probably Shouldn’t be Alive (Long story short, barbed wire has attempted to kill me numerous times, and I have the scars to prove it.)
If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
Grab the person that means the most to me at that point in life and spend the rest of our time, money, and health seeing the places in the world that they don’t put on TV.
What’s the most annoying thing to you?
The idea of ignorance as a choice, rather than a condition produced by a person’s environment. Nobody chooses to be ignorant, so stop blaming people for things they don’t know.
What’s the most important part of the sandwich?
The toothpick is the mark of an expertly crafted culinary masterpiece (or at least a sandwich with a whole lotta meat on it). It’s not a proper sandwich unless it needs a toothpick to keep it all together.
Why did you join At The Pool?
My Russian adventure is limited by the terms of my visa and my career goals, so, unfortunately, I have to return to the States in June. When I get back, I’ll be packing my stuff up in Tennessee and driving out to Pullman, WA to start my PhD. Moving cross-country is easy enough, but the thought of knowing nobody in the Evergreen State was a little bit intimidating. Luckily, I found At The Pool, which has allowed me to make quite a few contacts in the area! Thanks to the site, I’m even doing a pen-pal kind of thing with a few folks from Wazzu. Of course, I’m always interested in making more friends out there, so if you see me on the site, send a hello!
(The views expressed here do not represent the views of the US Department of State or the Fulbright program.)
Isn’t he awesome!? Be sure to check out his blog for more awesomeness and you can check out his At The Pool profile here and connect with him.