Hello everyone. Recent events have shown me pretty conclusively that I cannot stay in Idaho.
I need to get somewhere to start my life over. I'm a software developer with some... ah... mental health issues, who is trying to get back into something resembling stability.
Right now, my goal is to move out of Idaho, and into a geek-friendly roommate situation somewhere in the Silicon Valley, New York, or a similar hub of opportunity and innovation. Then establish myself with either a promising and non-evil startup, or an established and non-evil tech company.
Like many people, I have a substantial amount of medical and student loan debt that I need to pay off as well, but I'm confident I can do that if I can just get back on my feet.
I am committing to donating an amount of money equal to twice whatever I receive here to charitable causes (directed by GiveWell or a similar Effective Altruism charity-analysis group), once my finances are secured and my responsibilities to previous debtors have been fulfilled.
Also, I am providing various entertaining options for people who want something more immediate for your money.
I hate asking for help, but... please help.
So, here's what I've been doing with your money so far:
- paid for October's rent and utilities
- spent a week in San Francisco, doing job interviews and recuperating (and cooking dinner for some of the MIRI/CFAR luminaries)
Here's what's in store for the next few weeks:
- Flying to New York for job interviews
- Packing and shipping all my stuff that I want to keep
- Deciding where to move and moving there
I was in a History of Political Philosophy Class with Brent 3 years ago and he is a genius. Oddly enough, I think back on the conversations I had in that seminar with Brent at least monthly. 3 years later,i'm in a different state, in a completely different stage of life- Brent's contributions to the conversation and his perspectives still have me thinking deeper about life and the way we as a society think about our world. If you have a question- HE HAS AN ANSWER- and I promise - even if its not what you were looking for - it will add flavor to your life and fresh perspective- perspective that might keep you scratching your head 3 years later. I haven't talked to Brent since that class, but I was curious as to what he was up to- so here we are. I know he'll go on to his 4th or 5th great enterprise and revolutionize his environment in some way or another. I'm excited to see what he does. Support this man and he'll give back.