likes & interests

About Me

too liberal for some, too conservative for others; sarcastic; direct; i eat sacred cows raw for breakfast, lunch and dinner;

I'd like to meet

Julian Barnes, Lucien Bodard (rip), Ernest Hemingway ... writers


cycling, skiing, eating, cooking, ironing, cuffing, reading, listening, playing, writing ...


history, civil rights, religion, philosophy, law, science, music, politics, cycling, swimming, skiing, languages (English, French, German, Korean, Portuguese ... to be continued)

Favorite Music

classical, contemporary classical, jazz, Motown, some classic rock, punk, bluegrass, country, [WAM, Stravinsky, Britten, X, Pogues, Frank Black, Manhattan Transfer, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Johnny Clegg, early Grateful Dead, early Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Maurice Andre, Dmitri Shostakovich, Kronos Quartet, Camille Saint-Saens, J.S. Bach, Claude Debussey, Giaccomo Puccini, John Adams, Peter Gabriel, U2, Stephane Sanseverino, Talking Heads, Merle Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Patsy Cline, Vince Gill, Burt Bacharach, LAGQ, Brad Meldau, Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Medesky Martin & Wood, Charlie Hunter, Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Gnarles Barkley, Cee Lo Green, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, to name a few ...]

Favorite TV Shows

Borgen, British crime serials, Monty Python's Flying Circus ... I don't watch too much TV these days, as it seems mostly not worth the time.

Favorite Movies

Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources; La Fille du Puisatier; Marius, Cesar, Fanny; Team America - World Police; Love Actually; Lawrence of Arabia, Exodus; Ted; Paul;

Favorite Books

Lucien Bodard, Julian Barnes, Marcel Pagnol, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Fred Vargas, Michel Onfray, Albert Camus, Edmond Rostand, Amin Maalouf, Michel Bussi, Jean-Claude Izzo, Irene Nemirovsky, Raymond Queneau, Vladimir Nabokov, David Hume, Michael Wex, Jean d'Ormesson, Paul Theroux, James Carroll, Garry Wills, William Shakespeare, W.H. Auden, Robert Hunter, John Stuart Mill, Adam Gopnik, Ruth Reichl, Alex Ross, Giovanni Boccaccio, Jacques Attali, B.H. Levy ...

Favorite Quotes

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” Epicurus

"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Gandhi

"Life is my religion" Jim Palmer

"I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to" Jimi Hendrix


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  • TyVig 3 days ago
    Haven't seen you around in a while...
  • Serenity Guru of lurve *wink* 2014/09/17 04:40:52
  • Veritas 2014/07/12 01:56:10
    Enjoy every moment!
    have an awesome weekend
  • fenugreek 2014/07/04 02:34:06
    Dear Mr. Mark i Irvine..... thank you for your kind greetin.... you are kind.
  • Sir Bud. 2014/07/01 22:20:48
  • C. C. Rider 2014/06/25 11:33:05
    C. C. Rider
    I knew we were kindred spirits when it came to music..I will share this song from my "private stash" knowing it will make you wild and howl at the moon. But it is a risk I will take. enjoy....................

  • LegalAmerican 2014/06/20 19:26:32
    If your rave doesn't mean you agree with me,,WHY DO YOU RAVE? That is the PURPOSE of the rave,agreement. So? Why?
  • Stef and the City 2014/06/19 07:02:09
  • Keeping It Real 2014/06/17 12:38:48
  • terrabytes 2014/06/16 21:10:50
    Honored to accept your friend request :-)
  • DANNY59 2014/06/16 11:47:24
    I'm sorry I don't, but a man in Australia does. His website is, http://www.dougswordclocks.com/ They come as a very labor intensive kit. You literally have to assemble EVERYTHING, including all the electronics. I think you might be able to purchase them already assembled if hobby electronics and kits aren't your thing. I got into hobby electronics about 4 years ago and I've made some pretty amazing things. Some were kits and some were my own creation. My next BIG project will be a LED cube that consists of 512- red, green and blue LED's (RGB's). I've been waiting for 3 years for the two gentleman at Hypnocube.com, (their own small company) to bring this massive cube to market. They had built a crude prototype, after their smaller 64 LED cube was such a hit. Once I built the small one, which was very tedious but I Loved it, I knew I had to build the 512 LED kit once it became available. I keep in touch with them every few months and they say it's just a matter of a couple of tweaks and it will be ready. If you like, why don't you check out that website and look at the cubes in action, unless of course you're already familiar with them. The name Hypnocube is very fitting, because once you start watching this cube run through it's 10,000 lines of code, you feel hypnotized :-) Have a great day Mark
  • Veritas 2014/06/14 22:23:37
    Happy Father's Day!
  • DANNY59 2014/06/14 11:48:58
    Thank you very much Mark, I appreciate the compliment.
  • stfu 2014/06/06 22:12:38
  • primeiro 2014/06/04 22:53:13
    Your favorite quotes are great!
    thumbs up
  • JMPnh 2014/05/20 15:10:00
    Here is a pic of all my kids... f l--->r
    Mocha, Cowboy, Lena... Cowboy and Mocha are Champions. Lena is a working on hers the kids
  • JMPnh 2014/05/20 15:06:49
    This is Cowboy... He is my male and my best friend (sans husband who is my best human friend or course)

    I don't ship my dogs, Mark so I require everyone who I 'Approve' of to come to my home. I found this in your somewhat vicinity if money is an issue. It could help you and it's worth a try...
  • Veritas 2014/05/20 02:04:25
    This guy REALLY plays the trumpet :)!
  • Mark In Irvine 2014/05/19 19:32:20
    Mark In Irvine
    Yikes!! If I had that kind of cashish, i'd probably ... have to give it to my wife!
  • JMPnh 2014/05/19 19:28:23 (edited)
    I ask $2500-3500 each. I have 6 right now and they are all sold. I will have another littler next spring
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  • Mark In Irvine
  • Male
  • CA, US
  • 2011/04/03 05:04:14
  • 17 hours ago
  • 62
  • Married
  • Sagittarius
  • Graduate/Professional School
  • Full-Time
  • Legal
  • No
  • Other
  • Proud Parent
  • Other
  • White/Caucasian
  • Athletic
  • 5 feet 11 inches