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John Stachurski

Born to fish. Forced to work.

A brief self-introduction: I like mathematics and programming, which is good because they occupy almost all of my waking hours, along with some of my dreams. Spare time is spent hanging out with my charming and delightful wife Cleo and our kids Nina and Finn, or drinking with my no good friends. I have a book buying habit, especially when it comes to maths books. I enjoy badminton, fishing, sailing, hiking and camping, as well as drinking beer and shiso-flavored shochu. Like my Dad, I am interested in world history and anything to do with the ocean. I have one sister Nicola Stachurski who is the smartest person I know, and two younger half brothers, Andrij and Roman. I used to my practice taekwondo moves on them but now they are both bigger than me. They tell me what music I should be listening to.

I ride a BMW F800R, an 800cc parallel twin that looks like a hooligan bike but is actually very smooth and beautifully balanced. The F800R is without doubt one of the best urban road bikes ever made. Sometimes I talk to it when we are alone in the garage.

Some favorite films

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Pulp Fiction
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Aliens

Some favorite books

  • My war gone by, I miss it so; Anthony Loyd
  • The village; Bing West
  • Dr. Zhivago; Boris Pasternak
  • Hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world; Haruki Murakami
  • The red badge of courage; Stephen Crane
  • Goodbye to all that; Robert Graves
  • Street without joy; Bernard Fall
  • A rumor of war; Philip Caputo
  • Fear and loathing in Las Vegas; Hunter S. Thompson
  • Critical care; Richard Dooling
  • White man’s grave; Richard Dooling
  • A bright and shining lie; Neil Sheehan
  • Shah of Shahs; Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • The thin red line; James Jones
  • We were soldiers once, and young; Hal Moore and James Galloway

Best TV shows

  • The Wire. Next question. (OK, OK. Game of Thrones is pretty good.)

Greatest songs of all time

  • “The Regulator” by Clutch
  • “Gullah” by Clutch
  • “Jail break” by AC-DC
  • “Hard time killing floor blues” by Skip James
  • “Modern times” by The Black Keys
  • “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
  • “Jolene”, the White Stripes cover
  • “Fire coming out of the monkey’s head” by Gorillaz
  • “Bus stop boxer” by Eels
  • “One bourbon, one scotch and One beer” by George Thorogood / John Lee Hooker
  • “Black heart” by Calexico
  • “Woman driving, man sleeping” by Eels
  • “Something to Say” by the Mud Suns

Greatest albums of all time

  • “Robot Hive / Exodus” by Clutch
  • “Blast Tyrant” by Clutch
  • “Strange Cousins from the West” by Clutch
  • “Welcome to Sky Valley” by Kyuss
  • “Chulahoma” by the Black Keys

Greatest band in the world

Clutch. Honorable mentions to Kyuss, AC-DC, Junior Kimbrough, R. L. Burnside, Green Day, Led Zepplin, The Black Keys, Eels, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Mud Suns.