John Stachurski

Born to fish. Forced to work.

A brief self-introduction: I like mathematics and programming, which is good because they occupy most of my waking hours, along with some of my dreams. I have a book buying habit, especially when it comes to maths books. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, hiking, table tennis, camping, cooking, trying to do handstands, riding around on my F800R, playing guitar, hanging out with my lovely wife Cleo and beautiful kiddies Nina and Finn, and drinking beer with my no good friends. Like my Dad, I am interested in world history and anything to do with the ocean. Like my Mum, I try to listen well and help others. (I’m not as successful as her.)

Favorite maths books

More 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
  • City of Thieves; David Bienoff
  • We were soldiers once, and young; Hal Moore and James Galloway

Favorite drinks

  • Beer, rum and shiso-flavored shochu

Favorite films

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Aliens

Best TV shows

  • The Wire. Next question.

Greatest songs of all time

  • “The Regulator” by Clutch
  • “Gullah” by Clutch
  • “Call me star” by All Them Witches
  • “Hard time killing floor blues” by Skip James
  • “Modern times” by The Black Keys
  • “Bright lights” by Gary Clark Jr.
  • “Wish you were here” by Pink Floyd
  • “Jail break” by AC-DC
  • “Fire coming out of the monkey’s head” by Gorillaz
  • “Bus stop boxer” by Eels
  • “Black heart” by Calexico
  • “Woman driving, man sleeping” by Eels
  • “Something to Say” by the Mud Suns
  • “Love Spreads” by the Stone Roses
  • “One bourbon, one scotch and One beer” by George Thorogood / John Lee Hooker

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
  • “A Bothered Mind” by R L Burnside

Greatest band in the world

Clutch. Honorable mentions to Kyuss, AC-DC, Junior Kimbrough, R. L. Burnside, Green Day, Led Zepplin, Eels, Stevie Ray Vaughan, All Them Witches