About

Hello. My name is Jimmy. I grew up near the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains in Southern California and studied linguistics in Oregon. I taught with the U.S. Peace Corps in rural Sierra Leone and at an international school in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. After a year through Latin America with my wife, we now live in Germany with our Peruvian dog, sometimes in a van. I work at a food and health collective doing chief technologist things and try to write in spare moments.

I practice Islam, believe in the desirability and necessity of democratic eco-socialism, eat vegetarian, and read widely. The phrase among the stones is the translated Loko toponym of my host village in Sierra Leone.

I’m also interested in reducing my consumption and carbon footprint, the human condition, literacy and education, budget travel, hiking, linguistics (Central-West Mandé), Islamic studies, coffee and tea, conversations, learning and practicing languages (Spanish, French, Arabic, Galician, and German with varying degrees of effort), camping and the #vanlife, nature documentaries, maps of all kinds, (folk, indie, electronic, and reggae) music, gardening, cooking, the Iberian Peninsula and West Africa, notebooks and lists, history, the American transcendentalists and Rūmī, cultural anthropology, Murray Bookchin, ethics in technology, podcasts, entheogens, Wikipedia, fantasy novels, photographing mountains and coasts, iOS, the intersection of science and faith, and climate justice.

Highlights, other annotations, and photos are mine, unless otherwise indicated. I shamelessly link to Wikipedia. You can contact me at jmbaum@gmail.com or @amongthestones.