Paul Kocialkowski's Personal Page

Photos

Here are some (rather low-quality) photo portraits of me and a drawing:

Portrait Side portrait Above portrait Cartoon portrait

Interests

I have an overall personal interest in science, especially in physics. I enjoy reading books of different kinds, including science fiction, psychonautics and philosophy. I am particularly interested in cinema and really enjoy interesting movies that are either twisted, complex, surprising, refreshing or unusual, as well as the ones that make you think about life or are just really funny! I'm usually not very much into blockbusters. I'm always looking for good recommendations for movies. Some of my favourite directors include T. Gilliam, S. Kubrick, M. Scorsese, Q. Tarentino, W. Allen, W. Anderson, A. G. Iñárritu and L. Kaufman (who co-founded Troma, the long-lasting independent film production and distribution company). I also sometimes watch series and find some to be quite good, such as South Park, Rick and Morty, Black Mirror, Breaking Bad, House and the Monty Python's Flying Circus.

My interest in music varies a lot and I'm often discovering new things depending on the people that I spend time with. I have had a recurring overall interest for rock and metal music (with lots of different sub-genres) but also enjoy some (very) mainstream music such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga or Britney Spears. Lately, I have been exploring psychedelic music (either psychedelic rock, trance or psybient with groups such as Infected Mushroom, Hilight Tribe, Entheogenic, Shpongle), often with an electronic tone. While I'm open to listening to almost anything, I often like melody-driven progressive music best. I have very little interest in genres such as Reggae and dub.

I like meeting new and diverse people (despite being of a shy and reserved nature), learning about new things and exchanging ideas! I always welcome positive and enriching experiences. So far, I have visited France, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States. When I'm visiting a new city, I often enjoy walking around from place to place, wandering in parks and all sorts of interesting parts of the city. I really enjoy beautiful landscapes and try to appreciate all the little things that make life great, such as squirrels, ice cream, fruit juice, flowers or returning a smile. I am especially proud and happy of French culture, in particular when it comes to food, with pastries such as our croissant and chocolatine (not to be confused with the pain au chocolat that shall describe a tab of chocolate stuffed inside some regular bread) and other incredible dishes such as the magret de canard and tartiflette, not to forget the large variety of cheese.

You see that? That's where I was born. You know, one day, when I was a little boy, my mother she took me on her knee and she said: 'Gaston, my son. The world is a beautiful place. You must go into it, and love everyone, not hate people. You must try and make everyone happy, and bring peace and contentment everywhere you go.' And so...I became a waiter... Well... it's...it's not much of a philosophy, I know... but... well... fuck you... I can live my own life in my own way if I want to. Fuck off! Don't come following me!

Eric Idle, The Meaning of Life (1983)