I’m an ephemeral collection of ten billion billion billion atoms from Denmark, the happiest country on Earth, home to Hans Christian Andersen, Niels Bohr, and ice cube bags. People use the word “Patrick” to get my attention. Occasionally I’m referred to less ambiguously as “Patrick Mylund Nielsen.”
(You may prefer my professional bio.)
I grew up just a short drive from the home of the Law of Jante, here:
(Photo by Niels Gade)
And I currently live here:
(Photo by R. Hakenjos)
When I was very young—before everyone had megapixel-camera phones—I was fortunate enough to get to travel around the world:
It was my first step toward realizing that the world is a lot bigger than your hometown, your country, and even your continent.
Ever since then, my goal has been to see every country (perhaps even all of them from space,) and to know every culture before I disband and my atoms continue their journey through space.
I’ve always enjoyed figuring out how stuff works:
and having a good time:
and I’m very grateful to have a career where I get to do all of these things: I make and break things (mostly software) for a living, and travel all over the world to talk about it.
I once made a video one night while I was bored:
I had no idea it would positively impact people from all cultures and walks of life, or indeed that it would become one of the most important things I would do in my life. It reaffirmed my belief that the only thing that matters is that you do something you care about; you can’t know what’s “worth it,” so don’t try to. Make friends, be happy, don’t work too much, and don’t worry if you don’t know what you’re doing; nobody does. You, me, and everyone else are a way for a universe containing more stars than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of Earth to know itself.
So check out my website, or don’t, but promise me you’ll do the above. And please send an email to contact at this domain name if you have anything to share with me.