Hi, I'm Zach. I like bicycles, bitcoin, camping, cooking, cryptography, surfing, sailing, reading, rhetoric, writing, wordpress, thinking, traveling, and living life as a free man. This site is my resume and autobiography. I'd like to take a moment here for a personal statement and to directly address you, the reader. First off, thank you kindly for taking the time to read this, I really do appreciate it. Secondly, I'd like to say that if you'd like to contact me for any reason, don't hesitate to do so. It's always cool to interact with new people and take on new challenges. I'll be your writer when you need content written, your Bitcoin expert when you need a speaker, your developer when you need a website put up, and your friend when you need someone to lean on. I love helping people reach their goals and learning in the process.
Generally, my favorite thing to do is read and learn. My favorite thing to learn about is technology: hardware and software, programs and protocols. I've been into technology since a very young age. It's absolutely fascinating to think of the emergent properties that can come from soldering electrical components to silicone and stringing 1's and 0's together in the proper order. It's even more amazing to think that we can create levels of abstraction on top of those 1's and 0's, that we create whole languages of human comprehensible code that compile down into machine comprehensible actions. If you think understanding HTML/CSS is difficult, then imagine the sheer difficulty of writing and reading raw machine code. I doubt that there's more than a few people worldwide that could do it.
I'm inspiried by language. Language can inspire emotion, it can inspire connection, and it's one of the strongest influences on the world around you. I love that with the proper diction you can precisely express ideas and even emotions. It's truly fascinating to find a word that has an associated emotional experience, and to understand that emotional experience, without having an equivalant term in your own native language. My favorite example of this is the Portuguese word 'Saudade.' Saudade is the word for an intense longing for something or someone that may never return, there is no word that is exactly equal to it in English. This word is one of the main reasons that I think coming to understand a language and how the language shapes the speaker's world is an absolutely beautiful thing.
I love to create. Every single day of my life I'm attempting to string together otherwise distant and abstract thoughts into unified, cohesive wholes. My creative process draws on everything around me, everything I've ever seen, heard, touched, or felt has a chance of inspiring new work everyday. With the right team, I love creative collaboration and seeing the possibilities that can result from it. Bringing something from raw idea to picture perfect production is awe inspiring, and I take every chance I can to do so. So if you want to work with me to make something awesome, I'm right here. That said, thanks once again for reading this, and for visiting my site, I hope you like what you see, and I look forward to working with you soon.
I'm Zachary Silva, I hope to be your next creative collaborator. Let's create something awesome together.
Zachary is a writer, orator and overall rennaisance man based out of St. Augustine, Florida. Zachary has been featured in several news outlets and podcasts, including National Review, Let's Talk Bitcoin and more. Zachary also has extensive knowledge of bitcoin and practical cryptography as well as a history of public speaking experience. Zachary consistently gives passionate presentations on varied subjects that captivate audiences across the nation. His presentation "Becoming NSA-Proof" at PorcFest 2014 was among the most RSVP'd for the whole event, with 61 registering and many more than that cramming into an overpacked tent to hear his presentation, despite the setback of a projector failure. Zachary also had the honor of speaking on a panel about bitcoin in politics at Bitcoin In The Beltway alongside Jacob Farber of Perkins Coie and 2014 Washington State Congressional Candidate B.J Guillot.
The mark of a true Renaissance Man is in the variety of crafts that he pursues, and in the drive to excel at every craft that he practices. Through years of study, long hours of practice and occasional hard labor, I have sculpted myself into an image I'm proud of and have accquired many skills along the way. I'll admit I'm not perfect though, there's always room to improve, and as a Renaissance Man mastery is my motivation.
Extremely technology literate.
Highly Adept, 5 years
To be distinguished in his field, a Renaissance Man must know his crafts and know them well. Because of the extensive amount of time I've put into exploring my fields of interest, I can confidently say I have a marketable level of mastery in the skills I've chosen to develop. This is just a sampling of what I have to offer you and the world.
A second language is a passport to a whole new world, and multilingualism has been scientifically shown to unlock the potential for novel and unexplored thought pathways. Learning a new language can change your views and thinking in a foriegn language forces you to make better decisions. Aboriginees speak only in absolute directions, and are consequently better navigators. Currently, I have a good level of proficiency in three languages, and am a better communicator and thinker because of it.
From the start I've never really been on a traditional career path. My first official job was as a photographer and Pirate on the Pirate Ship Black Raven in St. Augustine, Florida. There's a lot that you can learn as a crew member on a pirate ship or any boat for that matter. Working on the Black Raven helped me build up confidence speaking to crowds, and I was able to master photography while occasionally taking the helm to help park a sixty ton boat in a dock slip only five feet wider than the vessel.
Throughout my life I've been passionate about education and the pursuit of knowledge. From early on I was fascinated with sciences of all sorts, among the early interestes I developed were an eye for architecture inspired by LEGOs, an interest in HTML and CSS inspired by MySpace, and a love of biology, chemistry, astronomy, physics and quantam mechanics inspired by the vast world around us and the expansive skies above us.
Being the ambitious person that I am I've taken on and completed quite a few projects over the past few years. The following is just a small sampling of my rather varied work. From photography and public speaking, to music composition, web design and live performances, I've done quite a few things with my life that I'm proud to share with you here.
I'm sure by this point you've got a few questions for me, and if you don't that's fine too. Either way, feel free to contact me, you're welcome to ask me anything. That said, if you want to keep your conversation with me private & confidential or if you're asking a particularly sensitive question I'd appreciate it if you used Wickr or PGP to do so. You can find my PGP Public key here: