I'm a series of spacetime events called Richard (or Ricardo in some circles). I am a first-gen American born to Cuban and Argentine parents (español es mi lengua materna). I'm a high tech low-life, an outdoorsy great indoorsman; voice-activated, user-friendly, self-cleaning, and compostable. I'm a non-believer and an overachiever, laid-back but forward-thinking, a supercharged subversive, a hands-on footloose.

For work, I use machine learning to scale ecosystem restoration using drones. Read more here.


The best place to reach me is by text, or by email at public at richarddecal dot c-o-m. I also have a Twitter.


  • I spend as much time as possible outdoors. I love hiking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and rock climbing.


  • I have visited 28+ countries, done 3 major bicycle tours (Seattle ↣ San Francisco, around Taiwan, and around New Zealand), and been to 47 of 50 U.S. states.
  • I’ve hitchhiked over 10,000 miles in the US, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • I converted a jumbo news crew van into a tiny home and lived the van life for 2 years. It had roof solar, a fridge/freezer, and fit everything I owned!

Talks and Interviews


  • I helped organize a Surveillance Self-Defense Workshop for Activists with TA3M Seattle.
  • I organized and led a protest against Congress’s plans to end the Internet’s decentralized nature (downtown Seattle, December 2014).
  • I volunteered for 1.5 months for a community in Mota Lava, Vanuatu. We brought an oil press to make virgin coconut oil.
  • I volunteered for a whale monitoring survey to study how the world’s largest LPG processing center would affect the world’s largest Humpback whale calving area near James Price Point, Australia.


  • I was Artist in Residence at the Sir James Wallace Arts Trust for a few months in 2015. A selection of my works are in circulation around public spaces in New Zealand. Links to my Flickr below!
  • I find the intersection of art and machine learning fascinating. I maintain a repository of research projects and use AI art generators.


  • Self-hosted services - My server runs Nextcloud, Plex, a Tor relay, an email server, a ZFS NAS, and more.
  • DIY Smart Home - I made various smart-home devices: a smart mirror, automated hydroponics for my garden, a mobile filesharing mesh network, a digitial assistant, and more.
  • Remote development - I am persuing the ultimate mobile ergonomic workstation. My current setup is a NReal air headset, a 5G hotspot, and a remote tunnel over Android.