I'm albino, and I wear fedoras.
I dream about the big things and enjoy the little ones.
I see in ideas and feel in music.
And I'm here to change the world.
As my main gig, I'm a student at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Biomedical Engineering. I am also a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, developing brain-controlled prosthetics for paraplegics and amputees, as well as modeling and mapping the intricate flows of information within the brain. Basically, I'm a mind-reader ;).
I am hoping to advance the bounds of human knowledge in the biomedical field, particularly in the area of neuroengineering. The brain is such a magnificent, beautiful thing, but to date it is not well understood at all. I strongly believe that, by understanding the brain, we can unlock incredible new possibilities for humankind.
I also have a gift for communicating complex ideas at a down-to-earth level. This is why I'm considering being a professor in the future. I'm also quite good at argumentation; I actually find that debate and philosophical discussion are some of the most fun activities =).
People also notice very quickly that I'm a brain. I like to think a lot—and I suppose it shows xD.
I've never been big on reading; it always hurt my eyes, because of the whole albinism thing. However, some favorites:
1984 (love George Orwell); Everything Vonnegut (Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, Mother Night, ...); Plato (The Republic, and the other socratic dialogues); and Nietzche (Also Sprach Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil ...) because I'm a pseudo-hipster.
The Science of Sleep is my favorite; I love Michel Gondry.
The Artist, Midnight in Paris (and basically anything by Woody Allen), The King's Speech, everything Pixar.
House, Law & Order (the ORIGINAL), 30 Rock, Burn Notice, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Arrested Development, The Twilight Zone.
Classical: Brahms, Dvořák, Schostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, ...
Jazz: Steps Ahead, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, Yellowjackets, ...
Not sure how to classify: Frank Zappa, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Tin Hat, Steely Dan.
Sushi, In-N-Out, and Chicken in any preparation.
Current project: modeling cognitive evolution. The goal is to create a bunch of very simple simulated creatures, each one with its own "brain", and then to use a "survival of the fittest" model to pick the ones who pass on their "computer DNA" to the next generation. I'm curious to know if it really is possible to create complex, "life-like" behavior with such a (relatively) simple concept.
I also go out every once in a while, but that's a little bit of a rarity. Mostly I do it for people-watching; people do the most interesting things at parties xD...
Oh and I have a huge thing for goth (and/or dark, quiet, mysterious) girls. I have no idea why.
Or, if you feel a spark, and are interested in progressing that friendship into a long-term relationship. =). (I still want to get to know you first though lol.)