I now live and work in New-York City, having wrapped up my degree in linguistics and computer science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. I spend my time learning languages (recently Cantonese, before that Egyptian, Spanish, Russian and others). I also spend time staring at my computer, singing, playing the guitar and the keyboard. I admire people with artistic skills, and I listen to all kinds of music. In days of yore I used to dance Salsa, but I think I've grown past that.
I am adaptive, affectionate, persuasive and patient.
I think one of my implicit goals is to be a better person... I make lots of mistakes, and I do my best not to repeat them. My sense of morality feels under-developed, and many times it saddens me. I envy those who can decisively tell right from wrong, even in the most controversial of situations. I try to form opinions of my own, which works to some extent, and sometimes fails horribly. I guess it's not such a bad thing, but it feels my "learning curve" is not so positive when it comes to morality.
I try to avoid doing things, or thinking things, just because I thought them sometime in the past: in many cases we feel the need to be consistent with ourselves, and that makes us do very stupid things. In fact, we can easily be manipulated just by making us think we need to be consistent with some past decision we made. So, on one hand I am not afraid to change my mind, but on the other hand, changing it too often keeps me from reaching the "solid state" I'm looking for. I'm working on it :)
But I think most of all I'm good at being patient. Some would say it is a flaw, and they could be right - I guess on many occasions I patiently waited where I should have impatiently left... but personally I like to think of it as an advantage.
I think I make a good "planner" - I'm not doing it if it doesn't seem like I can do it with a reasonable margin of error. I refuse to be pressured into doing something: in many cases, just being pressured makes me say "no" and drop the whole thing. If I can't do it in a relaxed manner - I won't do it. I'll try somewhere else, or just wait (we mentioned patience, right?) for a better timing.
(b) Oh brother where art thou, Mulholland drive, Kill bill, Tarantino's, almost anything by Pedro Almodovar. TV: South park.
(c) Anna Nalick, Zero Seven, Elliot Smith, Lisa Loeb, Patty Griffin, Natalie Merchant, Heather Nova, Aimee Mann, Michelle Branch, K's choice. Karan Casey. Miri Mesika, Ehud Banai, Mercedes Band, Infeczia, Infected Mushroom, The Flying Baby.
Recently also Jazz Pianists: Benjamim Taubkin, Leszek Mozdzer, Aziza Mustafazadeh.
(d) Indian. Eggplants, in all forms. Sushi. Italian. Middle-eastern. Balkan. I'm almost a vegetarian.
...However, I hate everything with bananas, Persimmon, or Guava. I'm not a big fan of mayonnaise. I find Halva disgusting, and also sweet French toast (how can you put sugar on it?!)
And if I'm going out, I prefer quiet places. I hate places that increase the volume to an unbearable level, just to be "cool" or something. I want to be able to talk to my friends, without shouting.
I don't mind alcohol, but I just don't find beer that tasty... I'm not a big drinker, so one drink is usually enough for me.
I usually don't enjoy crowded parties, but I keep forgetting that and I do go every once in a while, just to prove to myself that I still don't like it.