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Midwestern United States - won't give much more detail than that, for privacy
I'm very autodidactic and eclectic and love learning! The world is a fascinating place for me, and I'm so full of curiosity.
I keep myself very busy, am quite active, and rarely ever watch TV or movies. I like to read nonfiction books about topics that teach me about the world around me. I enjoy volunteering and have volunteered many places, including food shelters, mission projects, home restoration, and most importantly a 6-month bout with the suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline.
Eventually I plan to go to medical school and hopefully practice endocrinology or maybe neurology or urology. I might even try to hybridize my expertise on HF and accident-causation in complex systems with my medical experience so as to help hospitals to be that much safer and reduce any sort of malpractice. I have studied a decent amount of Human Factors, systems complexity, systems safety, and accident-causation, mostly through an aviation paradigm.
While my college education has taught me to always be skeptical and take things with a grain of salt, challenging sources of information and credentials, I usually trust Wikipedia as a source of information for fields that don't require professionally edited, peer-reviewed, and published information. I hope that my additions and edits can help make it even better! So far (as of 02:11, 26 November 2014 (UTC)) I've only created two articles anew, Yentl Syndrome and Pancake sentences
Generally in life I mean well, and try to teach my friends and family stuff that I've learned, but occasionally this makes me come across as an arrogant "know-it-all," when really it's just that I'm a pretty big nerd and super excited about learning.
- Hobbies I've had over the years:
- Chess (state champions at school in 1995!),
- playing sports and being active
- astronomy, science, medicine
- learning and making languages
- everything musical, particularly percussion
- building computers and writing code/programs,
- gaming (not so much anymore)
- mechanics and auto-repair, mainly by using Haynes and Chilton manuals
- geography and mapping and GIS-systems,
- pretty much learning anything new.
Among things I've studied and academia that I enjoy are:
- psychology and cognition,
- medicine (pre-med prerequisite classes), particularly anatomy and physiology
- gender and sexuality, both of humans and of primates,
- linguistics, chemistry,
- percussion and instrumental music, composition, history and theory,
- most of all, the interaction of all of the above
Including all roommates' pets...
When I was younger my family used to have a few ferrets, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Eventually I'd like to get a skunk, and maybe a few other safe, healthy "exotic" pets as house pets. Nothing stupid like a chimpanzee    or capuchin  like I used to want but now know is a horrible idea.
- "Chimpanzees don't make good pets" 
- "Why would a chimpanzee attack a human?" 
- "Chimpanzees Are NOT Pets!" 
- "The Perils of Keeping Monkeys as Pets" 
- German C1 level - major in college, two visits to Hamelin
- French ~B1 level - 5 years in high school, minor in college
- Latin - one year in high school
- Hebrew - two quarters at university
- Polish - beginner, not quite A1 level yet
- Spanish - probably A1 level, but all self-taught so not quite sure
- New York (state)
- Indianapolis several times
- Suicide Prevention Hotline - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention