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medicine, radiology, neuroscience, consciousness, martial arts (Kali/Eskrima, Muay Thai, boxing, Kenpo, Pentjak Silat, Wing Tsun, fencing... practical thug-do), goth culture, humor, fire performance, literature, poetry, salsa/merengue, drumming, drug policy reform, Buddhism, rational secular humanism, libertarianism, hedonism, skepticism, non-vanilla activities, vampires, science fiction, fantasy, mind-expansion, theatre, role-playing games, languages, blades, high-tech toys, wine, women, song, philosophy, power, life, the universe, everything, ... and did I mention fire?
- performing arts
- martial arts
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Jethro Tull, Paco de Lucia, Paco Pena, Vladimir Vysotsky, MC Solaar, Rachmaninoff, Rage Agaist The Machine, Dead Can Dance, Eminem, Dresden Dolls, Led Zeppelin, Gypsy Kings, Type O Negative, Metallica, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Bizet, Tricky, Elvis Crespo, Kodo Drummers, Peter Gabriel, Bond
TV- Simpsons, Sopranos, South Park, Penn&Teller's Bulls#it, other stuff as it comes out on DVD. I don't watch TV, per se.
Movies - Cyrano de Bergerac, Like Water For Chocolate, La Femme Nikita, science fiction stuff, vampire flicks
Robert Heinlein, Douglas Hofstadter, Mikhail Bulgakov, Robert Pirsig, Dave Barry, Neil Gaiman, Milan Kundera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Neil Stephenson, Roger Zelazny, Richard Feynman, Will Durant, and others too numerous to list
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've led an 18-person firebreathing pass (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i2EG7DyOcs), published papers in major medical journals (http://stroke.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/short/40/1/134), and fallen on my face while learning some serious lessons about my limitations.
Teach, Learn, Share
I teach science (biology at any level, basic chemistry and physics), self defense, Filipino martial arts, first aid, firespinning, and more esoteric skills.
I want to learn anything anyone will teach me.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Italy, Monaco, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Russian Federation, United States