Featured EyeWirer: @Nseraf

Meet the EyeWirers who are mapping the brain. This week’s featured EyeWirer is @Nseraf.

So, tell the world a little about yourself.

I was actually born in Cambridge, UK as my father was a visiting fellow there and my mom was researching a book, but after the first three months we returned to Greece where I’ve lived since, but also with plenty of returns to London. I have studied and I am a freelance 3D animator (texturer and modeler). One of my dreams is to be hired by Ubisoft and work in one of the future Assassin’s creed games (or more than one). I am currently twenty-nine years old.

Why do you play EyeWire?

My work demands that I am shackled in front of a computer but I am very hyperkinetic and my attention span is probably shorter than a goldfish’s so I have to have “distractions” when I work so that I continue to work, so I listen to music or watch television series.

I had seen Prof. Seung’s TED talk back in 2012 but had lost track of further progress due to work and other interests. So EyeWire is perfect for me as I can alt+tab do some work, alt+tab do some cubes and so on while watching series or listening to music.

I also love playing EyeWire because I’ve always wanted to be a scientist but never had the mind for studying and math so this is my small way in helping and progressing science.

How did you discover EyeWire?

This past November, I found out about EyeWire through a post in the popular Facebook page called IFLS.

Share a short story that helps the world get to know you.

For many reasons I didn’t like going to school, I mean really honestly didn’t like it, so shortly after I started school at seven years old I got sick with the flu or something similar and stayed home until I was better, so my young mind had one of those “Eureka” moments, “When I’m sick, I don’t go to school, soooo…GET SICK!” So I started going to school wearing short-sleeved t-shirts and the like in the middle of winter, in autumn any time of year, I would play in the yard and then not wear anything after and so sick I would get until a few years later I started -much to my disappointment- not to get sick, so I started thinking of why that was, obviously back then I knew very little if anything of “immunization against viruses and microbes, etc” but my mind acting like a scientist was thinking “Okay walking around wearing only t-shirts for some reason doesn’t get me sick, what else can get me sick?” And so in a similar way to a scientist analyzing and trying new experiments I would try and find new ways to get sick, or at least flu-like sick, stay a few days home, go to school then repeat at first opportunity. For many reasons (friends, girlfriends, etc.) this all changed in Lyceum (Greece’s equivalent of USA high school) around fifteen or so, but one good thing that has come out of all of this is I have one heck of a good immune system, lol. And while home sick I would watch documentaries and read articles so in a way I learned far more than the mundane school curriculum and actually about stuff that interested me.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am friendly and chatty, will help out anyone if I can, will chat in chat, but I accept no nonsense from anyone, have little to no tolerance for arrogance. So come and play EyeWire and chat with us, we are a merry bunch!!! ^_^

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