Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
The hardest thing about this entry is what order to put things
in—anything I put first will sound like I think it's the most
important thing about myself. So I'll start with the stipulation
that these are in no particular order:
I'm a dialectologist. I've loved both maps and pronunciation my
whole life and have been lucky enough to get into the field where I
get to think about both professionally—if only I could find a
I'm from Massachusetts; I moved to Toronto two years ago after 10
years in Philadelphia, and I'm slowly getting to know the
I'm a performer. It's hard to find time to actually get on stage
now, but you can always find opportunities to perform in some way,
even just among friends. I'm a better actor than I am a singer, but
I like singing more.
I'm a geek; I'm a puzzle solver; I'm an unexpected extrovert; I'm a
distributor of peppermints.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
Trying to find my way in academia, and/or decide if that's where I
want to be finding my way.
The first things people usually notice about me
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The first thing people notice about me is usually that I've got a
pencil behind my ear. (You never know when you might want one!)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Help your potential matches find common interests.
Apparently I don't spend a lot of time ranking books and movies
with respect to each other to decide which ones are my favorites.
Well, my favorite book of all time has to be Charlotte's
Web; The Little Prince ranks very high as well; and
beyond that I might add in Amy's Eyes, much Thurber,
Pratchett, some Stephenson—possibly the Baroque Cycle—and
maybe A Song of Ice and Fire standing in for a lot of
Movies is a little harder. Maybe Beauty and the Beast, the
Rhapsody in Blue segment of Fantasia 2000, Contact,
The Great Muppet Caper, Amélie, maybe Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Spirited Away?
The only TV show I really watch regularly is Jeopardy! (and
Game of Thrones when it's on); all-time favorite shows
include The Muppet Show and Star Trek: Deep Space
Nine. I want to interpret "favorite shows" though as meaning
favorite Broadway shows, in which case my favorites include
My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and
Dolls, and In the Heights, among I suppose many
Favorite music, relatedly, is largely showtunes; also very fond of
klezmer and I have a soft spot for the Grateful Dead and other
Favorite foods: Fresh mozzarella and basil. Gelato. Hot chocolate
from Burdick's, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Spaghetti sauce with a
lot of mushrooms and peppers. Corn chowder. Grapefruit. The
Thousand-Layer Bread from the Burmese restaurant in Philadelphia.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Hot chocolate with peppermint in it; public library card;
showtunes; easy access to maps; crossword puzzles; occasional hugs.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Vowels and language change. Wordplay and puns. Puzzles and games.
Songs for a New World. Occasionally, fighting sexism in geek
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Cooking dinner at home, and then probably seeing a movie.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Experiences are best shared. If I see something beautiful, I don't
feel like I've really seen it until I've shown it to someone else
too, or at least told them about it.
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