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My self-summary
I am a Russian to English translator with Masters Degrees in Russian and Library Science. I have a fairly introverted personality: I spend most of my time either working at my computer or reading. I enjoy finding people that I can discuss a variety of subjects that go beyond Russian studies and the organization of information, including philosophy, theology, classical literature, English literature, German literature, Byzantine history, etc.

Lately I have been volunteering at the public library. I try to promote the written word as much as possible.
What I’m doing with my life
I currently translate a lot of literature relating to the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. I look forward to seeing if my translations will turn up during the television broadcasts and coverage in February 2014. I occasionally still teach courses at the University of Arizona in Russian studies. I also do contract work for a Chicago-based computer scientist consultant on bibliometrics, machine learning and information retrieval.
I’m really good at
I can process large amounts of information in a short period of time (which is a requirement for being a translator: during a busy week I can translate up to 12,000 words of Russian. That's probably overdoing it, though).

I am handy with computers: though I took no course work in computer science, I self taught myself some rudimentary Perl and Python. I can also put together computers and repair them myself. I have even recently repaired my MacBook Pro, which seems to be designed in such a way as to discourage anyone but Apple technicians from getting inside them.

I am something of a gearhead: I like cars, and though I generally don't work on my own car, I am literate enough in how cars work to be able to diagnose major problems and fix simple ones.
The first things people usually notice about me
I am almost always with a book or Kindle in hand. I never like to be caught with idle time on my hands (in the waiting room or in the check-out line in the grocery store) when I could be getting in a page or two.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I fell in love with Russian literature through the novels of Dostoevsky in high school, and since then I have grown to appreciate the entirety of the Russian canon. So here I will list some other distinctive non-Russian authors and titles that I enjoy to illustrate the diversity of my interests:

Thomas Mann, and in particular The Magic Mountain and Joseph and His Brothers. Mann represents everything I love about novels of ideas.

Plato's Republic, Campanella's The City of the Sun, Thomas More's Utopia, John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, and Fritz Lang's Metropolis (here we have a film). In other words, I really enjoy allegories, and when I was an undergraduate one of my pet projects was to trace the development of allegories from antiquity through the present.

Elizabeth Eisenstein's The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, Marshall McLuhan's Gutenberg Galaxy, Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy. I really enjoy reading theoretical works about the development of literacy and printing in the West.

I like to listen to a number of radio shows/podcasts on my iPod, including Car Talk and CarTech Live. I also enjoy the cultural and news programs put out by Deutsche Welle, both in English and Russian.

I like catching a variety of British TV shows online, including shows that have not been on in decades, such as Yes Minister.

I like Romantic and Modernist composers, especially Bruckner, Wagner, and Mahler. I prefer parodies of popular music, such as those by Weird AL Yankovich and Rhett & Link, to the originals. For example, I have no idea what forms the source material for this music video (, but I sure that whatever it is it is not as good as the parody.

I like the national cuisines of Italy, China, and Greece, or at least how immigrants from those countries adapted their cuisines for Americans since I have never visited those countries. I sometimes enjoy Mexican food, but when it is prepared in certain ways it does not agree with me. And though I like Russian culture, there is not much to be said about borshch and shchi. Crepes and sour cream are fine, though.
The six things I could never do without
1. Access to a good library. For my purposes this usually means an academic library.
2. Evernote. This sounds like a product endorsement, but actually this is the most useful app that I have used in a while. I just wish that something existed between it and Zotero in functionality (i.e., more metadata, more fields! I love to organize!). See my blog post on this topic:
3. Drobo. Because I couldn't live without my data, and I don't think there is any better form of local backup. (Another product endorsement, apparently. At least people can't claim that I am not being original here. Yeah, yeah, I need my computer, cell phone, and the Internet too, but so do 300 million other Americans. You need to know the things that I and a maybe a handful of other geeks need.)
4. A large desk. To judge from the selection of desks in office furniture stores, it seems that the expectation is that you are supposed to make do with a small laptop table for your work. This would be impossible for me. I need large surfaces to lay my work out on.
5. A car. I rode public transportation for a number of years before buying a car at the beginning of graduate school. Believe me, there is no going back. Especially in a city like Tucson which has awful public transit. Traveling ten miles across Tucson used to seemed like a Homeric journey in a bus. Now in a car it is nothing at all.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
finding more clients for my business and achieving better work/life balance. I like to think about my blog and my leisure reading plan.
On a typical Friday night I am
at my desk reading or working. I also like taking long walks with my dog around sunset. I sometimes have dinner plans with a friend.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I am annoyed by most of the match questions on OKCupid. Most of them seem to be designed to elicit people's prurient interest. There need to be more questions that are not so puerile. Currently, it's mostly in poor taste.
You should message me if
you are also fairly bookish, and are not put off by how focused I am on the life of the mind.