I am fascinated by linguistics, both from the technical standpoint and from the insight it can grant into a culture. In particular, I am continuously amazed by the brilliant design behind Hangul (the Korean writing system), which was artificially created about 400 years ago by King Sejong. Someday, I'd like to design a course in Korean that really takes advantage of the amazing features of Hangul as learning aids.
I speak Japanese reasonably well, and Korean enough to get by. I'll be studying Chinese later this year. In my travels, I have been to Germany, France, Hawaii, Japan, South Korea, and numerous places around the continental U.S.
I also love hiking and getting outdoors. I'm a programmer, and getting outside is a nice change from being cooped up all day in front of a computer.
I consider myself a free-thinker and an atheist. I respect other beliefs, of course, but dislike extreme points of view such as creationism that jeopardize our scientific progress and the human drive to understand the nature of the world around us. The unknown doesn't scare me; rather, it interests me. Where would we be if there were nothing left to learn?
I am rational, inquisitive, and lighthearted