So good to be back in Boston! I've been living on the north shore (where I grew up) for the past couple years, but just moved back to the area. Having a driveway was great, but I love living in a city. I went to graduate school in Philadelphia, and that's another city I'll always have a soft spot for. Since then, I had been doing research and teaching, but just started an industry job for the first time. It's a pretty exciting new adventure - plus, a steady paycheck, what a concept!
I love language, learning and teaching. I also love laughing, and can't bring myself to take much too seriously. I'm deeply motivated by food and drink (shopping, cooking, and consuming), but more so by smart and stimulating conversation - I'm always looking for a new perspective on things. I love to travel, when I can afford it (best places I've been - Iceland, Peru, France). I recently went to Bangladesh for a friend's wedding, that was a heck of a journey.
I look great in a dress.
What else do you want to know?
What I’m doing with my life
I got my PhD several years ago in psycholinguistics, and studied language learning in kids. It's really a pretty neat trick they do, learning to talk in the first couple years of life, without getting too distracted by details like supporting the weight of their own heads. Since then I've studied language in autism and taught psychology courses all over the damn place. Now I'm working on natural language processing. I told you I loved language. :)
I’m really good at
Getting people talking. Staying up too late. Baking cookies.
Karaoke. Pub trivia. Eating vegetables. Parallel parking.
The first things people usually notice about me
Hmmm.... shouldn't you be asking them?
I look taller than I am. I've got nice eyes. I'm a bit sarcastic. A
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite books: I don't read enough... I like graphic novels, though. I loved Let the Right One In. And Wicked. And the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. And Harry Potter.
Favorite movies: The Usual Suspects. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Superbad. The Big Lebowski. Memento. A Fish Called Wanda.
Favorite music: Metric. Beck. The Shins. Spoon. Franz Ferdinand. Aimee Mann. Talking Heads. The New Pornographers. Vampire Weekend.
Food: Beer! (What? That's a food...) Sushi. Veggies. Seafood. Cheese. Peanut butter. Omelettes. Burgers off the grill.
The six things I could never do without
1) Laughter (food, clothing, shelter, my family, etc.)
2) My phone - although I often neglect it, I dropped it in the toilet and had to spend a couple days without it recently, and I felt naked the whole time!
5) Netflix (sad, but true)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How things work, especially people. They really are endlessly fascinating, and I love dissecting their thought processes. So, I spend lots of time thinking about why I do what I do, why my cat does what she does, and why my toaster does what it does.
I spend lots of time thinking about language - lately, I keep thinking I want to make an app where you enter crazy shit that people say to see if it's ever been said before, "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" style. I'm not sure if I'd be amazed at how much we repeat ourselves or how much we don't!
I like to go out and play, for food and drinks or game nights or movies or concerts or whatever, so I spend lots of time thinking about plans. What's showing at the A.R.T.? Where should we go for dinner tomorrow night? Anyone up for pub trivia this week? Maybe it's a good night for bowling? What new board game should I get?
On a typical Friday night I am
Getting dinner with friends? Watching my brother perform some community theater? Heading to NYC to visit old friends? Cooking some stir-fry for myself? Sitting on the couch watching a movie and eating popcorn? Probably one of these (but probably not all of them).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I enjoy the occasional smoke. I know, I know, that stuff'll kill
ya. But everything in moderation.
You should message me if
You like to talk! I love both light-hearted chit-chat over a beer (did you watch Stephen Colbert last night?) and intellectual stimulation over a glass of shiraz (but how could we ever teach a computer to truly understand human language?). Drop me a line if you think we'll connect, on any level.