41Silver Spring, United States
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My self-summary
I own my own bass clarinet, drop spindle, and curling broom, and I know how to use all of them.
What I’m doing with my life
Working for a research institution, hoping to relocate back to someplace with winter, and slowly breaking up with the field of linguistics.
I’m really good at
Editing. Music. Cooking. Telling stories. Scrabble. Finding my way in strange cities. Breaking complex processes down into small steps. Planning for the zombie apocalypse.
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile, or my stompy crayon-colored shoes, or my serious competence, depending on the circumstances.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
In books: I love Le Guin, Tiptree, and Lois McMaster Bujold, Lev Grossman and Kim Stanley Robinson, Naomi Novik and Rosemary Kirstein; George Eliot and Anthony Trollope; Dorothy Sayers and Sarah Caudwell; W.H. Auden and the elegies of the Exeter Book. I prefer the Icelandic family sagas, especially Gisli and Njal, to the Eddas; and my favorite chapter of Lord of the Rings is Appendix E.

In movies: Bedazzled (the original, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore) can always make me laugh, and The Wrath of Khan can always make me cry.

In television: The Middleman-- late, lamented, and wonderful-- is the only show on TV that has never broken my heart. And I'll argue all day that the Doctor is all one person and it's pointless to have a favorite, but Two and Jamie and Zoe have a place in my heart that none of the others can quite touch.

In music: I will listen to anything that shows off technical virtuosity, from Bach to bluegrass. But Brahms, Dvorak, and Sibelius never fail to touch me.

In food: I will try almost everything, though when it comes to animals I do prefer to eat within my own phylum. (I make an exception for softshell crab.)
Six things I could never do without
Modern plumbing. Modern dentistry.

...really, as long as I have those I could give up an awful lot.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
My mortality. Word origins. The Fermi paradox. Whether I should grow my hair out. How Victorian dowagers must have felt, looking back on the license of their Georgian and Regency youths. Peak oil. Sock patterns. My job prospects. Whether it's possible to adapt a Sussex Pond Pudding recipe for the microwave. Whether the Doctor and the Master ever hooked up again after they both left the academy, or if all that jealous sniping during the UNIT years was just unresolved sexual tension. Stuff like that.
On a typical Friday night I am
A couple of years ago, I would have been curling. Now, whatever else I'm doing, I'm usually lamenting the lack of another winter sport with a very long learning curve and a lot of strategy and wishing that I hadn't gotten bored with curling.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
If I'm willing to admit it to the entire internet, it's hardly private, is it?
You should message me if
You are a passionate nerd who loves to share their enthusiasms.

More generally-- you should message me, rather than rating me a favorite and hoping I'll check out your profile, because when I'm busy, I tend to delete those 'So-and-so has chosen you' messages unread. But if you take the trouble to say something, I'll read it.
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