My masters degree focused on studying universities and colleges as well as systems of same and the legislative, funding and governance bodies that affect them. My own interests tend towards studying the economics of education, how technology has affected institutions organizationally and instructionally, and how open data and open source movements can and are changing scholarship.
I'm an irrepressible nerd who believes that knowing things for their own sake is worthwhile. I love books in all their incarnations and science fiction and adventure fiction join stacks of books on design & typography, cooking, making, education, philosophy, data visualization and photography. I also have a goal to see the entirety of the US and Canada by road before trying to do the same for other parts of the world. Despite this goal my last two trips have been a grand European road trip and three weeks in Japan.
I am a pretty goodcook as long as i'm not expected to cook fish - which seems to be a permanent (and annoying) disability. I bake now and then and have been known to go to some lengths to satisfy a craving. Most recently this manifested by wanting a roasted marshmallow milkshake when I didn't have marshmallows so I made them from scratch.
I know that this section is titled "I'm really good at" but I'm also mostly bad at but learning glassblowing. It's a pretty fun hobby and looks cool to watch someone slinging around thousand degree molten glass.
Tahara Boy King of the Desert by Harold M. Sherman
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Academic Transformation by Clark, Moran, Solnik & Trick
The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombaur
The New Best Recipe by Cook's Illustrated
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
20000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
The Hunt for Red October
The Shawshank Redemption
Empire of the Sun
Bridge on the River Kwai
The Maltese Falcon
V for Vendetta
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
I don't listen to a lot of music these days with audiobooks taking up most of my "eartime" but here is the music I like:
Shiny Toy Guns
Death Cab for Cutie
I have a deep and abiding appreciation for food in all its forms and at all levels. I have been involved in the foodie community at various times, but always seem to drift away towards food that is good, not necessarily expensive. That being said I appreciate food that is fine and food that is humble, food that is local and food that is well-traveled.
Just a pretty regular, geeky guy