This will provide the obligatory information about me including descriptions and links to:

  • Family
  • Hobbies
  • Iai

Sometimes the easiest way to get to know someone is to see the company they keep .

Since the social life of a professor is limited, the company I keep tends to be the company of my immediate family. This isn’t such a bad thing when one has an intelligent, creative, and entertaining family as I do. Of course I might be more than a little biased in that regard.

I suppose one can also get to know someone by their activities outside of work.

I LOVE reading. I will read just about anything but SciFi and Fantasy are my favorite genres. My current favorite authors include Kelly Armstrong, Terry Pratchett, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Laura Joh Roland.

I’ve practiced martial arts on and off since I was 18. I am currently studying Iaijutsu (a martial art that strives to suppress a sudden attack against the defender using a single, swift stroke of the sword). I belong to the Southeast Michigan branch of Tamiya Ryu Iaijutsu. June of this year, l passed an important test and achieved the rank of Shodon.

I enjoy riding motorcycles. Since I moved to Michigan, I have had to be satisfied with hopping on the back of my husband’s motorcycle. However, he is in the process of building me my own bike. I try to help 🙂

Gardening: I find it surprisingly restful and satisfying. I’m glad I have a large yard to learn and experiment with.

I’ve been playing video games since video games were invented. I love playing them even though I have relatively little free time in which to do so. Two games which used to be favorites were Star Wars Galaxies and City of Villains. Right now I am searching for another MMORPG to fall in love with. Until then, I have immersed myself in Second Life, managing to work it into my teaching.

Ever heard of geocaching? It’s the ultimate tech geek’s pastime so of course I thought it was cool. It’s treasure hunting with a GPS. Now that I have a geocaching app on my iPhone, it is even easier to find caches when I am out and about.

There is little I enjoy more than traveling. I have visited England and Switzerland (2001), and Italy (2005). In 2006, we went to Sturgis where we saw Devil’s Tower and Deadwood, S.D.. The following year, as a high school graduation present, my son and I went to Tokyo.

My most recent trip involved a three week business trip to Bulgaria and Amsterdam to 1) teach at the Cognitive Science summer school in Bulgaria, give a talk at the Creativity and Analogy symposium at the Analogy ’09 conference, and attend the Cognitive Science conference that followed. I’ll post pictures some day.

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