Im a computational linguist, which means I apply linguistics and computer science to work on language aspects of AI. Or, as I like to tell people, it means someday I will build an army of overly-talkative robots and/or help develop the Universal Translator. My primary languages are English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Java, Python, and R.
On the side, Im an enthusiastic amateur musician playing flute, oboe, English horn, and the occasional other woodwind in orchestras and chamber ensembles from a pretty early age. I also sing, but thats a more recent development. I have a particular fondness for Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, and Ive performed half the canon with a society in northern California, including appearances as Mr. Bunthornes Solicitor in Patience and Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard.
I've been fascinated with narrative tropes ever since I first read about Vladimir Propp and his folk tale classification system.