Monday, April 30, 2007


Welcome. I am interested in language and literature, technology and computers. This is my blog for exploring both, separately and together. A lot of interesting things are happening where these topics intersect, and I'm looking forward to tracking my thoughts, as well as pointing to what others are doing. Currently, I'm working for a company that does litigation support. This blog isn't about that, and this will be the last I mention that here. My interests in literature are fairly wide ranging. I did most of my graduate work in medieval literature, so you'll probably see a lot of references to Beowulf, Chaucer, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Analyzing ancient literature with computers creates interesting problems beyond the standard issues that analyzing just any text creates. More on that later. When I'm working with computers, I do a fair amount of programming. Currently, I primarily use C#, Python, and Erlang. I keep looking for excuses to use Common Lisp or Scheme, but I haven't had the time to get around to doing more in those languages. Most of the topics I am currently planning to talk about are computer-related, although they might touch on humanities topics also. I'd like to write posts that are more directly and purely about literature, too, but in the meantime, be prepared for technology. Glad you're here. Stick around.