You might have seen me in an IT Training workshop, either teaching or assisting – most likely teaching. You also may have seen me riding around the IU Bloomington campus on my little green scooter. (You’re going to have to look for a red motorcycle soon!) You might also know me by the fact that I’ve got a whiteboard wall around my desk at the Cyberinfrastructure Building. (I jokingly call it my “fortress of solitude”.)
But there’s far more to me than teaching, riding two-wheeled vehicles, and building whiteboard forts around my desk! For example, did you all know that I craft? I quilt and crochet! Some of my crocheting was even featured at last year’s Statewide IT Conference’s Artists Showcase! Quilting and crocheting are my stress relievers, and it’s so much fun to take some basic materials and craft something amazing with them. I also take care of a couple of cats – Steve and Hannah. I sometimes try to work them into the workshops I write as a sort of easter egg (ever taken or worked your way through Creating Graphics for the Web? Both of my cats show up in the materials!). I love my cats, and how they insert themselves into my life – Steve tries to help me teach at home by meowing loudly while I’m instructing, and Hannah will climb up onto my chair with me to help me quilt while I use my sewing machine. I also love data – collecting it, interpreting it, and seeing what can be learned from it. I’m currently in my final semester of a dual masters in Library and Information Science, and have taken a number of classes that focus on gathering, interpreting, and documenting data in a variety of ways. I also enjoy writing in my various blogs, reading science fiction/fantasy novels, playing the occasional video game, and testing out new technology.
So, that’s me in a nutshell. This blog is mostly going to focus on technology ramblings of some sort – discussion about fun things I’m doing about work, technology tips that could help you out, and new gadgets and tech that I get the chance to play with. Do you have something you’d like to see me write about? Pop it in the comments below!