Valliere - a random selection from a list of characters (not the king's whore)

'Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian—ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.' - Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians (1918)

Hi there . Seems you’ve made it to my site and are reading this introduction. Don’t be expecting anything too profound or revealing here, just a brief introduction to myself1, and a chance for me to play with GML, which I'm learning with fits and starts.

So what am I?

I’m an anthropologist (psychological, linguistic) and geographer by training, and I work in cartography (which I’m passionate about) and archaeology (which I most certainly am not).

I enjoy backpacking, horse packing, photography, and kicking back with a strong cup of coffee and a good book. I am 34-years old, and have a 2-year old son, two dogs and two cats. I’ve been off the web for a couple of years raising said son.

My favourite authors are Kafka, Dumas, Le Carré, and Eco; music I’m listening to right now includes Coldplay, Arlo Guthrie, Robbie Williams, James Blunt, Franz Ferdinand, and many more. I actually mostly listen to the news – BBC World Service – and satellite radio. My favourite movies include the entire Bergman collection, Burnt by the Sun, Brazil, Fight Club, and selected Monty Python, among many others.

The town in which I have been living for five-odd years is small and rural, surrounded by wheat and barley fields, and cattle ranches. The Rocky Mountains rise sharply in the west. ‘Cultural stimulation’ is in the form of five nights of performing arts per year, and the annual drinking-fests of July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Oh – and teen sport. I tend to just stay at home. It is a fantastic place to be four months of the year, and just windy the other eight.

I'd love to hear from you, if you enjoy intellectual debates or intelligent conversations about most any subject. Drop a message!2

Just a few of the places I like

Online Books
Anthropology Resources on the Internet
Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative
Language, Structural Linguistics, and Linguistics Theory Links
Slang, profanities, insults and vulgarisms from all the world

H2G2 links I can never find when I need them

Style Guide
GuideML Clinic
The Post
RGS Member's Bar
The Forum
Peer Review
1Or whatever I decide I want you to know2Warning! I don't speak 'text,' so if that's all you can speak on-line, it might be better not to leave a message!

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