I grew up in Atlanta. I studied economics in school and did a degree in that. I know a number of languages. I went to graduate school studying historical and then theoretical linguistics. Theoretically I am an Ph.D. candidate in linguistics, but I don't think about that much. See some academic stuff here. I now have a very low opinion of institutionalized science and I don't think it's worth effort to try to contribute to it at this point. I learned how to use Linux/Unix several years ago and that tends to be what defines me in the public eye. I now live very remotely and strongly support independent people to escape cities soon.