about

I grew up on the Arpanet, where nobody needed to introduce themselves because it was a social network, and a small one. You were what you wrote, you had long correspondences with the other members of the network, and eventually you met some of them, probably at a Chinese restaurant outing or computing-related conference, and formed real-life friendships.

Now we’re back to online chat, only with video cameras and a lot more people. Hello!

I have lived in Bedford, Massachusetts; Cambridge, Massachusetts; New York City; Helsinki, and (the original) Ipswich. If you think you know me, you probably do. I’m pretty googleable.

My resume is the sort of patchwork you used to see in hard-boiled novelist biographies (“He has been a cab driver, prize fighter, door-to-door salesman …”) except much tamer. I have been a trade press reporter (Bloomberg News, InformationWEEK, Lingua Franca), lecturer in linguistics (Queen Mary University of London, University of Suffolk, University of Tampere, University of Helsinki), consultant and researcher to businesses and nonprofits (The Research Board, QConsult), technical writer and editor (ICL / Fujitsu / Trantex), press communications manager and publicity writer (77th World Science Fiction Convention). I am also a licensed translator from Finnish and Swedish to English, and freelanced as a translator for many years.

I am currently seeking to work with freelance clients in any of these areas. More details at my professional site and on LinkedIn. My portfolio of work is currently suffering from linkrot.

I have presented the Friday Breakfast show on Ipswich Community Radio (105.7 fm) together with Izzy Lane since 2014 (and for a while before that with others). All ICR shows can be heard streaming and most as Listen Again podcasts. If you are a music geek in any genre, we have a deep dive show for you. If you want to join the station to present a radio show or do related work, we welcome you.

I have had a homepage on the Web since about 1998 with sporadic dated posts, which I guess makes me an old school online journaler. I shifted to Blogger a year or two later when it took off, but continued to handwrite HTML pages for longer entries. My archives were nuked a few years ago in a billing misunderstanding with the otherwise splendid DreamHost. I do have backups and am gradually restoring them. I recently abandoned the Kubrick template with all my hand tweaks that never quite worked and moved to Twenty Ten. If it’s good enough for Sarah Kendzior, it’s good enough for me.

I am a huge fan of autumn, the Arkadia Bookshop, and graph paper.

I tweet at @diana180.

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