About Ampersand

Back when I was an impoverished grad student, I once spent $300 on a set of cassettes to learn Turkish — a language that had nothing whatsoever to do with my research or my heritage. It just seemed interesting. And fun.

Having seen me pursue, well, let’s just say a few of these flights of fancy, my roommate at the time dubbed these wacky projects of mine “plans du jour” and said “We don’t say dilettante, we say renaissance woman.”

I just prefer to think of myself as an omnivore.

By day, I’m an administrator for an interdisciplinary postdoc fellowship program at a hotshot university — an ideal job for an omnivore. I get the chance to meet fascinating researchers, not to mention free access to the library of my dreams and a huge discount on courses.

As I write this, with only two entries posted, I’m thinking of this blog as a place to memorialize all the crumbs in my omnivorous banquet — all the momentary fascinations that don’t make up a full-fledged meal.


11 Comments Add your own

  • 1. badaude  |  1 November 2006 at 4:59

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I’m flattered – but who are you?

  • 2. AmyP  |  19 November 2006 at 12:34

    Hi, Badaude. I finally posted an About page and a couple of entries. When you stopped by, I still hadn’t really decided whether or not to do this blog thing, but I figured that I could at least put up links to some of the blogs I visit (including yours) and use this as a glorified bookmarks page. 😉
    Thanks for stopping by.

  • 3. Brady  |  21 May 2007 at 16:28

    This might not make a bit of sense to you but I will try anyway. Several years ago I found rareoats.com (sometimes connected to chokingpear.com). It was a great blog that was run by a very interesting woman (not sure of her name). I used to check in once and a while and always found something fun.

    She often spoke of various illnesses she had the slow discovery process about those illnesses.

    Then one day it was all gone. Well, thats not exactly true, it sort of faded away. First no new entries, then some links would fail, etc. I managed to find some ramdom pages here and ther but usually I wa just lead to what I imagine are blogs by friends of hers. Now the only reference I have left is a link to your web site. A list of birds that you apparently had something to do with.

    OK, so thats a long story. The point is, I miss the site and I have always wondered what happened. I thought you might know. Honestly I don’t really follow the wold of the blog, it’s hard enough living in the real world without trying to maintain an online personality. That said, for some reason I really connected with persons blog. I was hoping you could shed some light on the matter. I would really like to know who she was and what happened.

    If none of this rings a bell then I am sorry to have wasted your time. I would love to hear back.

  • 4. Brady  |  31 May 2007 at 14:51

    Thanks for getting back to me, it’s good to know my worst fears are unrealized. Unfortunately Yahoo ate your email so I lost you address and have to respond here, sorry. Please do pass along my regards to your sister. All the best to the both of you,

  • 5. Patrick Keenan  |  2 January 2008 at 2:42

    Amy: Like your website a lot…….Still have to check ouit Melissa’s

  • 6. bedeboop  |  10 January 2008 at 14:38

    You have a great site here, I love it. Thank you for the add and I also added your site. 🙂 I am looking forward to reading more entries. Have a beautiful day.

  • 7. bibomedia.com  |  8 March 2008 at 0:51


  • 8. Frida  |  18 April 2008 at 10:09

    (Jag vet inte om jag ska skriva på svenska eller engelska men jag väljer det säkraste alternativet för att göra mig förstådd) Hi, I stumbled across your blog today when I was googling for “Stoorn” during a really boring lecture about internet searches. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I like your blog (and not just because you write about Stoorn) and its subtitle. I’d call myself a renaissance woman in spe: not quite there yet but aiming for it.
    What’s your connection to Sweden by the way?

  • 9. ampersand  |  19 July 2008 at 7:34

    Förlåt att det tog sän lång tid att svara. Jag tog en paus från att blogga. Tack för länken. Nu har jag börjat uppdatera igen, och ska lägga till en länk till din blogg.

    Det går lika bra att skriva på svenska eller engelska. Jag spelar svensk och norsk folkmusik på fiol och gick på en ettärig folkmusikkurs på en svensk folkhögskola i Dalarna. Sedann dess har jag åkt till Sverige varje sommar fram till i år. (Flygbiljetterna ligger för högt och dollarn för lågt.)

  • 10. malwaththawala  |  2 August 2008 at 4:21

    can you use fluantTurkish language .

  • 11. Frida  |  22 October 2008 at 12:48

    Jaså, vad roligt! Var det Malungs folkhögskola? Jag gick en folkdanskurs där förra sommaren. Tack för länken!


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