Welcome to Words and Bottles! I’m George, and this is a blog about all the things that interest me. Which very often involves words. Or bottles.
First, I love learning languages, and have some experience teaching English as well. I have studied a fair few, both of the human and of the programming variety. I also enjoy translation, and spend some of my free time working on software tools that support language learning.
I like to study mathematics and artificial intelligence. And cognition, and quantum theory, and language acquisition, and… Maybe I just enjoy reading a bit more than the budget really allows. And collecting books.
I like to cook, but if you follow long, you will notice I am a stove-top guy. I love a great sauce, the sear on meat, and soups and stews. Canning? Sure! I can bake, but big birds are a thorn in my side and bread…well, we aren’t friends. Coworkers, maybe. We sometimes don’t get along.
I am a brewer/wine-maker, with something almost always in the works. A large portion of that is mead-making, especially braggot (a merger of mead and beer brewing). But I have made some pretty delightful fruit wines (peach, nectarine, blueberry…) and ciders. I am enthused by the art of cocktails. I’d love to play around with distilling, but that pesky federal government!
I am constantly surrounded by the smells of essential oils, thanks to my wife, Kim. Did I mention I have three teenage kids roaming the house?
Through it all I am a follower of Jesus Christ, so many of these things come together in interesting ways. Translation, theology, biblical languages, what it means to be human, enjoying a good communal meal.
Well, that about does it. Stick around, comment some, and enjoy whatever strikes my fancy here.