I’m a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Waterloo.

Before Waterloo, I did my Masters degree at the University of Toronto. Before that, I took a year off from school and worked at a small marketing firm in Ottawa, where I did web writing, web analytics, and search engine optimization. It was alright. Kinda.

In my undergrad I wrote for and eventually edited Volume 42 of Golden Words Newspaper at Queen’s University. It’s a comedy paper. We basically worked in an office from noon on Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday morning. We wrote stuff, hung out, and tried to put together 12-24 pages of content. We used advertising space to keep the paper going, and to get some pizza and Pakistani cuisine, which we then used to bait new writers and layout/graphics staff. Sometimes on Wednesdays after a press meeting we played Starcraft on the computers.

I have this blog thing on the internet now because I like writing stuff and organizing my thoughts by writing stuff, and—aside from a few tongue-in-cheek haikus—Twitter’s 140 characters just doesn’t always cut the mustard, y’know?

I have no idea why I chose “Refined Robot.” I liked the sound of it. Probably. One day I’ll draw a picture of a robot with a top hat and a monocle or something, and stick that in the sidebar.

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