I am an avid gamer of all types- video, board and computer- who also has a strong interest in digital culture and the recent changes made in knowledge production and distribution. I study Russian History, with a focus on peasant life in the first half of the 19th century. Beyond taking care of my two border collie/german shepherd mix dogs, I also find time to post (email hidden), my personal blog for all topics I in which I find interest. You can find me on (website hidden) by the handle @jsantley.
I am a great guest who can indulge in all sorts of interesting conversation topics- or keep quiet, if that is what's preferred! If you had a burning question about Russian History, I'm the man to talk to!
Some of my favorite books include 'The Glass Bead Game' by Herman Hesse, 'In the First Circle' by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and 'Piracy: An Intellectual History from Gutenberg to Gates' by Adrian Johns. I've read the first four books of the George R.R. Martin series, 'A Song of Ice and Fire' although most people know it simply as 'Game of Thrones'.
Some might label what I do as 'nerdy'. While I won't disagree with that statement, I would add that I make nerdy fun and engaging.....at least in my own head. :)