Geeky Stuff Life

Things that are neat about me


If you haven’t read my about page, you should be ashamed of yourself! Think of all the Mostly Lisa you have been missing out on. So I’m putting it here… front and centre, so you can linger on my smooth wording a little bit longer (and mostly cuz i’m condensing my about page and i can’t bear to toss these eloquent words in the the cyber bin.)


Here are my “neat” things:

I have a Master’s Degree which makes me ok smart. I have “mastered” the arts. All of them. Except the dark arts, because of the whole muggle discrimination thing…

I know a lot about linguistics, especially phonetics, specifically articulatory, acoustic phonetics, and the productive mechanisms involved in early infant speech development. What? Huh??? Exactly. Nobody knows, nobody cares, nobody wants to hire me in that field… hence my quarter-life career switcheroo to creative, fun, and cool things. I still partially consider myself a linguist and love to learn, hear, and think about language. I am quite fond of early infant acquisition, brain and language stuff, and accents… mostly.

PS. Asking a linguist “how many languages do you speak?” is kinda like asking a veterinarian “how many pets do you have?”

If you must know. I speak Russian, Spanish and French… mostly.

I was a nationally competitive figure skater (ice dance) until 2000 when my partner dropped me and I hurt my back and I was forced to quit skating and go back to being a regular university student which made me kinda bitter and a little bit mean… (I guess that’s last bit is something that’s not so neat about me). but every now and again I get a hankering for spandex, sequins, and mini gloves — an impulse that I just can’t ignore.

I’m also an active member of iNeedConstantAttention club, being a Model, (of course!) an Actress (who isn’t?) & a Singer/Songwriter. Ahh, the trifecta of fame, fortune, and eternal self-esteem “issues”. Ain’t it great!

I know what you’re thinking. “She IS perfect. Is there nothing this girl can’t do?” My answer: Not much really. But if you must know, I am a fairly rubbish cook and the last 6 books i read were all children’s books. And, if you must know, I was expelled from Hogwart’s TWICE! So if I master the cooking thing, move on to some heavier reading materials and finish my Potions OWL, I may be close to the “Most Perfect Person Ever”. Either that or the “Most Vain Person Ever”. Which ever. They are both pretty sweet titles.

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    September 23, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Love, love, love the blog! You rock! I look forward to reading it regularly!

    Замечательный, что Tы говорите на русском языке также!

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    September 23, 2007 at 11:24 PM

    Ok достаточно с Российской говорить, я не могу читать.
    Escribir en español, algo que puedo leer.
    Mais pas Français. Je ne comprends pas.

    I think your leaving off alot of neat things, all the really neat things. Those you listed are just those that [you think] other people might find neat.

    What really neat about you? can you belly dance, do you have web toes, are you really good at playing the wii, when you buy petro do you stop on an odd dollars cents value, are you a closet Back Street Boys fan, do you play with Transformer toys (oh scratch that last one, who dosn’t) ?

    Lisa your my hero.

    ^you’re =p

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    September 24, 2007 at 4:31 AM

    You are a very neat and interesting person Lisa and it is always a pleasure to get to know you through your blog. Thanks for sharing. I can’t believe that you can speak all those languages, are a figure skater, actress, and photographer to boot. Wowesers you are quite the lady!

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    September 26, 2007 at 3:03 AM

    So you are a cunning linguist. lol

    My friend in the Air Force got a job in Linguistics just so he use that joke! I kept telling him it wouldn’t pick up any chicks, but he didn’t listen to me.

    He’s still single, btw. Being able to say, “Can I touch your breasts?” in nine languages hasn’t really gotten him very far.

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    Lisa Bettany
    September 26, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    @hmillic — spasiva! i look forward to govoriting a lil pa-ruski with ya!

    @mcpaige — glad you’ve gotten to know the google translater, but you’re english could yous sum werk. but, i’m confident in you mcpaige. with me as your personal hero, you can’t really go wrong. or can you?

    @jorees — thanks Jo! you’re a lovely complimenter!

    @mcclaud — cunning linguist. wow. that’s funny. i’ve never heard that before. but seriously, if a guy actually had the balls to say “can i touch your breasts?” in english to me, i’d probably give him points for originality and let him buy me a drink… then excuse myself to go to the ladies room and never come back.

    oh snap!!!

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    September 27, 2007 at 12:46 AM

    Hahahahaha, oh snap indeed.

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    September 27, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    early infant speech development? so does that mean you’d find it fascinating that my unbelievably ariticulate 2 year old has mastered the fine art of sarcasm already? oh and he loves ordering everyone around…..”hey sister….get me my milk!” Truthfully though, I think his language skills developed so well due to the fact he hasn’t learned how to snap his fingers…..yet! ;)

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    August 7, 2009 at 2:54 AM

    You are pretty neat. Thats whats up.

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    October 21, 2009 at 4:47 AM

    bokeh. you made me learn something (that hurt my head).

    i’m one of those AF guys that became a (cunning) linguist. no, i never said can i touch your breasts. i just smile mischievously. works in many languages, it turns out.

    did your training in infant speech ruin movies like ‘Look Who’s Talking’ cuz you could tell what they were really saying? that sucks.

    heard you on TWIT episode 191. had to check you out. very nice photographs (both of you and by you).

    take care of yourself.

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