I joined the LINGUIST crew as a graduate assistant in September 2005. Before I came here I lived all my life at various locations (Åkersberga, Alvik, Kungshamra) just outside Stockholm, Sweden. The first time I heard about LINGUIST and EMU was from Ljuba Veselinova back at Stockholm University, where I studied computational linguistics. She was the first student editor back in the 90's, and she mentioned the possibility of going there after we got our bachelor's degrees.
So I did.
One thing I like about computational linguistics (and programming in general) is that you actually get to put different linguistics theories to the test. If you come up with an idea you can actually implement it yourself. And nothing beats the feeling of getting a piece of code to work the way you want it to. Like I said, I studied Linguistics (both "analog" and computational) at Stockholm University, but also for about a year at Uppsala University where I took a few classes at Språkteknologiprogrammet (computational only).
When I am not studying or working at LINGUIST I am most probably
- cooking and/or eating some sort of tuna casserole, oatmeal, hummus sandwiches or potato pancakes
- listening to some band that usually no one else has ever heard of
- playing recorder or electric bass
- watching tv
- programming recreationally
- reading webcomics
- reading Wikipedia
- doing all of the above.