Catalyst (Faber & Faber, 1997) a novel about scientists in a rock band, a love triangle, and scientific fraud. This book was taught at Stanford by Carl Djerassi, the father of the birth control pill, in a class called "Science in Fiction, not Science Fiction"
Higher Math, the Book Moose Minnion Never Wrote (Faber & Faber, 1991) a novel
The Verbum Book of Digital Typography (M & T Books, 1991) non-fiction
Agouron 1993 Annual Report
Stories in the San Diego Reader, 1997-2007
Berkeley Elementary Mandarin Intensive enrolled: June 4 - Aug. 10, 2012 - Passed
Berkeley Extension Mandarin II received an "A" - Spring 2012
Berkeley Extension Mandarin I received an "A" - Fall 2011
San Diego State University (SDSU) MFA in Creative Writing, 1993
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) BFA in Theater, 1981
Music Editor San Diego Reader, 1997-2005
English 101 Instructor San Diego State University, 1992-1993
Computer Graphics Instructor Platt Technical College, 1991-1997
Lead singer/French horn/trumpet Fingerpuppets (rock band), 2006-current
Lead singer/French horn Free-Range Chickens (rock band), 1991-2005
Computer Graphic Artist Prepress Technologies, 1990
Computer Graphic Artist Hunter Industries, 1988-1990
Computer consultant Central National-Gottesman, Agouron, and Genprobe
Jennifer wrote and directed "Life is a Low-Budget Musical" at UCLA, was on six
game shows, was on a documentary about game shows, worked for the BBC on a
documentary about soap operas, and was a comedian at the Comic Strip in New York
City, 1985-1987. Jennifer can speak, read, and write elementary Mandarin. (For my CV in Chinese, please contact me because this field will not accept Hanzi.)
Areas of Expertise
ceramics, French Horn Performance, Language (English), Rock band, language (China)
An idea worth spreading
Female mammals are the underpinning of written language. We could learn languages faster if we recognized that the roots of language are about fertility, and this includes the domination and accounting of female mammals.
I'm passionate about
Comparing all written scripts
Talk to me about
Anything funny. If you want to transmit a new idea, being funny is key. Especially if it's an idea that requires one go into the gutter, which is where one must go in order to understand humans.
My TED story
Sexism exists in every literate culture. If sex is everywhere, why wouldn't it be encoded in the written form? It is. My website, www.OriginofAlphabet.com, has data from Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Sumerian cuneiform, Chinese Han characters (including precursors), Maya glyphs, and the alphabet. Female mammals are the underpinning of all scripts because females can produce offspring and milk. Writing started as accounting. Keeping track of females has been important to our ancestors. Modern linguists almost solely deal with sound and rarely consider the ancient written form. If the data is there, but linguists don't use it, this suggests a kind of denial.
I am currently in China studying Hanzi, learning Mandarin, and teaching 102 "English Listening and Speaking" students at Soochow University in Suzhou, China. Written language is both communication and code: communication to your tribe, code to one's adversaries. Women's body parts are a linguistic universal in these contexts.