Hello, I'm Jacob.
I'm currently working on my PhD at Oklahoma State in screen studies (an overly important sounding name for movies and TV); my area is Film history. I want to teach it eventually (I enjoy teaching and learning), while still making movies on the side (I have a documentary playing around the world in festivals). My main area of interest is in the relationship between Native Americans and film. Aside from Intro to film classes, I'm also currently teaching Freshman English which has been both a fun and interesting experience.
I've moved around a lot (I grew up in Oregon and Utah, I did my grad work at NYU in New York [in Film and anthropology]and my undergrad at BYU, and was in Kansas City prior to Stillwater) and while it hasn't been kind to my social life I think it has made me become a well-rounded person with diverse interests from things outdoorsy to things...indoorsy (I guess neither of those are words but you get the point). Doing/building tangible things is a nice change of pace form abstract academic things: I rebuilt my first car (a 72 Opel GT), and enjoy nature.
I have a sense of humor, though the most unfunny thing ever is telling someone you're funny. Laughing is essential for me.
I love music, playing (guitar, piano, sax) and listening to it, discovering it, attempting to make the perfect playlist, watching movies, TV (I probably watch more cartoons now than when I was 8) and am terrific at trivia games (my ratio of useless to useful information is rather skewed).
I also like to write. In my journal I keep ideas for awesome band names. I make lots of lists.
- I frequently drop Simpsons references in normal conversation.
- I'm a functioning chapstick addict