My obligatory name IPA is ['khɑ.nɚ 'meɪɹ].
I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, but I moved to Vancouver to study Japanese at the University of British Columbia. After a while I realized that I was more interested in language in general than Japanese in particular, so I switched my major to linguistics. Linguistics in turn got me interested in programming, and I did a condensed two-year degree in computer science at UBC after I graduated. After I graduated (again), I jumped ship from linguistics completely and worked for a few years at Demonware, a subsidiary of the video game publisher Activision, where I helped provide online services for a few very popular video games, and some less popular ones. Linguistics still had it hooks in me though, and in 2016 I moved to LA to do a PhD in linguistics at UCLA.
I play a few different instruments, including drums, bass, ukulele, piano, and flute. I've played in bands since I was 15 and toured across the continent 5-10 times (I can't remember exactly). Bands I've played in that you might have heard of (but probably haven't) are Peace and All Purpose Voltage Heroes.
I like jogging, cycling, tennis, cross-country skiing, and five-pin bowling (the last two are tough down here). I'm in pretty standard nerd territory when I say I like reading sci-fi, but I'm also a big fan of horror and history.