Who is Missy-ga?

Mundane Name

  • Maggie Brazeau
  • Nicknamed Missy by my best friend, and have used this as my Nom de Net ever since.

Home Town

  • Toledo, Ohio


  • Hair: Deep brown, streaked with vivid violet.
  • Eyes: Chocolate brown, violet spectacles.
  • Disposition: Geeky
  • Primary Occupation: Mother of two.
  • Dancer: A Bellydancer, a snake charmer.
  • Literature: Neil Gaiman, Robert Jordan, Neal Stephenson, The Professional Chef, J. R. R. Tolkien, Wei Hui, Johann Goethe, Terry Pratchett, Friedrich Schiller, Anthony Bourdain, Alton Brown, Guy Gavriel Kay.
  • Magazines: Time, Newsweek, Information Week, Smart Computing, PC World, Wired, MaximumPC, PC Magazine, Network Computing
  • Music: Nobuo Uematsu, The Cure, Madonna, Ludwig von Beethoven, Amy Grant, Enya, Madonna, Paradigm Blue, Yasunori Mitsuda, Mandy Moore, New Radicals, U2, Aaron Copland, Die Toten Hosen.
  • Geekery: Final Fantasy, Suikoden, StarCraft, The Antioch Chronicles, Kingdom Hearts, Parasite Eve, Ico, Soul Calibur III, Chrono Trigger, Usenet, WWDN, Web Design, Cross stitch, Culinary Arts.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Witchblade, Iron Chef, Ghirardelli chocolate, Margaritas

Research and Related Experience

  • Student Librarian – E.L. Bowsher High School, Toledo, OH. 1984-1987
  • Student Librarian – Burggymnasium Altena, Altena (Westfalen), Germany. 1987-1988
  • Library Volunteer – University of Toledo, Toledo, OH. 1988-1990
  • Researcher – Private Research Services. 1989-1992
  • Researcher – Google Answers. April 2002 – December 2006
    • Named Google Answers’ first Researcher of the Week, May 30th, 2002
    • Outstanding customer service record
    • Solid 4.6 star ratings average

Special Interests and Areas of Expertise While I consider myself a generalist, and am happy to research virtually any topic, there are some topics that especially interest me. Because of my interest and experience in these topics, I have collected an assortment of ready references that will add additional depth to answers in these fields:

  • Cooking
  • Children’s Literature
  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Computers
    • Hardware
    • Home Networking
    • Image Editing Software
    • E-mail and Usenet Clients
  • Internet Issues
    • Web design
    • Search engines
    • Spam busting
    • Privacy on the Web
    • Internet accessibility and education
  • Copyright Issues
  • Music and Dance

Additional Skills and Miscellany

    • Foreign Language: Spoken, written and reading fluency in German. Some reading ability in French, Dutch and Italian.
    • Culinary Artistry: Specializing in rich desserts, German and Italian dishes, and sushi.
    • Academics: Classroom Volunteer, Greenwood Elementary School, Toledo, OH.
      • Assist first graders with reading readiness.
      • Assist fourth graders with mathematics and proficiency testing preparation.
      • Have continuously assisted school librarian since 1999.
      • Have continuously assisted with technology implementation in the classroom since 1999.
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