Who is Missy-ga?
- Maggie Brazeau
- Nicknamed Missy by my best friend, and have used this as my Nom de Net ever since.
- 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:
- Children’s Literature
- Modern Art
- Contemporary Literature
- 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.