Why yes, I do like Brandon Sanderson's fantasy. And other books. I have a (rather jumbled) bio at my personal blog here. I am best known in the Russia-watching, and online, world through my blogging at Da Russophile. If I was to start over, to be honest, I'd choose another name. I have come to realize that the dichotomy isn't so much between "Russophiles" and "Russophobes," as between those who use facts, data, and statistics to make their arguments - and those who rely on emotive rhetoric and paranoid ravings about "Kremlin boots." Speaking of which... Well, I make no secret of being a pro-Putin conservative, or of my loathing for the mainstream Western media especially as regards its Russia coverage. That said, as the founder of this forum, I will take care to maintain a strict partition between the administrative/moderation side of things, and my personal political and ideological idiosyncrasies. This is part of why I made the forum rules so detailed, so as to leave little leeway for interpretation. The minimum qualification for participation here is civility towards other users and an earnest desire to learn more from all sides of the Russia watching spectrum. Everybody is welcome here regardless of their opinion on Putin, Stalin, or whether pelmeni are better boiled or baked.