Author: Roberto Santiago
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
email: bertissimo.san (at) gmail (dot) com
Hello, thank you for reading An Interdisciplinary Life.
If you're looking for Rantom Thoughts you're in the right place. I've recently gone though a re-branding. I found out that three other writers were just as clever as I was in coming up with a blog title and decided to change mine. You can read about the title change here. The short version is that I wanted something that reflected what I want this blog to be about, and what I want out of life, which is an opportunity to do everything. I've never wanted one job, and I don't want to be constrained by a theme that limits the topics I can explore here. An Interdisciplinary Life is a life predicated on exploring interesting questions, whatever they may be.
In short, this is an advice column that doesn't give advice, and a lifestyle blog that doesn't tell you how to live. My entire life has been about trying to have interesting experiences. I want to bring the joy of those discoveries here and share them.
Leading an interdisciplinary life means taking an interest in the world. Beyond that it's about taking specific experiences or topics and finding a way to make them relatable to a wider audience. That's what I aim to do here. I don't want to be pigeon holed as writing about one thing. I also don't want to be so scattered that you don't have a reason to come back and read more. I want to be able to tie my thoughts on a variety of topics in to something that resonates.
So I'm going to try to write about sports in a way that interests you even if you don't like sports.
I want to tell you about the places we go or the products we like without selling them to you.
I write about parenting, but I hate the idea of parenting advice. Every family is different, and every child is an individual so I couldn't imagine telling someone how to raise their kids. Instead I hope to present stories from my life as a parent and hope that others can find them useful, or entertaining.
This blog started as "Berto is Sir Rantalot" back in 2004 as a way for me to avoid writing my master's thesis. At the time I thought maybe I wanted to be in sports journalism instead of interpreting, and I was living in Washington D.C. away from friends and without anyone to talk sports or random politics with on a regular basis. So I decided to start writing my thoughts down. It was fun and it served its purpose.
After graduate school I went to work, met my wife, and sat with my mother as her life support was removed. With all of that going on I didn't write anything online between 2006 and 2008. After my son was born in 2009 I started writing here again. The topics shifted from sports to family, and I had another gap in my writing as I figured out another round of graduate school.
Now, I am living in the Bay Area and writing here to avoid my dissertation. I've been a SAHD a tenure track professor and I'm still plugging away here in my little corner of the Internet.
I have had posts picked up online by The Good Men Project. I am a contributor for City Dads Group and was a founding contributor for Latino Dad. I have done branded/sponsored content for Dove Men+Care, Xfinity and National Today. Offline, my writing has appeared nationally in the magazines Latina and Parenting, in local publications in the San Francisco bay area, and in various academic journals. I have also been tapped as a subject matter expert on parenting and parental leave by outlets including CBS News, 'Llero, and podcast appearances.
I also write these blogs about various topics.
Your Mom is So Berkeley. A collection of "Yo mama" jokes about Berkeley, Ca.
ASL Linguistics and Interpreting Randomness
Dad with the Yellow Hat. The world's worst dad blogger and his curious adopted ward.