I had the idea for this site since the early days of the web and blogging, but somehow I didn’t have the motivation to get started. Eventually I found it.
The idea of a Jinx came about while I was pursuing my Ph.D. in mathematics. It was really an advanced degree in heartbreak. I imagined myself as a magical creature called a Jinx that has the power to turn bad luck into good luck. Unfortunately, this magic is very tempermental: it doesn’t always work! I finally finished the degree (a while ago now), so that makes me “Dr. Jinx.”
After the degree, I worked in private industry. Eventually I got burned out on that, quit, and through some happenstance, ended up part-time at a university. Eventually I became a full time lecturer (full time teacher, non-tenure track faculty). I love teaching. I think I am very good at it. I spend a lot of time thinking about my teaching and how to make it better.
Lecturers are largely second class citizens in the university world. I don’t always love that aspect of my job.
If I do have one magical power in this world, it is the power of making friends. I seem to make friends wherever I go, and my friends are the most interesting and kind people I can imagine.
I like to ride my bike in my spare time; I also enjoy reading,
running, writing, and geocaching. For more information on bicycling
League of American Bicyclists
For Geocaching, check out
You can contact me by email at drjinx … at … drjinx.com.