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"...Today's programmers still work in a world where changing tabs to spaces leaves them, basically, fucked."
-- Scott Rosenberg
I'm a Principal Software Engineer at AlephCloud, where I'll be getting paid to do functional programming all day long. Until November 2013, I was a research software engineer at Mozilla, where I worked on implementing the Rust programming language.
I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a master's degree in computer science in 2004, and I graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor's degree in computer science (minoring in mathematics) in 2001. From 2007-2011 I was working on a Ph.D in computer science at Portland State University, until I was pushed out of the department for protesting sexual harassment.
"Please don't leave us here alone in this silicon hell."
I live and work in Sunnyvale, California. I enjoy cycling, playing board games, writing, cooking, reading, and doing my best to undermine white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
"Normal is a weapon of mass destruction. It's just as deadly, and just like those weapons, it'll never be found."
-- Thea Hillman
I'm a transsexual man, and I have opinions about sex, gender, and cisnormativity. Occasionally I write about them. Here's what I wrote in 2007 to announce my coming-out. My views have evolved since then; I'd summarize them now by pointing out that cissexual people get to self-report their gender without having to "prove" it by exhibiting their anatomy or genetic makeup, and averring that the same right ought to be extended to everyone.
In that light, perhaps it's a bit less surprising that I'm a regular contributor and moderator on geekfeminism.org and the Geek Feminism Wiki. It really shouldn't be surprising at all, given that ending the systematic exclusion of women, queer people, disabled people, and people of color from the tech industry and open-source culture benefits everybody. I aspire to always speak and act with intersectionality in mind, knowing that aspiring is not enough and I'll often fail.
I've been vegetarian for 22 years. I stopped being a bunny owner in the middle of 2013, after having two or more bunnies at all times since the middle of 2002. I have two cats, who are a bit bigger than they used to be.
"Progress doesn't come from early risers -- progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things." -- Robert Heinlein
If you want to hire me, you could always read my résumé (PDF).
"But if you wish at once to do nothing and to be respectable nowadays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study."-- Leslie Stephen
"A Certified Framework for Compiling and Executing Garbage-Collected Languages", Andrew McCreight, Tim Chevalier, and Andrew Tolmach. ICFP '10
I don't do much software outside my day job right now. From 2011-2013 I put most of my time into the Rust project.
Software I've written and am willing to show in public lives on my community.haskell.org home page. I've also contributed a little bit of code to GHC and even less code to darcs. All of this is rather old.
"She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit." -- W. Somerset Maugham
"I'm willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody else's living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into another's brain in silence and intimacy, he should be as honest and explicit as we are with ourselves." -- John Updike
Things people have borrowed from me (you don't care)
I wish to remember Esther Andrews, who died in 2001. Esther was my first friend who I interacted with unmediated by text on paper or a screen. She took all the risks and reached out to me despite a non-trivial age gap, and that seemed to come naturally to her. She told me once that I was a good listener.
I also wish to remember Bonnie Tinker, who died in 2009. I never really knew Bonnie, but she was central to the Multnomah Meeting of Friends, which I attended irregularly at the time. I always thought I'd have a chance to get to know her, and then a truck driver killed her.
I also wish to remember Igal Koshevoy, who died in 2013. I knew Igal as the face behind the Portland Functional Programming Group, which was a minor but important part of what kept me feeling connected to a bigger community when I lived in Portland. He set an example of how to run groups that welcome and include everyone. Igal committed suicide, and I wish that he could have been as kind to himself as he seemed to be to everybody else.
I also wish to remember Andrew Pimlott, who died in 2013. In 2007, Andrew helped me get a job when I needed one, and we were colleagues for a brief period before he left to take a hiatus from software engineering to work in a restaurant. Though we only worked together for a brief period, he was there for me at a very hard time in my life to patiently explain Haskell code, cook with me, and play Frisbee. He had a rare combination of genius and kindness.
Most of all, I wish to remember Debra Boyask, who died in 2013. Debra was a teacher, researcher, comics creator, and to me, a friend and lover. The time she and I spent together was brief, but important. I take my tea with milk because of her.