Tim Chevalier

[Tim in Berkeley, California, September 2013] Photo by Christine Chun
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To contact me, email mylastname at alum dot wellesley dot edu.

About me


"...Today's programmers still work in a world where changing tabs to spaces leaves them, basically, fucked."
-- Scott Rosenberg

I'm a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Heroku, where I write Erlang for the HTTP Routing Infrastructure team. Before that, I was a Principal Software Engineer at AlephCloud, where I wrote Haskell 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. I support the Ada Initiative in their efforts to make these kinds of incidents unheard-of.


"Please don't leave us here alone in this silicon hell."
--Allette Brooks

I live in beautiful Reno, Nevada, where I work from my home office. Occasionally I work from San Francisco, 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






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.

Semi-useful information

The Male Programmer Privilege Checklist

As a male programmer who has spent a lot of his life getting perceived as a female programmer, one of the accomplishments I'm most proud of is hosting/maintaining the Male Programmer Privilege Checklist for five years (originally written by Kake, extended by me and others). The current version of the Male Programmer Privilege Checklist resides on the Geek Feminism Wiki (a most excellent resource in its own right).

Ubuntu on the HP Pavilion dv6000

Tips for getting Ubuntu to run on an HP Pavilion dv6000 laptop (c. 2007, probably quite out of date.)

My quotations file

"She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit." -- W. Somerset Maugham

Things that I wrote

"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

Organizations I support

These are my favorite organizations that I regularly support; mainly financially at the moment, though that could change. If you have income beyond your and your family's basic needs, maybe you should support them too.

Everything else

Things people have borrowed from me (you don't care)

Things I want to read that don't have entries in All Consuming. (You probably also don't care.)

In memory

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.

Last modified: October 9, 2014
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