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I identify as homo sapiens. More specifically, I am a white male US citizen software and automation engineer bicyclist feminist runner stoic anarcho-syndicalist cat friend tinkerer; I benefit from a number of privileges which I intend to write about on this site at some point in the future. Moreover, I am a collection of fundamental particles aggregated for a brief period of time on a planet in a solar system in a galaxy hurdling imaginably fast through the only verifiably known universe.
Wow, this is not an easy thing to write about. I feel like as soon as I've written something it will be outdated as my mental state and surroundings change. Who am I? How does one define this...is it a matter of how one relates to others around them? In that case, I am a son, a brother, a grandson, an uncle, a cousin, a friend, an acquaintance, a sometimes beligerent bicyclist, a coworker, running partner, or any number of other ways of relating to people around me. I wonder if I am anyone's mortal enemy; I hope they would let me know, but realistically they would probably bide their time.
I don't believe in any kind of greater cosmic purpose; the only purpose I acknowledge is the purpose we give ourselves--both as individuals and as a society. My most consistent life goal is to reach my last day and have accumulated the wisdom necessary to let go with grace.
I was born in North Dakota and have lived in North Carolina, Minnesota, Montana, Illinois, California, and now Oregon. I've visited or passed through at least 40 of the 50 US states but have never traveled overseas or spent more than half a day in Mexico or Canada.
Someday I'd like to live on a sea-worthy sale boat and try setting anchor at differ ports around the world. Or maybe own a house and quietly tunnel under it to build a massive secret underground lair.
But how do I get by in a mean and often unforgiving world, one that does not easily forgive unfortunate life circumstances and choices?
I am a computer hardware engineer by education whose career has sharply veered into the realm of software development and systems operations. I consider myself to still be pretty junior in the sense that I have a lot to learn about the kinds of technical leadership to which I aspire. I am interested in scalable and decentralized infrastructure/network/web architectures, reusable software, and copyleft software licenses.