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Blog Reproduction Policy
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Random Tidbits About Me
First and foremost, I am a geek. When I get into a hobby, I focus on it completely; I learn all the rules, nuances, and vocabulary so that I can have an in-depth conversation with an expert. I love technology, mostly for the ways that it eliminates repetitive tasks and allows people to connect. I love open source because it creates an open community that helps the software (and hardware) evolve into something useful and usable.
I am a connector. I love to get to know people, and connect them with the resources and support groups that they need. I also love to listen to other people’s experiences, try on new perspectives for size, and to learn from others.
A friend once told me, “You take your past experiences and distill them into healing potions.” As a daughter of two teachers, I take negative experiences, turn them into growth opportunities, and share what I’ve learned from those experiences with others. I love to help people learn, and to share my knowledge.
If I were a D&D character at work, I would be a dual-class ranger/cleric.
I’m happily married to Jamey Sharp, who is also a fellow geek. We have a house, garden, and two very cute cats. I reserve the right to post endlessly cute kitty pictures. 🙂
No, I won’t add you on Facebook unless I’ve had a physical chat with you, and I think I’d like to have a chat with you again. My email is my first name at this domain.
I’ve been running Linux since 2003, mostly Debian and Ubuntu. I was a Linux kernel developer from 2006 to 2013. I’m the reason Linux had USB 3.0 support before any other operating system, including Windows. I no longer work on the Linux kernel. I’m the founder of Otter Tech LLC, a diversity and open source consulting firm.
Since high school, I’ve always had a garden. I’m a garden geek, learning all about the science behind the plants and weather. I occasionally dabble in Arduino-based automated watering systems.
Jamey and I live in the lovely bike-friendly city of Portland, Oregon. We try to bicycle everywhere, or use mass transit to get around. We’ve done long-distance bike tours of both the New Zealand North Island, and the Oregon Coast.
I love to travel. I love to see new sights and talk to the locals about their culture. My mom instilled the travel bug in me; I went to Europe seven times before I graduated high school. Most American kids don’t get that kind of perspective, and I’m very grateful for my experiences.
My mom was into whirlwind tours that included all the sights; my dad was into going to Pubs and talking with the locals. I like my dad’s approach better. I believe that you can’t really get the flavor of a town until you spend at least three or four days in it, and that you can’t judge a country (or state) by one town. Whirlwind tours are not for me.
I love to go off the beaten path, away from the tourist attractions. I will always prefer nature to a mall. Places I’ve visited are too numerous to keep track of here.
I have (or have in the past) dabbled in many hobbies:
- Sewing and cosplay
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Writing short stories, fan fiction, and creating fanvids
- Magic the Gathering
- Scuba diving
- Building amateur rockets with PSAS
- Travel sketching
- Reading webcomics with Comic Rocket
I reserve the right to change hobbies without notice.