I suppose it’s only fitting of me to have a self-introduction; and a common way to do that is by attempting to answer a single question. This question seems to be a very simple and succinct one: “Who am I?”
It is a simple question, yes; but not one that can be so lightly answered.
I suppose I could tell you that I’m a 30-year old full-time undergraduate student from southern California working toward Bachelor’s Degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics. Or perhaps that I am an agent for the Enlightenment faction. Or perhaps that I’m a self-proclaimed podcast junkie. Or perhaps that I’m a proud brony…Or perhaps that I’m also a package maintainer for the Fedora Project. It might also be worthwhile to add that I am very much a Caffeine addict. (I – quite literally – bathe in the stuff!) Let’s not forget that I’m also an advocate of Free software (think “freedom;” not “no cost”) and a technology enthusiast. Would it help, too, if I mentioned that I have been a moderator on the Developer Shed Forums since May, 2004? It would probably also be prudent to mention that I am fluent in English and Spanish, and have a rudimentary grasp of Japanese. (とても楽しいですよ！ – It’s very fun!) I am also an avid reader and fan of most “hard” Science Fiction and many Fantasy-genre series.
I also strive to be a very open-minded and logical person when it comes to disagreements. And those whom I’m fortunate enough to call friends and family will definitely tell you that I seem to be known for making either fairly horrid or extremely funny jokes – never a happy medium of “only mildly funny.” Lastly, as seems to be a must among geeks, I require corrective eyeglasses in order to see clearly.
There are a myriad of other notable items which I could tell you about myself, such as my height (approx. 1.78 meters) and hair color (black), but all of these are mere facets of my identity. I suppose it could be said that who I am is the sum total of all of these these individual characteristics, including those not mentioned due to insignificance and privacy concerns.
On the flip side, describing what am I not is quite easily accomplished: I am not the long lost member of the Peter and Gordon duo. I am also not a USC professor. Nor am I a renowned chef. (Oddly enough, this is reminiscent to me of a mathematical disproof: proving a hypothesis in general requires far more abstracted algebra or other techniques ,where as disproving it requires only a solitary counterexample.)
Does this answer the question originally posed? Far from it. It is but an inkling of such a response. Indeed, I hope you were not expecting a full and complete biography or curriculum vitae, though. This is merely an outline to aide the reader in substance of context where it is not otherwise explicit. It is that context which, in turn, allows a careful reader to learn far more about me through the manner of my writing than the total content therein.
So, knowing all this know, if you still wish to wander through the halls of my mind, please feel free to do so. 🙂