A computer geek with aspirations to change the world.Right now I'm not in a position to make that possible.
In the meantime, I've been trying to change myself into the kind of person who can.
The byproduct of this process is the creation of stories on Twitter (and Mastodon?), 140 characters at a time. I use a process of stigmergy combined with caffeine to weave these stories. It may not appear that way to a non-follower, but many of my tweets are threaded. I've been calling them meditative tweetstorms, or LongStorms™.
Recently, I've been compiling many of them into longer pieces on Medium under a publication I call "Scat Sense". I'm not going to lie, a lot of it is weird poetry about poop and ants, but I've also been working on longer pieces that people seem to enjoy.
My current goal is to transition to longform peices and get to the point where I can sustain myself with my writing well enough to start working on software development projects I care about.
What do you write about?My interests exist at the intersection of computers, ants, genetics, game development, distributed systems & IoT. I'm obsessed with ants, and I'd like to be part of getting a swarm of robotic ants to colonize mars. But another part of me cares deeply about other people, and I am saddened by how many of us are unable to reach their full potential. I'd like to change that.
There are a ton of things I'd like to do with my life. Most of them involve building things to help other people. You could call it wanting to make a startup or build an app, but I don't really think about it that way. I might do something that makes a profit one day, but anything I make above and beyond subsistence is going to go right back into more projects to help people. My best friend described it like this: "we're both trying to create a utility to mitigate our demons".
Twitter?It's not so much that I'm addicted to Twitter. It's more there isn't much in my personal environment more compelling. My life has been kinda shit, so I've turned to Twitter as both my sounding board and my support network. I think of it as a poetry game, with the goal to create fun environments for exploring interesting stories together. People seem to like it, and I enjoy doing it.
Sometimes I'm staying up late and I'm creating insane poetic ramblings about fireflies screaming into the abyssal noise floor. Other times I'm actually exploring something more practical, like the nature of complex systems, or the forces driving swarm intelgence and cooperation. I also enjoy exploring the curious comparisons between social networks and video games. I occasionally take forays into exploring systems of poverty. When I can cope with it, I try to discuss ways I deal with my struggle with depression, or how the nature of creativity and curiosity help to defeat both of these things.
On rare occasions I'll have days when I'm grumpy and argumentative. I'll obsessed with the destructive power of automated social spam and pick fights with advert-bot accounts and generally make a fool of myself. I'm just another human fighting against our robot overlords in the end.
Mostly I simply enjoy connecting people (and their ideas) together and sharing other ways of looking at the world. I try to be helpful where I can, and avoid putting my foot in my mouth where I can't. The one thing I know I'm good at is researching. The best thing about Twitter is being able to share that curiosity and have companionship with other weirdos.
Please support me on this journey.Even if it's just an encouraging word or two, or sharing your experiences.
I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for kind people like you.
My hope is that I'll be able to return the favor, or at least pass it on.
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