About Piper & this blog

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Hello there!

I'm Piper (she/they), a software engineer by trade, computer tinkerer & entrepreneur by hobby, and master of sprouting strange new interests. I usually use this blog to write about things I've done that seem somewhat noteworthy, but sometimes other topics might find their way in here.

What do I do for fun?

My persistent interests tend to be related to one of these broad topics:

  • Programming
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Networking
  • Data Hoarding

Currently, there are a few technologies that really have my interest:

  • The Rust programming language
  • The Nix package manager and NixOS operating system
  • The Datomic database
  • The art of data hoarding
  • Home networking, though my home network has probably progressed far beyond what one would typically put under "home networking."

In addition, I'm a part time student at Blinn College. This semester, I'm taking:

What do I do for work?

I currently work as a software engineer for Ladder, an online life insurance startup. On my free time, I work on projects for Lutris, my engineering firm.

Where else can you find my writing?

I'm still working on finding some of my old writing that I'm proud of and moving it over to this blog. Here's a collection of some of my writing that's still available across the web.

What's the tech behind this blog?

This blog is actually hosted in my utility room closet! I have gigabit internet at home, so I figured I might as well just run my personal blog from home. It's a Ghost instance running in an LXC container on my Proxmox VM server, and connected to the outside world through a Cloudflare Tunnel, meaning I don't need to worry about NAT, port forwarding, DDoSes, or anything else of the sort. At some point, I plan on moving it into a Kubernetes cluster. I'll try to write a blog post about my adventures in going overboard building an at-home Kubernetes cluster.

Who made that profile picture?

I commissioned it from Nathan Butler (@xXacidnekoXx on Twitter - fair warning, he posts some not-safe-for-work content) a while back!

How can you contact me?

If you'd like to get in touch with me, send me an email to any address at this domain (piperswe.me). They all go straight to my inbox. Alternatively, you can get in touch over the Fediverse at @[email protected], which is also hosted at home in a similar way to my blog.