Welcome to my little corner of the internet! I assume most people looking at this already know me irl- but in case you don't, here's a little bit about me
- I'm 20
- I'm currently in my third year as a computer science major at the University of Oregon
- I don't have a preference as far as pronouns are concerned, I feel like it would just be easier to have one way to refer to everyone and be done with it. I also think "they" does a shit job at being a gender-neutral option, since you can't tell without context if you're referring to multiple people or not.
- I'd like to do something in the world of "right to repair". From when I was younger, I've watched most manufactured goods (mainly electronics) become increasingly disposable.
- Open standards for internet communication also interest me. Things like the Matrixprotocol seem promising as an alternative for things like Whatsapp and iMessage. The main hurdle seems to be getting normal people on board with something which is admittedly very niche.
I've always been a bit more on the expressive side. I was a theatre kid growing up, and I did plenty of journaling and video-ing as well. I suppose you could chalk that up to me being an attention whore, (and you'd be partially right) but I did a lot of that without showing anyone. I can only assume it's because I want to keep an archive of who I was for my future self. I mean, I have journal entries dating all the way back to the second grade!
Something else I've been called is an internet addict. I was glued to computer screens far before the advent of social media- and was bitten by the bug as soon as I was old enough to figure out how to lie about my age on forms. Recently, though, I've started to consider the way that my behavior has been affected by what I look at online. More specifically, I looked at the type of person that Instagram or TikTok's algorithm tends to prefer and wondered why I wanted that for myself.
It was when I ditched social media that I realized my desire to express was a bit more than skin deep. Building a website seemed like the only natural thing to do, because this was also when I began to have a nostalgia boner for all things having to do with the early internet. I remembered the decentralized, wild-west nature of the internet back in the day, and was saddened by how the web circa 2020 paled in comparison. You could say that I also put this thing together in search of a better alternative.