I’m in my 30s, getting paid to do things to computers and people since I was 17. I learned how to computer before that by writing BASIC, first on a Sinclair ZX-81, then later on a variety of DOS PCs. I mostly skipped Windows and Pascal in favor of Debian and C.
I did take a short break from 2003 until 2011 to go be somewhere unfamiliar. During that time I explored canyons in the Dominican Republic, backpacked through Australia, worked as a Dive Master on the Ningaloo Reef, learned to nitrox dive in Indonesia, spent a day in New Zealand, got in trouble in California, lived in UDA territory in Belfast, drove hitchhikers through western Europe and the Balkans, and spent time in sunny Madrid.
Today, in 2017, I have a beard, and a MacBook with a sticker (just the one). I use Ruby software (but still refuse to write it for religious reasons), and have dabbled in Golang. I get paid to do various computer-related things mostly for large corporations. I usually just have Ansible do the work while I dick around on the Internet.
My time off takes me to the United States more often than not. I’ve visited most states by now, and have come to the conclusion that while Montana is my idea of heaven, the midwest is my idea of home. There is no place quite like it, methlabs and all.
In my spiritual life, I am an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, as well as a follower of Discordianism, on those days that I feel like following. On all other days, I lead my own life, because, as Groucho Marx once famously telegraphed: “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.”