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Revision as of 07:28, 19 October 2014


Ricky Elrod on the 'net

FAS: codeblock
Freenode (nick: relrod): #fedora-admin, #fedora-noc, #fedora-apps, #fedora-fedmsg, #haskell, #scalaz and a bunch of others.
Internal/Red Hat (nick: relrod)
Slashnet (nick: CodeBlock): #uakroncs
Ham Radio: N8SQL
Google+ (rarely used):


I live in Akron, OH, USA, and am currently attending Youngstown State University where I am majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. I have a very strong interest in Programming Language Theory (PLT) and the connection between mathematics and programming by way of things like category theory, type theory, and the Curry-Howard correspondence.

What I do within Fedora (current-ish)

  • I packaged and maintain a number of packages that I find useful.
    • I am also a packager sponsor and currently sponsor a small number of people
  • I'm a member of the core infrastructure team
    • Web app development
    • Server maintenance/upkeep
  • I lead the Fedora Mobile Android app project
  • I am on the websites team and occasionally fix issues with project websites

Timeline of my Fedora history

  • (June 2010) - Sent intro email to, started helping out wherever I could.
  • (January 2011) - Got funded to go to FUDCon:Tempe_2011. (Thank you, Fedora!)
  • (February 2011) - Was asked about and gladly accepted entrance into sysadmin-main, the core sysadmin group for the Fedora Project.
  • (June 2011) - Won the Fedora Scholarship. (Thank you, Fedora!)
  • (November 2011) - Started administrating the Fedora Scholarship since the previous winner has the opportunity to run the next year's scholarship.
  • (February 2012) - Became an intern at Red Hat (Fedora Engineering Intern).
  • (December 2013 - present) - Title change to "Associate Software Engineer, Fedora Engineering"

Perhaps most importantly, I earn badges!

Senior Editor Speak Up! Flock 2013 Attendee Associate Editor Junior Editor Involvement Bloggin' it! (Planet I) If you build it... (Koji Success II) If you build it... (Koji Success I) If you build it... (Koji Success III) Tagger (Tagger II) Junior Tagger (Tagger I) Badge Muse (Badge Ideas I) Riddle Me This Tanked! Junior Badger (Badger I) Keepin Fedora Beautiful (F20) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable I) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable II) Crypto Panda Secretary General You can call me "Patches" (SCM I) You can call me "Patches" (SCM II) You can call me "Patches" (SCM III) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing I) Paranoid Panda Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing II) Trust me, I know what I am doing Mugshot Let Me Introduce Myself White Rabbit Bona Fide Packager Sponsor What goes up... (Koji Failure III) What goes up... (Koji Failure I) What goes up... (Koji Failure II) Maestro Bloggin' it! (Planet III) White Hat Nuancier In Search of the Bull (Tester I) Embryo Baby Badger Flock 2013 Speaker Senior Badger (Badger II) Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing III) Tadpole Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Egg No Longer a Ronin Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Binary Star Take this and call me in the morning Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) Senior Package Tagger (Package Tagger III) Rock the Web! Package Tagger (Package Tagger II) Fedora Scholar Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Proven Packager The Blessing of the FPL Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Override, you say? Helping Hand Partners in Crime What goes around comes around (Karma I) Flock 2014 Speaker If you build it... (Koji Success IV) Master Editor Flock 2014 Attendee Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Crypto Badger Ambassador Party Pirate Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Badge Off! Corporate Drone Missed the Train Shellshocked Fedora 21 Change Accepted Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Consolation Prize Tadpole with Legs Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Nom Nom Nom Delivery Flock 2015 Speaker Origin Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Master Badger (Badger III) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable III) Fedora 22 Change Accepted Fedora Legal Badge of Doom Macaron (Cookie I) Flock 2015 Attendee You can call me "Patches" (SCM IV) Dancing with Toshio Top 100 Websites.NEXT Mirror, Mirror on the Wall It still works! Flock 2016 Attendee Top 500 What goes around comes around (Karma II) Horcrux Krakow Brews! Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Froglet Extra!  Extra! Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Black and White (Cookie III) Clickbait (Fedora Magazine I) LISA17 Flock 2017 Attendee Steampunk Arcade Don't Call it a Comeback Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora I) The Panda Is In Flock Paparazzi Inside Job Amateur Radio SIG Member Pizzelle (Cookie IV) What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Meeting of the Minds Flock 2018 Attendee Rollercoaster Restaurant Adult Frog 2020 Attendee You’re on a boat! Flock 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Fedora Advocate Readiness Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Rainbow (Cookie V) Fedora & CentOS Social @ Summit 2020 nest-attendee-2020

What I do outside of Fedora (in FOSS)

  • I love learning about programming paradigms, particularly Functional Programming.
    • Along with that, I love learning the math behind it. Type theory and category theory are enjoyable. Provable correctness is amazing. :)
    • In fact Programming Language Theory in general is amazing. :)
  • I maintain a small number of Ruby Gems, but this is about all I do with Ruby nowadays.
  • I maintain some Haskell packages on Hackage.
  • I created and am currently rewriting it in Haskell.
  • I sometimes contribute to Facebook's Phabricator project in my spare time.

Non-software things that I do

  • I am a full-time student, currently dual-majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics at Youngstown State University.
    • I am the current Vice President for the YSU ACM student chapter.
    • I am the former Vice President for W8UPD, The University of Akron's Amateur Radio Club.
    • I am the former Vice President for ACM at UAkron.
  • I am a founder of The SYN/HAK Hackerspace in Akron, Ohio.
  • I am learning calligraphy in my free time.
  • I enjoy photography - I shoot Pentax.
  • I am still active with the University of Akron Amateur Radio club, though I no longer attend UAkron. I write code for them.