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FAS: codeblock
GPG: DAD3DF0E
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
Email: codeblock@fedoraproject.org
Website: http://elrod.me/
Blog: http://blog.elrod.me/
Github: https://www.github.com/relrod
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/codeblock
Google+ (rarely used): https://plus.google.com/106726601246881076299/

Introduction

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 infrastructure@lists.fedoraproject.org, 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) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Egg Tadpole Binary Star Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) Take this and call me in the morning No Longer a Ronin Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) Rock the Web! Senior Package Tagger (Package Tagger III) Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) Package Tagger (Package Tagger II) Proven Packager Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Fedora Scholar Helping Hand Override, you say? What goes around comes around (Karma I) Partners in Crime The Blessing of the FPL Master Editor Flock 2014 Speaker If you build it... (Koji Success IV) Corporate Drone Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Flock 2014 Attendee Crypto Badger Ambassador Badge Off! Missed the Train Party Pirate Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Fedora 21 Change Accepted Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Consolation Prize Tadpole with Legs Shellshocked Nom Nom Nom Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Like a Rock (Updates-Stable III) Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Flock 2015 Speaker Origin Delivery Fedora 22 Change Accepted Fedora Legal Badge of Doom Master Badger (Badger III) Websites.NEXT Macaron (Cookie I) You can call me "Patches" (SCM IV) Flock 2015 Attendee Dancing with Toshio It still works! Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Top 100 Top 500 What goes around comes around (Karma II) Extra!  Extra! Flock 2016 Attendee Froglet Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Black and White (Cookie III) Krakow Brews! Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Horcrux 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 What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Amateur Radio SIG Member Flock 2018 Attendee Pizzelle (Cookie IV) Meeting of the Minds Adult Frog Rollercoaster Restaurant You’re on a boat! DevConf.cz 2020 Attendee Flock 2019 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Readiness Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Fedora Advocate Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) Fedora & CentOS Social @ Summit 2020 Rainbow (Cookie V) 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 http://da.gd/ 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 former 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 Northeast Ohio Experimenters Club in Ohio, USA.
  • I was a founder of The SYN/HAK Hackerspace in Akron, Ohio, USA.
  • I dabble with calligraphy.
  • I enjoy photography - I shoot Pentax.
  • I enjoy astronomy and should learn more about it one day.
  • I'm an amateur radio operator (N8SQL) and ARRL VE.
  • I play drums (but only as a hobby).
  • I play guitar (also only as a hobby).