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Ricky Elrod
Ricky Elrod
Personal information
Location: Ohio, USA
Birthday: August 2
Homepage: elrod.me
E-mail: codeblock@fedoraproject.org
GPG key: FC3C6A07
Contact information
Ham Radio: N8SQL​
Facebook: codeblock
GitHub: relrod

Fedora-specific information
FAS name: codeblock
Fedora e-mail: codeblock@fedoraproject.org
Fedora homepage: codeblock.fedorapeople.org
Fedora Badges earned (140)
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) Baby Badger Embryo Is this thing on? (Updates-Testing III) Take this and call me in the morning Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build I) No Longer a Ronin Binary Star Flock 2013 Speaker Senior Badger (Badger II) Bloggin' it! (Planet II) Tadpole Egg Discovery of the Footprints (Tester II) Rock the Web! Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build II) Junior Package Tagger (Package Tagger I) Senior Package Tagger (Package Tagger III) Package Tagger (Package Tagger II) Proven Packager Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build III) Fedora Scholar Override, you say? Flock 2014 Speaker Helping Hand The Blessing of the FPL What goes around comes around (Karma I) Partners in Crime Master Editor If you build it... (Koji Success IV) Crypto Badger Flock 2014 Attendee Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build IV) Ambassador Missed the Train Badge Off! Party Pirate Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build V) Corporate Drone Consolation Prize Building the Outer Ring (Copr Build VI) Nom Nom Nom Fedora 21 Change Accepted Shellshocked Tadpole with Legs Associate Badger (Badger 1.5) Flock 2015 Speaker Bloggin' it! (Planet IV) Master Badger (Badger III) Delivery Like a Rock (Updates-Stable III) Origin You can call me "Patches" (SCM IV) Fedora Legal Badge of Doom Fedora 22 Change Accepted Macaron (Cookie I) Flock 2015 Attendee Dancing with Toshio What goes around comes around (Karma II) Top 100 Websites.NEXT Mirror, Mirror on the Wall It still works! Top 500 Flock 2016 Attendee Froglet Chocolate Chip (Cookie II) Krakow Brews! Bob Loblaw (Planet V) Horcrux Flock 2017 Attendee Black and White (Cookie III) Extra!  Extra! Clickbait (Fedora Magazine I) Don't Call it a Comeback Curious Penguin (Ask Fedora I) The Panda Is In Steampunk Arcade LISA17 Flock Paparazzi Adult Frog Inside Job Amateur Radio SIG Member Pizzelle (Cookie IV) Rollercoaster Restaurant What goes up... (Koji Failure IV) Flock 2018 Attendee You’re on a boat! Flock 2019 Attendee Meeting of the Minds DevConf.cz 2020 Attendee Long Life to Pagure (Pagure I) Fedora Advocate Readiness Long Life to Pagure (Pagure VI) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure IV) Long Life to Pagure (Pagure V) nest-attendee-2020 Fedora & CentOS Social @ Summit 2020 Rainbow (Cookie V)
 



Introduction

I live in Youngstown, OH, USA, and am currently attending Youngstown State University where I am majoring in computer science and 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"

What I do outside of Fedora (in FOSS)

  • I work on a lot of small FOSS projects that I started (see my GitHub page linked above).
  • 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 and current Events Coordinator 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).