☢ Thoughts on software development, with an odd jaunt into language learning

About Me

Welcome! I’m Richard, a senior software developer from Canada, now living in Berlin. I’m passionate about building software, learning languages, and continual improvement. I have been building software since I was 14 years old, and it’s still something I enjoy doing in my free time.

I am serious about creating the highest quality software I can, and I like to have fun while I do it. That’s why Ruby is currently my favourite programming language.

For me, the purpose of life is, at least partly, to have joy. Programmers often feel joy when they can concentrate on the creative side of programming, so Ruby is designed to make programmers happy. - Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto

I also love learning natural languages. I can speak German at a B2 level and Icelandic at a B1 level. Icelandic was a big success for me, as I had to learn it independently. Feel free to write to me in German or Icelandic if you want to.

Continual improvement is also important to me. I’m always looking for new skills to learn, and new techniques to improve what I already know. Frustrated by how many things I’ve forgotten from university, I am particularly interested in how our memory works. As an introduction I recommend the course Learning How to Learn, followed by reading Universe of Memory if you want to go deeper.

I also love Open Source software. Here’s an incomplete list of contributions I’ve made over the years. It’s here as a reminder to myself for the next time I think “Oh, I haven’t made any contributions in a long time” that this is not necessarily true :)

Roughly in chronological order, newest first: