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About Seirdy (Rohan Kumar)

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I’m known as Rohan and as Seirdy. There are some differences between these personas, but the line between the two is blurry. It’s fine to mix them up.

Rohan: meat­space persona

I go by Rohan Kumar in “real life” (work, school, family, etc).

Age
Location
California, USA
Gender
Male
Pronouns
he/him
Software forges
Sourcehut (preferred)
GitHub
GitLab
Codeberg

My preferred forge for personal projects is Sourcehut, but my repositories have remotes for GitHub, GitLab, and Codeberg too. I accept contributions from any of these platforms; use whichever you prefer.

Seirdy: online persona

I go by Seirdy online. I have multiple online personas, but Seirdy is my main one and the only one I feel comfortable associating with my meatspace persona. Seirdy is a bit of an abstract character, a bit less “professional” than Rohan.

Location
Cyberspace
Gender
Agender
Pronouns
they/them
Social (Fediverse)
@Seirdy@pleroma.envs.net (primary)
@Seirdy@lemmy.ml (Lemmy)
Social (centralized)
apioforum
Tildes.net
“Seirdy” on Linux Weekly News
Lobsters
Reddit
“Hacker” News
Email
seirdy@seirdy.one
PGP public key
1E892DB2A5F84479 (also available via Web Key Directory)
Chat
IRC: “Seirdy” on many networks (Liberachat, Snoonet, OFTC, Tilde.Chat, apionet, some others)
Matrix: @seirdy:seirdy.one

At least two platforms listed in the “Social (centralized)” category are not endorsed, and I’m trying to wind down my use of them. If you find a “Seirdy” somewhere else and don’t know whether or not it’s me, please contact me and ask instead of assuming that it must be me.

I used to have the Matrix ID @seirdy:envs.net. I sometimes use @seirdy:fairydust.space for technical reasons (seirdy.one runs a Conduit server but certain features only work in Synapse rooms).

If you want to follow me on the Fediverse, read my Fediverse greeting first

Poggies

Selected projects

Clogstats
Analyze WeeChat logs to quantify, graph, forecast, and perform anomaly-detection on IRC channel activity. Written in Python; uses Pandas.
MOAC
Generate passwords and analyze password strength given physical limits to computing. Based on a weblog/gemlog entry: Becoming physically immune to brute-force attacks. Written in Go.

Interests, preferences, et cetera

I ought to come up with more interests than these, but that sounds hard.

Inclusive design

I care a lot about accessibility, resource usage, and compatibility. My Web site may seem simple, but I put almost 20 thousand words of thought into its design in an effort to maximize its inclusivity. This site should work well whether you’re using Lynx, NetSurf, the Tor Browser with a screen reader, or a printout.

Many people frame accessibility and compatibility in terms of “percentage of users impacted” to justify ignoring certain demographics. I find that this mindset somewhat discriminatory. I prefer framing concerns in terms of “populations excluded”.

I have some skin in the game: I rely on forced colors and use often use screen readers for web browsing. This is a really helpful measure to reduce overstimulation, given my anxiety and ADHD. I encourage others in similar situations to try these measures.

Software freedom

While I care very much about “free software” (the name is confusing, it refers to freedom rather than price), I don’t share the same perspective as most “fossbros” and organizations like the FSF. Software freedom is important because it gives people agency instead of delegating control to an authority; it’s not valuable in and of itself, and promoting a “FOSS” alternative that has vulnerabilities and accessibility issues is sometimes counterproductive.

I think that simply meeting GNU’s definition of free software isn’t enough: it’s one of multiple requirements for software to avoid the possibility of user domestication.

Other tech stuff

Other technology-related interests include security, privacy, and open platforms.

I lean towards simplicity; I usually prefer line-mode command-line interfaces that follow the UNIX philosophy. If a piece of software is complex enough to require a funding round, I would rather avoid it. My reasons for preferring simplicity also relate to user autonomy: extremely complex software can’t be forked easily, creating dependence on the vendor. It’s also because I’m a bit paranoid and want to know everything that happens on my system.

There are exceptions, of course: I use a Linux distro with Systemd (Fedora), after all. When I use a graphical program, it’s typically for things for which graphics are an inherent requirement or for accessibility reasons (most textual user interfaces don’t play well with screen readers).

More information is available in my “uses” page.

Anime

I watch anime. Some of my favorites, in no particular order:

  • Code Geass
  • Mawaru Penguindrum
  • No Game No Life: Zero
  • Darling in the Franxx
  • Black Lagoon
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil
  • Monogatari
  • Attack on Titan

I think that at least one entry in that list has some problematic messages, but my personal interpretation was a bit unorthodox and it felt wrong to exclude it.

Music

I’ve put together a periodically-updated list of tracks that I’ve rated 8/10 or higher in my mpd stickers database, auto-generated by some of my mpd-scripts. I’m a fan of glitch, trailer music, and symphonic and power metal; I’ve also recently been getting into Japanese rock thanks to a few anime openings. Some of my favorite artists are The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, Beats Antique, Hammerfall, Badflower, Celldweller and Scandroid, Helloween, Two Steps from Hell, Nightwish, Mili, and MYTH & ROID.


More about me

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  1. Posted , updated

    All the most noteworthy software and hardware that Seirdy uses every day.

    2240 words; a read

  2. Posted , updated

    Fediverse-related information about Seirdy. Follow-request information, Fedi practices, etc.

    411 words; a short read