About Me

I am a computer nerd who lives in the lovely city of Canterbury, in England. I like to play with old computers, write in strange programming languages, and occasionally put together vaguely useful programs. I’m also a bit of a doodler, occasionally do the odd bit of photography, and I sometimes write short stories, most of which are utterly terrible.

I'm also a Computer Science student at the University of Kent, although I am unfortunately on medical leave at the moment. I was quite fond of working on low-level stuff, and experimenting with different programming languages.

On a rather unrelated note; I have a rare genetic condition that is both awful and rather awesome; which is Oculocutaneous Albinism. So, I have lovely white hair that is kinda pretty, and eyesight that squarely sticks me into the “legally blind” category.

Education

As mentioned above, I am a Computer Science student at the University of Kent. Unfortunately a unforseen change in my health required me to temporarily take medical leave between my second and third years. I will return to my studies in 2018. My average mark in the first year was 74%, with an average coursework mark of 81%.

My degree has so far involved working with Java and Erlang, basic algorithms (shortest path tree, binary search, various sorting algorithms, etc), web development, databases, project management and software engineering, and the basic theory of computer architecture and operating system design.

After completing my degree, I intend to remain at the University of Kent to do a doctorate. I will likely end up becoming part of the Programming Languages and Systems research group, although I am currently uncertain as to what I will focus on.

If you want a copy of my CV, please email me at aelitago-away-mr-spambot@styles.pm.

Interests and Hobbies

Computing

I quite enjoy playing with programming languages (be they old or new), and I like to challenge myself with writing meaningful programs in assembly. Currently, the languages I’ve worked with so far are, in order of preference; C, Go, Erlang, Netwide Assembler (x86), Python, Perl, Java, Bash, PHP, C++ and JavaScript.

I’ve also worked with AVR Assembler and Lua before, however I wouldn’t say I’m proficient in either of them. As for languages I’d like to learn, they are; Haskell, Luna, Rust, Pony, P*, Lux and Pika.

I’m also slowly starting to collect old computers. So far I have three machines in my collection; a Commodore 64 (the cost reduced model), and two PPC-640s (complete with hideous grey rucksack). I’m currently keeping my eye out for a Commodore PET and an early IBM PC, as they are both quite cool.

Photography

I occasionally do the odd bit of photography, most of which ends up being posted to my blog. I usually do landscapes or macro photography (usually of flowers), though I have been known to sometimes do a bit of street photography.

The camera I use is a Canon 700D, usually with a 50mm f/1.8 II lens. I have two other lenses; a 18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II and a 55mm-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM, although I’m planning on upgrading both of those. I’d quite like a 18mm-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, but I can’t really afford it at the moment.

Writing

I sometimes write short stories. I’m particularly fond of science fiction and post-apocalyptic themes, and most of what I write tends to be fairly dark and/or gritty. While I don’t usually share my stories, a few may start popping up on my blog.

I also occasionally write non-fiction articles and tutorials, which you can find on my blog.

Cartoons

I’m a massive fan of cartoons, particularly if it includes anthropomorphic animals, or is fairly progressive. I also prefer traditional art styles rather than CGI. My favourite cartoons at the moment are; My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Gravity Falls, Steven Universe, Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons.

Contact Me

You can find me as AelitaStyles on GitHub and LinkedIn, SnowyBoop on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook, and Snowy on Keybase. Alternatively you can email me at aelitago-away-mr-spambot@styles.pm.