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



NOTE!

By FAR, the best way to reach me is by pinging me on IRC or dropping me a PM (relrod on freenode). Please try to contact me there before resorting to other methods.

Introduction

I live in Youngstown, OH, USA, and am a recent graduate of Youngstown State University where I majored in computer science and mathematics, and minored in linguistics. 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. To that end, I have a very strong opinions on the state of the software industry and the need for formal verification in our industry as software continues to grow more fragile and complex.

I am a Red Hat Certified Engineer as of June 2019.

What I do within Fedora (current-ish)

I am on the Community Platform Engineering team at Red Hat. Day-to-day, I spend most of my time on the infrastructure team, ensuring that the Project's servers are up and running, safe and secure, and up to date. However, I also spend time working on Fedora's websites portfolio, including co-leading the rework of getfedora.org that took place in mid 2019. I hold a seat on the Fedora Mindshare committee where I represent the Websites and Design teams. I maintain a fair number of packages, mostly random things that I find useful.

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).
  • May 2017 - Transitioned to full-time member of the Community Platform Engineering team as "Associate Software Engineer"
  • June 2019 - Promotion to "Software Engineer"
  • June 2019 - Obtained RHCE certification.

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.

Non-software things that I do

  • I am a founder of the Northeast Ohio Experimenters Club, a small ham radio club among friends, in Ohio, USA.
  • I was a founder of The SYN/HAK Hackerspace in Akron, Ohio, USA.
  • I enjoy photography - I shoot Pentax.
  • I enjoy astronomy and should learn more about it one day.
  • I'm an extra class amateur radio operator (N8SQL) and ARRL and Laurel VE.
  • I play drums (but only as a hobby).
  • I play guitar (also only as a hobby).
  • I play piano (you get the idea at this point).
  • I swing dance.