...the blog

This blog was originally created as a series on the design and implementation of Apply, an online grant management system written in Ruby on Rails, but has now scopecreeped its way to anything programming/tech related.


Hi, I'm Erik. From 2009 to 2019, I worked at the American Library Association in the Public Programs Office, developing and supporting the Apply system, or otherwise making things go in PPO. My background is mostly in web programming and UNIX systems administration. Currently looking for opportunities! Have a look at my résumé here if you like. if you gaze long enough into the selfie, the selfie gazes back into you

Bessie says hi

I mostly write in Ruby, often with Rails but not always. (E.g., see Decorum, a general purpose library for Decorator-like behavior in Ruby.) In the last few years I've also increasingly found myself using JS and React, and Elixir/Phoenix. Other than that: Being at least literate in various other languages (PHP, Python, C, Java, Perl, etc.) deployment and provisioning, strategizing limited budgets, talking to my users on the phone, doing the CSS myself even though I said I wouldn't, &c. "Full-stack," as it were.

When I'm not working, I'm usually making music, hanging out with Bessie, taking pictures, scribbling random thoughts, contemplating old episodes of ST:TNG, hanging around with my nogoodnik friends, hacking audio equipment, developing film once in a while... Feel free to drop me a line: root@blocksyntax.org

Better yet, have a listen to my most recent album:

...the site

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