About


Who is this dude

Hello. My name is Eirik and this is an attempt to collect my thoughts, and provide the occasional guide to software.

Below contains a bit about me and a brief summary and status of various creative and dexterous endeavours that I am generally happy to spend / have spent time on. The alternate category of endeavours that were a complete waste of time, or things I am remarkably bad at for my age is a much larger and more depressing list, and is left as an exercise to the reader to imagine.

Disclaimer

Posts herein are my own opinions and not those of my employer(s). Words like we or us is often used in the the mathematical (collaborative) sense and does not necessarily mean consensus.

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Software

For a living, I help automate software operations of modern businesses. Generally, this means integrating existing cloud technologies on kubernetes (merging yaml), but occasionally someting new gets written. Last five years have featured a lot of rust due to its safety guarantees and great ecosystem, but also like to dabble.

From my github:

  • kube-rs :: a kubernetes api client and controller runtime for rust
  • muslrust :: a x86_64-unknown-linux-musl build image for the cloud
  • tournament :: a suite of modules for managing state and lifecycles of competitions

These days, kube-rs - which has grown from a personal yak to a cornerstone of the kubernetes rust ecosystem - takes most of my available open source times. See the kubernetes tagged posts for that.

Work-wise, you might remember me from these open source projects:

  • 2018 babylon/shipcat :: a typed config management system for kubernetes microservices (pretty babylon specific, but helped us control early gitops)
  • 2016 cisco/lal :: a language agnostic build system (the old build team have a fork, but haven’t needed it much since rust)

Roleplaying

After having spent one christmas sick binging Critical Role, I ended up DMing a near 4 year D&D campaign with an IRL friend group we dubbed Face Maulers after work.

In pandemic times, this recently concluded, and am for now absolved from further dubious plot juggling and a campaign related TODOs. Further roleplaying shenanigans is likely for 2022, if we can continue defeating the BBEG named scheduling.

Education

There exists a dusty, but laminated piece of paper with my name + Master of Mathematics on it. While no one has ever asked to look at it, it keeps being featured on my resume every n years.

This esoteric + deteriorating knowledge is mostly used to overexcitedly tell people about group theory, and the importance of good abstractions, but I also solve basic arithmetic at work. All in all; a solid use of 4 years.

Music

Bought a piano in 2017 after having recovered from teen violin trauma. It is very soothing and meditative to play something mindlessly from classical sheet music when you need a break. It also helps satisfies my habit of committing useless chunks of finger movement to muscle memory.

If you are considering buying a violin for yourself/someone. Buy an otamatone first to see if you think you can handle listening to someone wrangling with a fretless, non-linear interface for years. (The instrument UX is terrible. You deserve better.)

Gaming

Well designed game mechanics that require some type of dexterous mastery have often drawn me in. Here’s some stuff I spent time on over the years..

No death runs

FPS

Theorycraft

Speedruns

Current

These days it’s generally tabletop, but some cooperative gaming and platformers remain fun. Steam profile. Linux only, but with Proton.

(Last modified on May 6, 2022)