For most of my childhood and high school I didn’t know any operating systems besides macOS and Windows, but as I started to care more about internet privacy towards the end of my senior year of high school I stumbled into Linux.
I started off jumping head first into learning Arch Linux (because of all the tiling window manager setups I saw), and it was one of the best mistakes I’ve ever made. Arch taught me the fundamentals of what you need for a Linux system to work, and where important things are in the directory structure. It’s a common trope at this point to say that Arch is unstable, but I only had my system break without my input once, and it was an easy enough fix that already had a wiki entry. After a while I stopped using Arch because I could never stop tweaking my setup, and it started to affect my productivity elsewhere.
After Arch, I jumped around for a while. I tried Manjaro, Solus, openSUSE, Elementary OS, and some others, but I ended up settling on Pop!_OS by System76 for about 6 months. It had a nice blend of stable packages mixed with more up-to-date software for drivers and gaming, and the best GNOME theme and experience I’ve ever had (I can’t live without tiling windows).
On my laptop I ended up experiencing a kernel issue and instead of figuring out how to install a different kernel, I jumped ship once again, this time to Fedora. More up to date (but rigorously tested) packages were awesome, but I found myself using package managers for things (dnf, cargo, npm, pipx, etc.) to try and get the most up-to-date versions of certain things. This led me to go, “You know, the AUR solves this entire problem”.
After all the distrohopping, I’ve finally come back to where it all began, Arch Linux.
Back in the days when I’d get home from school and hop on Xbox Live, I somehow enjoyed multiplayer PVP games like Call of Duty, etc. After moving to a PC my junior year of high school those sorts of games lost their appeal quickly, mainly because I ended up being more stressed after playing than I had been before. These days I typically play PVE and single player titles.
Here are some of the more recent titles I’ve been trying out:
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
- Lego Star Wars: The Complete Sage
- The Half-Life Series
- Monster Hunter: World
- Older Pokémon Games
One of the hobbies I picked up in college was ttrpgs, as there were never really any playgroups in my high school. The only game I have much experience with is Dungeons and Dragons, 5th edition, and I’ve been playing weekly since Stevens went back in person in the Fall. I’ve found myself playing casters and caster/martial hybrids, and haven’t yet done a full martial build yet.
I’m not sure why, but I can read incredibly quickly when I want to. This often leads to reading binges, which is why I don’t usually pick up a new book or series until some sort of vacation rolls around. Most everything I read falls into either science fiction or fantasy, but occasionally I find another gem somewhere else, typically from the recommendation of somebody else.
Here are some of my favorite books:
- The Inheritance Cycle
- The Ender Quintet
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Altered Carbon
- The Fault in Our Stars
Similarly to books I try not to start a new show unless I have lots of time to kill, but my often my watch history on Netflix would beg to differ on that one.
From said watch history (in no particular order):
- JoJo parts 1-5 (I haven’t started part 6 yet)
- Death Note
- Brand New Animal
- Pacific Rim: The Black