A short history of nearly nothing

Learn all about your favourite human being, Kyle Farwell.

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I'm a first year Honours Computer Science student minoring in Economics at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada. I've been programming for about ten years. Now I'm blowing $30k on a piece of paper to prove it.

I work at the university as a Research Assistant. At the moment I have two part-time research contracts.

I'll be continuing the former full-time in the summer, while also taking courses full-time. Sleep considered harmful.

I'm the President of the Algoma Computer Science Club. That means I spend your tax dollars on beer. If it makes you feel any better, I am spending my tuition too.

I write software in my free time. Mostly front- and back-end web development and video games. I usually write in rc or (unfortunately) JavaScript. I use the werc web framework a lot. I administrate Unix systems.

I'm from Waterloo, where I attended Bluevale Collegiate Institute.

While I was in Waterloo, I attended some hackathons.

There are not so many hackathons in Sault Ste. Marie (there is not so much of anything in Sault Ste. Marie). So I am starting my own, SooHacks. You are invited.

Back in Waterloo, I attended meetings at the Kitchener-Waterloo Linux User Group and DevHouse Waterloo. I maintained KWLUG's video podcast archive. I am in the process of stealing DevHouse's concept for some Algoma Computer Science Club events.

I volunteered refurbishing laptops at Computer Recycling.

I attended LibrePlanet at MIT and the International Conference of Prices & Markets at the University of Toronto in 2015.

You can read a bit more about me in my interview with the Social Media Alternatives Project: People need a place to share and debate things without fear of prosecution: An Interview with Kyle Farwell and Keefer Rourke of Tokumei.co. But mostly it is just a plug for Tokumei.

You can read what other people have to say about me on the testimonials page.


I deal with computers a lot but I secretly hate them.

I think there are two good ways to make software suck a little less.

Social networking fascinates me, though I don't use it much personally. I don't like the privacy implications of Facebook. Social photography is weird. I use Twitter (@kylefarwell, @tokumeico, @gelatolabs, @AlgomaCSC, @SooHacks); it is ok. Image boards are an interesting format but content tends to be low-quality. I tried to make Tokumei an ideal social networking format for myself, combining the bits I like from microblogs and image boards.

Most (not all) video games are boring to play, but I like making them. Virtual reality is cool, especially OSVR.

I like ping pong, billiards, cards, and papercraft when I am especially bored.

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I like Soylent, strawberry-flavoured sweets, Pocky, and lychee juice. I like Soylent because it is convenient and cheap. I don't know anything about food chemistry but my logic is that Soylent can't possibly be worse than the realistic alternative, instant noodles. Ceres lychee juice is a scam; it contains more pear than lychee. Rubicon and Foco know what they're doing.

I collect plastic water bottles (no joke) and figurines.

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I like aesthetics and cuteness.

I like art. Code is like art, if most artists were drunk children.

I listen to bad J-pop and alternative rock.

I watch/read slice-of-life and comedy anime/manga.

I watch movies a little. Action and history are boring. Sci-fi is hit-and-miss: space is boring but sometimes technology isn't. Horror is ok.

I read books a little. I don't like any particular genres.

People who make art I enjoy with an exceptional degree of consistency include Stanley Kubrick, Mike Judge, 宮崎駿, Babbe Music, Scott Adams, M.C. Escher, Camilla d'Errico, Lora Zombie, and Angelina Wrona.

Some specific things I like

Music: 8#Prince, ALTIMA, angela, ΛVICII, AVTechNO!, 濱崎步, Babbe Music, BlossomNightfall, °C-ute, Cage the Elephant, ClariS, David Bowie, DECO*27, ELISA, E.L.V.N, fhana, fripSide, Frozen Starfall, 野水伊織, Isaac Schankler, じん, Kalafina, 分島花音, KOTOKO, Kraftwerk, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Lana Del Rey, Lindsey Stirling, Lucy Rose, May'n, Metric, minato, Mt Eden, nano.RIPE, ナノ, nao, Nem, OpenBSD, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, Perfume, Ray, ryo, 阪田知樹, seleP, 下村陽子, SUPER SONICO, 鈴木このみ, Syrufit, twenty one pilots, Tycho, wowaka, Yellow Magic Orchestra, ゆちゃP, ZAQ.

TV/Film: BPS バトルプログラマーシラセ, ガッチャマン クラウズ, Hackers, 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, ピンポン THE ANIMATION, Rick and Morty, シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン, Silicon Valley, South Park, The IT Crowd.

Books/Comics: A Clockwork Orange, Animal Farm, Atlas Shrugged, Dilbert, ひぐらしのなく頃に解 祭囃し編, L'Étranger, Lolita, Nineteen Eighty-Four, よつばと!.

Games: Almost Bejeweled, Cannon Smash, Cards Against Humanity, Dead or Alive 5, 初音ミク -Project DIVA-, HuniePop, Mirror's Edge, narcissu, OpenSimulator, opsu!, Ryzom, Sleeping Dogs, StepMania, スーパーマリオブラザーズ, Teeworlds.

Computers/Software: rc, werc, Plan 9 from Bell Labs, OpenBSD, Tor, ThinkPads.

Future plans

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