A short history of nearly nothing

Learn all about your favourite human being, Kyle Farwell.

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I'm an Honours Computer Science student 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 an IT Help Desk Assistant (full-time co-op).

I previously worked as a Research Assistant. My projects included:

I'm the President of the Algoma Computer Science Club. That means I spend your tax dollars on pizza. 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 stole 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 Jimmy Joy, Soylent, strawberry-flavoured sweets, Pocky, and lychee juice. I like Jimmy Joy because it is convenient and cheap. I don't know anything about food chemistry but my logic is that it 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), figurines, and vinyl.

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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. You can stalk my music-listening on Libre.fm.

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.

Some specific things I like

Music: Metric, Lucy Rose, Lana Del Rey, twenty one pilots, Babbe Music, Frozen Starfall, BlossomNightfall, Norowareta Night, David Bowie, Passion Pit, Cage the Elephant, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, fripSide, AURORA, Sigur Rós, ΛVICII, weezer, Snow Patrol, The Killers, The Black Keys, Lights, Green Day, ABBA, MGMT, Ellie Goulding, ナノ, DECO*27, Pearl Jam, blink-182, ZAQ, 阪田知樹, KOTOKO, ALTIMA, Kraftwerk, 鈴木このみ, wowaka, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, 分島花音, 野水伊織, Kalafina, Tycho, じん, ryo, Ray, nano.RIPE, fhana, ClariS.

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, ピンポン THE ANIMATION, シリアルエクスペリメンツレイン, 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, Silicon Valley, The IT Crowd, Nathan for You, Rick and Morty, Bob's Burgers, Archer, BoJack Horseman, Steven Universe, South Park.

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

Games: VRChat, Rock Band VR, 初音ミク -Project DIVA-, narcissu, Mirror's Edge, Sleeping Dogs, Dead or Alive 5, Super Smash Bros. 4, HuniePop, Super Mario Bros., Sanctum, Team Fortress 2, Cards Against Humanity.

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

Future plans

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