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you can probably find me around the web with the username "trwnh". it comes from my fleshform's legal name, "abdullah tarawneh"; just take the vowels out of the family name. 2014 they was so hipster. although nowadays "i" mostly just go by "a". historically i've had a really tough time with identity, so this is the best we're gonna get i guess.
i've used the names "obvious_humor"/"obvioushumor" for my vaguely music/band fandom stuff, and "birdsounds" for more creative stuff like my concert photography. both names are references to lyrics by Circa Survive, one of my favorite bands.
links to some of my concert/music/band stuff
- birdsounds.media -- my concert photography.
- youtube.com/@obvious_humor -- my concert videos. (also my de facto main youtube channel, but my youtube presence is really messy)
- society6.com/trwnh -- on-demand custom merch printing service for my concert photos. (i haven't uploaded all my good photos there but there are a few. ask me if you'd like to buy a print of one of my other photos, and i can upload it.)
most of my "gamer" stuff is under the name triggerofsol. the name came from boktai; in the first boktai game "boktai: the sun is in your hands", if you 100% s-rank and get all items you get "the highest title of the delegate of Sol the solar will -- Trigger of Sol". idk the boktai games are kinda quirky and left an impact on me during my formative years. vampires, norse mythology, magitek, post-apocalyptic absurdism, lotta good stuff in those games.
links to gameing stuff
- twitch.tv/triggerofsol -- retro video game streams. (de facto defunct)
- i guess you can also add me on steam (triggerofsol) if you need to or want to?
i am consumed by a desire for learning
varied interests here. i went to college for biomedical engineering and computer science. i took cs for """fun""" but i suppose it ended up sorta working out, because i don't really plan to do anything bme-related in my academic or professional life.
particular areas of (current) interest:
- the Web. not just the World Wide Web, but also the Semantic Web, Linked Data Web, Social Web, and all that jazz.
- communication. protocols, paradigms, and so on. one of the things i've been working on recently-ish is a sort of "grand unified communications theory", where i take a look at the existing open protocols and map them onto the pure abstract paradigms of communication -- publishing, subscribing, discussing, messaging.
- identifiers, particularly how to deal with root authority and delegation. resolving those identifiers in a decentralized and persistent way is something i wish i could find a solution to.
- i'm learning a lot more about concepts like the actor model, message passing, object capabilities, verifiable claims, distributed systems, trust and authority, and way more.
- ...but i also can do web dev and web design and stuff like that if i really had to. i don't really have anything noteworthy to show for it though.
look at this computer stuff
look, i'm gonna level with ya. i need money to live. most of the stuff i do is what you might consider "socially useful" but also "generally unprofitable". given our capitalist society, my "value" is judged by the latter criteria rather than the former. you can skip past this section but consider maybe don't.
ways to support me
in order of most effective to least effective:
here's how this one works: you can just give me money. i'll keep doing the stuff i do. this option is good if you already think the stuff i do is cool and worthwhile and valuable without me needing to convince you.
- you can back me on liberapay.com/trwnh via bank, card, stripe or paypal. liberapay is a bit weird with how it processes payments, but you generally have an option to do "automatic renewal" or "manual renewal". you can do manual renewal and then cancel the subscription if you want to do a one-time payment.
- you can also donate via paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer paypal for some reason. i'm not sure if that paypal.me link charges extra fees, so you might need to do it manually, and if so, make sure to select "friends and family" instead of "business".
hire me to do something for you
i can explain things and i can do websites. generally, i'm really really really good at thinking things through and analyzing them. i put stuff up on abdullahtarawneh.com last year and i kinda stalled due to a lot going on in my life and not much going on marketably. but maybe check out the following pages:
- Work -- the landing page i made that was intended to get people to hire me or contract me. not really happy with it at the moment, but still worth looking at.
- Mastodon Documentation -- in particular, this one is something i'm way more proud of. take a look y'all.
buy something from amazon and tell em i sent ya
can't say this is something i recommend doing, EXCEPT IF you were already going to buy something from amazon. the more expensive the better, since it's percentage-based. but don't go buying things using this referral link just because of me, y'hear?
my pitch is basically this: if you can't avoid amazon and you're going to buy something from them regardless, then at least use my link so that they pay me a bit of the revenue and so that it slightly reduces their profits.
some questions you might have
"yo why is this website so plain"
i used to have a nicer-looking one-pager on here. at some point i decided i'd rather actually update my website with actual information instead of worrying about fitting things into some grand design. and for a one-pager, using a static site generator like hugo, which i usually use for this sort of thing... well, that's overkill, isn't it? i'd rather just dump some html in a text file and call it a day. maybe a touch of css, for legibility and a lil flair.
this style of website has other advantages too, y'know. it's lightweight and performs well on pretty much any device. and it respects people's defaults. some people like to change their fonts or font sizes, and i don't wanna get in the way of that. it's just text, after all. you should be able to read it on your own terms.
in any case, the main takeaway here is that anything worth doing is also worth doing poorly. it's better to actually do the thing instead of dreaming about how to perfect the thing and ending up with nothing at all.
things people have said about me
it's scary how much you know.
you're the first person i've met that keeps a spreadsheet of their lightbulbs.
VERY MUCH not garbage [...] a worthwhile human
honestly, i trust your judgement more than i trust my own.