Swap-bot Time: November 29, 2022 2:22 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2021
Last Online: November 28, 2022
Birthday: April 27
Country: United States
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Favorite Crafts

I make a lot of things! Copper enameling, Ink and watercolor, embroidery, sewing, knitting, photography, woodworking, a little bit of bookbinding.

Music I play

I currently mostly play Irish music on whistle and flute and am learning mandolin. I also play saxophone, but since that doesn’t really work at Irish sessions I haven’t played it recently. I can play piano but am out of practice on that too. I am a choral singer, some day might get around to practicing enough to be an ok soloist.

Geek stuff

.I play a lot of board games and pencil and paper RPGs. I would list my favorites but that's a long list.

For work, I write software for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), which is housed in a telescope in Arizona. We will be taking spectra of a huge number of objects that imaging surveys have discovered.

My favorite programing language is Python, my favorite database is PostgreSQL, and my favorite editor is VIM. My workstations are OSX because it includes a POSIX terminal, you can install a real package manager, and still be able to run Adobe products and many games from large companies. The servers I work with are all RedHat/CentOS. I used to run FreeBSD on my personal machine and that was a lot of fun, but then I got into photography and fell into the clutches of Adobe so I settled for OSX.

My knowledge of electronics is pretty awful but Adafruit's Neopixels turn most of the work into software, and CircuitPython exists, so that's been fun to play with.

About Me

The world is a beautiful place and I want to learn all about it! I enjoy creating things - visual arts, music, and food. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and sometime joke that exercise is that thing that happens as a side effect of hanging out with trees. I like growing plants too but I’m not great at it.

I like bugs. All of them. Even the ones that aren’t technically bugs. Sometimes I chase them around with my macro lens on my camera. I recognise that many people do not so unless it’s something like bees or butterflies I will not send images of them to people who don’t specify that they like bugs too.

I enjoy illuminated manuscripts and am often inspired by them in my own art.

Favorite Music

I usually prefer music with a strong rhythm and lots of energy. In Classical music, I like modern things like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov and Carmina Burrana (which I have seen live twice. It’s quite a performance). If it’s got a lot of timpani I probably like it! I like some hard rock bands like Tool, Nothing More, and Disturbed. I play and listen to Irish music, and that also has a great beat to it.

Some electronic music is cool. I’m not very clear on what the different genres are but I think I like aggrotech and industrial. Techno is iffy. Massive Attach is awesome, as is Rammstein.

When I’m in the mood for something a little gentler, I like Early Music and polyphony. Or an achingly beautiful violin line.

I’m not a big fan of operatic vocals but I do enjoy operas as stage productions.

I grew up listening to a lot of “Classics” and “Oldies” and am still fond of them. Tears for Fears falls into that category now. They were the first rock concert I ever went to; I was a kid and went with my parents.


This section is a work in progress

A: animals, alphabets, astronomy, anime

B: bugs, BSD, books, botany, biomes, bookbinding

C: Celtic music and art, calligraphy, cooking

D: Databases, drawing

E: esoterica, enameling (copper)

F: fungí, flute, ferments

G: geography

H: history (prefer cultural to military)

I: illuminated manuscripts



L: languages, Linux, llamas, libraries

M: mythology, maps, mandolin

N: Nikon

O: Opensource, outdoors

P: PostgreSQL, Python, photography, plants


R: rivers

S: storms

T: taxonomy, trees



W: watercolor


Y: yoga



itsnobody rated for BS&S: September 2022 Card Reading on Nov 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you about your reading. The balance with the opposites is very hard to balance. I'm having such a hard time currently with a old friendship and it's because of the total opposite and I'm going to give up maybe. I'm still not sure what to do. Your deck is very beautiful!
Chantica rated for Bone-jour! on Nov 25, 2022
Comment: This is one of my favorite pieces that I've received. The mammoth 🦣 was such a original choice and I love that the choice had a "why" behind it. Thank you for sharing the story of the mammoth and putting such thought and time into it. Much appreciated. Happy Swapping.
CrowDancer rated for GS : Intl ATC Pokémon : Dark on Oct 28, 2022
Comment: The Mightyena ATC is so cool! I love how the white pen and metallic pen look on the black paper! Thank you so much!
khoffmaster13 rated for BS&S ~ scattergories game L on Oct 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely handmade watercolor postcard! The scene you painted is quite interesting and colorful. I really enjoyed the time traveller message on the back too. Such a fun swap! Thank you again! :)
Comment: Thank you for the crop circles ATC! I enjoyed the little alien drawing and story about the alien video you played growing up too - that was a cool touch! Thanks also for joining my swap! :)
CrowDancer rated for GS : Intl ATC Pokémon : Dragon on Aug 22, 2022
Comment: The Gabite ATC is so cute! The Pokeball sleeve you made for it is adorable as well! Thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you so much! I see you have the Writual Society tarot stamps, love the added touch.
Allegrae rated for AM: Spider ATC on Aug 14, 2022
Comment: I adore your trapdoor spider and his (her?) cricket prey! Your technique is wonderful. Very happy to add the ATC to my collection.
DreamCloud rated for BS&S~ scattergories game K on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Ann, I love the beautiful purple ink! Thank you for a fabulous postcard 💖
Fenriss rated for AM: Stay Strange on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful letter! Your handwriting is exceptional, and very beautiful. I have WAY too many hobbies too! We seems to have a lot in common :)
PrairieKittin rated for BS&S ~ Scattegories J on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you! I love your handwriting!
Pandagirl805 rated for MM&L: Custom Sea Monster ATC on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the ATC it is beautiful! :)
Comment: Thank you for the ATC! I really like i!
Comment: Thank you for the ATC. I love your art. I didn't know that about the hieroglyphics! That's a fun fact. I know that the cartouche, oval around something, makes it a name. Also thank you for the lottle birdy card!
feverfawn rated for MM&L: Personalized Astrology ATC on Apr 27, 2022
Comment: Ann thank you so much for the astrology ATC! I love the pretty watercolors and the scorpio constellation! Plus the notecard/envelope you used is lovely and the rat lunar new year stamp! I always cut off and save postage and I don't have one of these yet. Thank you for a great swap and for joining in my first hosted group swap! Hope to swap again soon :)
derakisu rated for GS : Intl ATC Pokémon : Psychic on Apr 12, 2022
Comment: You know, I always associate Exeggcute and Exeggutor with grass first, and I was sort of surprised to be reminded of their psychic abilities lol. I love your ATC and all its eggy goodness. Your packaging skills are amazing. I loved picking the card from the pokéball. ^___^
feverfawn rated for Doodle a face intl on Apr 4, 2022
Comment: I love the postcard you made - the goat is so cool and I love the colors you chose to paint with. Also love that you made it Capricorn! It's been put on my mirror so I can see it all the time. Thank you so much! :)
Comment: Thanks for the awesome pics of your decks! Apologies for the exceedingly late rate. I accidentally put this in my "already rated" folder.
Comment: Thank you for the pictures! I really like the book fairy one ✨

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Foxtales on Mar 25, 2022:

Let's Neural Blend! AI Generated Art Profile Deco

Hello! Here are your images for the swap! I hope you like them!

copper, ink and watercolor

irish flute

mythology celtic llama

Softawoo on Mar 24, 2022:

Hi Ann!

I've got some juicy AI-generated art for you! Haha. For the "Let's Neural Blend" swap, as you probably guessed. Here you go:

Prompt 1: Illuminated manuscripts

Prompt 2: timpani rocks

Prompt 3 (my personal favorite): Python is a great programming language

I hope you enjoyed and have a great day!

satinification on Mar 24, 2022:
  • Let's Neural Blend! AI Generated Art Profile Deco


Hello Ann!

I had a lot of fun with that swap.

Here are some pictures for you:


prompt: so many books in the library


prompt: it's going to storm


prompt: watercolor river

Have a nice day!

heliogal on May 12, 2021:

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