Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2021 7:31 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2021
Last Online: October 22, 2021
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 doesnโ€™t really work at Irish sessions I havenโ€™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 Iโ€™m not great at it.

I like bugs. All of them. Even the ones that arenโ€™t technically bugs. Sometimes I chase them around with my macro lens on my camera. I recognise that many people do not so unless itโ€™s something like bees or butterflies I will not send images of them to people who donโ€™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. Itโ€™s quite a performance). If itโ€™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. Iโ€™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 Iโ€™m in the mood for something a little gentler, I like Early Music and polyphony. Or an achingly beautiful violin line.

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

I grew up listening to a lot of โ€œClassicsโ€ and โ€œOldiesโ€ 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: fungรญ, 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



echeveriaLilacina rated for SWAS: Divination Reading on Oct 16, 2021
Comment: Dear Ann, Thank you SO MUCH for your amazing Tarot reading. You in-depth interpretations of the cards you drew were extremely helpful! I currently definitely find myself lost in negativity and obstacles. The Knight of Cups and Death totally make sense to me too. I had/have to let go of the idea (the dream/vision) of how healing would look like and how that would shape my life. It was/is a hard lesson to let go of this idea but definitely a useful and important one. In order to have a more realistic vision or goals in general and therefore be less disappointed and also empathetic towards myself. When you wrote "take care of yourself and your home life; eat well, be comfortable, be cozy, enjoy yourself" that also hit close to home because that's something I've been discussing/working on with my therapist the past few weeks. The X of Pentacles keeps popping up for me in the context of strength and I've been having a hard time making sense of it. It definitely isn't about financial stability, cuz that, unfortunately, isn't part of my life. So I'll be spending some more time exploring why it keeps showing up. The King of Swords as outside help or advisor totally reflects my therapist. She's always brutally honest and rationalizes me when I'm stuck in irrational thought spirals. Your reading made me feel seen and understood. Thank you so much <3
chelle523 rated for BS&S ~ Scattergories game D on Sep 28, 2021
Comment: Great choices for the categories and I love the postcard! :)
CrowDancer rated for GS : Intl ATC Any game : RC #3 on Sep 21, 2021
Comment: The Hisoka ATC is so beautiful! I love the dynamic pose you drew her in! Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ’™
Catt007 rated for tPCC: A Tarot cafe swap #2 on Sep 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the reading, it's really inciteful. I would say you're spot on with what's been going on in my life and is going on especially with the influence of the two of swords. I really enjoyed this swap as I'm still very new to Tarot and it's very different trying to read for someone else than just for myself. Thank you for a great reading. Stay safe.
sebastian122 rated for tPCC: Your Greek altar on Aug 8, 2021
Comment: Woah, sorry I didn't rate you. Bad Pattie! Terrific altar and I appreciate you sharing with me.
Raven93 rated for SWAS: Summer's Abundance on Aug 3, 2021
Comment: Wow, you really went above and beyond on this one! What a delight to receive - gorgeous midnight dragon candle, lovely Bastet charm, INTRIGUING fox charm, bear fetish, awesome tarot deck and even some cool moon postcards - thank you! Promise of abundance fulfilled.
lyssathemermaid rated for tPCC: Your Greek altar on Aug 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed reading some background on everything included :-) well explained!
Eel9585 rated for ATC int #17 - Nature on Aug 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the amazing ATC and the little envelope you sent it in
Ariaya rated for tPCC: Solstice celebration on Jul 31, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely card. I love the labyrinth - itโ€™s going in my BoS!
KIllerMal rated for Stickers and a Sketch - July on Jul 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful watercolour notecard and the lovely stickers. I love it :)
sunrising42 rated for ATC int #17 - Nature on Jul 23, 2021
Comment: WOW! What a beautiful painting! Thank you so much!
Rosie2766 rated for Your Photography PC on Jul 20, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely butterfly postcard!!!
Meliknives rated for SWAS: Grimoire Page on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: Love the page!
Ariaya rated for Newbie-friendly Spiritual ATC Swap on Jun 29, 2021
Comment: I love the ATC! Thank you so much. I could use a little bit of Hermes energy lately.
lrm1980 rated for Mandala ATC - USA only on Jun 24, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful ATC! I love how you blended the colors (and the cute little envelope, too)!
DreamCloud rated for By Pixie Post #2 on May 10, 2021
Comment: Ann, thank you so much for the envelope full of beautifully handmade goodies! The Ferments recipe goes directly into my BOS โค๏ธ
pyneapplequeen rated for Learn About a New Topic #6 on May 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful Beltane blessing and beautiful postcard!
darkandstormy rated for APRIL BIRTHDAY CARD SWAP on Apr 28, 2021
Comment: Hi Ann Thanks so much for the birthday card- it was so pretty and I LOVED the cat stickers you sent- really appreciate it.

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