Swap-bot Time: June 4, 2023 2:45 pm


Date Joined: March 4, 2021
Last Online: May 30, 2023
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



NRGordon rated for SPCP: Outdoor photo challenge on May 25, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the swap and your lovely photos. I love the cactus pic and am glad you didn't change lenses for it. I love the AZ desert and try to schedule visits there for the spring bloom but it is such a short and erratic time. Sorry for the delay in rating. I just found a bunch of swaps in my spam folder. Going to have to look at that more often.
oddlittlemiss rated for BS&S: Good Day Tarot PC #4 on May 17, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the reading! I love the deer postcard and the message was just what I needed for the week :)
Vickyen rated for SPCP: Scavenger Hunt 2023 #2 on May 16, 2023
Comment: Hi Ann! I’m sorry for the late rating-sometimes email swaps get flagged and then overlooked-sigh! Loved your photos and how awesome that you travel for work & got some great photos! All the best! Hugs, Happy Snapping & Swapping! ;)
freespirit66 rated for SPCP: Scavenger Hunt 2023 #2 on May 12, 2023
Comment: What a wonderful selection of photos! Your friend's cat is so focused on the ribbon.You did a great job on the embroidery. I like all the colors and stitches you used. Your job sounds fun with all the international travel you get to do!
carol rated for SPCP: Photo scavenger hunt 2023 #1 on May 8, 2023
Comment: I LOVED your photos and descriptions! Thanks so much! I especially loved your flower images. The bee one is fantastic! And such an interesting flower! What is that? Thanks for sharing!
Response: I'm not sure what that flower is; it was in a garden. I think it might be a foxglove.
Conni59 rated for MM&L: Harpy ATC (Greek Myths #3) on Apr 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for a great piece of art! ❤️
LiisaS rated for SPCP: Outdoor photo challenge on Apr 14, 2023
Comment: Such wonderful shots! I enjoyed them very very much!
susiejay rated for BS&S ~ Scattegories Q on Apr 8, 2023
Myself333 rated for OO: Dream Journal Postcards #2 on Mar 22, 2023
Comment: What a neat dream! Sounds like it could be the beginning of a book series :)
Comment: Thank you. Love this ATC. And, yes, potatoes seem fitting. ;)
CrowDancer rated for HD/HP Shiny Pokemon ATC Swap on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: The shiny Vaporeon ATC is so cute! I like that you did an underwater scene for the ATC! Thank you so much!
sgjolinar rated for WC ~ One Rune Reading on Mar 4, 2023
Comment: I love the little paper craft design of my rune! My landlord recently sold the house we are living in and suddenly I had to move. Radical change, indeed!!;🤯. *BB
PrairieKittin rated for BS&S ~ Scattegories P on Mar 4, 2023
Comment: Love the Mothman postcard!
Comment: Thank you for your slideshow Ann! I really like the images you chose, The photos of mushrooms you took yourself are stunning!
feverfawn rated for OO: Dream Journal Postcards #1 on Feb 28, 2023
Comment: I love the Jupiter postcard! Your dream was really interesting to read about too, lots of details and I appreciate you fitting as much in the space as you could. Thank you so much for sharing and joining my swap ~ I hope to see you in future rounds of the dream postcards!
hazelwitch3 rated for January Nature Journal on Feb 24, 2023
Comment: What a beautiful nature journal! I so enjoyed reading it -- and will go back to it again for a second enjoyable read. Thank you so much for making it for me.
heliogal rated for WC ~ Bibliomancy on Feb 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you for such a beautiful card and envelope!! I really loved your drawings with gel pen on the black envie!! I don't quite know what to do with your divination information?
Comment: Hi Ann, I loved looking at your pictures and reading the comments! Thank you for providing such interesting text to go with the pictures. And the pictures are great. I particularly like the picture of the zorro and the bee (and that fascinating plant that the bee is standing on) but I enjoyed all five. Thanks for joining the swap.
heathka81 rated for BS&S ~ Scattegories O on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you for this postcard scategories swap. I like how different your answers were from mine, and gives me a couple things to research and look into! I love that about swaps like this. Thanks again. Happy swapping!
khoffmaster13 rated for BS&S ~ Scattegories N on Jan 7, 2023
Comment: Thank you for re-sending.

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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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