About, with links
As my grandfather once said “never start an introduction with a quote”. I'm Ruben Schade, and I'm studying Science in Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to this I grew up in Singapore, and greatly miss its food, public transport and broadband. But I digress.
Beyond an occupation, I'm deeply fascinated with virtualisation, the art and science of software development (I think it's both), metadata, RSS, Apple, *nix and writing lists.
I adore Japanese anime, Hong Kong cinema, podcasts (mostly of the 5by5 variety), editing Wikipedia, sampling fine coffee while typing at cafés, the jazzy tunes of Michael Franks, and the company of my wickedly smart and cute girlfriend Clara (website, blog) who took that terribly flattering photo of me above.
My online business card is at RubenSchade.com. I'm also on Twitter, Facebook (though I try to avoid it), LinkedIn Australia and LinkedIn Singapore.
About my site
Rubénerd is my weblog of nerdish interests, and between 2005–12 was a podcast of the same name. The title was an amalgamation of Ruben and Nerd that I thought sounded cool when I was 13.
I currently write posts in TextMate 2 on my 11" MacBook Air in Hornsby coffee shops. With a simple Rakefile, these are pushed to a private Subversion repo, toasted with Jekyll and served with rsync.
Prior to Jekyll, Rubénerd was generated with a heavily modified version of WordPressμ, an amusing development as I ended up merging my disparate blogs anyway! It's also been generated with my own Perl CGI scripts.
To get the latest posts delivered fresh to your machine, point your favourite blog reader to this RSS 2.0 feed:
Alternatively, I still also maintain an RDF Site Summary 1.0 feed. I like RDF and I think markup languages are really neat:
If you're not sure where to start, I highly recommend the new Digg Reader. It's clean, simple and fast; everything I always wanted this site to be. Login, then add one of the above feeds.
You can also follow @Rubenerd_Blog on Twitter for updates.
Friends and lovely people
I've had the fortune to meet these lovely people iRL:
A Lonely September,
And some people I may meet someday, but in the meantime I read their stuff with earnest:
Nothing is more effective!,
Whole Wheat Radio alumni
The late Whole Wheat Radio was a collaborative independent music station and wiki based out of Talkeetna, Alaska. The brainchild of James Kloss, I was proud to count myself as one of his administrative minions. Below are some of the wonderful wheatheads I befriended, and some of the artists I discovered through the station.
Makin' it up as I go',
Marian Call's Blog,
The J-Walk Blog (RIP),
This site is dedicated to Debra Schade, my mum and best friend. Rest in peace.
A blast from the past!
This site has iterated through many styles over the years. The theme above was the second-longest running one, behind the current one. For a complete history, check out this post I wrote in 2011. They're all even more terrible than this one :)