Amanda Rodewald


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Saint Louis, MO, USA

Member since August 18, 2020

Transgender geek. Don't hate me because I'm beautiful. I learned to program when I was nine years old, spending a week getting the hang on BASIC on a DEC PDP-11A at a summer camp I attended. During the second week of camp, I had already competed all the suggested activities for the class... so I used my time to learn other things, such as how to hack the instructors account, and what kind of subtle fun you could have with people as an administrator. That was 1980. I won't say I never hacked another account, but I've spent far more time programming than hacking... and absolutely no time hacking since I could be prosecuted as an adult. I have, however, spent time coding in BASIC, PASCAL, Assembly Language for 65xx, 8088 and 80x86 processors, FORTRAN, COBOL, C, C++, VB6, SQL, Javascript, C#, Java, Python, TypeScript... and others that I've forgotten, I'm sure. Oh, and probably a dozen various scripting languages. And one time, for fun, I wrote a compiler for a language I called PB&J, in which all of the keywords were sandwich ingredients. I put on 15 pounds programming in that language... When I was a child and people used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered with one word: "Happy". I still want to be happy when I grow up, but since I transitioned to living my life as a woman, I at least get to practice that now while I'm still a child. Other than being happy, I have exactly one goal in my life: I want to leave the world a better place than it was when I found it. If I were to die today, I would consider that goal accomplished, but I hope I don't because there's still so much more I'd like to do.

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