Recovering from Tech Burnout

At the beginning of the pandemic, I had already been feeling burned out for almost a year. In the previous summer of 2019, I had just finished an intense Computer Science degree program. During the previous 2 years, I had been working a part-time job (as a software/IT engineer) while studying computer science and performing undergraduate research. I was putting in 80+ hours a…

Overview of NIST Cybersecurity Framework

What is the NIST CSF? The Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) is a collection of standards, guidelines and best practices created and published by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST). It consists of three components: Implementation Tiers, the Core and Profiles. Implementation Tiers help organizations determine their current and target level of risk management controls. The Core consists of five functions that help reduce…

Introduction to REST architecture

This article is a brief introduction to the REpresentational State Transfer (REST) architecture. It is intended for aspiring/junior software developers and other technical professionals who would like to have a better understanding of REST. Representational State Transfer is a system architectural style enabling the creation and utilization of web services. Services compatible with REST are referred to as “RESTful.” This is common among microservices,…

Agile & Scrum for Newbies

Agile is a framework for methodologies that follow the Agile manifesto. One of the most common Agile methodologies in use is Scrum. It’s a really effective and flexible approach that focuses on building fully functional things within a short amount of time. It really shortens the feedback loop! I ended up adapting it for my own life management because of how well it meshes…

Using GillesPy2 to simulate inhalation anthrax

While working on my Computer Science degree, I was invited to participate in an undergraduate research project that allowed me to combine my interest in programming and biology. I converted a predictable, but simplified, model of inhalation anthrax to a model that accounts for the probabilistic nature of biological systems (i.e., deterministic to stochastic). The project was a collaboration between two UNC Asheville professors:…

Privilege and the Pursuit of Financial Independence

I’ve noticed a serious lack of privilege awareness in certain financial independence groups, so it’s an important topic I want to address. Even when pursuing Financial Independence through a socially conscious lens, we have to admit to ourselves that FI is rooted in privilege. Personally, my motive is to secure my own freedom & independence from a system that is not inclusive. But it…

A Trans Woman’s Thoughts on Being a Former Freemason

Ten years ago, I joined a fraternal organization known as Freemasonry. One of its primary missions, outside of public charity, is to provide an environment where men are meant to support each other on a path of personal and spiritual growth. There is a focus on providing a ritual framework that guides its members through life’s changes & challenges. There’s an abundance of symbolism,…

Analysis of 007: James Bond Films

The James Bond films are the longest running series in cinematic history, with a total of 24 films since Sean Connery’s debut as James Bond in 1962’s Dr. No. It is one of the highest-grossing franchises of all time with an estimated worth of approximately $15 billion USD. This is a data analysis project that I’ve considered doing for a while. In 2006, when Daniel…