Hello!

I'm Gered King, a Canadian software developer living in Toronto Ontario. I'm 30-something years old.

Like a lot of "tech people" with their own blog, I am pretty much a huge nerd. I play video games and write code for fun in my spare time. I don't totally and completely fit into the nerd stereotype however as there are some nerdy things I don't like ... such as D&D, which I find incredibly boring.

During the day I work on web apps in the healthcare sector with Clojure. It's a nice change from my previous C#/PHP days, but I try not to fixate on a single language or stack as I strongly believe this limits your growth as a programmer. It's ok to have favourites, but it's wrong to believe in a "one and true programming language."

As far as video games go, I almost exclusively stick to retro stuff. Very much in-line with this, a lot of the coding I do in my spare time also tends to revolve around games with a significant retro-bias (this is also for practicality reasons mind you... it's much easier for a non-artist to struggle through making pixel art then it is for one to try 3D modeling!).

I am almost exclusively a Mac and Linux user. I will only begrudgingly use Windows if it is required for some specific task I need to accomplish. Quite the reversal for me as I used to scoff at the non-Windows users (especially Mac users). As a result of this, I am not a PC gamer at all.

So you can expect that the vast majority of the posts here will fit into the general topics mentioned above with the occasional completely out-there post if I feel so inclined.

Thanks for stopping by!

Developer's / Streamer's Biotope

Workstation Equipment (middle/right):

  • Late 2013 27" iMac
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 512 GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
  • Dell U2717D Monitor
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Pad
  • Microsoft 5-button IntelliMouse Optical
  • HON VL700 Series Chair

Twitch speedrun streaming setup (left):

  • Sony PVM 14M4U CRT monitor
  • XRGB-Mini Framemeister
  • Magewell Pro Capture HDMI (via Sonnet Thunderbolt PCIe enclosure)
  • Blue Snowball Microphone

Casual Gaming Biotope

  • Sony PVM 20L2MD CRT Monitor
  • Sony KDL42W700B HDTV
  • 5-way SCART Switch (Generic)
  • GE 73344 4-way Component Switch
  • Super Nintendo (SNS-CPU-1CHIP-02)
  • AV Famicom (HVC-101) NESRGB Modded
  • Famicom Disk System
  • Nintendo 64 RGB modded via THS7314 RGB Amp
  • Sony Playstation PSone SCPH-101
  • Sega Genesis Model 1 TMSS w/ Sega CD Model 1
  • GameCube DOL-001 (OEM Component Cable, Game Boy Player, Broadband Adapter)
  • Nintendo Wii (launch model, softmodded)
  • Nintendo Wii U
  • Xbox 360 S