I'm Derek Stevens, a California native since 1993, currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico; I grew up on the Monterey Peninsula devouring video games, operating system lore, metal and trance music, and exploring the environment through hiking, rollerblading, and urban exploration. I'm a bit of a polymath, graduating from UC Davis in 2019 with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Computer Science, as well as three Associates in Math, Physics, and Philosophy.
I met my wife on a cross-country train ride in 2016 and we had our son in 2019. I currently work as a Software Engineering Consultant with York Solutions. When I'm not busy with work and family, I like making music, aggressive rollerblading, playing retro video games, hiking, tending plants, and working on various personal programming, computing, and digital art projects.
See also, my curriculum vitae.
- Feodor Dostoyevski - The Brothers Karamazov
- Roberto Bolaño - 2666
- Tales of Arise
- Twitch Plays Pokémon - Anniversary Crystal
I've used various handles over the years -- dwindle, NIL, bladedvox, and currently I tend to pick the usernames nilix and drkste. My DJ persona is Rex Nillith.
Don't trust keyservers! This website is the only trusted authority for my public keys.
verify my signature: signing public key
send me an encrypted message: encryption public key
I picked this domain back in 2013 and have stuck with it ever since. It was originally solely a place to host my mixes -- hence the name, resembling a radio station -- but organically evolved over time into what you see here.
The current meaning of the domain name is:
empty Formless Machine, Computing Carefully
This server is a shared server hosted by Uberspace; I chose their infrastucture because it runs on renewable energy and the company values privacy, autonomy, and community. Since my slice mostly just runs this website and the hack lab, the resource allocation is more than enough.
The webserver is lighttpd and the website itself is a static site generated with eureka. The hack lab is generated by cgit. The black hole cafe is a honk instance.
Another consideration is accessibility over poor internet connections. All images are either hand-optimized (background/banner images and SVG icons) or optimized by resizing and dithering (thumbnails). This, combined with the aforementioned points, leads to even the heaviest pages on the site having low payload size and quick load times.
Any opinions expressed on this website are those of my own person and not representative of my employer.