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Hi frenz πŸ‘‹ call me bits!

Or you can call me Brian Olsen. I'm a πŸŽ–οΈ U.S. marine with ADHD 🧠 turned πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» software engineer / developer advocate working with the open-source projects like Apache Iceberg and Trino.

I'm a bit obsessed with pluralist and post-growth economic approaches to bringing us back to a fragmented internet of the 90s with smaller companies with better interfaces. I think as a species we've overcorrected on centralization of wealth and power, and I think social media in the form of a single platform for everyone to interact with one puppet master algorithm has had terrible consequences on our health and our planet. I want to share how open movements like open education, gig economy and entrepreneurship, distributed communication, a truly global free-market economy, and minimal government involvement will nudge us towards the direction of fixing wealth inequality in an organic motion not enforced by a single entity, but rather the whole of society. Frameworks like open source in software are early manifestations of distributed human collaboration that wasn't possible before the internet, and it teaches us that collaboration of many doesn't only keep up with corporate products, but outpaces them to the point that they have gotten more involved to keep up with the rapid pace of innovation.

About Me

I'm a computer nerd that absolutely ❀️ s β˜•. Yes it's trite...but I'm owning it.

I really like digging into the algorithms underlying βš™οΈπŸ—„οΈ database systems, πŸ’½πŸ”Ž data analytics, and πŸ“ˆπŸ“Š data visualization. I spent four years as a Data Engineer at a cybersecurity company working on pipeline maintenance and query optimization. While in this role, I was responsible for maintaining data pipelines and migrations to include replacing some legacy data warehousing systems to use open-source Trino. I enjoy playing guitar🎸, maps/GIS systemsπŸ—ΊοΈ, oxford commasπŸ”£, and long walks on the beachπŸ–οΈ.

πŸ“œ More than you wanted to know about me...

I served six years in the Marine Corps and got out with an honorable discharge as a Sergeant. During that time my job was to maintain data communications πŸ“‘ through networking systems for a battalion for field operations. Experiencing the technology that enabled Marines to complete their mission planted a curiosity in me that led to my career in computation.

πŸ” Food

What's your favorite cuisine, restaurant, or meal? Craft Burgers, Fries, and a Beer

What are your favorite desserts or sweets? Chocolate Cake with an espresso

Do you like to cook or bake? What are your favorites? I like to cook recipes that take less than 30 min, but taste amazing.

🎭 Arts & Entertainment

What are some of your favorite movies? (Or actors or filmmakers.) – Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas – Actor: Edward Norton – Filmmaker: Tim Burton

What are your favorite books or authors? – Book: The Subtle Art of not Giving A F*ck – Author: Richard Dawkins

What are your favorite TV shows? (Current or all-time favorites.) – Metalocalypse – Rurouni Kenshin – Silicon Valley – Betas – PokΓ©mon – Rick and Morty – Bob's Burgers – How I met your mother

What are your favorite bands, musical artists, or genres? – Band: The Living End – Artist: Chris Cheney – Genre: Psychobilly

🎸 Activities

What things do you nerd out on? Guitar and Code

Do you have any hobbies? – Hanging with my wife and kids – Guitar – Code

What sports or physical activities do you enjoy? Running and Lifting

Do you follow any sports or teams? No, I only attend a sporting event for the social aspects

What are your favorite games? (Board games, video games, etc.) – PokΓ©mon – Diablo I, II, III + extensions – Mega Man 6

πŸͺž Personal History

Where did you grow up or what places have you lived? – Born: Los Angeles, CA – Raised: St. Louis, MO – Live: Chicago, IL

What are your favorite places in the world that you've visited? – Netherlends – Italy – Colombia – Spain – Mexico

Did you have a favorite subject or a major in school? Computer Science/Spanish

profile for Brian Olsen at Stack Overflow