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Even the horse knew what?

About Me

I’d like to be able to say this blog draws its name from the ancient beliefs that the horse is an all knowing messenger from powerful beings. However, that simply isn’t true. It is inspired, like many things, by a Dilbert Cartoon. It’s funny. I am not sure why.

That first paragraph probably told you more about me than you will ever otherwise find out. Beyond my weird sense of humor and bad taste in music the rest is pretty standard. I wear a bunch of hats professionally and semi-professionally, including:

  • Community Manager/Leader
  • Software Engineer/Programmer
  • Writer of Documentation
  • American living in Europe
  • “Student” of International Taxation

These days I am working for Red Hat as the Fedora community’s Action and Impact Coordinator.

I’ve written some code and contributed to other code bases. A lot of this work has been done in GitHub.

Talks and presentations that I’ve given are collected in my talk, presentation and demo archive. You can flip the slides easily online using the direct url: http://www.winglemeyer.org/bexelbie-talks-demos/.

More details can be found in my LinkedIn profile, amongst other places.

If anyone actually reads this page and sends me a question, I’ll make this description better.

Bios

Bios are hard to write and worst to have to come up with on short notice. I keep a few here as notes.

Short Bio (139 Chars)

Brian Exelbierd works is the Fedora Community Coordinator and has a background in Higher Education and IT/Engineering. Follow him @bexelbie

Medium Bio (1023 Chars)

Brian (bex) Exelbierd is the Fedora Community Action and Impact Coordinator on behalf of the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat. At Red Hat, Brian has worked as a technical writer, software engineer, content strategist and now as an Open Source community manager. Brian spends his day enabling the Fedora community by clearing road blocks and easing the way for the community to do great things. Before Red Hat, Brian worked with the University of Delaware as the Director of Graduate and Executive Programs in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and as a Budget Analyst. Brian’s background in software engineering stretches back years before his university work and includes stints at small, medium, large and governemental organizations. “Glue Code” is how a lot of Brian’s projects could be described. These are projects that fill in the interstitial spaces between large systems and provide continuity and ease of use. Follow him on Twitter @bexelbie or via his blog at www.winglemeyer.org.

Barbarism

I engage in one habit that a friend has described as “barbarism.” I put two spaces after periods. *gasp* I also tend to hardwrap non-email text. *shock* Finally, I have currently set my tab to be 4 spaces and not 8. *fainting noise*

GPG Key

For those of you who need to send me something super sekrit, you can use my spiffy GPG key. Please keep in mind that my response time on encrypted emails is pretty slow.

Fingerprint: CE92 EA39 3146 3300 34BC AA49 8473 3A2D BF0C AA95

You can find my full key, here.

About This Site

This web site is hosted on GitHub Pages from my bexelbie.github.io repository.

The site is authored in a combination of HTML and Markdown which is built by Jekyll. The site makes use of the jekyll-paginate and jekyll-feed plugins.

The theme is the official jekyll version of the Clean Blog from Start Bootstrap. The theme has been modified by me with several patches and extensions. They can be reviewed in the site’s source repository. I also maintain a “stable” branch” with all my changes, both private and those are are submitted for upstream consideration.

Comments are only occasionally enabled. I think that most of my writing deserve a response via your own blog/social media and I encourage you to do so. In a few situations I’ve enabled comments because they make sense for that particular article. Comments are powered by Staticman.

Reading times are roughly calculated using a reading speed of 180 words per minute. The code is from Carlos Alexandro Becker.