The Avatar Diaries

My Twitterversary is May 31th. To express the multitude of layers in my deeply involved yet methodical personality I’ve decided to switch my Twitter persona every year on that date. Also, because life would be boring otherwise. Below is the history of what I felt like in a given year.

2009 I started off as The Mighty Boosh, and used the tagline “My geeky alter ego. Deeply indebted to D. E. Knuth, E. W. Dijkstra and C. A. R. Hoare for their teachings”. Teaching TDD is quite an experience coming from this background, if you know what I mean.
2010 In my second year I became Vince of Rex the Runt, and the most important things I wanted to tell everyone were “Tuesday” and “I like jam”. Indeed, only that, because I couldn’t figure out a way to convey the profound nature of my Random Pavarotti Disease in text.
2011 Then, to show my classic education, I put on my tweed jacket. (Tweed sounds like tweet — got it? I’m funny too!) Alas, they didn’t let me light my pipe, so the picture may feel somewhat fake. And I said “Pipes are a programmer’s best friend.” and that I live “in your softwares” (not true).
2012 In the fourth year I mutated into the Hello Kitty character of the Obey Giant school of imagery. And so I laid down the law with “Coder Kitty Has a Posse” and “in the zone”. To be noted is the fact, that this was the year I got Coders Only going.
2013 Then I turned into Statler and Waldorf, but I soon ran into Redline Smalltalk, and that made me add a banner, because nothing is as productive as Smalltalk, and the App has to run on the Java Virtual Machine. Avatar kindly donated to the amazing James Ladd.
2014 I then transmogrified myself and the Smalltalk banner into Chris The Ninja Pirate from the addictive Weebl and Bob series. And lo, I spoke “Into code, coders and single malts.” and that I lived “’pon the seas”. With one of these statements even being factual!
2015 This was the year of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Because if it haven’t been blindingly obvious so far, I’m through-and-through British in my heart, in many ways. Take music and visuals for example. Not in culinary taste, obviously. And I am also a fan of Wes Anderson.
2016 Cult as cult gets. This year shall be spent as an homage to the unparalleled Nathan Barley. Hence my name changes to well craftsmanlike and my bio to “self-facilitating coder culture node”. In all seriousness though, you must watch the series, it is well proper. Check it out, yeah?
2017 In the guise of Vyvyan Basterd I shall take a candid stance and be called nondoctrinaire af. Because I am. And I warn that I am fiercely truthful and am into FreeBSD, Ruby Elixir Pony Crystal and fighting for lost causes like privacy and am prone to entering the room through the wall. Happens.
2018 I shall go as i’m too meta for my shirt with the bio sworn code alchemist // principled self-enveloper // continuous discoverer // fan of crystal // friend of beastie // foe of doctrines // drinker of single malts . Basing my identity on the Ouroboros was inspired by The End of Source Code.
2019 Are you curious yet? May 31th is the day. And God Almighty Ceiling Cat only knows who I’ll turn into next year…