by Isaac Asimov
Hello! I usually go by the moniker Kognise /ˈkägˌnaɪz/ on the internet. Many things capture my interest, and this website features some of them. You may enjoy reading one of the articles I’ve written.
Reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org or @kognise on Discord
I currently do engineering full time at Hack Club. In the past, I’ve worked with Replit and Redwood Research.
I spend a significant portion of my time writing code and creating with technology. I believe in having passion for your craft and attention to detail. Since I just adore building things, I have a huge amount of side projects that I don’t really know what to do with! You can see an abridged list of stuff I’ve done if you’re interested.
I use TypeScript, Rust, and Next.js on a daily basis and love them. I used to daily drive NixOS with KDE Plasma (you can check out my dotfiles, they’re not half bad) but now just use macOS and reserve NixOS for my desktop at home. I design everything for myself and for others using Figma.
I’m often asked, “hey Lexi, what kind of programming do you do?”, and I never quite know how to answer. I do everything. Frontend! Backend! Embedded hardware! Mobile apps! Compilers! I find it immensely enjoyable to learn how shit works and go down rabbit holes, and I pick up whatever’s needed to build what I’m excited about.
In the summer of 2021 I rode across the country with a bunch of other cool programmers on a literal freaking superdome train, and that was pretty cool. Recently, I’ve been traveling a lot to meet developer friends in person. This has even taken me to Kalamazoo, which I didn’t previously realize was a real city in Michigan.
9-year-old me making friends with a cool robot I made:
I think aviation is pretty cool. I soloed about a year ago and am planning on finishing my license soon!
I’m currently learning to fly the good ol’ Cessna 172 for my Private Pilot License. I also enjoy playing flight simulators; I use Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR as well as FlightGear, and occasionally pilot or control on VATSIM. I mentioned travelling earlier: when I have the chance, I love flying as a passenger.
Here are some neat pictures I took from the air:
When I’m not programming, flying, or slacking off, I’m probably doing something music-related. I’ve been playing classical, jazz, and contemporary music on cello for almost 11 years. I compose music for acoustic instruments and create electronic bleep bloop sounds in a variety of styles using Ableton, REAPER, Pd, and Max. Perhaps I’ll release an album eventually.
The large portion of my time awake is spent listening to music. In fact, I’m probably listening to some music right now! My taste is very multifaceted, but I primarily listen to upbeat songs. I also play Beat Saber badly.
Here are my favorite albums of all time, in no particular order:
Recently I’ve been getting into rock climbing. While I suck, it’s the first physical activity that I’ve actually taken pleasure in!
I enjoy engulfing myself in books and watching movies. Many of my favorite films are anime-style, including almost everything by Studio Ghibli as well as CoMix Wave Films; my favorite Ghibli movie is probably Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Live-action movies that stuck out to me as really great are Dr. Strangelove, Memento, and Lady Bird. I’m also a die-hard fan of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy.
Some of my favorite books that I can 100% recommend:
by Isaac Asimov
by Douglas Thomas
by Eliezer Yudkowsky
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
by Fabien Sanglard
by Dan Davies
You might get a kick out of reading some brand guidelines, or perhaps a piece of writing I synergized.
And as always, feel free to shoot me an email or direct message anytime and for any reason :)
I used to have two featured public projects here, but right now all of the awesome side projects I’m working on alongside my job are private. Among other things, I’m working on a personal finance app and big updates to Doggo.Ninja and Punct.
Here’s a semi-complete and unordered list of the more minor things I’ve worked on over the course of my life, with links for ones that are more easily consumable:
^ Here’s me with a beautiful jelly bean man! Byeeeeeeeeeee.