Palagpat Coding

Fun with JavaScript, HTML5 game design, and the occasional outbreak of seriousness

On New Beginnings

Friday, December 18, 2015

So, this place has been getting pretty dusty, hasn’t it?

There’s a reason why my attention has been elsewhere the past year and a half, and I’m finally ready to talk about it.

I’m transgender. From a very young age, I have always felt a profound and deep disconnect between my inner and outer selves. But until I left the religion that was such a huge force in my life, I was too afraid to do anything about it.

Over the past year, I’ve gradually begun living openly & authentically as myself for the first time in my life. My partner, co-workers, and close friends & family all call me Rye. Our kids go back and forth between “Dad,” “Mom,” and a nickname my youngest came up with, “Adre” (like Spanish madre or padre, without the first letter). Which I rather like. 😀

I realize this may or may not come as a surprise, and honestly, given the increasing visibility of trans people in our culture, it may not mean much to you (which, to be clear, is a good thing!). But it means quite a lot to me, and I felt like it was time to stop hiding.

As you may have surmised, this is not a decision I’ve come to lightly. It’s not a phase, not a whim, and I’m not jumping on a trend.

Chances are you don’t know me personally, but I suspect some of you may know me on Github, Twitter, or elsewhere. If and when we do interact, I’d ask that you call me by my new name, Rye, and use female pronouns (she, her, hers) when referring to me. I realize for some people this will take more getting used to than others, and I expect people may mistakes. As long as people respect me and try to get it right, we’re good.

Now that this is out in the open, I may have more time to blog here, or more to say. Expect some blog posts in the coming weeks, maybe even the resurrection of an old project or two. I invite you to join me on this journey, but if, on the other hand, you feel compelled to tell me I’m sick, perverted, confused, etc… instead, close your browser, hug your loved ones, and enjoy a hot cuppa. Life is too short for hate and intolerance (and I’ll block/ignore you anyway, so you’d be shouting into the void).

Cheers & Happy Festivus,


Whither my side projects?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I just read last Monday's Dork Tower strip, and it reminded me just how negligent I've been here and over on my MUGEN blog:

Dork Tower 21.04.14
Oh hi there, neglected side projects.

Just like Matt in this strip, I have things I've been meaning to work on, but professional and family obligations keep me busy right up to the point of exhaustion. I'm loving it, but it means that nearly all of my side projects are on hold (there's a notable exception, but that's the topic for another day). I fully intend to get back to work on some of this stuff eventually, but only time will tell.

Meanwhile, you can always follow me on Tumblr.

I made a thing: News Fixr

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Based on this xkcd comic, I made a bookmarklet. Drag the following link to your bookmarks bar, go to a normal, boring news story, and click your new bookmarklet link to make it better:

News Fixr

Sample results:

Almost every major technology company in America is coming out with some sort of wearable technology device, but a Tumblr post suggests that the public is still "mixed" on wearable tech... When looking specifically at devices such as Virtual Boy, only 20 percent of respondents had any interest.


If you like this, let me know on Twitter or Tumblr. Suggestions for more substitutions are always welcome, too.