Six to Eight Weeks

6 minute read Published: 2020-05-26

The doctors told me that it takes six to eight weeks – on average – for healthy folks with my symptoms to recover. It took more than six months.

Transitioning Is an Act of Strength

5 minute read Published: 2019-12-15

You gave up everything I’ve spent my life fighting for. I can’t imagine how much you must have been hurting inside to choose to do that.

  • Sarah Novotny

The Job Hunt Is Over

3 minute read Published: 2019-10-05

It’s been a month now since I signed an employment contract with Microsoft.

You read that correctly — the giant tech company which I swore, back in the 90’s, I would never work for. Even though most of my colleagues have been very encouraging, even reminding me that Microsoft isn’t as monopolistic or walled-off as it once was, there are still some things which bear clarification (especially for any readers that have known me during the OpenStack or MySQL days).

Gender Markers

3 minute read Published: 2019-08-13

(content warning: gender issues and gender-based violence, no specifics but still may be difficult for some)


Yesterday, the Washington State Department of Licensing held a public hearing for comments on the proposed legislation to add an ‘X’ gender marker option on state-issued ID’s. I chose to go and stand up for all the non-binary, intersex, and transgender members of my communities.

Rebuilding my miniserver

1 minute read Published: 2019-05-29