- Nickname: I go by "Brewer" as "Matt" is a nearly useless identifier
- Email: mbrewer at smalladventures dot net
- Mailing Address: 340 S LEMON AVE #5604
WALNUT, CA 91789
- Cellphone: 478-2BREWER (478-227-3937)
- Callsign: KB1PMC
- XMPP: mbrewer at smalladventures dot net
- IRC: I normally hang out on irc.freenode.net
- PGP root fingerprint: 0C96 22BE 0CDC 2F91 9419 0C9B 068A 1FC0 6E69 A031
- PGP fingerprint: 7C24 3455 C4C2 8DC1 5013 5515 B1E6 966B 5187 2011
- Wilderness First Responder
- Technical Rope Rescue Technician level
- Swiftwater Rescue Technician level
- HAM radio operator (technician)
- Member of California Explorer Search And Rescue (CalESAR)
- Bacholors in CS from Carnegie Mellon University
- 1500 miles on the AT in 2009
- Through-hike of JMT summer 2012
- Been to the Wintercount gathering every year since 2011
- And you know... I live outside and spend all my time hiking etc.
- 4 Summers at UMASS working on mobile robot systems
- 1 Summer at the National Robotics Engineering Center testing Flash Lidar for use on mobile robotics
- 1 Summer at the Parallel Data Lab (CMU) working on the Self-* distributed filesystem
- 2 semesters TA for physics (also involving teaching python) at CMU
- 2 semesters TA for 15-410 (writing a kernel from scratch) at CMU
- Site Reliability Engineer at Google for 5 years, Tech Lead, level T5 (Senior Engineer)
My approximate current whereaboutsIt seems that the recent changes to latitude have gotten rid of this feature :(.. If anyone knows how to get it back, give me a ring
My approximate whereabouts in the near future
- See my (and my best friend Jess') blog for what I spend much of my time doing. It's focused primarilly on outdoors, bushcraft, and homesteading stuff, but other things creep in occasionally.
- Backpacking and bushcraft: Hiking thousands of miles, bushwhacking, carrying minimal gear, starting fires with a fire drill, sleeping under the stars, tanning hides, throwing sling, archery, etc.
- Homesteading knowledge: How to *do* things. This is an extension of the bushcraft interests into slightly higher technology. I'd love to learn to work with horses, and I love old farm machinery, how to rotate crops, how to use pigs as plows, etc.
- Instruments: guitar and vocals, both of many styles. I also dabble in bamboo flute and penny whistle. Check out some tabs here .
- 4-wheeling and truck living: Why use a hotel when you have an offroad camper and can sleep deep on a backroad for free! I've got a highlift on the roof and tools in the back, and am slowly learning how to repair it.
- Rock climbing: I'm certified in Technical Rope Rescue. I used to rock-climb indoors a regularly. I've got the beginnings of trad gear. I'd love to do outdoor climbing more.
- Other sports I enjoy and am okay at: spelunking, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, snowboarding, skiing, ultimate frisbee, parkour, sailing, running, mountain biking, street biking.
- Sports I want to learn: Most things, some specific examples though, sailing, sailboarding, sea kayaking, surfing, free-diving, car racing.
- Computer stuff: Writing quick code, admin'ing my own systems, designing new and better kernels, systems, and programming languages, exploring anonymity and security (what if the government were after you?). Most recently I'm playing with how I can mix computer and primitive tech to try and get the best parts of both.
- Puzzle solving: MIT mystery hunt and that sort of thing
- Other activities: urban exploration, clubbing (baby seals?), gaming, "making", wandering, climbing trees, reading, or... you know, whatever :P.
What am I doing with my life?
See my blog .