about me

I work as a software engineer, helping teams build robust information pipelines and applications.

my skills

I have experience in many technologies, but these are my preferences.


  • DynamoDB
  • Elasticsearch
  • PostgreSQL
  • Redis

programming languages

  • Go
  • Ruby

systems, platforms

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Docker
  • Gitlab
  • Terraform

You can see where I’ve worked here

my studies


  • Cesar Aira
  • Roberto Bolano
  • Elena Ferrante
  • Herman Melville
  • Haruki Murakami
  • John de los Passos


  • abstract algebra
  • linear algebra
  • calculus
  • logic


  • of literature
  • of mathematics
  • of mind

My favorite hobby is reading. Sometimes this is handy for work; othertimes it’s just nice to get a perspective on the world.

blog history

Check out previous versions of this blog in the Internet Archive. You can view the source for this blog here.

what does “1ijk” stand for?

A quaternion is a type of number, like a real number $\pi \in \mathbb{R}$ or a complex number $\sqrt{-1} \in \mathbb{C}$. The expression

$$-1 = ijk = i^2 = j^2 = k^2$$

describes the quaternions. These numbers have very nice properties and some cool history. For example:

[@QuantaMagazine](https://twitter.com/QuantaMagazine?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw) wrote about octonions they decided to write about on quaternions - and they interviewed me! Did you know the "dot product" and "cross product" were originally two parts of a single thing, the quaternion product? 

- John Carlos Baez ([@johncarlosbaez](https://twitter.com/johncarlosbaez/status/1037888688011730944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw))

They appeal to me, although I cannot say I understand much about them. And given that the string $1ijk$ is short, memorable, and rarely taken as a username, I’ve taken it as my online moniker.

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