I live in San Francisco, and I grew up in Los Angeles. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I am @brittagus.
This blog is mostly about making art and learning about architecture, infrastructure, local history, and places. I don’t update it often anymore, but my friend and I write a blog of mathematical art projects.
My work: making products better by paying careful attention to users, because advanced-level nerdery doesn’t have to be confusing or frustrating. I do a combination of support, moderation, curation, technical writing, bug reporting, and generally keeping an eye out for things going wrong and how I can help fix them. Since March 2011 I’ve been working for the tiny company that makes Cydia, the alternative to the App Store for jailbroken iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. This includes answering lots of questions, moderating support forums (JailbreakQA and its IRC channel, the jailbreaking subreddit, and even Facebook comments), improving documentation (in the Cydia app, iPhoneDevWiki, TheiPhoneWiki, etc.), testing software, selecting featured packages, and keeping in contact with the variety of independent people who make up the jailbreaking ecosystem (jailbreak developers, repository managers, tweak and theme makers, enthusiastic users, and more). I am lucky to work on something I care about.
I also contribute my skills to OpenHatch, to help make open source a little friendlier. Sometimes I edit Wikipedia, collect Mac menubar items, and make Unicode faces and holiday trees. I take photos of buildings and put them on Flickr and Instagram.
For part of 2010 I did product and community work for Canvas. During college I was the Delicious community manager (from 2005 to 2009, part-time during the school years and full-time in the summers): I answered email and forum questions, helped problems get fixed when people complained, killed spam, wrote blog posts, and loved Delicious as one of its first users and team members.
What is a jeweled platypus?
When I was 11 years old, I found this image in an issue of National Geographic Magazine and decided it looked like a jeweled platypus. I cut it out and pasted it in a binder that I soon lost, but the image stuck in my head. When I was 19, I researched the image and found out that it’s a picture of an ancient Peruvian duck earring, which confirmed its status as my favorite thing.
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