Hi! I’m Ryan. I’m a professional programmer who works in the gaming industry, primarily on engine-level code and tools. On the side, I do the same kind of programming—games, engines, tools—as well as research and development into new forms of code editors, compilers, design systems, and—someday—operating systems.
I love the human adventure: the unending strive towards artistic, philosophical, spiritual, mathematical, and scientific horizons. I think this adventure is only possible through individual liberty and natural rights. This is precisely why I care deeply about computing—it has been one of the greatest engines of liberty in history, and thus also all manifestations of that liberty: new forms of art, new modes of human existence through human-computer-interaction, and scientific and mathematical exploration.
For all of these reasons, I despise authoritarianism of all varieties. I despise the part of the human mind that is subjugated by authoritarians. I find it important that those who act as though they have authority are criticized, and to continuously re-examine and challenge authority.
Here, I write posts about a number of topics related to computing, ranging from specific technical details that I have worked on in my experience as a systems-level programmer, to the political and philosophical issues that underlie computing.
I write for many reasons—to think, to learn from others, to better solidify my own thought processes, to share technical information with others, to contribute to technical/political/philosophical dialogue, and to motivate others who share a similar vision to me.
I hope you enjoy my writing—if you do, please consider subscribing.
My Code Depot
I self-host all of my code over at git.rfleury.com. I keep the doors closed for most of my code, but if you’d like to ask for private access to a specific project or repository of mine, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
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I won’t guarantee access, but for independent developers or friends I’m more-often-than-not happy to set up an account for you. If you want to browse or use any of my code for business reasons, I will likely not provide access for free, and we can negotiate the terms of your access.
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There are three access tiers for my content and code:
Tier I: Vanguard — Highly-trusted; primarily close friends or teammates.
Tier II: Community — Friends, supporters, contributors to public projects.
Tier III: Public — Consumers of public content.
Allen Webster, Mr. 4th—An excellent and remarkably-rigorous programmer I’ve had the privilege of working with on a few projects, including Dion Systems. He is producing a very in-depth video series on building his own personal codebase from scratch, and is writing blog posts on the computing world, both regarding technical details and the freedom to compute.
Abner Coimbre—Abner is the organizer of the Handmade Seattle conferences, and one of the original founders of Handmade Network. He’s well-known for his chocolate-wine-fueled interviews with various interesting people on the topics of programming and ownership in computing, and his passion for from-scratch systems programming.