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Spacefem
Birthdate:
20 May 1980
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Spacefem a nutshell


I'm an electrical engineer in my early 30s. I've lived in Wichita, Kansas since 2002. I'm married to an electronic music DJ. We have two daughters, one born in 2013 and the other in 2010. We also have a dog and some guinea pigs. I work in the aviation industry and have a private pilot's license.

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Life Story


I spent the first 12 years of my life in St. Louis. Then I moved to Overland Park, KS for the next 6 years or so, spending most of my high school career in activities like track and field and music. My senior year, I finally broke down and took programming (in basic! yee-ah!) and physics and totally loved both, couldn't believe what I was missing by singing in the choir and writing poetry all those years (not that those activities were bad, but they kept me from doing things I ended up loving.)

Then I went to college. I picked a small one where I could still run track and said I wanted to go into some kind of science related field. The summer before I started, I got a call from one of the professors in the electronics program offering me a scholarship if I'd just declare an electronics major and take one three hour class. So I tried it. The class was hard as hell and I was the only girl but I ended up really liking it. I had a stronger math/physics background than a lot of the guys, so I did well. Electronics is very empowering, and I felt at home learning methods of applied science. I earned my degree in Electronics Engineering Technology in May 2002, went to work, and got a master's in Electrical Engineering in May 2008.

I got married in August 2007 to the very adorable but slightly ADHD njntrubl (don't click on that journal, he doesn't update it, just uses the account for replies). We are a sickeningly happy couple.

In March 2010 I became a private pilot.


In June 2010 I became a mother.

Career


I am an avionics systems engineer. I work for a large aircraft company in Wichita, Kansas, we're always churning out new models so there's always a lot to do. Avionics comes from a combination of the phrase Aviation Electronics... everything electronic that's needed to fly. There are systems for navigation, communication, weather detection, satellite data, traffic warnings, ground proximity warnings, and anything else our customers want. Anyway, my job is to help put these all together and get them approved by the FAA. I really love my job, the people I work with are great and it's fun stuff to study.

Computer


I like to play around with computer stuff in my spare time - I built my own and I've been running Linux for a little over a year. I don't know a ton about Linux, I'm mostly a desktop user, but it's fun to play with. All my website graphics were made with The GIMP.

I also spend a lot of time on my website. I've had it in various forms since 1998 or so, and it's sort of taken on a life of its own, but that's okay. It's got members for me to love now.

Religion & Politics


I am a Christian.
Set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. I Peter 3:15
I try to be very logical about my faith, and believe that finding God is a journey. It's not supposed to give you all the answers, it's supposed to get you started in asking questions. I spend a lot of time and effort trying to take my religion back from the crazy right-wingers, which can be a full-time job in the middle of Kansas. Part of that "taking it back" effort has gotten me heavily involved in gay rights advocacy... I was so sick of listening to people here act like it was okay to blame all society's problems on gays, I started campaigning for their equality. It's not a winning battle to fight here, but I've made a lot of really good friends and learned a lot about politics. I'm also strongly pro-choice and generally libertarian ("we're pro-choice on everything!") because I don't like the government being, well, the government.

The only absolute truth I believe in is this: as humans, it's our responsibility to look for ways to make a difference in the world around us. I can accept that some people don't believe in God, but I can't accept anyone telling me that spirituality is not a topic worth discussing. I can accept that some people vote differently than I do, but I can't accept someone who doesn't vote. I think we all have an obligation to go past what we initially feel like doing when we wake up in the morning.

Links


Here's a contribution I made to the world of livejournal... it makes communities easier to search for:

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Here's another page that combines poll results answers into a matrix so you can look for correlation:
http://spacefem.com/ljpoll/

Stuff I'm somewhat responsible for:
tall a community for tall people
engineers I'm a co-mod
feminist_otd Spacefem.com Feminist Of The Day project
spacefemdotcom Spacefem.com articles
sf_polloftheday Spacefem.com Poll of the Day

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