I'm Gemma. I'm a developer, student, gamer, violinist and massive sci-fi geek.
Coding for money
I used to work for NASA through the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University, automating data analysis and storage, and building searchable database interfaces for researchers on a few missions:
After that, I worked on cQuencer, Bell and Howell's cross-platform postal mailing solution for the enterprise. Enterprises like banks. And phone companies. You know, the folks that send you junk mail and bills. You're welcome.
These days I spend most of my time on web applications for Social & Scientific Systems, helping improve public health and health research all over the world.
Coding for free
Back in the day I was a musician: my undergraduate degree is a B.Mus in Violin Performance.
I play World of Warcraft with some proficiency, and Halo 4 with less. I spent a decent amount of time in Star Wars: The Old Republic (which I miss now that all my compadres stopped playing) and Guild Wars 2, and Steam sales are a constant source of wallet leakage. Portal 2 is a favorite, as is Dishonored, Tomb Raider, Mass Effect, Mirror's Edge, Myst, etc. Skyrim is spectacular but the Xbox loading screens kill my soul. I loved Gone Home; if you think it's "not a real game" you're off your rocker.