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When I was 11, I was very interested in maths. I saw the π song on YouTube, and learnt the constant's value to approximately 120 decimal places.

When I was 14, I made drum and bass music on an ancient iMac. The computer had so little memory that GarageBand would begin to seize up if I added more than 8 instrument tracks.

When I was around 16, I built a desktop computer from parts, intending to use it as a home server. I installed Ubuntu Linux on it, and then experimented with other flavours for everyday use on my laptop. I settled on OpenSUSE, and have not used Windows since. I taught myself to program in C. I read a book of Norse mythology. I chose to do Philosophy, German, History and Biology at A-Level, being one of the handful at my school not to take Maths.

When I was 18, I released an album of downtempo electronic music, I chose to call myself aethelflaed, after an Anglo-Saxon princess and ruler of Mercia. I chose to study Philosophy at university. I registered the domain unraed.uk and set up a website here.

When I was 19, I took a course in formal logic, a branch of mathematics which has survived to be taught within the Philosophy department, despite its complete lack of resemblance to anything else in the degree. I loved it.

When I was 20, I taught myself set theory using Paul Halmos' book Naive Set Theory. Infinite ordinals and cardinals blew my mind, and I fell back in love with mathematics. I switched to Debian Linux on my laptop.

When I was 21, I worked through Stephen Cole Kleene's book Mathematical Logic. I wrote my Philosophy dissertation on Gödel's incompleteness theorems. In the course of my research, I decided that the Humanities did not fill me with the wonder and sense of limitless discovery which mathematics and science could provide. Though I finished my studies, I set myself a new task of learning: I resolved to pursue maths in my free time and technology for a job, both of which require autodidacticism on my part. There is lots that I want to teach myself, and so much else to do; I want to continue making music, for example. And so we come to the present.