My name is Brandon also known as “Theatre X” in some parts of the Internets. I’m a Vegan currently living in Corning, NY.
I’m 26 years old and I study Health and Physical Education at Corning Community College with a concentration on Nutrition and Wellness. I am married to my wife Rachel Smith and have been since August 16th, 2013. We’ve had many bumps in the road but it has been worth it! I was born in Corning, NY and lived here until the age of 15, then moved to Tioga County, NY where I spent about 7 years and then moved back to Corning in September of 2012.
I have three adorkable cats: Ezra, Scout, and Callie (in respect to their ages). I’ll upload photos of them eventually.
I have studied Veganism in academia and made multiple attempts at living the Vegan life since 2014 but finally went full Vegan in February of 2017 after multiple failed attempts. I have not (Knowingly) eaten meat since January 1st of 2016.
What I found encouraged and empowered me to live Vegan for the rest of my life was focusing primarily on animal welfare rather than my own health. Not consuming (generally speaking) anything that was made off the blood, sweat, and tears of animals was the best decision I have ever made in my life to date. The biggest influences and helpers for my switch were Gary Yourofsky and the film “Earthlings”.
Free (As in freedom) Software
I am an advocate for the use of Free Software. Free Software is software that respects your freedom. As it has been said over the past few decades with Free Software, “Think ‘free speech’, not ‘free beer'”. I got into the movement after experiencing a grave injustice done upon me by none other than Sony.
I once owned a Sony Playstation 3 which I got after working a grueling summer job in a high school when I was 17. I used to use it for practically everything including a GNU+Linux workstation via Yellow Dog Linux. In 2009, I watched a film called “Revolution OS” which features well-known figures in the Free Software/Open Source movement such as Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds, and Eric S. Raymond among many others. I found myself interested in what Richard Stallman had to say but didn’t really GET it until April of 2011.
One day, in April of 2011, Sony released an update that forced their users to either update their PS3’s firmware. If you updated, you lost the ability to run foreign operating systems (Besides their XMB OS) but would still be allowed to play games online. If you didn’t update, you’d keep the ability to run a foreign operating system but could not be allowed to play online and newer games would not run on your console. It was then that I realized that I didn’t really own my device. I worked really hard to save up for that game system and I was being forced to sacrifice a feature that I bought the console for. I finally understood what Richard Stallman was talking about and joined the cause.
I enjoy using GNU+Linux as my main operating system for everything but networking. The main distro (flavor) of the OS that I typically use is Linux Mint as I have found over time to have experienced frustration with having to tinker on parts of the OS, only to get lost in doing so and forgetting what I was trying to do in the first place. With networking, I much prefer the BSD variants (e.g. FreeNAS and pfSense) due to their power and security in the realm of networking.