Nathan Hwang

About Me

I am currently a late 20th century type of Homo Sapien living around Sol on Earth. My primary interests are reading widely, becoming better at writing, and creating systems to scratch my itches. In my day job I work as a software engineer.


Q: Why do you go by thenoviceoof?
A: Nathan Hwang is an ambiguous identifier: as of 2016, there are at least 10 Nathan Hwangs on LinkedIn. I chose thenoviceoof during high school as an unambiguous identifier, where Google searches indicated that no one else was using this identifier. Now it’s very easy for people to notice that thenoviceoof already refers to a particular person, and have to be willing to ignore reference conflicts that will probably favor me for a great while.
Q:But, what does thenoviceoof mean?
A: Back in the 8th grade, I read the UNIX Koans and soon afterwards took on the moniker Master Foo. However, sometime in high school I realized that I was no master of anything, much less the UNIX command line, and decided that instead of looking for an entirely new moniker, I would just reverse everything: hence, The Novice Oof was born.
Q: Can I use your writing or projects?
A: Everything textual posted by me is licensed under CC-by-nc-sa, unless otherwise stated. Projects will usually have a license attached to them: if you cannot find a license, it is likely a mistake, so please let me know so I can fix it.

And, if you do use my stuff, I would love to know how you’re using it!

Q: How can I contact you?
A: See the Contact Me section below.

Contact Me

If you want to anonymously give me feedback, feel free to do so at For more details, see the announcement blog post (blog post).

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If you want to contact me non-anonymously, my email is <thenoviceoof at>.

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