Altered Constants

About the Site

This website is the personal website for Zeff Svoboda, his projects, and other such nonsense.

About the Person

Zeff Svoboda is a software engineer, a natural language enthusiast, an amateur filmmaker well out of practice, and an unabashed, multifaceted geek. Through self-taught, peer-taught, and formal education, he has explored everything from Web and software development, electronics design, and system and network administration to green tech and politics, automotive and bicycle mechanics, urban planning, and business management. A modest, sociable introvert with a passion for learning and sharing, he hates writing in the third person (but someone's gotta do it).

Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Zeff earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. He has spent the last decade honing his software development skills, starting from humble HTML websites full of <table>s and bad graphics through to complex, modular, testable APIs and UIs for Web, desktop, and phone platforms. His primary areas of interest include Web frameworks and standards, Natural Language Processing, and formal language design.

Beside software, Zeff enjoys recreational cycling and fencing, dabbles in Eastern martial arts, and has an undying crush on East Asian culture and history (though not so muchanime or manga). He has studied the Japanese language for several years and has visited Japan, South Korea, and China and is looking forward to returning to the region. He also enjoys intellectual debates on subjects such as environmentalism, gender identity, politics, and economics (to name a few).

About the Name

The reasons I chose this domain name are three-fold:

  1. a play on words, making light of the notion of mutable "constants" in programming languages like C++;
  2. a philosophical acknowledgement of the equally absurd "constant change" dichotomy of reality; and
  3. a reference to a track by Boards of Canada, one of my favorite musical groups, called "Constants Are Changing" from their 2005 release The Campfire Headphasewhich seemed like too long of a name for a website on its own.