My name’s Ashton Wiersdorf. I hail from Utah; I’m currently studying computer science Brigham Young University. I’ve sung with the BYU Men’s Chorus and I play the piano. Other hobbies include swimming and hiking—Utah has some of the most diverse landscape anywhere in the US: from dense forests to baren desert. If you visit, I highly recommend checking out some of the national parks.

Me at a castle

I have been married to my wife Sarah since 2018; we met when we were in high school and she’s been my best friend ever since. You can see her blog here.

I’m a command line addict; most of my work is done with Emacs. Over the past year or two I’ve made some extensive modifications to my configuration. You can get my .emacs config files on my GitHub repo.

This blog started out as a class assignment. Since then it’s evolved into a place for me to write about some ideas and technology I’m excited about. I change my mind a lot; I’m still learning, so things written here should not be understood as an immutable reflection of my opinions.


I’m currently fascinated with the Matrix protocol, and it’s now my preferred mode of contact. It’s a little like email, except it’s encrypted and more extensible.

My Matrix handle is: @ashton314:matrix.org

You should be able to connect via the Matrix.to redirection service. If you don’t have a client downloaded, you can use the in-browser Element client. It will let you make a free account if you don’t already have one.

I don’t post my email on my blog directly, lest I get plagued with spam until the end of the internet. Since it’s probably the easiest way for most people to contact me, you can find it on my résumé.

You can also find me on these platforms, though I might not answer quickly: