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🎩 Hello! Saluton! Salve! Hoi!

I am Colin Dean, a software engineer and community builder who uses technology to unite people and help them discover the answers to their questions through meaningful and delightful interactions.

I speak at conferences and have run conferences and conventions since I was 17 and non-profits since I was 20. You can read more about me at my website,

Communicating with me

I prefer to engage in English. It's OK to ask me to repeat myself because my Pittsburghese accent sometimes gets in the way. In order of familiarity as of 2023, I am a student of Esperanto since 2003 and Dutch since 2023. I've learned bits of some others 1.

Organizations in which I'm actively involved

Want to help me out?

You could also sponsor me on GitHub sponsors. I'll put the money toward one of these or several other organizations I care about.


Me on some social media

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Me on other code hosting sites

I keep some projects here on GitHub and some on GitLab. I might have something on Sourcehut or Pijul Nest with old stuff on BitBucket and really old stuff from my early development days on Launchpad.

Colin Dean's RubyGems


  1. I was nearly fluent in Latin, having studied 1998–2007. I have some knowledge of Spanish, French, and Portuguese, mostly thanks to Duolingo or high school language classes, but not enough to converse.


  1. homebrew-fonts-nonfree homebrew-fonts-nonfree Public

    Nonfree font installers for Homebrew & Caskroom

    Ruby 75 6

  2. nebby nebby Public

    a domain-specific language for describing surveys

    Ruby 3

  3. hejmo hejmo Public

    My home directory and package management stuff, inelegant as it may be

    Shell 17 1

  4. Public

    My personal web site

    HTML 1

  5. plaintextaccounting_workshop plaintextaccounting_workshop Public

    An Introduction and Then Some to Plain Text Accounting with Ledger

    Makefile 54 3

  6. wilkinsburg_pittsburgh_merger_analysis wilkinsburg_pittsburgh_merger_analysis Public

    A few tools, graphs, and docs for analyzing data and researching the ramifications of an annexation of the Borough of Wilkinsburg by the City of Pittsburgh

    HTML 3 1