2nd Year Computer Science living in married student residence.

Being in a permanent relationship means Kate is spared the pressure of finding a date Saturday nights. She shares a married student residence cottage with her husband Nick, whose med school course load is so much heavier than her own in computer science.

Married or not, Kate has a lot of time to fill. In some ways being married is still enough of a novelty that it feels kind of like “playing house,” and some of her time is filled with home-making activities like cooking, decorating and entertaining.

Gnu logoKate’s hacker mentality was born from her love of figuring out what makes things work.  She also  loves DIY and all kinds of puzzles.  She’s beginning to get politicized from reading Techdirt and Boing boing since she is quite concerned UEFI will bring down the world of general purpose computing that she loves. If the Bill C-11 copyright legislation becomes law, it troubles her that UEFI would make free software illegal in Canada. Kate is a big believer in free software, and even thinks there might be something to the free culture side of the coin, yet she won’t go as far as Oscar, or even Maggie with p2p downloading, because she is very aware that what she does may impact negatively on Nick.

Partly because they are both in monogamous stable relationships, Maggie has became Kate’s best college friend. That friendship has expanded to include more and more of Oscar because Kate feels a little sorry for the Irish student who is hopelessly smitten with Maggie.

Both Jake and Adam make Kate feel like a big sister, which she rather likes, since she is an only child. Somehow Krystal has become part of the inner circle, but Kate isn’t quite sure what to make of the other girl.

In this, their second year, Kate was determined to establish a computer club, and is happy to let Maggie keep all the credit for it. Kate knows fill well that networking may be even more important after graduation than the nuts and bolts they are learning at Christie.

Deeply interested in interpersonal relationships, whixh are, after all some of the most complex puzzles going, in another era Kate might have been a match maker; in this one she’s the social centre for her group with a possible future as a spy for CSIS.

Kate’s still feeling her way as a hostess, and so she’s not quite sure what she should do to keep the computer club gatherings on track, and they seem to devolve into socializing or television watching far too easily.

Kate is blissfully happy with Nick, but she worries that it’s in spite of the fact they have so little time together, or because of it.

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I’ve borrowed Kate from William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Irène