Trimentation is the central web home for Addie Beseda, a software engineer and cat lover who is perpetually seeking balance in the Portland, Oregon metro area.

The name trimentation was devised while seeking a unique domain that fit my personality: mentation for my overactive brain and love of wordplay; tri for that excess of thinking and as a tribute to my favorite prime and the endless multiples in its family.


Summary: I am a software engineer who will be rounding out my ninth year in industry in the summer of 2015. I work with web applications; primarily scripting languages, the LAMP stack, and web service development (primarily RESTful services that run on the JVM). I'm still happy to label myself a "generalist" beyond that.

Summary Postscript: I identify as a geek feminist and care deeply about the underrepresentation of women and other underepresented populations in technology. I am specifically concerned with the reasons that already-interested and already-committed women are driven to leave the field or otherwise experience professional setbacks due to larger systemic issues. I believe that learning about the basic research on the topic is an important first step in ensuring a better and more productive working life for myself and my peers.

I keep a technical blog called Tech & Troublemaking. (It will be regularly updated again... eventually.)

I have some old code on github. I'm hoping to build out a more interesting selection of code samples in the future.

You can find an online copy of my resume here. (This is current Feb. 2011. I will be linking 2015's version soon.)

Job status: I am currently open to hearing about remote opportunities only. Please do not contact me about jobs that require relocation unless they are headquartered in Portland, OR and include the option to WFH at least part-time.


My overall focus is consistently balance and health of the whole self: it's an ongoing journey rich with "areas for improvement" even in the best of circumstances.

I'm a hobbyist juggling too many interests and a frequent craving for mastery.

Outside of my work as a programmer, I enjoy the ups and downs of homeownership, quality time with my cats and my partner, my community at Baby Ketten Karaoke, trips to the desert (both the Oregon desert and the Burning Man Arts and Music Festival), exercise, nature, books, and learning. It's hard for me to turn down a good cryptic crossword or logic puzzle. I'm weak for the smell of desert sage.

You can find me elsewhere on the web in the typical places:

... and if you haven't grown up on the Web with a name that is unique to you alone, a simple Google search can reveal even more "web presence" than anybody who recalls being thirteen would care to acknowledge.