The Twilight Sun

About Me

(Note: In retrospect, this turned into more of a biography than a simple ‘about me’ page. If you don’t care to read about my life, you only need to read the first paragraph.)

My name is Jonathan Castello. I’m 22 years old, and my interests are mostly in the technical realm, such as social chatting (mostly on IRC), playing certain community-driven games called MUDs, and programming in general (especially Lua).

I first got really into computers when I was around four or five years old, every day when I was left at a daycare. I was apparently – not to sound conceited! – usually more advanced than the class I was in, so most of the time I sat at the computer and played the learning games on that. To me, that was more stimulating than listening to the teachers (who didn’t really know what to do with me).

When I was nine years old – and being homeschooled – I was enrolled into an online class on HTML, at a website called the Virtual School for the Gifted. I’d like to say it went rather well, and I came away from it with a good but basic knowledge of how to make a website with nothing but HTML. The year after that, I enrolled in a class on the C programming language. I’m sorry to say I didn’t really focus enough on the material, but I did enjoy myself a lot… and it sparked my interest in programming in general.

Around 11 or 12, I had found a book on C (specifically, the ’99 ANSI standard). I think it was a little too much for my young(er) mind to comprehend, but it was a fair amount more successful than my VSG class on the subject (probably just because I was older).

Fast forward to age 12. I happened to get bored – something which happens far too often lately – and decided to Google for C++ tutorials. I found and really got into the tutorials there. I definitely got into it a lot more than my previous attempts at C++. Within a couple months of learning the basics, I attempted a sort of RPG game in C++… but without classes, because I hadn’t learned about those yet. It went decently, but I got tired of it quickly.

Around then, I was editing Wikipedia a bit, and wondered if there was a RuneScape wiki somewhere. Well, there was and is, and it was just getting off of the ground, with just the founder and two sysops regularly editing. I joined in, and since it was a very new wiki, there was a lot of work to be done – something hard for me to find on Wikipedia. Within a month or so, I started an RfA (Request for Adminship), which passed successfully. Then the wiki founder left pretty much permanently, leaving us without a ‘bureaucrat’, which isn’t really a good thing. A bureaucrat can make other users sysops and b’crats, so without one, we couldn’t have any new admins.

I e-mailed the founder, explaining the dilemma and asking for b’crat powers myself, and I was granted said powers. I’d like to say I kept the RSWiki afloat, because after a time the other two admins also left the wiki, leaving me one of the only sysops, along with someone I had sysop’ified before the others left. Regardless, the RSWiki is now a thriving place, and it feels good to have had some hand in that. These days, I’ve retired from the wiki as well.

Lastly, both the RuneScape Wiki and a game developement website I used to frequent ( have IRC channels (having started the Wiki one myself!). IRC is just plain easy to use with the right client – and other clients give you more power over your IRC experience. Hence, I tend to spend a lot of time in various IRC and IRC-esque channels, sometimes helping people but usually asking my own fair share of questions.

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