The WordPress Half-Elf Rogue

A blog about code, open source technology, open data, and mindful development practices.

Code What Matters

Risk exists in all things, and only by understanding can we create a better Internet for ourselves and the future. Write code that matters, be that to yourself or the world, but think about the worst things people can (and will) do with it…

Find What You Want

With over 1000 posts, about WordPress, technology, servers, and ethics, you can teach yourself anything.

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Mika (実佳) Ariela Epstein is better known as Ipstenu, the WordPress Half-Elf Rogue.

Passionate about code, open source technology, open data, and mindful development practices, Mika may watch a lot of TV but it’s for a good cause. You can find Mika travelling internationally to speak about the intersection of software, fandom, and humanism.

A unicorn with a rainbow horn on a bule background.

A lot of people like to say thank you for the time I volunteer in WordPress, the things I do, and just being me. People like that helped me change my career trajectory and move to California.

I do like coffee.


  • Bugged

    I offered to write up a hint of the week for an email list I’m on, and since it turned out so nice, I thought I’d double up. I’m sure the email will be a little different, but this is the unedited version.

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  • Hotlinking

    Image theft is one thing I’m resigned to on the net. Bandwidth theft I oppose with all the anger in my heart.

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  • CMS: What is it and why do I care?

    Maintain a website? You actually might care to read the rest of this blog. And if not, it may help you understand why some people’s websites look pretty fucked up. There’s a lot of swearing in this one.

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