No Hedgehogs allowed! About Me and the Blog

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.
Louis Pasteur

Hi, my name is Ryan Worthington, you may know me as Dr Robotnik (or various iterations thereof). I'm a programmer by profession and a 'gamer' by passion, based in Sydney, Australia.

Who am I?

I'm a regular, average human being who likes to learn, tinker, build and create things (virtual and physical), and then write about them afterwards. I spend a lot of time working on projects, either with friends or by myself. In fact if you're reading this you may have come here from:

A Pinch of Salt

I do 'Let's Plays' of games on YouTube with a crew of good mates who don't have their own blogs (ha! take that guys!). We play games, talk crap and get a little salty in the process. Here's our channel: A Pinch of Salt

Or you can check out some of the series' I'm in:


I've always been a fan of Pokémon, which has carried into my adult life as well, much to the lament of my parents. A few years back (late 2013) I joined a smallish Pokémon group called PokéTown, which did a bit of everything: Battles, Trades, Breeding, Competitive Discussions, Meme Wars, Pokémon Giveaways and more.

With the rapid expansion of the group, René (the group owner) put out a call to hire some admins to handle the growing number of requests. I put my hand up and have been an admin ever since. We've just hit over 22,000 members and continue to grow rapidly.

If you're into Pokemon Stuff, you can join us here.

Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange is a community of 130+ Q&A sites, aimed at building a wikipedia-like curated library of expert answers to questions on (almost any) topic. It was founded in 2008 as Stack Overflow, a place for expert and novice programmers alike to learn and share their expertise, with the premise that serving the developer community at large would lead to a better, smarter Internet.

Here's my network-wide account:

profile for Robotnik on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites

Or you can check out the sites I frequent the most:


Steam is a Software Delivery platform primarily for PC gaming. I play a lot of games, most notably Team Fortress 2 these days, where I main as the Spy class. I'm also a fairly avid Achievement hunter, and will strive to complete all achievements in most games.

You can check out my profile here:

FuKn|DrRobotnik on Steam

Why 'Egg Fortress'

As some of you may know, I've been using the handle Dr Robotnik (or other various iterations) online for years. But who is Dr Robotnik? And why did I pick him specifically?

Dr Robotnik is a mad scientist and the main antagonist of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games and TV shows. He is primarily known for his crazy overblown schemes, amazing contraptions and robots, and comically overdone temper.

Of course, Robotnik is usually defeated by Sonic and his friends, but that doesn't stop him from regrouping and rebuilding, trying out new contraptions coming up with schemes/plans and ultimately re-launching his next offensive.

Like every mad scientist, Robotnik has many secret bases, secure locations he can fall back to. One of the first of which, was the Egg Fortress. So it seemed fitting that, as one who tends to tinker, build, and come up with crazy ideas, that I have a place to keep the things I've built, and what better place than the secret fortress of an evil genius?

So why make this blog?

I believe that the open sharing of information and ideas will ultimately make this a better world for us all. My passion has always been to make a positive difference in some way, and while this blog and the articles I publish here may be small fry compared to the likes of the Hawkings & Einsteins, Cronkites & Buckleys, or Newells & Tajiris of the world, so long as I've helped someone in the world by making them then I'm happy to have done it.

Then there's all the little programs, games, stories, walkthroughs, tutorials and other content I've built over the years, that are just sitting on various hard drives, gathering virtual dust. I mean, I'm proud of some of the things I've built and written, they show who I am, what I'm about and the passion that went into creating them, and while they might not be solving anyone's problems, they're still pretty awesome and worth sharing in a 'portfolio' sense nonetheless.

Which brings me to licensing: Almost everything I post here is licensed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license (here's the human readable version), which basically means you're free to take, share, modify and/or adapt any part of what you see on this blog, and use it commercially or non-commercially, so long as you:

  1. Attribute me (and Creative Commons)
  • Give me credit (name drop and a link to the original article in question is fine)
  • Provide a link to the CC-BY-SA license (The full license not the human readable version)
  • Indicate if changes were made (but not in a way that suggests or implies that I endorsed you or your use. i.e. I'm happy to share but not to be held accountable for the ways in which you use the material).
  1. Share Alike any modifications
  • If you adapt, remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  1. Afford others the same rights that you've got here:
  • No additional legal terms (or technological measures) that restrict other people from the same rights that you have with this content: the rights to take, modify and share should apply to everyone down the chain.

But anyway, if you've listened to me ramble this far, then maybe I've already helped you in some way :). Welcome to the Fortress, leave shoes at the door, help yourself to beers in the fridge (so long as I can do the same at your place) and above all, No Hedgehogs!.