My name is Luca Neukom, although I go by the handle PadPalon or MellowMelon on the internet. My pronouns are he/him.


I’ve been using computers for a long, long time. I don’t even remember for certain when I started doing anything resembling coding. But my earliest memories is getting a book from our local library called Delphi for Dummies or something like that. I remember nothing about Delphi, but the interest in coding and computers has stuck with me. You can find some of my projects over on my GitHub.


I’ve been making my own music for quite a few years now, be it on guitar or entirely digital. Most of it has only ever been heard by me, but I have released some of it over on my SoundCloud. There’s my shitty beginnings, some fun ideas and a few clips I quite like. For my proper releases, check out my Bandcamp. I’ve also been active in a few bands, best go check those out over on this page.


I’ve been playing games for as long as I can remember, thanks to my parents. I remember playing the original Sim City on a massive brick of a laptop. Well, “playing” might be wrong word for it; I did not understand a single thing. But I enjoyed myself and never stopped playing video games ever since. We did have some Nintendo consoles (SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii) which I loved, but really I’ve always been a PC gamer.

Additionally, I am a big fan of tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons or Stars Without Number. At time of writing, I regularly play in one D&D group and am in the process of starting a SWN group back up.


In several communities I frequent, there has been a growing sentiment of “keeping politics out of whatever”. I believe this to be nonsense, not only because what counts as “politics” is often just an indication of what goes against the status quo. In my mind, almost every facet of our lives are constantly about “politics”, either overtly or simply through the circumstances we live and create in.

So, let me be clear about myself, so nobody thinks I am on “their side” simply by default. I am a cishet white dude. I support the entire spectrum of gender, sexuality and romantic interest. I see all people as deserving of respect and equality, regardless of physical characteristics, creed or place of birth. On this I will not budge. If you disagree, then you are wrong.

I see myself as a socialist. I keep on wanting to explore further and put my ideology into words, but I get so tired of the world quickly. So let me blurt out some simple single-sentence ideas to represent myself. From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Unbound capitalism will be the ruin of our world. Fuck fascists and their enablers.