updated May 18th, 2019
It’s been over two months. Sorry about that, I’ve been busy. It’s a time of change here.
home & family
After nearly twelve years in Portland, I and my family are leaving it in two weeks. We’ve found both our next home and buyers for our current home.
In the group that welcomed me into tech and then subsequently provided me with employment with such, I was known affectionately as Mister Edge Case for my innate ability to break people’s mess of assumptions. The two transactions of buying and selling houses I’m in the middle of have merely lent weight to me the idea that I can be a magnet for the anomolous. We are fortunate with both our capacity to pursue each initiative separately and to have seasoned agents.
The new job is great.
But as I have learned the hard way, tech stack does not a job make. The company is proving better than I had hoped. I love being on a team that understands the nature of remote work, and has the trust of the organization to embrace it. My role is almost the inverse of my two previous roles: I’m trusted for my insights into making people’s interactions easier with a system, instead of carrying the correctness of the system. It’s a nice change, and aligns with my wheelhouse of the correctness of interactions. I updated my twitter/linkedin bio recently to multiclassing wild engineer, ux rogue, correctness cleric because it just seems to fit.
The above has all been exhausting. Shopping for a house is exhausting. Buying a house is exhausting. Selling a house is exhausting. Moving to a new Metropolitan Statistical Area when it’s more than just you and your carload of stuff is exhausing. Starting a new job is exhausting. On top of that, being the parent of a three year-old is outright exhausting.
So I’m replaying Breath of the Wild because what could be more chill than aimlessly roaming post-apocalyptic Hyrule, gathering ingredients to upgrade your armor?
Once we’re past the move, I’m hoping to get back more into music, art, and keyboards. I’m returning to Portland on August 1st to give a talk on Processing and Computative Art at the Portland Clojure Meetup, and of course I’m aching to play with music stuff instead.