My son is nearly three, and very much so. I’m enjoying fatherhood, and finding a new balance of family life with my partner. We’re planning to leave Portland (where I’ve called home for twelve years) this spring for a smaller town in the Pacific Northwest, where my partner has a large, tightly-knit group of friends with kids the same age as ours. The process is taking a bit longer than we’d like, but it’s giving us a good opportunity to really think about what we want from our next home.
I’m working on a health care app. The challenges I’m facing are less technical and more of the spirit – persevering through the environment, which is very much not that of a tech company. My boss is very keen on making remote work for me after our move, but my role has been very office-centric over the last six months. I’ve recently had one of the hardest challenges of my career on this project in the form of heroic consensus-making to come up with a workable model for sharing personal medical data.
I’ve been dealing with burnout again, and have been spending a lot of time thinking about what things will look like for me on the work & income front in six months, five years, ten years. I had been working on a product idea in the slivers of my spare time last year, but put that on hold because of the burnout. I’m dipping my head back into it now because I think it’s a good product idea, and ultimately what I would prefer to work on, all other considerations aside.
While my side project product idea was on hold, I’ve also been thinking about what it would mean to take art seriously. Showing my work? Selling it somehow? Probably. I’ve been accumulating a series of black and white photographs exploring texture and composition for a subject I’ve long been fascinated by: the interplay of pattern and entropy. I’m calling it the tracks series, and you can probably guess why.
I made some prints of them on metallic paper, and love the feeling of the textures. I think I’m going to try having them printed on actual metal.
I’ve also been playing around with Processing via Quil for Clojure. I’m focused right now on re-learning Trigonometry and getting a sort-of meta-algorithm generator working to my liking. I’m happy with how these are progressing.
I’m looking for a shop I can trust to make quality prints of these, and thinking about what an online store for selling my artwork would look like.