My son is nearly three, and I’m beginning to understand where Threenager comes from. 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 tightly-knit group of friends with kids the same age.
We’re relisting our house next month, and the break has given us a good opportunity to talk about what we want from our next home. My partner is reading through RetroSuburbia right now and drawing lots of inspiration from it.
I’ve been working on a health care app for the last year and a half. It recently presented one of the greatest challenges of my career in the form of consensus-making to come up with a workable model for sharing personal medical data, and we’re wrapping up launch of the feature. Though it’s been one of the most satisfying (if difficult) things I’ve done in my career, I turned in notice last week to pursue a new opportunity on an entirely remote team. This is the first time in my career that I’m parting with an employer on a high note, and it feels good.
The new opportunity is with Salesforce, a company of size and reach unlike any I’ve worked for before. The project is internally high-profile and is reminding me the Robert Heller quote, Fear is excitement without breath. I’ll be in San Francisco for my first week, from the 25th through the 29th, if anyone wants to grab coffee.
Some side-projects I’ve wanted to turn into products will be on hold for a while, but such is life. Ideas are like lightning, and maybe they’ll find another path to ground.
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 made some prints of them on metallic paper, and love the feeling of the textures. I’m going to print them on actual metal next.
I’ve also been played around with Processing via Quil for Clojure. I spent some time re-learning trigonometry and creating a meta-algorithm generator, which produced a lot of great and images I’m culling through to both make a desktop pictures set and prints from. I’m looking for a shop to make quality prints and have some leads.
Here are some examples of early iterations from the series: