It’s been a while since I’ve written here, but I’m resolving (at least for a couple weeks) to post something here or on the family blog.
So, where am I now? I have a family (wife, 2 kids). I live in Oakland. I work at Dust. I stare at a computer most of the day and still have fun sitting on the couch with my laptop late into the night. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now.
It seems like not much has changed over the past couple of years. Back in my twenties, I’m sure I’d take this as a sign that I was stuck in rut and needed to change something. Not so much anymore. I don’t worry so much about trying to see change in myself, but it sure is fun to see the changes in the kids.
I still work at Dust, which is reasonably good all in all. I’ve been wondering more frequently whether it’s time to look around, but it’s a lot harder these days to find the right time for that given that I’ve got a family to support. There are a lot of good things about working for Dust, but I feel like I’m learning less since I’ve been there so many years (7, really?). And of course, the way to get a raise in the software world is to change jobs.
I have fewer personal projects now in part because it’s harder to find the time and in part because Netflix and Hulu make it so frelling easy to get sucked into whatever entertainment you want to see at any time. I’m hoping that some of this writing exercise will encourage me to blow the dust off some of the random code that’s sitting on my hard drive. Also, now that TV is slowing down (well, the USA network summer season will be starting soon), I’m going to have to find something to do.
I’m slowly re-reading Neal Stephenson’s System of the World trilogy. I remember struggling through it the first time I read it back when it was brand new. This time around it’s easier, even though I remember almost nothing about the story. Maybe it’s easier because there’s some part of my brain that has a wispy memory of it and I’m not forming new connections, just strengthening old ones.