New job

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 in Birding, Blog | 2 comments

New job is great, but holy moly… the commute! There was I, thinking I had no time before, but tack on 3-4 hours of commuting time a day and there often isn’t even enough time to fix a decent meal when you get home at night. Yikes. Our cats are NOT pleased.

So yeah, zero updates on anything. I’m pushing for working from home for a day or two a week, but I need to get to a place when I *can* work from home and be as productive as I would be in in the office. And that still may take a few more weeks to get there: plus get the requisite laptop + everything set up.

Anyway, to stave off insanity I created a new twitter account where I could tweet about all things birding. Feels like the only non-work thing I’ve done in weeks.

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Time to move on!

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Today is my last day at IBM Cloudant! Two weeks today I’ll be starting a new position at PNI Media in downtown Vancouver. That’ll give me time to wrap up my trip to Iceland and see a few last birds before leaving (common pochard, I’m coming for you, you little blighter).

It’s been a great role with great people, but I really can’t wait to work with people face-to-face once again. I’ve been working 100% remotely for over a year and a half now, and I came to realize that – for me – a more balanced lifestyle was needed. Considering I’m not the most social of souls, that really says something.

And I’m very excited about the new role! Sounds like there will be a slew of technologies I’ll get exposed to that I haven’t yet worked with (including Angular, finally). Fingers crossed it’ll be a good move.

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Iceland

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Birding, Blog | 0 comments

I’m spending the month in Iceland. Working remotely has its advantages. I’ve created an album for the various birds I’m seeing while here. Just click the pink-footed goose picture…

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birdsearch.org rewrite

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

In what little spare time I’ve had of late, I’ve been reworking my old website, birdsearch.org. It’s a tool for searching bird sightings around the world which I’ve found staggeringly useful these last 3 years. I was originally just going to add a few new features (search filtering especially), but decided what the heck, let’s catch up on the latest React ecosystem, so it’s all being re-written in redux, react-router, react-i18n and other fun stuff.

No idea about a release date yet, but I’ll post when I get a beta out the door. Oh, and you can see how things are progressing on the github repo here.

Here’s a couple of screenshots of the spiffy new interface (behold: colours!)

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