Falling off the map

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

My inbox just hit 400 unread emails which have amassed over the last 3-4 weeks. I’m so sorry for the various people who’ve contacted me or created issues on my repos, it’s been a busy time! I started a new job – working 5 days in town – which has absolutely drained any extra time I have for extracurricular activities. I literally go to work, come home, make dinner, go to bed and repeat. Weekends have been spent building a very-necessary new woodshed so this next winter, we have enough wood and don’t freeze. :)

I’m having a mellow weekend (party, followed by birding), then probably 2 more weeks of shed building, THEN it’s back to real life again. So a BIG apology to everyone – I haven’t abandoned my repos, I’m just on hiatus. Back soon!

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Back in Canada

Posted on May 30, 2017 in Birding, Blog, Training / Conferences | 0 comments

Nice to be back in Canada again! My wife and I just got back from a trip to Europe for the React Europe conference, plus a whole lot of birding. No terribly outstanding bird photos from the trip, but here’s a page containing a few. Holy crap European warblers are hard to ID. Only by the very end was I starting to really know the voices.

The React conference was terrific. I now have a stack in mind for my next personal project. But first… Form Tools! Man, so much work to do. I’m starting a new job next week so I have a few more days off. Let’s see if I can make these days count.

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react-europe (and birding, naturally)

Posted on May 11, 2017 in Birding, Training / Conferences | 0 comments

Next week I’m very excited to be heading off to Paris for this year’s react-europe conference. It being Paris and all, my wife decided oh-what-the-hell and will be coming along for the trip. After the conference we’re going to be driving up through France to Belgium, then onto Amsterdam where we fly back.

Really looking forward to the conference. I enjoyed ng-conf a few weeks back, but I definitely consider myself a React guy. I’ve also spent the last 2 months reading my European bird book over and over, so all in all I’m exceedingly excited for this trip. If all goes according to plan, I’ll soon be boring the tears out of family and friends with a new array of bird photographs… ah, joy.

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Form Tools site rewrite

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog, Form Tools, Open Source Projects | 2 comments

Almost there…! I’ve been posting regular updates on the Form Tools twitter account, but the new site is almost ready for prime time. You can find the staging environment here:
https://next.formtools.org

Finding time to finish it off is the tricky part. If I could drop everything, I’d say it’s only 2 or 3 days away, but since I have a day job (and a helluva commute) it’ll probably be 2 or 3 weeks. Doesn’t help that our car died, so a lot of time is going into finding a replacement. But… coming soon!

Man, can’t wait for this to be done so I can return to the actual script itself.

EDIT: the new site has been released. Few issues here and there, but on the whole it’s been pretty successful. Form Tools 3 is now coming along. :)

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Taking stock

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Blog, Form Tools, Open Source Projects | 2 comments

Now that birdsearch.org is out the door and looking more solid by the day (maybe a week or two’s worth of bug fixes left, I think), I’ve tentatively pulled back the veil on Form Tools once again. Form Tools is a script I created well over 10 years ago, which grew and grew into something of a monster. But a good monster. Sure it lives under the stairs, drools a lot, and is pretty terrifying when you first meet it, but really it’s pretty great at heart. Honest.

Since departing the project a few years back, I’ve made two or three aborted attempts to return to the script. Question is: how? It’s so massive, each time I do, I get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of work required, something life-related comes up and I end up having to back off. But the bottom line is I think it’s a great script and well worth updating.

So anyway, I’m trying to come to terms with exactly how I can return it  - how I can split it up into smaller pieces to tame this creature. Let’s see how this goes.

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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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