- I visited North Carolina for a week during the holidays as I continue to lean into working remotely.
- The head and facial anatomy class I took was really enjoyable but taking an art class virtually is probably akin to trying to read a book through a foggy shower door.
- I'm a little ahead pace on Christmas shopping but my crippling need to give a good gift will surely leave me scrambling.
- Won 2nd place in the fall volleyball league after a very wet and chilly night. Even with this being documented, I'll forget how uncomfortable I was and sign up again next year.
- My fall softball team didn't fare as well and got 4th out of 6. It's a huge improvement for us, though, considering we've previously had last place pretty locked down.
- I'm going to have to read a LOT of books in November to hit my goal of reading all Hugo Award for Best Novel winners. I'm currently at 17 out of (now!) 73.
- Big Things™! I played in the 2023 GSWS in Minneapolis, MN. I came home with a little hardware 💍.
- My best friend got married at Riot Fest and I was the sole (well, invited, but even then) guest. It was wonderful (even changing a tire on the side of I-90).
- Saw lots of good music at Riot Fest (Death Cab for Cutie (!) and The Postal Service (!!!)) and not at Riot Fest (The Midnight).
- Had a Gay Old Time at Gleam and Out In The Park.
- I'm now registered for two (2!) art classes this fall. Only a little nervous.
- I'm working on a new project using FastAPI and Next.js. It feels like a lot of magic but really productive magic.
- I have learned the virtues of homemade bread and consider myself a devoted convert.
- I've now read 13 of 72 Hugo Award for Best Novel novels. This resolution may carry over to next year. I'm also realizing I should have read in an oldest-first order because I'm currently seeing the more developed versions of tropes before their foundational counterparts.
- My softball team (The Big Cheese) won The Cheese Cup at the 2023 Badgerland Classic softball tournament! (It's very fun to win, but technically The Cheese Cup is the loser's bracket consolation tournament. Naming is fitting though. It just makes sense.)
- My partner and I visited North Carolina and went to Dollywood with my family! What a great time.
- 6 months at AcuityMD! I've learned a ton about a more 'dujour' tech stack (goodbye Caché/MUMPS!), and been able to bring my enterprise experience (wow, what a phrase) into play in relevant ways.
- Visited NYC for the first time in ~15 years. Got to see Stonewall as well as the inside of several NY-state airports - thanks, United! (regardless of what people say, they're #1 in making sure you spend an extra day at your destination after you've already lined up everything to be home at a previously determined (and agreed upon with United) date).
- I've now read* the: 1966, 1971, 1985, 1990, 2001, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022 Hugo Award for Best Novel novels. Only 59 more to go! (yeah, way off pace at 2/mo; gotta stop getting distracted by other books) (where 'read' is defined to include 'listened' as well as books I've previously read before this year)
- My first hackathon in almost a decade was so much fun! I should do more of these types of events...
- Slowly chipping away at reading all Hugo Award winning novels...
- I was on the winning team of the 2023 North Star Classic softball tournament!
- Tax season and every year I'm reminded how much I dislike the whole current setup.
- Chugging along on my "Read all Hugo Award for Best Novel winners" goal, but behind pace.
- Other than that, nothing major of note.
- Doing a lot of drawing, and aiming to take an art class this summer.
- Focusing less on the results on more on the activity of drawing has helped me improve a lot.
- Taking the "perfection is the enemy of progress" philosophy to the max has also helped my own personal development projects.
- Softball is starting relatively soon!
- It's likely I'll make my first 6-figure purchase this summer.
- Spring is coming and my general mood is (finally) improving! 6 months of winter takes a toll...
Twenty Twenty (2) In Review
Time continues to move very quickly. I'm 1/7th the average lifespan of a Bowhead whale.
The transition to WFH and into a new position have been transformative in ways I haven't fully realized. Working from home requires a certain level of discipline that I've been flexing and growing in other areas of my life as well. It has been paying off in both my physical and mental well-being. It seems obvious that bodies won't operate well on frozen pizza, spoonfuls of peanut butter, and a 2nd shift sleeping schedule; but the results are really speaking for themselves.
I forgot how much I like to read. I'm suddenly 13 and devouring books like they're the only window into an exciting life I have. Except now, I'm a grown man and ALSO have friends.
Long distance relationships are hard, but time spent together does feel more meaningful and intentional. That said, there is a certain easy charm to silently sitting together with coffee on a Sunday morning knowing that neither of you has to make the seemingly endless drive home and back to a life where physical affection seems worlds away.
Speaking of discipline and intentionality, putting more effort into this website and my own professional development has been an unexpected creative outlet and boon.
My 2023 goals
- Shepherd a major product release at AcuityMD
- Contribute to an open source project
- in the graphics space
- in the OS/networking space
- in the AI space
- in the nim ecosystem
- in the python ecosystem
- Release an open source project
- Make money from something other than my job
- Read all Hugo Award for Best Novel winners
- Catch up on my growing list of purchased yet unread books
- (re)become conversational in French
- Become conversational at a basic level in German
- December was a good month; cozy, familiar, and even familial.
- My gift wrapping theme was black on matte black; it was a hit. I also made nametags out of an esoterica stickerbook I'm getting a lot of mileage out of.
- I got to spend a lot of time with my family. And really be myself; how cool is that?!
- I read Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I wasn't immediately taken by the storytelling mechanism, but I also wasn't displeased enough to stop reading (well, listening). I'm a fan.
- Advent of Code 2022!
- I'm loving my new job.
- I finished Ball Lightning by Liu Cixin. I didn't realize it preceeded his Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, but I can certainly see the relationship. Ball Lightning doesn't go as deeply scientific and inclues realistic and compelling characters and relationships.
- ChatGPT/StableDiffusion/~AGI is wild and awesome in the most biblical sense of the word.
- Einstein has a torn ACL (or the doggy version) that has slowly been healing. It's hard to keep a good Jack Russell down, but I hate seeing him hurt.
- Working remotely is fantastic so far.
- In July, August, and September I went through a crisis of confidence over whether I should continue to update this, leaving breadcrumbs about my life.
- In October I decided it was probably fine.
- In September, I played in a softball league with some work colleagues...finally confident in my throw again!
- I am leaving my job at Epic to work for AcuityMD. Hello, startup world! I'm excited to be working with new tools on new problems.
- I finished Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson and really enjoyed it.
- I also finished the Founders Trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett. The use of sigils and how they interact with reality was particularly compelling.
- Inktober is almost over and I'm way behind!
- I'm officially hanging up my sand volleyball uniform for the year after taking 3rd and 1st place in fall leagues.
- Grant Wood is cool.
- My softball team, The Big Cheese, played in the Badgerland Classic. I hit a home run! (and wasn't capable of throwing the ball).
- My porch plants are living their best lives.
- I'm having a lot of fun solving the cryptopals cryptography challenges while getting better at using C.
- Sand volleyball and softball started again!
- I rebuilt my website (you're using the new version now!)
- Spending a fair bit of time in Des Moines.
- Writing more nim but staying plugged into the Python & C# ecosystems.
- Curious to learn more about erlang/elixir.