Where Have I Been?

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Where have I been and why have things been so quiet around here? One of my real joys is writing here and it has been too long since I last took solace in this pleasure of mine. So what’s the deal? Well, I’ve had a lot of things on my plate keeping me busy:

  • With three kids, one a teenager and one tween and one a first-grader, there comes an endless array of activities. It seems that we are always driving someone somewhere and picking up someone else: school, soccer, gymnastics, girl scouts, birthday parties, play rehearsals, we’ve got it all and it seems to keep us constantly on the move.
  • Work has been busy as my team ramps up for a major software deployment, months in the making. Over time, my role seems to have increased in scope from that of an application developer to include that of a project manager and product managers. All three roles are essentially fulltime jobs and it has been tough keeping up.
  • I’ve been finding time to squeeze in my usual amount of reading, although even here, I’m a little behind the pace I set for myself at the beginning of the year. Part of that is because of all of the above, part of it is because I’ve been reading some really big books. I just finished Les Miserables, which may be the best novel I’ve ever read.
  • I’ve been taking some time to learn new things. I’ve been teaching myself the Wolfram Language, a language which has always fascinated me by its symbolic structure and its breadth of curated content. Through this I’ve also been teaching myself the basics of machine learning and neural nets so that I can better understand how things like ChatGPT really work behind the scenes.
  • I’ve been applying what I’ve learned to a series of automation scripts that I’ve been writing to free myself up of the repetitive, routine tasks that consume non-trial portions of my day.
  • I’ve been attempting to write longer essays, some of which I’ll end up posting here, and some of which I may try submitting to magazines.

All of this has left me mentally drained, and with very little time for anything else, including writing here.

But I am trying to change that. I’ve got some posts in progress that should begin to trickle in over the next few days and weeks. The posts covers a variety of subjects, including:

  • Updates to my reading list (how I automated something I used to spend a lot of time on).
  • An update on my use of Obsidian, Evernote, and the paperless lifestyle.
  • A post or two on some recent reading.

I feel guilty for not posting more regularly recently. I’m not yet in a position to say that I’ll be back to a regular schedule soon, but I’m working in that direction.

Written on 5 May 2023

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