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I know things have been quiet around here lately -- life has been eating me, you know how it goes. Here are a few of the things I've been working on:
I have a new gig as a freelance tech blogger for PCWorld's GeekTech blog! This has been a ton of fun so far. I get to write stories like "Self-Stirring Pot Makes Instant Ramen Even Easier" and "Moss-Covered Table Powers Clock, Might One Day Power Your Laptop"! And they pay me! How is this my life? (Also I accidentally a professional writer? Yeah, I wasn't expecting that either.)
I'm still writing code, albeit less intensively. I soft-launched 750books.com, the site I teased in my previous post, a couple months ago. It exists to take the export files from the 750 Words daily writing site that I've been using for a bit and turn them into a beautiful PDF suitable for printing at a place like Lulu or Amazon CreateSpace. (The backend script that does this is up on Github; the service that wraps it isn't yet. I'm still learning how we deploy webapps in the 21st century.)
I wrote some LARPs! If this weirds you out, think disaster preparedness simulations. If this makes you think of people running around in the woods with foam swords, that's not wrong, but everything I was writing and most of what I play is more people in classrooms and hotel function space and less combat-focused. I also ran a seminar for people who want to write LARPs with a friend (running again at MIT the weekend of July 13! you should come!) and am organizing Pre-Convention, a day and a half of panels, talks, and workshops, for Intercon next year (you should come! you should bid something! it'll be great!). (My hobby: project management.)
As was perhaps inevitable, a couple weeks ago I decided to combine all of the above and launched Northeast LARP News, a blog to aggregate LARP event announcements in the Northeast US. (Okay, the code angle is a little weak, because I got smart and hosted on Blogspot. Shush, you.) So if you have things you want me to post, please send them over (instructions are on the site); if there are places I should advertise, please let me know, here or there; and please add it to your RSS readers/e-mail/LJ/Twitter/whatever. Questions, comments, concerns, etc. welcomed.
And that's a big piece of what I'm up to lately. Things are pretty good!
As astute observers of my Facebook and LinkedIn profiles or the front page of this very site may have noticed, I have a new job!
As of this past Tuesday, I'm working for E la Carte, Inc. as a Systems Engineer. (E la Carte is based out of Palo Alto, but I'll be working remotely from Boston much of the time and traveling as needed to deploy customers.) It's still a bit nebulous what "Systems Engineer" means -- then again, I'm the sixth employee and we're just launching our first customers, so it's still a bit nebulous what the company means. Our goal is to put a tabletop ordering device on every restaurant table in America, which feels appropriately concrete and ballsy, however.
It's an exciting company and an exciting time to be working for it, so I'm really looking forward to the coming months and (hopefully) years!