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Wow, dear reader! It has been about 9 months since my last post. Lots of things have happened in that span, and there’s just too many details to be able to catch anyone up on after 9 months of no posts. I don’t usually post a lot, I don’t have an online presence to speak of. When I do any kind of engagement on twitter, it’s usually so innocuous since I don’t really have time to argue with anyone. Being a father and a husband and a son (and son in-law) and a lead developer doesn’t really leave a lot of time for much of anything like leisure time (even if you could venture so far as to calling arguing with trolls leisure).

So much has transpired and I don’t really know where to begin. Which is to say this is all a big ramble and jumble of thoughts - bear with me.

Vaccines

This mRNA vaccine is a feat of science. The speed of development and the efficacy of the released vaccines worldwide is really something special! The thing that makes it so cool is that there is nothing like it in human history as far as collaborative efforts and professionalism all throughout the medical and scientific disciplines. Which is why it’s also slightly upsetting that people’s ignorance and hesitance to receive it (anecdotally at least) are preventing the greater population from being over this very deadly pandemic sooner. What can we do other than to continue to spread good/relatable information as it pertains to the current status of the world?

Work/Life Balance

This one is a doozy… [Redacted thoughts on current and previous employers]

Especially in pandemic times, folks (this is myself also) are having a tough time drawing the boundaries around their work. It’s been a constant problem for me as I’ve worked remote for many years. It’s an especially compounded problem when you introduce the “Sweat for equity” mantras that Silicon Valley so often pushes onto the tech worker – something that I really disagree with. I feel like fair compensation and gambling on future success don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Why not wait to make a deal when there is a living wage on the table for the worker? I understand there are tech workers who have taken the money and run, but I wonder how much of that was due to the high-pressure burden of expectations.

Pokémon

The recent PokĂ©mon Direct blew my mind… an open world PokĂ©mon game! Set in Meiji period Japan with wooden pokĂ©balls and latches. Chibi Dawn! Chibi Lucas! The faithful remakes also made me feel really good. Can’t wait to see play both of those games! Take my money please!

NFTs

I’ve really wavered on this one, and I’m not afraid to admit it. Once I kept taking in information, I realized that this is at best a waste of resources, at worst a very harmful thing for artists.

I hope that the art world and ambitious startup tech world align somewhere where the institutional entities can be trusted. Money has always been a part of creative works, since humans needed money to live. There has got to be a better way than this great expense that many people are hand waving away in the name of tech pioneering.

Miami Dolphins

My phins are making shrewd business decisions this ‘21 offseason. I can’t say I believe Deshaun Watson will come to Miami, but I do believe he is a top 5 QB and can help win a Super Bowl with Miami’s defense. But as anyone who knows me can attest, I love me some Tua. I think he’s smart, has a quick release, super accurate, and can make all the throws. Really looking forward to the draft. Really pleased with ‘20 season. Thanks Fitz for all the great memories.

Fin


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