08/21/11 etc

Wow, where have I been these past few months?  Most of my time has been attributed to work, and trying to find more projects and gigs to keep me afloat.  It definitely hasn’t been easy out there.  On another front a lawsuit I was involved with has reached an amicable conclusion which has helped things.

 

  • I’m running a marathon!  I’m training for the Seattle Full Marathon in November, and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Washington.  I’m blogging about my progress over at GeekRunsMarathon.com, and I’d encourage all of you to check it out and donate if you can.  The money isn’t going to me; its going to fund awesome research to help find a cure for this horrible disease.  Frankly given the amount of training I’m now doing, I’m not sure how I can find time for anything but I’m trying to do a good job and not injure myself during this process.
  • I’ve been on a roll with my Obj-C stuff lately.  I’m back to following the courses and trying to solve the problem sets.  I have some plans for education in mind, but everything is on hold at the moment until I can clear some financial hurdles.  Having two businesses means always thinking about money sadly….
  • And speaking of Obj-C can I mention how difficult it is to learn a language and an API while both are changing?  I just got use to using retain counts and autorelease pools and all sorts of memory management, only to have the rug pulled out (not really) with this new tech called “Automatic Reference Counting“.  I guess nothing ever remains static for very long…
  • Reading a lot: I’ve finally started the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin after getting hooked on the HBO show.  I know I’m late to the game, but I can’t seem to find enough time to do all this reading and writing….
There’s a brief synopsis.  I’ve got some articles planned in my head, I need to crunch them out, especially given the dearth of info released this week regarding HP and webOS.  Hearing reports of people flying out to scoop up $100 tablets has me chuckle– they’re talking about chunking the back-end services and servers that support these things; why on Earth would you go out and buy a soon to be crippled device?

New Year

In the last month that I’ve generally ignored that itch in my head suggesting that I go make some posts up here on GeekApproach. I did fullfull my internal process of trying to learn something new each day. In early December I started work on an iPad app for doing a gallery slideshow. That process (and its still going) led me to picking up an OpenGL book to attempt some of that API’s craziness.

In the meantime, I received an iPad as a gift from my parents for Christmas. I’m completely thrilled with it and have loaded up some of my previous iOS projects on it as samples. I feel completely energized in solving some of these issues because…

…I’m participating in an RFP that might involve me doing some hardcore development and other awesomeness. I’m trying not to get too excited about it, but I’m heading down to present with the team in two weeks. If we nab it, its probably 8-10 months of solid work for me which would be great.

Lastly, the project I’ve been working on for the last 6 weeks comes to a head next week– I’m headed to CES, the Consumer Electronics Show to help TD a keynote for a client. Should be stressful, challenging and fun all at the same time. I’ve arranged to stay an extra day to actually see some of the show as well as set up some conversations with potential employers for myself. I’m hoping some really good things come out of these meet-ups.

So: We’ll see what happens next, but I’m keeping all of my fingers and toes crossed. Look for some posts of my wanderings from the CES floor. Should be pretty crazy.