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Gainfully Underemployed

by C. Ross Jam on May 1, 2018

A long time ago I vowed to kill my commute. I was a bit off on predicting the closing date, but it’s looking like that time has really arrived. In spades.

I’ll save the details for another post, but last Friday I out processed at the previous gig. The next position is located between 10 and 15 minutes of driving from my house, with no interstate highways to travel. There’s also a lot of schedule flexibility and plenty of opportunity to work from home.

And to top it all off, I have enough runway and flexibility to not start until after the 4th of July. Looking at a good two months where I completely drive the daily activities, modulo family obligations. Herewith, some things that I plan to at least initiate with the time off and thence establish momentum and habits:

  • Spend more time with family
  • Initiate and maintain an exercise routine
  • Read more books
  • Blog more
  • Move this blogging infrastructure to a more modern hosted VPS
  • Modernize my development skills by well, actually writing code, using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and unlimbering my distributed version control (DVCS, read Git) skills
  • Catch up with the “cloud native” ecosystem including Kubernetes, Docker, NATS, etc.
  • Really get into Jupyter ecosystem
  • Reintroduce myself to some old big data friends like Spark, Kafka, AWS, and GCP

Definitely ambitious and not exhaustive. Feels like a lot to do, so I better get to it.

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