2023 - What I'm Doing Now1

I am currently working on my painting practice, including a series of self portraits. I am also an independent software developer currently working for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

2022 - Sabbatical

Prior to September, 2022, I took a five month sabbatical from paid work. Here are some of the things I worked on:

2022 - Prior to Sabbatical

  • Implemented a Lisp in Go, with detours into Crafting Interpreters and Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.
  • Learned the Go programming language. I've written a few modestly useful things and am really enjoying the experience after years of focusing primarily on Lisps and functional programming. Go emphasizes a different kind of simplicity than Clojure does, and it seems to occupy a sweet spot on the speed vs. power spectrum. I'm regularly impressed by how fast Go programs are, including the program used to build this site.
  • Learned some Mandarin (reading, mostly). I got my vocabulary up to about four hundred words. It's a beautiful language, and a slog to learn, but thanks to technology it is definitely possible!
  • Until late April, 2022 I was a staff software engineer at OppFi, where I wrote software (mostly in Clojure), mentored and taught other engineers, and tried to improve process, code quality, and architecture wherever I could. I spent nearly four years at OppFi, learned a lot, helped a lot of people, and am happy to move onto other things.


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