The days are getting longer, sap's rising and I'm in a positive frame of mind so seems a good time to jot down what I'm up to.
A few months ago I went on another bit of a down, and predictably fell back on my usual (lousy) coping strategy, drinking loads of wine. I wasn't working, so have drained all available money. But I've pretty much pulled out of that patch now, regained a bit of optimism and am currently on the wagon. Still living in rural Italy on my own aside from 2 dogs, 2 cats, though have got romantically involved with someone, albeit (very) remotely so far.
The past couple of months I've been coding on Apache Stanbol, getting paid indirectly through the Fusepool project. My role there is near-enough in line with my long-term plan of creating a loose consultancy. I'm only now getting anything like up to speed on Stanbol, but it's interesting material and when I actually get stuff done, pays ok. It'll still be a while before I can relax, credit card is still maxed out etc. but at least things seem to be going in the right direction.
I've neglected my own code for a long while, first just not being in the mood and then having to concentrate on work-work. A big problem I have frequently had is having too many balls in the air meaning nothing ever gets finished. I've been using Workflowy for (hierarchical) todo lists for a while, but the number of items on the lists tends to increase much faster than I get things done. So I'm going to limit myself to about 4.5 projects, and cycle through them, just making an approx. one week to do list for each on each cycle. The projects are:
- Seki (server-side node.js) - a bit of linked data middleware
- Scute (desktop Java) - a Semantic Web hacking utility
- Web Beep (server-side Java) - text to tones and back again
- Site - anything to do with my online presence (admin, blog, docs, services, vocabs etc.)
No professional writing in the pipeline, I was finding book writing a bit too stressful for the benefit it provided (last thing was working on a revision of Beginning XML). Got a few ideas for online tech pieces, longer than typical blog posts, that I'd like to assemble as a kind-of book. But there are no deadlines (or payment) associated with them. Still haven't started the novel...
Although it was on hold over winter, I'm still in the process of renovating the house opposite. The other day I took a load of photos that I put into a presentation format as a visual todo list (the text items the pasted into Workflowy - data reuse!). I've said several times that I plan to be in there by xmas, but now it actually seems within reach. The biggest job, which had become a bit of an albatross, making the windows, is getting close to completion. None of the other things really prevent me from moving in, so now I can realistically say "in by summer".
Way too much time on Facebook, at the cost of blogging, Twitter and G+. I've continued to read a lot of tech stuff but haven't been interacting on any mailing lists or working groups (in fact I got bumped from the HTML5 group because the renew form didn't work for me - I told the given contact but was ignored, well bugger 'em). That's liberated a lot of time :)