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What I’m doing now

This is my now page. It’s a place where you can read about what I’m doing these days. The goal is to update it 3-4 times a year.

New COVID-19 normal

I’m still in quarantine due to COVID-19. I have no plans to travel for the time being. In fact, I’m not sure if I’m not done traveling for 2020 entirely.

Most conferences seem to be online now. I’ve applied to a few of them. But to be honest, I haven’t been looking to speak too much. For me, most of the fun of conferences is the in-person interactions.

Working at night

Because I’m home, I’m pretty much on a 7 days a week work schedule. I find it easier than to stop for the weekend. I work between 5 and 7 hours each day.

I’m still in my night owl mode. I find myself more productive when everyone is sleeping and the internet is quiet. So most of my work hours take place between 10pm and 4am unless it’s a specific daytime thing like a meeting.

Ymir announced

I’ve finally announced Ymir which was the project I was working on! (No more mysterious talks about Laravel Vapor for WordPress!) The response from the announcement was great with a 100+ subscriber sign ups after the first week. So that’s been really encouraging.

Most of my work days are spent on Ymir. There’s still a lot to do, but I’m happy with the progress. I already have plans for the next demo, but it’ll require some more feature development. Hopefully, I’ll have the next demo done by the end of June.

Consulting on hold

Consulting work is basically on hold. (At least for now. Maybe forever.) There hasn’t been any financial impact because of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program. The program more than covers my expenses which are minimal due to my lifestyle.

Writing is sporadic

I’m hoping the Ymir announcement will put a bit of wind into my writing habit. The habit hasn’t been terrible, but it’s a far cry from my peak. It’s still consistent enough to publish one article per month.

In April, I published my big article on how I wrote my book in markdown. I’d been working on that one on and off for a year. It was good to finally get it done.

I’ve also continued to translate articles in Spanish on my Spanish subsite. With no opportunities to travel this year, it’s been a good way to try to stay on top of my Spanish.

With Ymir announced, the writing diversification will continue. I plan on writing about it a lot. This means articles on testing WordPress and Laravel code, how serverless works with WordPress, designing a PHP AWS Lambda runtime and more.

Trying to game in moderation

Being home all the time, I’ve been playing video games a fair amount. (Not enough to be too addicted!) I’m trying to go through some of the great releases of the last decade. I’ve also on quite a “open world survival craft” kick with No Man’s Sky, Terraria (journey’s end update!), Subnautica and more.

Last updated: 2020-05-18

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