Last October I was co-located for two months with an unlikely pair of digital nomads perched at a private villa in northern Bali. One of them was visionary, born again vegan in his late 30’s. The other a talented twenty-something savant programmer from Volgograd. During our time co-locating I helped the two containerize an application stack they’d been working on for over a year. And they introduced me to a healing herb used in traditional medicine I would later find out was the treatment I needed to control my chronic bronchitis.
The P20 Pro blinked itself on the morning after Nyepi, alarm sounding as the Hindu island of Bali reopened at the first new moon in March. I looked over at the planning board on the wall. Unlike the day prior, it was now filled with cards ready to be transitioned to the DONE column. Leaving GH wasn’t one.
It was last Spring. I was at my favorite watering hole the night before, after a recent break-up. I drank too much, stumbling home with disappointment realizing I wasn’t living the life I wanted. I had given up my dream of independence for money.
I awoke the next morning swimming in remorse, for that day I had to work—and I knew I wasn’t going to be productive. I wasn’t going to be the employee I was being paid to be: Smart. Thorough. Efficient.
I wasn’t going to be the employee I was being paid to be: Smart. Thorough. Efficient.
When I started this blog back in 2008 I didn’t have a clear direction for what I wanted it to be. I just knew at the time I was working on closed source software and, without it, had no other way to convey my skills to potential employers and clients.
Over time the content direction for the blog became clearer. It eventually grew to become a tech tutorials site and made open source. It serves as a journal both for the community and a place for me to scribe how to do things I knew I’d otherwise forget. It worked, and has served both purposes well.