Over the last few months I’ve been working on a couple of Known related developments for a project called reView.

Greg McVerry demoed this plugin (virtually) at the Home-brew Website Club this week, and it apparently was well received.

Still early days, but the project is committed to Open Source, so I’ve just made the repository public.

» Visit the project on Github...

I am currently writing this on my laptop on a train to see some friends for a Czech Christmas tradition of mulled wine and fried carp. I’m surrounded by frantic Christmas shoppers , and I’m pondering the year that is almost gone as they stuff bags of last minute gifts into overhead luggage shelves.

In a way 2019 can be thought of as the culmination of the decisions made last year. The pivots I made, and the focus I gained. Well, culmination may be a bit of an overstatement, but I’m well on the way. Nothing in life is ever complete, at least not until you’re in the ground.

Career wise, I made the decision that what I was doing was, while keeping a roof over my head and food on the table, didn’t really have either the trajectory or the velocity to get me to where I wanted to be in the time available. So, at the beginning of the year I pivoted hard and got a “proper job”, but the benefit of that job not being my only gig meant I could go back to corporate land with a view of only doing interesting things and not having to put up with the BS that drove me out of that world so many years ago.

A brief overview of 2019
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So, I accepted an offer to develop services that help scientists around Europe gain access to the equipment they need to do cutting edge research. As well as the day to day, this also required me to get involved in some important European data sharing projects.

The job involves a fair amount of travel, so that certainly aligns with some of my main goals, and I’ve spoken at world leading scientific conferences. I even accidentally set EU data sharing policy.

Crazy amount of work with some very cool people, crazy amount of experiences, and crazy opportunities going forward. Exciting times!

Despite all this, for those interested, I’m also still offering consultancy services! I’m still am active in the open source community, most notably contributing to Known. 2019 was the year that I’m delighted to say saw Known leave development hell and in to a 1.0 release. Community engagement has been fantastic, and we’re already sketching out a roadmap for future exciting features and versions.

Outside of work, I have progressed in my Judo. Training hard and obtaining my blue belt, as well as competing in my first competition. I got my motorcycle licence, and achieved some pretty serious personal bests at the gym.

So, I begin 2020 having achieved many of the goals I’ve set myself, and thinking about what goals to set in the upcoming year. While I enter it with optimism, I’m aware that the event horizon of possibility is drawing nearer, and the window of opportunity for certain life directions is growing smaller, if indeed they’re still possible.

This sense of urgency has now permeated everything I do, and every aspect of my life. No choice but to keep pushing forward and becoming the best version of myself that’s possible.

On to the next decade… the roaring 20’s!

So, it’s a brand new year, so I should probably write something about it.

2018 was pretty wild!

I started the year with a realisation that I needed to re-evaluate a bunch of my base assumptions about things, both in my work and personal life. This set me on a journey that resulted in me changing my mind about a lot of things, and defining things that I wanted out of life much more clearly. I was also surprised that the things that I wanted, were not the things that I thought I did.

Traveled a bunch (although, of course never as much as I’d like). Memorable trips this year included a winter trip to a cabin in the woods, and a summer trip backpacking around Croatia.

I met and spent time with some lovely new people, and took up new activities.

I continued my martial arts journey by taking up Judo (ostensibly to add some ground fighting skills, which I felt was limiting me), and got my first belt. I even got to train with an Olympic medalist, which was pretty special.

Of course, she was totally thrilled to meet me, as you might imagine.

Personal growth was very much the theme for 2018. I read a lot, came to understand a bunch of things, and really just stopped giving energy to things that used to bother me.

So, what’s in store for 2019? Who knows, but I’m excited! 

I’m laser focused on my goals right now. One of those goals being to live outside of the UK, so I’m stripping back my belongings to the bone (so I can either move it or store it), and exploring opportunities overseas. The B-word, and the British government’s incompetence, not withstanding.

Wherever I end up, I’m still going to be working hard, training hard, reading loads, and becoming the best version of myself that I can be.

Can’t wait.

So, what are your plans for 2019?