Vacation Time In Three, Two, One…

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Ninety Six]

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I still need to start a company and talk with an accounting firm and a notary or a lawyer – oh, and return Equinix Metal’s hardware to them – but otherwise, I’m mostly on vacation for the next two weeks.

What will I DO with myself?!?



But first the news:

It mostly comes down to maintaining a schedule that I can flip over to work easily. Instead of writing or coding or watching television, I’ll be working, but keeping the same sleep schedule, the same exercise routine, similar eating habits – this is key to stability.

And moving easily back into work after two weeks.

Each day will look something like this:

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How Do I Feel?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Ninety Five]

Tell me now, how do I feel?

Papa gave me, effectively, an entire morning off today and hooo BOY was it LUX!

But first the news:

We have a deal – that Papa gets to go out Friday night and sleep in on Saturday morning and I do the same on Saturday night / Sunday morning.

Of course, that’s totally changed cause of COVID – it’s more like, he can stay up late on Friday night while I can stay up late on Saturday night.

Or something along those lines.

This morning, tho, he grabbed the kids and headed off to the city park for the morning and I, delirious with sleep, stumbled around lazily this morning sipping tea and meditating and generally doing absolutely nothing.

I feel positively spoiled.

But the truth is that I was SUPPOSED to write an email this weekend, declining one of the last two offers and I just … didn’t.

I’m procrastinating.

I hate this part of the process because I well and truly care.

Tomorrow morning, then.

You can imagine how absolutely fabulous my dreams are going to be tonight, eh?

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Binaries Are For Computers

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Ninety Two]

That’s it.

That’s the whole post.

Oke, well, maybe not the WHOLE post – I realize I’ve been short sometimes – REALLY short – but I promise my distractedness is coming to an end soon and I’ll be able to focus again soon.

Be able to post on Instagram.

And write about Other Things ™.

And apply to CFPs.

And code.

And go out and drink coffee at the local cafe.

But first the news:

Wait, not that last bit.

Not for a while.

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Want To Talk At Tech Conferences Like Me?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Eighty Eight]

IF your project is open source AND you want to talk with developers, as opposed to companies, then you’re like me.

Once you’ve figured out your voice and jumped down the rabbit hole of new experiences, share your adventures by speaking at technical conferences.

First, check out Toastmasters or Agora Speakers or 10xSpeaker or other speaking resources.

And learn all the things.

Then check out these conferences.

But first the news:

Totally check out this list of Free Software Events, but also here are my favourite conferences that I have spoken at OR know someone who has spoken there.

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Call Guinness?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Eighty Seven]

Over the past four weeks I applied to thirty opportunities – twenty-one companies spoke with me sixty-seven times and six extended offers.


Besides luck?

Good question.

But first the news:

Most all of the jobs I applied to without knowing someone first were rejected. Almost all of the interviews were from opportunities found within my network. Built over many many years.

It starts with interpersonal communication and networking over many years. Which, sure, feels overwhelming. But start now. And in a few years you’ll have an extensive network, too.

Put your resume online.

With samples.


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