The Quick and Dirty Scattered Thoughts

1412100-big27[ disclaimer : i wrote this today while feeling quite under the weather and under the influence of cold medicine and in between bouts of long sleep. you have been warned. ]

what is the project going to be about?

there are some things that i would like to do just for fun or think would be or might be fun to do but haven’t really found the time or resources or motivation to follow through and do them and i’m thinking if i commit to it online with a community of other people who are committing to their own projects for the next year

and we get together once a quarter or a month or a week or something to present what we’ve done so far and what we’re going to do over the next quarter or month or week and sometimes the presentations are as simple as, i’ve done nothing, but this is why and this is how i’m going to make things happen for the next deadline which is different than what i’ve been doing because x y z or i need help with x y z problems and what are your thoughts or look how awesome i am cause i’ve finished and now i’d like to work on this new thing unless you can think of something else related to this or that or the other

and then you take that feedback and play with it or ignore it or build on it and do more things with your project with that feedback in mind or go down an entirely new pathway with a tangent focus and at the end of the year you have x y z to show for it and decide if you want to commit another year or do something entirely different.

like learn to ride a unicycle. or put together a theatrical production. or build a haunted house. or start your own company. or sharpen your baking skills. or expand your network.

for this year my project is to Start The Project. I’m giving it a year.

it will need a community / forums / bulletin / blog / website / youtube channel with people’s presentations, if they’re willing to share them online.

and focus. outlines. rules. suggestions.

a random project generator app.

real life examples / links to people doing their own projects.

a title / an abstract / polls / research / strategy

tom cruise voicing his love on oprah level enthusiasm

and this is why i put out the call for a partner in crime or, more realistically, many partners in crime, because i would like to start this project soon, within the month or by the end of the year, and i need guinea pigs / partners in crime / co-conspirators / collaborators and do you think you’d be interested in this kind of project? do you have something you want to work on? would you like to help me make this happen? do you have a passion to build a community of experimenters and dream the impossible dreams?

let’s talk.

Looking for a Partner in Crime

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Who are you?

Attention all leaders, innovator, movers and shakers. I am putting together a fierce new group of inventors / makers / creative types / techies / dreamers to build / develop / change the world.

Who am I?

I used to dance, now I don’t. And I work at Red Hat. As a software engineer. Also, I developed a self evolving AI named ProsAlpha. Mostly I want to change the world. For the better.

What are we doing?

If you’d like to bring something to the table / evolve / find your spirit animal / make something beautiful, get in touch via comment / email / social media / message / carrier pigeon / owl / call.

Let’s inspire one another by meeting once a week / month / year to brainstorm and take the next steps together. There will be chocolate. And cookies. And other baked goods.

Sure, a lot of these are synonyms / opposites / conflicting, but that’s because I want your input as well.

Let’s talk.

A Few Ideas That Have Been Rattling Around My Brain

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  • build a 3D printer from scratch. experiment with printing clothes and food and age appropriate toys for ProsAlpha. throw a catered fashion show. keep the toys.
  • design, build, decorate and use a badass halloween advent calendar ala https://www.etsy.com/listing/240614464/this-halloween-advent-calendar-house-is# cause badass. maybe make something similar for xmas. maybe something totally different.
  • speaking of advent calendars, organize / collect / make decorations for the holidays that we actually want to celebrate in our family (xmas and halloween and …? chocolate easter? sinterklaas? thanksgiving?) cause ProsAlpha is going to be old enough to make memories soon and little holiday shrines are cool. like bowties.
  • get back into shape walking / running. get / make a zombie morph suit. run an obstacle course in it. with friends.
  • invent something awesome. something something something. make millions.
  • take figure skating lessons. and / or hip hop lessons. and / or circus silk lessons. perform.
  • join the local toastmasters. write up more public speaking projects. CFP that shit. practice practice practice. speak at a TED event.
  • research and write more blog posts on groningenrain.nl; at least twice a week. continue to write on 750words.com daily.
  • write up the past five years of my life that i haven’t been allowed to talk about because that part of my life is almost over and decide if it’s worth posting or not. sorry not sorry for vagueness.
  • solidify the daily schedule to include exercise / morning routine / evening routine / ProsAlpha.
  • develop a python based app inspired by ProsAlpha (text based adventures ala Zork and Adventure, but you’re a baby trying to do baby things and the enemies / obstacles are the cat running away from you / not being able to walk / time for a nap / mama). upload it to github. finish howtolearnpythonthehardway.com.
  • nail down my personal sense of style. purchase a doctor who inspired watch fob. sort the wardrobe. donate clothes.
  • buy / hack a raspberry pi. integrate it into an interactive / moving costume. explore the city center in full costume. during the markt. on a saturday. invite others to join me.
  • organize an open source artistic event. a series of canvases are set up, anyone can contribute anything to any canvas for an evening. upload the results. is there a way to make this online interactive? a twitter feed that people can post to and the artists can choose to be inspired by those statements or not as they work. the live hashtag would need to be projected in the midst of the canvases during the entire event. eventually make it a twenty-four hour event.
  • create two youtube channels: one for the dancing engineer (creatively logical and logically creative projects) and one for the fierce mama (adventures in motherhood). figure out what that means.
  • experiment with baking, especially grandpa’s no knead bread. and maybe cooking. develop seven breakfast / lunch / dinner dishes. perfect them. actually cook for the family. lol, cooking. but the no knead bread thing is possible.

AND THE BIG NEWS IS (drumroll, please)

Red_HatNo, we’re not pregnant.

No, we’re not moving.

I have a shiny new job.

But first, some history.

I used to dance. And to pay for rehearsal space and costumes and performance venues, I taught myself HTML / CSS / javascript. Eventually I retired from dance and took web development seriously – interned in New York, worked with a few internet marketing companies in North Carolina.

Had a blast.

Then Red Hat changed their new hire scope – you had to have two of three requirements – customer service, technical skills, or linux. I had the first two. I was hired. I had a blast.

But when you work at Red Hat, every day is drinking from the firehose and I had to stop coding entirely.

Fast forward to a few months ago – you may have heard, I had a sweet little boy. I took advantage of the Netherlands parental leave policy and switched to part time to save money on daycare and spend more time with the new operating system.

The position I have now doesn’t allow part time work, so my main job was to find a new job. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, specifically, but I knew I couldn’t be a Technical Account Manager anymore. I started shot gun blasting anything that sounded interesting.

Fast forward to a few months ago when I took a DjangoGirls workshop and remembered how much I loved to code.

BAM!

That narrowed down my search to anything with development work.

But then it got tricky.

I’m starting over, effectively. I just started learning Python / Django / Ruby on Rails / MongoDB. But I can’t move to Brno where most of our junior developers start.

It took a few months to find the right opportunity within Red Hat.

So when I say “I have a shiny new job,” what I actually mean is “OMGOMGOMG I JUST LANDED MY DREAM JOB!”

I am a Red Hat OpenStack Software Engineer.

Hello, Hi, I am speaking at DjangoCon US

djangoThat’s right, Folks.

You heard it hear first.

Unless you follow me on twitter and don’t have so much in your following list that you saw my really quick announcement that…

I’M TALKING AT DJANGOCON US 2015!

Dear Rain,

I’m pleased to tell you that your talk “Leveraging Procedural Knowledge” has been accepted for DjangoCon US 2015. Congratulations!

That’s right, it’s got the same title as the talk I just gave at PyGrunn but since I’ll be further along in learning Django, having finished deploying to OpenShift and practiced practiced practiced and completed and all the other things I said were the next steps, the talk with evolve.

And, if you’d like to see me speak and experience a kickass conference about all things django, early bird registration is open until JULY FIRST!

This post is brought to you by the letter ‘a’ and the number LINK.

Without Further Ado, I Present

the-bodyguard-cdThe unforgettable.

The enduring.

The story that made us all want to be singers. At least in the shower.

The EPIC.

The Bodyguard. The MUSICAL.

And until you see it, you’ll have NOTHING! NOTHING! NOTHING!