Haven't had a lot of off topic discussion in a while (and I know, I've been mostly just monitoring the forum myself), so figured I'd kick up an icebreaker topic: what kinds of things are you guys doing these days? Work, hobbies, personally projects, etc.
To kick it off, I've mostly been very busy with my job. I've basically got my dream dev job and work with cloud computing (cluster management, namely). I moved across the country for that and love my work. I'm very, very good at what I do! I get lots of responsibility, get to lead designs, get to travel for work, and get to work on interesting things that people actually want. I don't do much personal projects these days because I find the 8+ hours a day tends to leave me all "coded out" (and I have a bad habit of working late because I get very into what I'm doing). Every now and then I can contribute to open source through my work, which is a perk I really love. Hoping to get to do more OSS contributing in the future (but my todo list at work is an ever growing one
I do have a bajillion side projects I want
to do, though. I've learned the hard way that game dev doesn't really interest me. I think mostly because I have no artistic talent and it's hard to make much without that. And also I loooove my automated tests and games are notoriously difficult to test. My real passion project is programming languages. My last job, one of my final big tasks was extending their parser for multiple other languages. We parsed circuit simulation languages; which are truly horrendous, BTW (I could rant for ages on how poorly they're designed). That was actually a C++ thing since our parser was performance critical. I'm kinda glad to not work with C++ anymore, though. Core dumps are nice, but god the language is like juggling chainsaws. These days I'm mostly Go and Python. I did start writing an interpreter in Scala for a novel language I was designing, but like many of my projects, I kinda just stopped working on it after a while, haha.
My partner got me into Pokemon Go and Wizards Unite, so been playing that a ton lately. I love it. It's great to get out and take loooong walks and explore areas I haven't before. Walks are suddenly fun even solo. Fellow players feel free to add me in PoGo if you want. I usually have excess gifts to send anyway
. Friend code 6926 5429 2450.
Oh, and I got married... and soon to be divorced (oops). Married an American and kinda rushed that marriage so we could live together. Though currently in a long distance relationship with an amazing person.
Okay, let's stop there. What have y'all been up to?