Whoops. Forgot to post again!

Damn, I guess I was so busy with my shiny new job, I forgot to post.

Yes, that’s right, I’ve been employed for a whole month now! I got my official job offer just about two weeks after finishing MakerSquare. Pretty cool, huh?

I do front-end development at an interactive agency here in Austin. Translation: I do a lot of Javascript and CSS stuff to build custom web experiences for our clients. It’s pretty cool. I like the people I work with (most notably @wayspurrchen, who spends a lot of time helping me get up to speed), and the work is challenging in a good way.

That said, when I say “challenging,” I’m not joking around. It’s a PHP shop. As you may recall, at @MakerSquare, I learned Ruby/Rails, not PHP/Laravel. Laravel is an MVC framework, like Rails. I can figure out reasonably accurately where things go or are supposed to go within that, but PHP and Ruby are syntactically different enough that it has taken me this whole month to get to a point where I was able to debug something I had screwed up in a controller today.

The only real bummer about working in a PHP shop is that I have less time to keep practicing Rails. At the moment, I have no time. Between acclimating to a new job and the holiday rush (throw an extra “holiday” in there, too–my birthday is mid-December, and I firmly believe that throwing anything less than a 3-day celebration for one’s birthday = doing it wrong), any downtime I get at all is pretty much spent sleeping.

Things should get better on that front after tonight. With no more holidays/birthday stuff to worry about for a while, and with more of my #mks2 homies accepting job offers every week, there should be time again to work with Rails in my off-time. My pet project is stalled at the moment, because the one thing I really need from Facebook to have an MVP (graph search for events) isn’t something their API supports (yet?) and I don’t want to violate their TOS, but I’m excited for some collaborations on other people’s upcoming projects that I’ve been offered. Bonus: I won’t have to be my own project manager!

Lest I come off whiny, let me be clear here: my life is awesome right now. The majority of my time is spent getting paid to do something I enjoy, in an environment where I’m encouraged to learn. I’m mentoring two awesome chicks (@JesseDowntown from #mks3, and one of my oldest friends back in Jersey via Skype) in their coding journeys. I had a great birthday, and these hectic life circumstances have led me to place a priority on getting enough rest (and in doing so, I’m winning the battle better than ever against a lifelong circadian rhythm disorder). 2013 has been kickass, and 2014 is looking even better!

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