Processes.

I have a confession to make. I can’t type.

Ok, that’s hyperbole. I can type about 70wpm. The thing is, I do so primarily with two fingers on my right hand and occasionally my left index finger. I lacked regular access to computers when I was growing up, and had no occasion to use a keyboard with any regularity until I was in my late teens. So I just hunted and pecked.

When I did start using computers regularly, learning to type properly was hard, and I didn’t really see the point of putting in any effort about it. I mean, who cared how many fingers I used when I was writing in my LiveJournal about my cats? Besides, I was getting really fast with just the fingers I was using!

Fast forward to the present, and I make internets for a living. I’d like to think that nobody’s judging me for the fact that I type like a child, because, well, I’m damned fast and accurate. But I can understand how it might be hard to take a person seriously as someone who uses computers for a living if they type like I’ve been. Additionally, as a developer, it does slow me down; there are more keyboard shortcuts for SublimeText than I’d like to admit that I can’t properly utilize. And I don’t expect to ever learn vim this way, either.

So, as of earlier today, including this entry, I’m going to ask for a bit of typo and slowness forgiveness in my written communications (particularly in chats and wherever else speed is relevant). I’m typing with two hands now, sort of by touch. It’s slow and my left hand is tired and sore after only a day of it. I’ll be writing most of my code one handed for a bit longer, until I can get either faster or more accurate doing it the right way. It’s important that I teach myself this new process and retrain my muscle memory, but it’s also important that I not become less productive at work in the meantime. Also, I’d like to not totally lose my freak ability by gaining a new skill.


what’s next?

When I last posted, I was fresh out of MakerSquare. As in a few days out. I felt, for lack of a better word, hungover. It took until a few days ago for me to start feeling human again.

All that happened to change things was that I got sick. And really, I don’t think I even got “sick” in the proper sense, but rather my body finally figured out that I could take a rest and then that was all I did for two days.

After that, I was ready to start coding again. The weekend of graduation, I found my inspiration: a girl at a live show who didn’t have a smart phone or an internet connection at home. She was talking about how nobody remembers to call or text when there’s a show anymore, because everyone just uses Facebook to keep up with that stuff, and she misses out on a lot of cool shows that way. Believe it or not, right here in our little “music and technology hub” of Austin, there are a lot of people like her. Furthermore, I’ve encountered a fair number of people (punk rockers and techies in particular… go figure) who just don’t want to log in to Facebook unless they have to.

That’s how the idea for ATX punx was born. The MVP I’ve got planned for bands is to sign up and share the link to their Facebook, and for fans to sign up with their phone number, “follow” a few bands, and get SMS alerts when those bands have a show that night. I’ve got my work cut out for me here; Facebook Graph doesn’t support searching for events just yet. The good news is that one of my besties from MakerSquare is Bonnie. Bonnie, aside from being brilliant in general, is already a regex guru, and has agreed to help me with the scraper/s I’ll need to use to get around that pesky failing of FB Graph.

Of course, this project will be open source, which means that once I’m “done” building it, people will be able to get the source and use it for whatever music scene in whatever city they want.

In other news (because I know you #mks3 kids and future MakerSquare hopefuls are wondering), yes, there have been some meetings and a couple of job interviews for me in the last two weeks. I’m not even going to say more because I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel really good about my prospects.

While I’m talking about jobs, I want to shout out my pal Jesse, the first of my #mks2 homies to officially start a new career. He started at what.it.is this week, and I’m incredibly excited for him. If any one of us deserved the distinction of being first hired more than the rest of us, it’s Jesse.