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.

The Aftermath.

I’d like to say I did nothing this weekend, but that is actually not true in the slightest. Friday night, there was a party at the DevHouse (for those of you just joining in, the DevHouse is the student housing available to MakerSquare progeny who come from out of town). I spent some time there, but… the band I manage was playing a show near downtown, and I had barely seen the guys for months. So, as much as I adore hanging out with my #mks2crew, it was time to head home for a bit.

Of course by “home,” I mean a live music show where I was mobbed by friends who missed me and were happily surprised to see me. (And where I discovered that Instagram doesn’t validate properly if you have more than one Twitter account. I got a bunch of great pictures and videos using the band’s Instagram, but they went to my Twitter. I never connected that Instagram to any Twitter but the band’s, which is where they should have pushed to. Sorry if you felt spammed by that, and you’re welcome if I inadvertently helped you discover a great new band.)

Saturday, Nick and I finished what we started on Friday, putting the final touches on our resumes, LinkedIns, and GitHubs. We also watched a lot of cartoons.

Yesterday, despite my best efforts at non-productivity, I set up a Trello board where I could organize and track everything I have to do now to find my dream job. In a final effort to be lazy, I headed out to another punk rock show (where I was again mobbed by congratulatory friends), but that whole “lazy” thing didn’t work because… I came up with an idea for an application to streamline and amplify promotions for local bands, did some quick on-site research on how it would be received/used, bought the domain name, and got a small team together to build it with me. Whoops!

Finally, today, I put things into motion for all-of-the-above, and wrote this post, along with another one or two that will be up this week.

I think my brain is full for the day.

I do bookings and other managerial stuff for a local punk rock band. It’s more of a hobby than a job, really. They’re my friends, and none of them like dealing with the more business-related parts of being in a band, so I do it for them. Usually, it takes 15 minutes a day. (They’re pretty small time right now, haha. None of us are getting paid for this.)

My one responsibility other than getting them shows is actually promoting those shows via Facebook. Today, I slacked on that until about 11pm, because I was busy plowing through Ruby lessons on Codecademy.

When I looked up at the clock and realized I hadn’t made today’s band post, I opened Facebook in a new tab, and banged that out super fast… then went back a moment later to look at it, and realized I had written out the full lineup of Monday night’s show as a hash.

I guess I’m learning!