It's been quiet here lately. That's because I've been very busy. With what, you ask? Is dealing with incessant earthquakes not enough? No? Well, I've also been busy with moving from my hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand to Perth, Australia. I quit my job at the end of January and arrived in Perth on the 15th. I've wanted to leave Christchurch for a while, and the earthquakes provided an impetus to actually do something about it.
For the last few years, I've been focused on finding problems with software systems. I spent 40 hours a week looking at things other people had created and finding fault with their work. I was good at it. I found a lot of bugs. But it's easy to find fault. I mean, it can be difficult to find a particular fault. But it's easy to fall into a frame of mind where all you do is find problems with other people's work. There's very little risk in that. But it's also unsatisfying after while.
So, I've been trying to transition into getting paid for creating stuff, instead. It's been a bumpy ride so far. I started freelancing for somegreat guys who were (and still are) creating some awesome work. But just as I was starting to find my stride, my city fell down around me. Christchurch's infrastructure was crushed, the business district was destroyed and my burgeoning freelance programming business dried up.
When the ground shifts and things become unstable, you go back to what you know. So I returned to an old employer and started finding bugs again. After a few months I switched roles and started fixing the bugs. But once you've had the pleasure of creating whole new projects, it's difficult to go back. So now, I'm focusing on learning and creating new stuff. I'm going to be writing more code, contributing to open source and generally spending my time building things. Of course, I also need to get paid, so if you're in Perth and you're looking for a keen contributor, give me a shout.