What I’ve been up to lately.

Here are things that have been keeping me interested—hobbies, books, music, etc.

Work

  • Lead Engineer at Promenade

    At work, I currently lead the Promenade Pets vertical engineering team. Though I lead a team at my last job, this is a more formal “lead” role, with more formal expectations of responsibilities, etc. Being team lead does not come naturally to me, so it’s quite the challenge, but it’s rewarding so far.

  • React-Ho!

    We are slowly integrating React into our legacy codebase. Since React is typically an “all or nothing” framework, layering React into the existing code has been a fun challenge—how do we preserve our battle-tested JavaScript while also indiscriminately mounting React into sections where we need new hotness? Questions like these are what make me excited to log on in the morning.

Home

  • Workin’ on my fitness

    Working from home lead (somewhat unsurprisingly) to some weight gain. To combat this, I’ve gotten into the habit of running, swimming, biking and rowing over the last few months.

    While exercise alone isn’t enough to drop the unwanted pounds, I certainly feel much better.

  • Too much television

    There are so many good shows on nowadays! I recommend the following:

    • The Rings of Power on Amazon
    • House of the Dragon on HBO
    • The Expanse on Amazon Prime
  • Some light reading

    I confess, I haven’t read as much as I’d like to this year. Here are some books on my short list for the end of this year / next year, though:

    • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
    • The Burning God by R.F. Kuang
    • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang
    • Babel by R.F. Kuang
    • Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
    • The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
    • The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
    • Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
    • Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis
    • Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang
  • “Always on” podcasts

    Give me a light-hearted non-work-related podcast any day of the week. My favorites to listen to while taking my daily walks:

    • My Brother, My Brother and Me - A comedy podcast by the Mcelroy brothers, Justin, Travis and Griffin
    • The Adventure Zone - A real-play DnD podcast by the Mcelroy brothers and their father
    • Besties - A video game podcast featuring the Justin and Griffin Mcelroy, Chris Plante and Russ Frushtick
    • This Is Important - A raunchy comedy podcast by the creators of the show Workaholics
    • Two Bears One Cave - Yet another raunchy comedy podcast with comedians Bert Kreischer and Tom Segura
    • Soft Skills Podcast - Okay, one work-related one: an advice podcast for software developers