Category Archives: Self-indulgence

New year, new job

AppNeta logo

My new employers!

I’m now a sales engineer at AppNeta, and I’ve written about the experience of my first few weeks on the company blog. Probably my favorite thing about the job is not mentioned in that post. Originally I was told that I might see more like a 90-10 or 80-20 breakdown of time doing sales to time engineering. I’ve actually been able to do much better than that! I’ve already worked on instrumentation for Drupal, Solr, and Varnish and I’ll be working on Twisted instrumentation next week at the Boston Python meetup. A lot of that work is far off from production, but some has already been merged into master! :D

I’m still a little mystified, though, by the way they play music (incl. dubstep!) on the sales floor. Oh well, maybe that will change when we move to a new building…

Returning to the internet

I never thought I’d be saying these words, but: I spent most of the past six months working as a web developer on Mitt Romney’s website (built using Drupal 6).

Mitt 'n Me!

I wasn’t particularly secretive about this with my close friends, but I was bound by a “no social media” agreement, so I curtailed my blogging and tweeting. Hopefully that can now change.

(I’ll do some posts about the job later, but for now let me just state that it was weird as heck.)

Tattoo number two

My tattoo of atropa belladonna, by Dia Moeller.

I’ve been planning this one for a few years (using an image sourced from here) and finally decided to stop putting it off. The artist is Dia Moeller, of The Painted Bird in Boston, MA and I’m thrilled with the work so far. Unfortunately, after about 4 hours of tattooing time we had to stop for the day. I’ll be in to get the rest some time in December.