As I mentioned in my previous post on this subject, my employment with Torchbox is no more and this has had a rather profound effect on what I’m going to be doing for the next few months. I was originally intending to put up a post here detailing my plans: indeed I foolishly committed to doing so. That hasn’t happened.
I have also been planning to write a post detailing how pointless it can be to make nebulous long-term plans, especially when in such a volatile situation. This has been through several drafts, but ultimately sounded a little too grandiose for its own good and so hasn’t happened either.
So, assuming these were bad ideas for things to write, what’s a good idea? Well, there’s what I’ve been doing this past month. Which, from a certain way of thinking about it, is almost what I was originally planning on writing about, just from the perspective of having done it instead of the perspective of being about to do it.
- I have been doing some freelance work (web-related and otherwise): it has, by and large, been most enjoyable, and has helped to bolster my bank balance in the period between jobs.
- I have bought a number of music CDs: they have, by and large, been most enjoyable, and have helped to undo the bank balance bolstering achieved by the freelance work. On a related note (pun not intended), I have also been listening to the album With Love and Squalor from We Are Scientists. They offer the entirety of their album as a streamed download from their site; as a fairly direct result of this, every time I go into town I get immensely tempted to buy it. Music industry, please take note (pun still not intended).
- I have installed and used TextMate: I first had a really good look into TextMate (and other editors) during my final couple of weeks at Torchbox, for the purposes of a Python project, and I’ve been pretty much hooked ever since (hooked on TextMate, that is, although I’m working up a bit of a crush on Python as well). In point of fact, this entry was written largely in TextMate: I haven’t yet dared experiment with its blogging bundle, but the Markdown syntax highlighting combined with Saft’s ability to edit the contents of text areas in an external application provide a more than acceptable substitute.
Aside from that, I do have a few things planned over the next couple of months, but – with the exception of a few geek meet-ups and web conferences, most of which are likely to be listed on my Upcoming profile – you’ll know about them when I’ve done them.