Posted on July 23, 2010 by

New Ventures

It’s been a while since I last wrote, and I would like to fill you in on what is going on.

As you might know, I was let go from my last job because of the company’s low performance in general. In total, 15 people were let go, mostly new employees like myself. I took a few days to recharge and look for other job offers. Took some time to work on some personal projects, catch up with friends and relatives… but never really not doing anything.

It’s a thing I have… I need to be doing something. I can’t just not be working. That’s one of the reasons I loved being freelance; you’re your own boss and give yourself work to do. There is no busywork to keep you entertained, you do what you need to do because its your lively-hood. You work to pay the bills and eat. It’s a great motivational effect. In turn, this past month I have been working on redesigns to this current blog but decided to use it for the revival of my side project 20Somethings. While I did state that the project has been a bit of a failure, I have had a hard time shutting it down. I believe that it’s a great place for people in their 20s to read about real people with the same type of problems and situations. But more on that later.

I started the redesign on top of the framework using a GPL license and using a custom font that will work on most modern browsers and all iOS platforms. I really couldn’t have been able to do most of this if it weren’t for all the “free time” I’ve had in the last few weeks. The learning curve is high and there is a lot of work of “trial and error” and then back to debugging. I am not a web developer… I barely know some HTML and PHP but it’s just something I enjoy to dabble in.

I have also been up and up on my Objective-C learning. Sadly this is something that needs to be constantly practiced. You can only get better at it by practicing, which I am currently doing but not to satisfactory of actually releasing something to the public. In conjunction to learning Objective-C (C and C++) I started to learn Python. Another programming language. But a modern one and completely different. I really don’t know why I’m doing it, but it wouldn’t hurt to add another skill. I think it was suggested by one of the people I follow that has ties to Warner Music Group and their tech division, either way its something I am going to follow through on.

The last and probably what I’m most exited for is that a friend of mine has asked me to become his manager. It’s been a few weeks but changes are already apparent and I have tons of things to do. It is great when you work with someone that both trusts you as a friend and as a professional. This brings me back to my roots and it will be fun and challenging all at the same time, so very worthy.

As I stated before, me losing my old job was probably for the best… Things are taking shape and I will have more time to manage and consult with my friend about his career.

I am definitely looking forward for what is to come and all the learning opportunities this will lead to, as a manager, as an audio engineer, as a friend, and as a person.