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Brain dump

It’s been over two weeks since my last update. I’m sure that it’s been terribly distressing to the three people who actually read this site. My only excuse is that I’ve been insanely busy, because a lot of things have been going on. Here’s a quick brain dump, which may or may not be in chronological order:

  • My wife and kids have already relocated to Georgia, but I’m still in Alabama, finishing out my employment here. I’m temporarily living with my brother-in-law. He lives too far from the main part of town to get broadband, so I haven’t been online much in the evenings. And I stay too busy at work trying to finish up projects and documentation to be able to spare time for posts from the office.
  • Since the time that I posted about looking for a job, I had an interview, and I’ve been hired for some contract work. I signed an NDA, so I can’t give any real details. I can say that I’ll be working on a web version of an upcoming software application. I’m joining the ranks of independent consultants, which is kind of scary. But the guy I’ll be working for seems to have a pretty good track record, and the project has great potential, so I feel like it’s worth the risk.
  • I’ve also just gotten another job lead, via LinkedIn (when it rains, it pours — I’m not complaining :) ). I haven’t had an actual interview yet (just exchanged a couple of informal emails), so obviously I can’t say a whole lot about that yet, either. However, I will note that my work on WordPress is one of the things that the company finds useful, because their project may involve building a CMS.
  • At my current job, I’m scrambling to document processes and train my backup person before I leave. I’ve never enjoyed writing documentation. I’m better at explaining things orally and by example. It’s like my brain stores things in some sort of three-dimensional space, with related subjects connected in a complex mesh by invisible wires, and there’s no easy way to bring information from different parts of that space into a simple linear organization.

There’s more, but those are the major highlights. I’ve been too busy to do anything at all with WordPress over the past few weeks. However, I did finally make time to track down and fix an issue with Ping-O-Matic earlier today. Oh, and did I mention that Ping-O-Matic passed the 1 Million Pings milestone recently?

By this time next week, I should be moved to Georgia with the rest of my family again. Since I’ll be working from home, I’m going to have to make a concentrated effort to be more organized than usual. I’m hoping that this will have the side-effect of giving me more time to work on my open-source efforts, and some other projects of mine that have been sitting on the sidelines for a while.

I’m also hoping that I can make time to start up some sort of semi-regular exercise regimen. Since I’m still in Alabama, and my scale is in Georgia (and I’m not quite sure exactly where it ended up in the new house), I haven’t kept up with my weekly weight measurements. But I feel pretty sure that I’ve picked back up some of the pounds that I had lost before. :-/

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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8 Responses to Brain dump

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  4. Geof says:

    Dougal, glad to know that the fam’s moved, and I’m sure you’re past ready to join them. Next time I’m in town, I’ll have to look you up and close the loop.

  5. logtar says:

    Make that 4. I almost went into my therapist from the withdrawal I was going to. All joking aside the independant consulting world is scary but I think you can handle it. You seem to have already a couple of things lined up and as long as there are projects is cool. There is a lot of positives to it that somewhat make up for the inestability.

  6. Mason Poe says:

    I’ll look for you in Georga. I just moved to ATL about 2 years ago and so far (knock on wood)… It has treated me well. Thanks for all your work on WordPress.

  7. Matt says:

    I thought it was funny that this entry had three comments, but just to mix it up here’s a forth.

  8. Kane Martin says:

    Glad someone found a job here. I have been looking in the snellville/stone mountain area for 2 months now. If you know of anything. Throw a man a bone!!!! Congrats on making a successful move!

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