2013 So Far…

For the majority of 2012 I was working at a startup called nom.com helping make Flash based mobile games for Android and iOS (yep Flash works on iPhones – funny, eh?). I wore a lot of hats at Nom designing/building/porting games, managing an offshore team of a dozen, writing documentation, optimizing games, fixing bugs, updating previous projects, and getting my team all working with git. But over this year the landscape for gaming changed quite a lot and the changes that were needed to keep things running just couldn’t happen quickly enough and the company closed my office here in Redwood City at the beginning of the year.

So in January I found myself out of a job with a lot of decisions to be made. How to manage my time between gigs, what kind of new job I should be looking for, what skills I should be learning, any projects to work on now that I had some time.

I still love working with Flash – and ideally I would love writing ActionScript for years to come. However the current web and mobile landscape has taken all the supposed “Flash is dead” media hype to heart and made it a self fulfilling prophecy.

So I figured this was a great opportunity to expand my skill-set a bit and teach myself something new. I tried a bit of Objective-C and some Ruby on Rails. There seemed to be a lot more passion and articles for Rails so I stuck with that primarily. Also since it’s a web framework knowing other things like JavaScript and jQuery come into play. I’ve gone through a couple of pretty involved tutorials creating Twitter and Pinterest style projects deployed to Heroku – so maybe I can find some kind of entry level Rails Engineer position that will foster more of my education.

Starting a new job, great start to 2012!

I’m super excited to get started with my new position as a Flash Developer with nom.com making games (and working on their platform) for Android devices. I was pretty bummed to have to leave my old position with Context Optional, but when your company is bought sometimes people get lost in the shuffle.

It was nice to have the time and freedom to regroup and rest a bit, but now it’s time to get back to making things and I hope to be sharing a few of those soon! If you have an android device, you should check out their selection in the Android Market.

My Go-Away Party tonight!

It’s been an odd week not being at work, still I feel like I’ve gotten a lot done. Still I miss working downtown with various Optionalites and I’m looking forward to my pink-slip party tonight at Cha Cha Cha in the Mission. It’s going to be awesome!

What a year so far…

For all that’s been going on this year, I’m feeling positive.

There have been a few good things happening, but overall too many life changing events. Even so I find myself re-organizing, prioritizing, and getting things done more than I have in years.

This year I’ve

  • Started a separation (I would say marriage but we never married)
  • Moved out of my condo
  • Worked on a huge project that garnered the client a million fans
  • Had the Company I was working for bought
  • Got laid off
This could all be a really big setback, but I’m viewing it as an opportunity – at least for today. I’ve got a few weeks of runway and this is a good chance to catch up on a couple of projects I’ve wanted to work on but never could really devote the time to. I’m getting my resume and portfolio ready to go now just in case, but once that’s in shape I’ll be working on a few things that I find interesting for a change…