AI/ML. I’m currently diving more into ML and start going through free courses at fast.ai. Feels like a whole new world!
Astro. Big fan of the work that astro.build is doing to enable developers to create fast static websites. This website is one of them!
I like to geek-out about:
Home automation. Currently using HomeBridge on a RaspberryPi as well as Starling Home Hub to consolidate a bunch of disparate devices into HomeKit. A lot of things here I hope to write more about someday, like tweaking an ffmpeg plugin to transcode camera video from a DVR so that it loads up faster on HomeKit.
Home improvement. I enjoy eeking out efficiency gains throughout the home, and just making it an easier and more fun place to live and work. Some big projects I’m dreaming about: finishing the basement, and replacing our conventional HVAC system with heat pumps (so that we can rely on just electricity instead of natural gas).
Movies/TV: Star Wars & Marvel Cinematic Universe most recently. Currently enjoying Andor! Related fact: when I was a kid, I was obsessed with lightsabers. I would make videos and painstakingly draw lightsaber effects on each video frame.
Personal finance and investing. If there’s a “stonks” Slack channel, count me in.
Our “battle stations.” Productivity and ergonomics are a great topic, and I enjoy learning more about how people improve their setup, workflows, and environment. For what it’s worth, here’s my current desk setup: (IMAGE TBD)
Exercise: I enjoy running, swimming, and weight lifting. I used to be really into doing a running/obstacle challenge called “Tough Mudder,” but nowadays I aspire to just keep active when I can. I also like going hiking, but there are not many opportunities for that around where I live. I’m trying to do this more in the mornings; currently done in the afternoon around lunch time.
Random fun fact: Many years ago I was in an online “reality-style” commercial for Microsoft. Got a laptop (still have it, although it just recently died) and some other swag/tech – notably, a brown Zune. It was a fun & weird experience!