April 1, 2013

Status Update (for 2012…!)

Last year was, without a doubt in my mind, the most tumultuous year I’ve had in the past decade.  At least that’s how it feels.  The most important update I can think of to mention is: Melissa’s feeling great!   The regular Benlysta infusions she receives seem to have a remarkable impact on lowering her disease activity and inflammation, with no observable side effects.  We’re both grateful to The Scripps Research Institute, GlaxoSmithKline, and Human Genome Sciences.

Since January of last year, my business partner and I took on more clients, moved into a small office, hired an awesome, diverse team, and have been gradually normalizing our business.  The entire process has been exhilarating.  I’ve had experience in the past building small teams, but never with so much pressure.  The opportunities we took on as a business lead us to work with a good friend, who has been kind enough to share their staggering Python and Agile (the proper, non-buzzword) expertise with us while being patient as we manage growth and define our internal processes and projects.

Office Door

Office Door

Many years ago I kept a blog to document and share what I learned working with FreeBSD, Linux, systems programming and bits of my life – but I was about as diligent as I seem to be now at maintaining and updating posts.  Every time I’d like to share some small detail, it’s hard to get past the fact that the details have already been shared and read by most folks – so why add garbage to the Internet?  Anyway, this post came up on /r/programming yesterday.  There are many good points outlined here, and further discussed in the post.  They’re both worth checking out.

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