Now - August 2020

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This is my Now page and here’s what’s up for me these days (as posted on 08/06/2020)

As of today, I’m one month in on my new job. It’s going well so far as the “Global Learning Technology & Analytics Manager” for ConvaTec, a medical solutions company with about 10,000 employees globally. I wrote about the reasons for taking this opportunity here.

After working for 15 years as a contractor for primarily tech startups and financial & insurance businesses, it really is nice to work for a company that’s making a tangible difference in the duration and quality of people’s lives. They really do have some of the best products on the market for wound care, ostomy, catheters, & diabetic needs. Nothing sexy, and nothing you ever want to need. But if you need this stuff, then you NEED it to work well for you, and for me this company is great fit. I’m happy with the team, and…I’ve got my work cut out for me as far as technology and learning & development are concerned!

All the other stuff I was up to didn’t quite die down in time as planned, the last month has been overfilled with closing up existing projects and trying not to say yes to new ones. I am still serving as the Director of Marketing for Energy Utility Group, an energy broker providing commercial-style pricing of solar & green energy for residential customers in Texas. Our launch got pushed out and I got pushed hard to deliver way more code than I thought this job would entail. But within a week or two I expect to be able to pull back to my original job definition and scale down to few hours a week of testing & iteration can keep that rolling while the residuals steadily trickle in.

Snap Synapse LLC, my company of 15 years, is still a thing for the moment. Maybe not for much longer though. As I’m closing up those straggling consulting engagements, I’m wondering if it presents any future benefit. Right now I’m leaning toward letting it go and letting its subsidiary, Clear Mind Publishing, take center stage. We’ll see.

Music used to be a central part of my life, but any performing as The One Mouth Band would be one big COVID vector. Beatboxing IS basically a superspreading exercise. I still make music, but pretty quietly and to myself. Lots of gentle hang and percussion. It may stay that way for a while.

One of the things I’m way into these days is food security. We’ve been getting more and more into growing plants in the last few years (now even eating and entirely plant-based diet!), and soon I expect to be building a greenhouse to extend our growing season. Seems like a good time to kick things up a notch. I’m also buying lots of long-term food storage because, well, given all that’s going on and all that’s about to, I don’t see any downside being prepared.

I’m working a lot, not doing anything exciting or going anywhere at all. Just did my annual month off from Facebook (also ending today) and that was nice. I didn’t stop my LinkedIn or Twitter posts this time, but obviously I wasn’t posting here for the last month either. That was on purpose. Miss me? Be honest now ;)

So that’s me! How about YOU? Hit me up or leave me a comment below.

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