Wow. I haven’t posted on the ol’ blog since February. To quote Lieutenant Ellis Carver: “I’ve got a neglect case here if I want it…”. But the oh I’m sorry I neglected you sweet blog is a meme over done here and on blogs everywhere, so we’ll just move on from that.
Things have been getting a lot more productive on the home front recently. I’ve started doing some contract work for Kobo Books and man I have to say, it feels good to be back in the groove again. Business has proven to be like riding a bike, but it has felt so sweet to be back, especially for a company I’m a huge fan of. I’m hoping that I can rock this contract work and find a way to a full time job within the company.
The shift towards productivity has had a positive impact elsewhere. I shipped a small project I’ve been toying with today. SoccerCanadaTV.ca went live this afternoon after I spent a day crunching and crushing the hell out of it. I had been prototyping this idea as a way of actually helping someone who was running a similar site (basically building him a CMS to power his already awesome blog) and I always wanted to fully build out. Today he announced he was retiring and I wanted to strike while the iron was hot so I coded my heart out and produced my own take on his site. The premise is really simple: Watching soccer on Canadian TV is not really all that easy. Soccer is broken in to many leagues and each of those leagues have their own TV rights (where they are shown in a given region) so following your favourite team across tournaments can be a bit of a gong show. Andy’s great idea was to run a blog that tracked this. I’ve iterated on the idea and really built a great platform/CMS to run this thing from.
I’m going to crank out an iPhone app once I get the site to a place I’m happy with it (that’ll be a few weeks I reckon). I’ve been looking for something to build an app around and this feels perfect.
I’m very excited and have been extremely productive in the last few weeks. Loving it. Feeling 100% for it. The morning I first woke up and went in to Kobo I felt like a new man. I think the last year and a half with unemployment and my grandfather really created some demons and I think I can see them in the rearview now.