In accordance with the “now” page bandwagon at, here’s what I’m up to these days.

  • Writing a sort of thesis project ~~, in Java~~. Having let Pumpkin Spice and wirebird.gamehawk percolate a little, I realized they were both growing together. Call it “over-ambitious blogging software,” for simplicity. ~~Aside from Minecraft plugins (some of them fairly complicated, but still fundamentally just kitbashing the Bukkit/Spigot libraries), I haven’t written a lot of Java or other C-family code in quite awhile, so it’s good exercise. The temptation to fall back to familiar Perl5, or to learn Perl6, is strong.~~ Update: Perl’s not dead so I’m falling back.

  • Looking for a job. Not too hard yet, because I’d like to have some of the previous point to show, but if a Perl job that I can do from an hour out of Philly (relo is not an option for a couple years) comes up I’ll jump on it. I’m not soooper-hopeful, hence the Java.

  • Unpacking. We lived in the same little house for twenty years on the two-year plan. It was to have been a “starter” house, and we planned to move “in a couple years” pretty much continuously. And then suddenly Carl had a job halfway across the continent. So we chucked twenty years’ worth of crap in boxes and filled a three-bedroom townhouse to the ceiling. (It’s about the size of our little house - except we also had a 24x30 workshop out back for all our hobbies). Now I’m doing all the getting-rid-of-stuff we should have been doing all along. Learn from my fail: do that while you’re still in the bigger space.

Updated: March 28, 2016.