Sifteo and San Francisco

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you’ve probably noticed I’m not dead yet, despite the extreme silence on this blog lately. Well, possibly I just turned into a really inanely chatty zombie. But either way, I haven’t been cranking out awesome projects like mad. What gives??

First big event: this past July, I moved to San Francisco. Having grown up in the suburbs all my life, I’ve always wanted to live in a big city. So, I decided to pull up roots a bit and make that happen. So far, I feel like it’s one of the best decisions I could have made. If you also happen to live in SF, drop me a line. I’d love to meet, perhaps for an IPA or Trippel at Toronado or a fantastic soy latte at Ritual.

Then, a bit of a career shift. For the past six years, I’ve done a variety of operating systems, graphics, USB, and Bluetooth work at VMware. It’s been awesome, and I had the chance to build some great things there that I still get to use every day when I run VMware Fusion. But it was time for a change. I really wanted to work at a startup, and do something more hardware-focused.

So, very shortly after moving to SF, I got a job with Sifteo, makers of the adorable little gaming cubes that everybody loves. I arrived at the company shortly before their cubes went to market, so I didn’t have much time to influence that product much, but I’ve been having a fantastic time doing future R&D work for them lately. We have some seriously fantastic stuff in store, and I can’t wait until I can share it with everyone.

And finally, as if that were too few New Things, I’m now one week in to a month-long trip to Thailand! I’m loving it so far. I discovered that I totally suck at trip logs, but luckily my travelling companion is a rather awesome amateur photographer, and he’s been keeping a blog at numist.net.

With any luck, after I get back to the states I’ll have some more time for personal projects. Perhaps I’ll even get a chance to finish something I started.

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