Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BLOG 4.0

I quit my job.

For many reasons, this was an excellent idea. Except for my newfound lack of cash flow, there are basically no downsides to this decision.

I have no idea what I'm going to do next.

But I fully intend to keep busy and basically just explore my surroundings to see what catches my interest. After hearing of my intentions, many people seemed curious about what I would wind up doing and were interested in receiving updates.

My original plan was to program something which could provide such updates. But I couldn't think of anything this program would do besides basically email people to inform them I had shared something new.

I resuscitated my old blog.
Because why reinvent the wheel?

1.0 The blog started when I left on a four-month trip.
2.0 The blog became a mishmash and was partially abandoned.
3.0 The blog tried to become your helpful friend.
4.0 The blog will be active until I get bored with it again.

I have begun exploring my surroundings.

People have been very supportive and enthusiastic about what I've decided to do. Toronto is full of resources, so I've signed up for a number of free classes and lectures. Although I am still gainfully employed, I've launched myself heartily into my new program of "do random stuff, see what sticks."

This week I've started a Coursera course called "Mindshift" which is about thinking differently. I'm maybe about 1/3 through the first "week" of the class. No particularly strong feelings about the class thus far.

I'll also be taking Intro to Java and Intro to Data Analytics at various places in Toronto this week. After my roaring toilet garden success, learning more about tech seemed like a good place to start exploring.

I also have an interview for a job as a box office ticket agent during the Toronto International Film Festival. I've basically experienced the festival every other way, might as well see what it's like to actually get paid while working there.

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