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En train de lisant: Le boulevard par Jean-François Sénéchal — le premier roman que j’ai lu depuis 5 ans je pense. Peut-être plus.

I’m currently in between jobs right now. Farewell Amazon, hello Local Logic! Au revoir Vancouver, allô Montréal!

Not much else going on, other than organizing photos, making a few videos, and continuing my french journey.

Cases are increasing though, and now business are closed in Toronto and Peel region. It’s fine though as long as I still have a stable internet connection. :)

2020.09

Currently reading: On Writing Well by William Zinsser, with the goal of changing the way I write in the English language for professional and personal purposes – like this site.

I’ll eventually get through The Intelligent Investor, but it’s been deprioritized.

Also in the middle of a career transition from large American tech corporation to small Canadian tech start-up. For years my /about page has had the following:

My career goal is to be able to use my technology background and apply it to the urban realms of cities to create tangible improvements for urban citizens.

It now feels like for the first time, my professional career will be doing just that.

Moving to Montréal, finding an apartment and struggling with the French langauge will a challenge – though that’s not a bad thing. My vocabulary is at 3900 words now. It’s easier to read the language, but understanding the spoken Québcois accent is still a challenge. The closed captioning on tou.tv has been a godsend for improving that.

2020.08

Currently reading: Cities for People by Jan Gehl, (and still slogging through The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham)

Still based out of Mississauga for the time being. I think this might be the case for the rest of the year. Summer’s going to be over soon so I’m planning on doing a domestic trip out into the Canadian wilderness soon.

Still upgrading my French. My vocabulary is now over 3000 words according to Lingvist, but there are still sessions where I already know the bulk of the new words so it’s well above that.

Also upgrading another (programming) language. Not that it’s particularly difficult to forget, but I’ve never quite got “good” with Python, so I’m doing that now.

Still cycling and running too!

2020.06

Currently reading: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

It’s June 2020. I’m now settled and based out of Mississauga for the time being, working remotely for my team in Vancouver until at least the end of September. I’m spending time with my grandmother, helping her and the rest of my family while I’m here.

I’m enjoying living life at her pace, enjoying the bird and animal sightings and sounds, and the continuous show of life from her garden. I’m making the most of this time of lock-down. If anything, I’m enjoying life even more.

Life is more balanced right now as I focus on the vital parts of it. Ironically, this re-prioritization has bought increased productivity and decreased stress to work.

I was able to find a great road bike on sale during this pandemic, not sure how that happened. I’m revisiting the most enjoyable period of my life, the latter half of undergrad when I would regularly complete 60km+ rides, and even a few rides over 100km and up to 130km. Currently re-training to complete those Strava grand fondo challenges again.

Life is… good!

2020.04

This is the first iteration of my now page. For more information see: https://nownownow.com/about


It’s April 2020, and I’m still working at Amazon and living in Vancouver. My Duolingo streak in French is just shy of two months and I’m sitting at 10 books read so far this year. Currently reading:100 Years of Solitude.

Now, and for the rest of the month I’ll be working on spring cleaning. I live in a small studio apartment in downtown Vancouver right now, so there isn’t much work on the physical front. Instead, most of my focus is on the intangibles; the social and digital.

In the first few months of this year I was hurt by a few people, including people I thought of as friends. People that I spent time working with, for; and even mentoring. I am continuing the process of removing these people from my life. While difficult, I have had no regrets so far.

I am also working towards honing in on my competencies and values. I aim to align my life and my career with them. So alongside removing the people who use, who drain and disparage – I am planning to remove the work which does the same; which no longer produces any value to me. This first /now page is part of this. Expect major changes within four months.

On the digital front, I have been on a campaign of focus for a while. My main goal is to allow technology to augment and improve my ability to have rich communications with those I care about and to organize away as much busy work as possible.

I am continuing to cull the sources of information and topics I subscribe to. Unsubscribing from mailing lists I never read, blatant advertising I allow companies to send to me for free, inflammatory accounts on social sites and non-actionable topics on news aggregators. Even questioning having accounts on these sites to begin with.

I have removed some of the social empty calories that things like Instagram and shallow group chats provide. Deleting these have removed empty social calories which in the end, reinforce loneliness and leads to other vices.