This month I began a new job as a machine learning infrastructure engineer at Cohere.
My coworkers all seem like very kind and brilliant people, and I'm super excited to be working with them!
The office is open to any fully vaccinated people who wish to work from there, so that's what I'm doing for now.
It feels weird to be in an office again after working remotely for so long, but I dig it.
I've been slowly making my way through a Go course after teaching myself the language on an as-needed basis.
I wouldn't recommend the course, but it's okay for me because my goal is just to fill gaps in my knowledge.
I've been virtually attending a variety of software-related meetups, talks, and code jams.
I really miss being able to chat software with other attendees in hallways and pubs after each event is over.
On the bright side, distance is no longer a limitation to my interests.
I've been casually teaching myself about economics and finance for about a year and a half now.
It's been humbling to learn how complex many issues are.
I've been diving into electrical engineering and physics since earlier this year.
Stay tuned for a long-form blog post about circuits, signals, and sound.
I quit my last job in mid-April and moved back to Toronto at the end of May.
I spent the next couple months rebuilding healthy habits and seeing family and friends.
One day in late July, my burnout disappeared and I was yearning to get back to work.
After I shifted gears into job hunting, I was quickly overwhelmed by responses (the best "problem" to have).
The next three weeks were a whirlwhind of interviews and assessments, but I loved it.
Ultimately I chose to work at Cohere because it seemed like the most challenging and exciting opportunity.
I've been essentially social media free for over a year and a half now.
It's done wonders for my happiness, mental clarity, and productivity.
And honestly, I don't feel like I've missed out on much.
My stereotypical pandemic hobby has been gardening.
I have several plants, and I've named each one with a silly reference to its species.