How time has flown – over a year since I did my last post – what has happened?… Well, as it turns out – a lot, so I thought I’d go through a few things apart from the obvious such as Covid-19, America losing the plot, China looking to become the new Germany and the world economy being on the brink of collapse ;)
So what have I been up to? I checked my calendar, and I must of just started at South East Water (SEW – Australia, not UK) as I was doing Diversity Training. SEW are what’s called a government owned corporation, so they’re technically a company, with the Victorian government owning 100% of all the shares, which actually makes for a pretty good mix. You get the thoroughness of government and decent conditions (as in they actually believe in “psychological safety”) along with a commercial imperative, so we have budgets that have to be justified which is not like the bad old days of wasteful government. And yes, the building is pretty much on the beach so we can go for a swim at lunchtime in the summer :)
I have been and continue to do some quite interesting things in the Enterprise, Solution and Technical architecture spaces as I have the privilege to work in a supportive environment that allows me to experiment. I won’t go in to any of that here though as that’s over a year worth of stuff which should be worth writing about.
Personally? It’s pretty good too. To jump back to the present, I’ve managed to end up in quite a decent position (ie I have a job) and am currently living on an island away from Melbourne which is great as they’re currently having some problems with nasty old Covid-19 (but nothing compared to most countries). I’ve been pursuing my music and reconfiguring quite a few things – lots to write about on that front. In the intervening time, we moved to a lovely house in a bayside suburb, but have stopped renting there in favour of living away from the city at the Island. What will the future hold?
What are my passions now? Pretty much as they’ve always been – I love my work, so Architecture and (agile) Process are still at the forefront of what I do for work. Privately, apart from having a great time with my lovely wife Brij and our new cat Chloe (she’s a RagDoll – never knew the breed existed until a week ago!) and pursuing my music along with some photography.
All I can say is that I hope you’re going well and able to make the most of whatever is going on around you in these chaotic times
PS Why the Maybe…? Because the one thing I’ve learnt over the past few months is we haven’t got a clue what will happen. I may get bored of blogging again, but this has been a fun post, so hopefully there will be a few more for a while.
So along my new lines of Slow Social Media, I’m going to note things here then do a “release” when it feels right – it could be days or weeks between signposts – just depends on where the journey takes me…
I started out with a post on programming (that will be in SignPost 1), but at the moment, the theme of the week seems to be music, so here goes:
If you like dance music and festivals, then you should check out Tomorrowland – it’s the largest festival in Europe and best summed up by this amazing and very long 2.5h long YouTube Video
WOW – I say that a lot, but in this case, if you’re in to Modular Synths then check out these relatively unknown yet AMAZING people – The Analog Session, playing their signature tune
You can find more out about them at http://www.robotnick.it/the_analog_session.htm And I suppose while we’re on the subject of electronic music check out this great documentary on Moog
Finally, it’s been Jeff Lynn night, so if you like ELO, The Traveling Wilburys etc… you should check out:
- Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO
- Jeff Lynne Acoustic: Live from Bungalow Palace
- ELO Live at Wembley 1978
And listen to his new albums:
If you’re interested in IT, Privacy, Science, Maths, Process, Systems (of people and technical), Programming, Organisations and any other topics that grab my attention, then you may want to follow this.
I did have a site called Architectural musings (which I’ll be reposting content from) but thanks to much listening, twittering and thinking I’ve decided to broaden my remit a bit because I do work a lot with change and at the end of the day, most of my architectural work does involve change in some form.
Most of my work is in large corporates, doing either (or both of):
- Architecture (Yang): Enterprise, Solutions, SOA and Application / Technical (Java & J2EE)
- Process (Yin): Waterfall, V, Agile, Lean, Scrum, Kanban and anything else that seems useful
And just like in life, I’m after achieving some sort of balance :-)