Blog Bankruptcy

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If you only know me through this blog, and have spent any amount of time playing Oregon Trail in your youth, you may have grown a bit concerned. It’s been four months since my last post, in which I wrote about my upcoming move to Portland, OR; since then, there’s been total silence here. I’m happy to report that, over the course of my cross-country move, I didn’t contract dysentery, drown in a reckless attempt at fording a river, or suffer a terrible firearms accident while hunting squirrels. In fact, I had better luck with the move than I possibly could have imagined. Our drive to Minneapolis avoided any nasty weather; our flight from Minneapolis to Portland proceeded without incident; our new house was solidly intact and without any animal squatters; and our movers arrived with all of our belongings at the exactly scheduled time (to the minute!) with nothing broken or lost.

Portland has lived up to, and perhaps exceeded, our expectations. Being able to bike around a city without a constant fear of death and dismemberment has been quite a refreshing change. Living in a house has allowed us to actually grow a legitimate garden instead of stuffing a few pots in a fire escape. We couldn’t be happier with the food scene here; the amount of craft beer in Portland is downright intimidating. And it’s been extraordinarily exciting to meet so many other new Portlanders who’ve moved here for similar reasons. Needless to say, if you’re a developer who’s thinking about Portland as a place to call home, feel free to drop me a line, or introduce yourself if you’ll be coming to node conf in July.

I’ve finally had to declare blog bankruptcy here, in order to just wipe the list of well-intentioned-blog-topics clear and get started writing again. Two topics will survive the culling. First, the move to Portland presented an opportunity for a spring cleaning of my development environment. I’ll be writing about how I organized my dotfiles, and explaining why tmux is not just a cargo culting fad, but a ridiculously awesome tool for maximizing your terminal productivity.

The other surviving topic surrounds Backbone.js. Since moving to Portland, I’ve continued working with Bloomberg Sports in New York on their application for MLB team analytics. (Think a modern web app version of Moneyball spreadsheets.) Working on such a large app has presented me with some difficult lessons on how to best use Backbone, especially for interacting with a polyglot backend, which I think would prove useful to any other web devs working on larger Backbone applications.

So now, back to work so I can actually get these posts written in the next week!

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