May. 6th, 2016

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It's been a while, hasn't it? It looks like the last time I posted was... July of 2015, and jeepers, it's almost been a year! For the sake of something, I'm going to do a short update on my life, because, er, I assume you care. Maybe you don't — that's fine, too; I'm about to start writing again, because it is way past time. But if you do care, here's what I've been up to:

(I want bullet points. Where are my bullet points. Oh, I guess Unicode works.)

• After almost five years, three offices, and watching the company grow from 60 to 2000 people, I've finally moved on from Dropbox (you may have to be friends with me on Facebook to see this post) as of this past Monday. It's been a long time with an amazing group of people that I will keep in touch with, and there's much to be said about nights I'll never remember and people I'll never forget. There's a lot that I learned about being at a hypergrowth company, and I've worn many hats during that time, doing support, tools, legal, crisis response, and more. I don't think I'll ever start my own company, but my time at an early stage startup felt like it compacted an entire career's worth of lessons into five incredibly fast years.

I'm on a plane right now to surprise my mom for mother's day! :D

On Monday, I start at a small company you've probably heard of called reddit, handling legal operations there, which encompasses copyright/trademark, government data requests, child safety, and then some. Oh, and harassment. Helping to fix the harassment problem is one of my main charges, and in fact, one of the main reasons that I took the job. I wrote a lot more about my thoughts here, if you really care to read it (this one is open to all), but what it comes down to is that by helping reduce harassment I could potentially be impacting hundreds of thousands of people, and, well, I always wanted to make the world a better place. I have no illusions that it will be an easy job, but I think it's an important job, so I took the job. So there's that.

• In non-career news, I'm the owner of an HTC Vive, a sweet virtual reality headset that tracks you as you move around the room, and it is a kickass, incredible, lifechanging experience. I wrote a lot of stuff on it here, but the synopsis is that it's incredible and everyone I've demo'd it to thinks it's incredible and you — yes you, dear reader — should find someone with a Vive and try it out. It's the better version of the more well known Oculus Rift, which lacks the room-scale presence that the Vive grants. Try it out!

• And finally, after months of saying that I should write again, I posted a short experimental piece somewhere on the internet and it was well received, and I think that was enough to spur me to see if I still have it. So I think a few LJI home game entries will be on their way shortly. Probably some more experimental stuff, because I'm not sure what my current creative space it is, but it's certainly starting to look like a creative space that involves words and posting them.

• If you're in LJI and you're reading this: I'm cheering for you. You, yes, and you. And you. All of you. Keep writing! I'm still reading!

Alright. Non-fiction time over. See you on the fiction side :)


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