I am finding it incredibly disheartening to be an American in America right now.
In whole, our response to the pandemic betrays how quickly the selfishness of our collective independence and unnecessary individualism breaks down. Instead of look that in the eye, the country is doubling down.
Police violence has once again come to a head. Governments around the country find it fit to activate in mass to strongarm protesters.
So that's going on. Has been since February. Has been forever.
The only thing I've been able to focus on to some satisfying ends is small projects that improve my skills or improve my space. All of those are suddenly important because I became unemployed (and re-employed) and our home that used to be mostly empty, now houses two full time working parents, our kid, and her full time caretaker, and the other kid from our share. The kids and the nanny can't spend as much time out as they used to. My life is as good as it can be, but it's changing and has changed a lot.
Here's a few of the things I've been working on:
27th July 2020
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I'm Issac. I live in Oakland. I make things for fun and money. I use electronics and computers and software. I manage teams and projects top to bottom. I've worked as a consultant, software engineer, hardware designer, artist, technology director and team lead. I do occasional fabrication in wood and plastic and metal. I run a boutique interactive agency with my brother Kasey and a roving cast of experts at Kelly Creative Tech. I was the Director of Technology for Nonchalance during the The Latitude Society project. I was the Lead Web Developer and then Technical Marketing Engineer at Nebula, which made an OpenStack Appliance. I've been building things on the web and in person since leaving Ohio State University's Electrical and Computer engineering program in 2007. Lots of other really dorky things happened to me before that, like dropping out of high school to go to university, getting an Eagle Scout award, and getting 6th in a state-wide algebra competition. I have an affinity for hopscotch.