Sucking Less Every Year

You should be unhappy with code you wrote a year ago. If you arent, that means either A) you havent learned anything in a year, B) your code cant be improved, or C) you never revisit old code. All of these are the kiss of death for software developers.

Spot on.

2012: State of The State

I've been reading a lot of publishers around the web lately with their yearly update posts and thought it would be a good thing to look back and reflect on what has happened in the past year. Lots of changes have happened in my life and I'd like to take a few moments and bring everyone up to speed on where I'm at.


In January, I started riding my motorcycle to work. It was an insanely scary experience the first time I went, but I made it down and back to work with no issues. Riding a motorcycle is one of the coolest experiences I've had and I recommend it to everyone. It's amazing. Unfortunately, my bike started leaking oil a few months later and I haven't done much riding since August. I'm hoping to get the leak fixed soon so I can pick it up again.


In May, we stopped renting our small, two bedroom house and were blessed to be able to buy the house I grew up in, from my parents. It's amazing how much better it feels finally having some space to move around in again. We went from about 1000 sq. ft. to 2700 with plenty of room for the kids and us. It's nice feeling like I'm home again, but we've definitely made it our own.


In July, I accepted a position back in my local Guitar Center, ending my four year commute to various locations around Southern California. I'm glad to be back in my home store with many fellow employees I've known for many years. It's nice being closer to home, not waking up at 5:00AM, and getting back the three hours I lost in drive time each day.


In September, I began building world-class, custom made drums with the guys at Rockett Drum Works. We have some really awesome things we can't wait to show off at the 2013 NAMM show in Anaheim. If you're around for that, drop by the booth and say hello.


Lastly, and most unfortunately, in December, we found out we had miscarried. It was a very sad time, full of many questions, but we are hopeful that going forward, we'll be pregnant again soon and I'll be able to write about a new bundle of joy in the 2013 State of The State.


As for this year, I'm really looking forward to spending more time writing and blogging as well as writing some code. I also want to focus on being a better husband and father, and spend more time learning from and looking toward my Heavenly Father.


So that's it. I hope you've enjoyed this little update. On to 2013!