Employment and Life Changes

As I alluded to about three years ago, I went quiet on this blog when I was employed at Gemcom. I’m now actively looking for a new job and free to be more public.

I was laid-off as part of a  worldwide reduction in the Gemcom (renamed Dassault Systemes GEOVIA) workforce, unable to comment on the percentage size. I’ll miss working on the Surpac team.

As we had our wonderful New Zealand holiday scheduled in October, looking for work in the interim was chancy so I spent my time writing my book, Getting Started with LevelDB as I just mentioned in the previous post.

In the interim, I’m working on a range of iOS apps. I’m scratching a few itches in the process and rounding out my resume but expect to be going back into technical c++ programming. If the job search process drags on for a few months I may have enough convincing stuff on the app store to get a job in iOS programming. The book impresses people but doesn’t count enough to get me hired without the magic litmus test of real apps on the store.

I’ve also been catching up on some carpentry and other odd-jobs around the house. We sold our wonderful passive-solar house in December 2012 and have moved to an interim townhouse whilst designing a new house for the riverside block.We live a couple of km away from the block and cycle past there along the river to work, often seeing dolphins. Whilst I’m working from home, I’ve been riding most of the way to Rosalie’s work and then turning around to return home, so I get about a 30km morning ride 2-3 times per week.

Something I also haven’t mentioned on the blog is that my mother, Barbara Dent, lost her long battle with leukaemia in February 2012. It was an incredibly hard time dealing with that and being executor responsible for selling her farm. At the same time, we were committed to selling our house so there was a lot of weekend work doing up two properties for sale. Annoyingly, we sold our house to someone who promptly ripped the front off the house, cut down all my trees and couldn’t care about the passive solar aspects – he just wanted the location and my big “man-cave” office/gym/martial-arts studio (which I miss dearly).