Robot Has No Heart

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A robot that does not have a heart

New Job at RedBubble

As of two weeks ago, I am now a full time software developer for RedBubble – A website for artists and people who want to buy said artist’s work. They have some really high quality prints available (the framed ones are gorgeous), and I’m keen to buy some stuff myself once I have a house with walls to put it on…

They are based in Fitzroy, which is a really groovy area, but also kind of hard to get a house near – 2 weeks in and I’m still homeless. I ride my bike to work, so there’s a fairly large radius in which I’m looking for a place, and a lot of houses available too, but there are just a ridiculous number of people applying for them.

Anyway, they’re a very cool startup with awesome people doing some really nice things with Ruby on Rails (my framework of choice). I’m exceedingly happy to be working with them.

Google Update

Hooray, the obscure oracle forum postings are now gone from my ego-google! has been pushed down to the bottom of the first page, having been overtaken by, probably because I use the latter as my URL when commenting on most blogs. This blog has shot to the top, propelled (I presume) by a trackback link on Sam Ruby’s site to my OpenID post. Interestingly my redbubble profile has already hit number #4 with absolutely no link love from me. Agreeably, the remainder of the first page is rails related.

Yay for personal branding.

In other news my new job is FREAKING AWESOME. I’m still getting used to working in a team on a production site (you can’t just go nuts with design decisions/refactoring near a release, no matter how awesome they are), but I’m learning.

New job

The plan was to stay on holiday until I ran out of money. Things changed when I got asked to apply for a job that looked really awesome.

As of Monday, I will be employed as a full time Ruby on Rails developer for RedBubble. I’m really excited about this. They are a small company – around 10 people – with 4 existing, very talented developers. I went out socialising with them all after my second interview last Thursday and everyone seems really cool. Their processes are top notch and their tools are excellent (Rails on Mac – hooray!). The company seems to realise what it needs to motivate their developers – to give you some examples, they’ve had Koz (from the rails core team) in to help improve their stuff, and they’re sending their head developer over to railsconf.

Speaking of awesome people – Martin Fowler came along to the last Melbourne Ruby User’s Group omg omg omg * hero worship *.

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