2nd entry in this series that I’ve decided to call “About the Past Year” from now on.
2022 wasn’t an easy year: we lost a family member to ALS (about 18 months after the diagnosis) and had to cope with loss, an international move and a lot of other things that needed taking care of given this new situation. It’s been getting easier lately, but there’s a lot left to take care of.
Work was really supportive in this situation and I had absolutely no problems working remotely and taking days off as needed. A bunch of new projects started recently though, so I’m hoping for an additional team member within the next few weeks right now.
Anyway, these are some cool things I did last year:
- Built a transactional SMS sending service with blackout functionality (i.e. considering holidays, weekends, night time hours etc. and delaying the messages accordingly)
- Worked on a larger Nuxt codebase and built a front end for a tour booking solution
- Built an SMS based MFA service with basic session management
- Implemented a multichannel personalization tool
- Architected and implemented an interface that processes Facebook leads, checks their data in CRM and triggers automated marketing communication (multiple FB pages, one CRM, multiple campaigns in different languages)
- Lead MJML adoption in my team
- Built a media library SPA with Preact
- Switched to Fedora on my work laptop - 0 regrets
- Added support for
prefers-color-schemein aitrack.work (MR#20@GitHub)
- Did some theming
- Firefox: minimal-one-line-firefox
- cmus: Tokyo Night Theme for cmus
- Implemented drag’n’drop sorting in 2 of my personal projects
- Also wrote about it recently: Building an Editable List with Drag and Drop Sorting in Vue3
- Managed to beat Malenia in less than 10 attempts
Most Significant Growth
- Personal: quit preemptively helping people that can’t acknowledge that they have a problem (and learning to live with the frustration of things being that way in the first place)
- Professional: substituting lacking project management more or less efficiently and learning to tolerate it
TBH, not sure if either one of those is necessarily a good thing.
Most Persistent Challenges
- Personal: learning to cope with loss
- Professional: context switching, multi-tasking, learning not to care too much
Best _ of 2022
- Game: Elden Ring (Stray as a close 2nd)
- Movie: Bullet Train
- Series: Severance