I’ve been generally offline for the last year.
Doesn’t have anything to do with the pandemic or anything going on in the world.
Just me not focusing on computers.
An odd thing after all these years.
Some of the time has been spent thinking about what I want to be
when I grow up.
I have been thinking about formulating a 5 year plan if only so
the years don’t go by with a “where did all the time go” sort of
So, where do I want to be in a few years?
In the short term, I have three software/development projects:
Vircadia, Robotics, and Basil.
The Vircadia Project is an open-source virtual-world grid, server, and
viewer system derived from the High Fidelity business.
I wrote the Iamus metaverse-server that handles centralized domain-server
registration, user accounts, and other grid level functions.
A year ago I wrote in Vircadia Directions how I wanted the project to
succeed and thus jumped in to help.
A year later, there is lots of work still to be done and I have lots of
other projects I want to work on.
I am interested in “artificial intelligence” and I want to manifest it
in the real world. To that end, I have a
for ranging around the house.
My real focus is on their intelligence.
There is a lot of AI work around neural networks, training, auditing,
and otherwise doing vision and context classification.
Once I get these robots working, I’ll be developing a reason
for them to be around the house.
For many years, I have been hacking on my [Herbal3d] and Basil projects.
I still think it is the correct architecture for an eventual VR and AR
world but I just haven’t completed it.
I keep rewriting and treaking the code.
In one vlog I watched some time ago, the vlogger promoted
“Always finish your projects”.
There is some sense to that as directories and workbenches full of
half finished projects are depressing.
I haven’t given up on Basil.
And then there is the garden (it’s Spring!) and the house and
having relationships with the other people in the house.
Reality takes up a lot of time.
Another question is what I should do for a social presence.
When I was working, I loved being part of a group of like minded people
working on a goal.
I would like to build up a collection of people and be part
of that collection.
That means, at least to start, a social media presence.
I think that means picking a platform and then commiting to generating
The content should also be every day or close to that to create
a changing narrative that people can follow and, hopefully, join in to.
Which platform? There is this blog but there are the main stream
people aggregators (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, …) as well as
the less data-collecting, non-ad-supported platforms (Mastodon,
There are the real-time collaboration systems (Discord, Slack, …)
and a hundred different categories and platforms I don’t even know
Besides finding other like-minded people, the other purpose for a
social presence is forcing me to do and then report something
It would be a forcing function to keep me making progress and doing
something reportable often.
So, I need to choose a place where I’d be visible and where I’d
feel like I’d need to keep up-to-date because people would see me.