Reflecting on the plans I published for the end of 2019, I managed to find a piece of work outside the scope of the search I laid out. The datacenter crawl has proceeded slower than I expected it to. Managing the correspondence it creates is more time consuming than I expected.
The hours put into networking with folks locally to identify opportunities to build a career locally have simply not yielded much of anything at all. Argentina's acute turn towards retardation has left the Uruguayos waiting for their bigger, still more retarded neighbor across the river to begin lashing out. Uruguay itself still has a bit more than two months until their new government takes power. Still, Argentina in a few short months has leaped over Uruguay in terms of cost of living. The stupidity tax is real.
On the Qntra front, I have been working to keep my output consistent while one long absent contributor reached out about contributing again. When I suggested spinning up the Qntra school and working on building some disciplined writing habits, he appears to have balked. Maybe he's still weighing the offer?
Pizarro has been liquidated and closed. I entertained two guests who came down here to collect their purchases. I still have the one Bitcoin Foundation server here that the locals seem to have an allergy to.1 I also have a bunch of cables, one heavy switch, and bundle of assorted server rails. The former Qntra server I purchased from the Pizarro estate did manage to get free passage to a rack.
The evaluation of the plan's execution is left ambiguous for the plan having been ambiguous. Having followed the work of Diana Coman and her students, I below offer something a bit more structured for Janaury and February.
Action Items Early 2020
The mike_c Job
The mike_c Job
For having grabbed this opportunity, I have a very challenging bit of work waiting for me when deedbot gets to deeding what I've fed it. If I expected it to be easy or pleasant work, I wouldn't have quoted the price I did.
This week I have rented a couple dedicated servers on opposite sides of the Atlantic that I will be using to diversify where Qntra DNS is served from. The lack of a clearly aligned ISP means I hired different, price competitive, providers in different countries.2 As serving DNS alone isn't much of a load for any sort of dedicated server, they are being fed blockchain snapshots to join the Bitcoin node fleet.
Until the Datacenter crawl is complete I will try to maintain a 1 to 1.2 Qntra piece a day output rate, and I remain open to potential contributors and students.
As the crawl is still being performed as a job search I expect to complete publishing the rest of the world sometime between January 20th and February 20th. I will be pushing out results as blog articles as I exhaust the search in areas that list well together.3
- Finish publishing on the late Pizarro's final data protection measures. To be done by January 5th.
- TBD - With the future and my place in it uncertain, two months is a lot of time to allocate with certainty. Especially while I've not yet finished exhausting the the possibility there's a datacenter in the world that wants to hire me.
- I will start publishing weekly reviews here on the blog, targeting weekend publication.4 The blades spin faster, I've got a lot of sharpening to do, and DCU shows the weekly thing works. Conveniently today is Saturday/Sunday, timezone dependent.
More than anything, I have to step up my organizing game.
- For not having a formal "garantḯa" beyond its extra paid of power supplies, it receives skepticism. The "Dell" sticker is not quite the magic totem I had expected it to be. [↩]
- I have Kansas and Bulgaria at the moment in addition to the box racked with alf. I'm revisiting the LATAM datacenter list to see if anyone can beat Costa Rica in price for a server located between Nuevo Laredo and Montevideo. [↩]
- Unless instructions come down from on high favoring another manner of outputing. [↩]
- I won't marry Saturday or Sunday in particular at this time. [↩]