I haven’t written here in a while because I can’t find the words. I do not know why but I don’t seem to be able to put my really personal thoughts on paper in anything more than 20 words anymore.
One of the things I really wanted to do this year was release a math toy I had designed and launch it on Kickstarter. I did; it’s still available now and has been funded already. That experience has taught me a lot about fundraising especially for products and I have a couple of ideas I’d like to write about for that.
I’m also writing more hardware-related articles. One of them got published in Africa is A Country, I’ve just written another and submitted someplace, others go on my other (pseudo-technical) blog. There’s not enough written about African hardware so I’ve started to talk to more people across the continent and publish a monthly newsletter written by people from different countries and myself.
Learning has always been interesting to me and now I long to just sit in conferences that are remotely interesting to me. I attended a hackathon on Breastfeeding and just sat there and listened to women talk about the complexity of feeding their children when they have to return to work so soon after childbirth. I’m doing a data science online course as well as a psychology one.
Having been born in Nigeria and lived there for most of my life, I may have taken the weather’s impact on my mood for granted. But witnessing four seasons for the last two years has quickly changed that. I would trade Winter for Harmattan any day and wouldn’t mind some sun guaranteed four days a week. The problem is that summer also has no thermostat and the humidity can be so irritating for most of the day. So what’s the result? I never leave my apartment.