Ramiro Franco

Refreshed and Renewed

Written on Wednesday April 10, 2019 at 5:30 a.m.

I'm in the middle of a career transition again. I recently left my job at Consensys and I am starting a role as Senior Front-end Engineer with Flow, a very early stage startup based out of San Francisco. I'm very excited about this and really feeling like it's going to be a great role for me.

I ended up traveling to SF a lot and it was fun to kind of play the cosmopolitan traveler for a moment. I think with how things have been going for my wife and I more frequent travel might be a real possibility, we even have a few trips lined up this year. They're all rather short, but neither of us are good at staying away from Jake very long.

I also just learned how to renew my certs which is pretty exciting for me, much easier than I had anticipated it would be. Let's Encrypt really is such a cool project and I'm glad it's found as much support as it has.

Light Update

Written on Monday January 21, 2019 at 8:44 a.m.

I actually had time to update my blog a little bit. Most of the changes were centered around improving things for high res displays, but also a light visual refresh with some updated fonts and graphics.

If I get time this week I’m going to make some mobile changes, and maybe polish off some of the navigation pieces.

Some downtime

Written on Sunday January 20, 2019 at 12:48 a.m.

I attempted to upgrade my Digital Ocean VPS from FreeBSD 10 to 12 and I managed to wreck it. Not just a little either, it took me hours just to get to a state where I could access my files on a console again using a recovery disc. I ended up having to give up on salvaging the installation, but I've learned what I did wrong and successfully spun up another VPS and upgrade from 11 -> 12 without breaking it.

Took me a little time to get my configuration back to a state where I could serve my blog again, but I'm up, and upgraded all around (Rails, Ruby, Nginx, etc). I plan to do a visual refresh soon, I don't know that I'll really do anything different but I want to at least serve the existing images in a way that will look nice on high res displays.

I've got a couple more websites that existed on that VPS to restore, but I'm thinking it shouldn't take long at this point and then I may start porting over some of the websites I had hosted on Linode.

Anxiety Paralysis

Written on Monday January 14, 2019 at 5:51 a.m.

I have a bad habit of allowing my anxiety to get in the way of the things I want to do. Today was one such occurrence. I spent hours just worrying about things that could be. There's no logic to it, and in most cases there isn't even really a catalyst (today's incident did in fact have a driver, but not one I feel safe discussing online).

I really want to find a way to focus this anxiety and do something besides idly wait in fear. I don't want to look back three years from now and find that I haven't moved forward in some aspect. Even if I just manage to use the time to create something or write, I would feel so much better than if I just continue to burn time doing nothing out of fear.

Merry Christmas! (So long, 2018)

Written on Saturday December 29, 2018 at 11:19 a.m.

Christmas has come and gone, it was a lot of fun. I got to hang out with family and exchange gifts with friends. I sent out Christmas Cards for the first time and it's something I want to continue doing but I actually need to allot more time and budget for it because I'm lucky enough to have many people in my life I'd like to stay in touch with.

I played through Gris and loved every second of it. The game is beautiful, the gameplay is simple to learn, but the puzzles aren't so simple that you'll likely solve them all on your first play through.

I also played through the "Adventure Mode" (single player campaign, essentially) in Smash Bros Ultimate really enjoyed that as well. I've been hoping to find people to play it with in the evenings, and have had some success, but really need to find some late-night friends who play.

I have a bunch of changes planned for my blog, some added support for images, graphic updates, etc. I'm sort of distracted right now by a new service I'm trying to bring to a state I can expose it without feeling embarrassed. In the end I'll probably launch that and an updated blog at the same time so that I can link between them.