What happened is a new place to live. And a fun job with much lower stress and much more free time. My job is interesting and endlessly varied — so far it's included creating an introductory class on GPU programming, doing cluster software maintenance, and helping users with issues ranging from "Matlab doesn't start" to "How do I speed up a TensorFlow network with a custom reinforcement learning component?"
Okinawa city park.
And when I come home at night I'm really free. There's no extra work for me to do — no papers to read, no code to write. For the first time in forever I'm able to sit down and spend an entire evening reading a novel or doing some software project without a nagging feeling I really should try to catch up on work instead.
For a long time I used this blog as a stress-relief valve. I could distract myself from work for a few minutes at a time by writing a post on something unrelated. I never even posted most of what I wrote; clearing my head was the point, really.
But I don't have all that much stress I need to to distract myself from these days. And, paradoxically, my new-found free time keeps me busy with other things. I need to rethink how I use this blog, in other words. Perhaps I can start writing more about work-related things and interests now. We'll see.