Tim Gittos

I'm an Australian currently living in Austin, TX in the USA.

I currently earn a living programming, though I wouldn't call myself a programmer. If I had to attach a label to myself, I'd use the term autodidact.

I love learning, and my favorite things to learn about are programming, computer graphics, AI & machine learning, robotics, painting and creativity.

Pivoting

Last updated on 20 Apr 2011

In start-up parlance, to pivot is to change the direction of your attack. Which makes it the perfect description for what I’m doing.

When I started this blog, I just wanted to build a name for myself out on the internet. I was aware that potential employers would probably be searching for my name, and I wanted to control the content that they found. I had no overall goals for the blog itself, other than what it would do for me.

Over time, it evolved into a place for me to share snippets of code and techniques that I’d found along the way. Each time I did something kind of cool, I’d write it up and post it online. While I hope that these snippets have helped people, and I know some of them have, I’ve decided that’s not really what I want to do with my blog anymore.

I’ve long held the belief that information channels in the human mind are serial. You’re either consuming information or you’re producing, but it’s very hard to do both at the same time. I’m a consumer, I always have been and I always will be. I’m fascinated by a whole bunch of different but loosely related things. I don’t have the time to write regularly while I’m trying to do all this cool stuff.

But there’s the rub: I like to write about what I learn. It helps order my thoughts and creates a reference document for me to refresh my memory from. It’s secondary to doing cool stuff, and a blog demands to be first choice when it comes to building audiences and producing quality content regularly.

I’m not well suited to the blog format of writing. I’d prefer to do something awesome, write it up and publish it, and disappear for another 6 months while I do something else awesome. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Lately I’ve been working deep inside computer graphics, reading and learning and tinkering around in WebGL. I will be doing that for a while, and won’t be posting here much. But when I do, I’ll post all about the things I learn.

Between here and there, I will be migrating off Wordpress and onto Jekyll. These days I carry around a computing device of some kind that I can store files on, so web based access to content is no longer important to me. Jekyll will make the site faster, more secure and easier for me to change and deal with. I have no timeframe for this, and will publish none.