Life After Peace Corps
Posted on February 15th, 2010 by Aaron.
I’m now a married man!
We had our wedding at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science under the T-Rex in the entry-way. Aside from intrinsic coolness, we thought that getting married under a 68-million-year-old artifact would put our vows of “forever” in a certain context.
For our honeymoon, Polly and I went to the classic honeymoon spot: Niagara Falls, Canada. (I kept thinking of those scenes in Superman II.) Because it was off-season, we saw Niagara Falls in a fairly unique way: no crowds and lots of frozen winter coolness.
Below are pics from the honeymoon. (I’ll put up the wedding pics as soon as the photographer is finished getting them ready.)
Last week my company, Rosetta Stone, flew me out to their main office in Harrisonburg, VA. Harrisonburg is about two hours from Washington, DC, and as I’d never been before, Polly and I decided to spend the weekend there and see the sights. It was a pretty cool trip– but there’s so much to see there that I feel like I only scratched the surface!
Posted on November 10th, 2008 by Aaron.
I got a job!
I’ll be working for Rosetta Stone, the company behind the well-known language-learning software. Although they’re based out of Virginia, they have a satellite office in Boulder that does R&D for their speech recognition engine (the part of the software that can tell if you’re pronunciation is correct or not).
I’ll be doing research, making prototypes, trying out new things. It sounds challenging, but also great fun.
After traveling the world for six months, and before that two years of not exactly an “office job”, I’ve often wondered how I would feel about returning to something “normal”. Would I dread it?
But actually, I’m excited. Some of it is the idea of having something “normal” again (Peace Corps is very…intense, and that’s a hard thing to maintain), but the nature of the job is also very exciting. Working on real-world Artificial Intelligence in a corporate r&d lab is something I’ve always wanted to do.
I start tomorrow!
Posted on October 29th, 2008 by Aaron.
So now it’s come to this: I have to find a job.
I had hoped to do some tech work for non-profits, but there’s really not that much out there. And what’s out there is either maintaining/setting-up computer systems or, at best, doing some kind of simple web page work. Not really very challenging, technically. I’m tired of being overqualified for what I’m doing.
Ironically, being “overqualified” is not really a problem in corporate-land. I’ve been out of the tech world for two years (sometimes it seems like I’ve traveled into the future– everyone has these “iphones” now!). Some recruiters look at this absence with suspicion.
“So, Peace Corps. Hmm. Yeah.”
And then there’s all the bad economic news. Even though the listings on CareerBuilder, monster, and craigslist all seem to have lots of tech jobs, it’s unnerving to see “the sky is falling!” every day in the paper.