After thesis and graduation, I took a break from Galapag.us to focus on getting a job. I ended up getting hired at the wonderful The Barbarian Group as a developer (!!), about which I’m extremely happy, for that career change was exactly what I left DC and came to NYC to accomplish.
In the time since, I’ve been lurking in the nether regions of HTML5 canvas, HTTP headers, XSRF protections, and Drupal. And now that I’m a little more comfortable with all the life changes around me, I have started coding for fun again.
I gravitate towards the MEAN stack for most any new fun project now: node.js/express.js being extremely easy to set up and expand, plus mongo which makes it super easy to drop in and manipulate with mongoose as an ORM, and then learning the intricacies of angular.js, which has made front-end state super easy.
And these projects I like to work on tend to relate to quant self and meta data about the self, which means they’re natural fits as an app on Galapag.us. So with that in mind, I fleshed out a new interface for collecting moments at Galapag.us.
There are many categories of data on Galapag.us, like exercise, school, and work, but there are also more nebulous forms like moments. What discrete events did you attend today? What special interactions did you have with random strangers, or with your loved ones? What was the quality of those experiences? That’s all Momentous does — it’s an excuse for me to build a quick angular.js app that collects the random moments of my day.
These sorts of mini-apps allow me to work on Galapag.us, experiment with new frameworks, and build nicer front-ends than the messy base template I’m currently using. It’s still a work in progress.