tl;dr: I have withdrawn from my PhD and will start a Master of Information Management in February 2020. From mid-2017 to mid-2018, I was enrolled in a PhD at the University of Divinity, on the topic of queer Christian autobiographies as expressions of practical theology. At the time, it felt like synchronicity. In mid-2017 Australia was in the throes of the marriage equality postal survey and the diversity of Christian perspectives on sexuality was finally becoming more widely known.
I have recently started attending PyLadies Melbourne as it’s a welcoming community and I have been spending a bit more time with Python. The March meetup was a comparison of various editors and IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) and I volunteered to demonstrate Atom. Although I haven’t spent a lot of time with Python yet, I have been using Atom for a few years and offered to talk about it as no one else had volunteered.
While I continue to reflect on possibilities for long-term career direction, I also need to find small jobs or projects to work on to provide an income. I have reactivated my ABN and am open to suitable contract work. I don’t know exactly what ratio of technical to non-technical work will sustain me in the long term, but I have a variety of skills that I can offer for short-term work.
The Australian House of Representatives has passed its anti-encryption bill. We don’t yet know for certain how software developers and technology companies will respond to requests to install backdoors in messaging software, for instance. But now is the time (if not too late) to pay attention to your privacy and start locking down your systems. To start, if your principal means of digital communication is produced by a profit-oriented corporation – for example Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp (also owned by Facebook), Android/Google Messages or Apple iMessages – seriously consider moving your communications to an open-source, non-profit and community-supported tool such as Signal.
I’m finally finding some time to reflect briefly on DrupalCon Sydney, which ended a week ago. This was my first DrupalCon, and the first DrupalCon to be held in the southern hemisphere. It was described as a ‘floating’ DrupalCon (in addition to the two regular northern hemisphere ones); the next big Drupal event in the southern hemisphere will be a return to Wellington, New Zealand, for DrupalSouth. I have fond memories of DrupalSouth Wellington 2010; it’s where I gained a lot of encouragement in developing my Drupal skills, and where I started making connections with key contributors to Drupal outside of Australia.