02 February 2015

Hopped on a plane in Boston at 6:45EST, got to Seattle at 3:30PST. I’m a little embarrassed to admit, but if you exclude Hawaii, this is my first time West of the Mississippi. Spent the rest of the weekend walking around, drinking coffee, trying to find good places to sit down and work (there are tons), oogling at the Pot shops, and being that kind of weird guy that makes eye contact when he shouldn’t.

I’m not sure what to think of Seattle just yet. On the one hand, it’s a lot less similar than I thought it would be to other cities I’ve been in, but there have been a few surprises on the other. It doesn’t smell like the Ocean. Also, all the black clothes and piercings somehow seem less forced than they do on the East Coast. Not sure what to think about that. And I’m not sure how I didn’t consider it before, but Arsenal matches are really god-damned early.

All in all, it’s good. I’m happy to be here.

Which is all well and fine, but the primary reason I’m here is to become less shit at Python. For the last year or so, it’s been painfully obvious how many fantastic geospatial Python libraries there are out there (looking at you @sgillies), that I’ve been unable to use. So I joined CodeFellows. And I intend to ‘get good’. So far I’ve got a solid environment which I’ll post about soon, but otherwise, I’m bright green.

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