I was suffering from a prolonged writer’s block, and was away from my blog for almost four months — probably the longest hiatus in my writing career. When a writer is lazy, it is writer’s block. When a normal person is lazy, he is just lazy.
Gaya ng maaaring napansin, Hindi ko pa na-pagsulat magkano sa huling dalawang buwan. Iyon ay dahil sa isa sa mga bloke ang aking regular na naka-iskedyul na manunulat ni. Kapag ako naka-block, Karaniwan ang gamit ko mahanap ang iba pang mga bagay na maaaring gawin, at kumbinsihin ang sarili ko na ang mga ito ay talagang mahalaga at kagyat na. Ang isa tulad bagay oras na ito sa paligid noon ay isang revamping ng aking blog backend. Ang orihinal na disenyo ay may petsang, at ito ay talagang kinakailangan isang pag-upgrade. O kaya sinabi ko sa aking sarili at nagtrabaho sa ito para sa ilang linggo. Kung ikaw ay pagbabasa sa post na ito, Maaari mong makita ang mga bunga ng aking labor. At Umaasa ako sa iyo tulad nito.
It has been a while since I wrote anything on my blog. That doesn’t mean that I wasn’t writing. Sa katunayan, I was very busy with my second book. I managed to send in the draft manuscript to John Wiley & Sons a couple of weeks ago, but only after the associated sleep deprivation had become a more or less habitual insomnia. I also finished everything I wanted to do on the plugin front. Ngayon, I am ready to blog again.
The habitualization of insomnia is probably not in vain. John Wiley and Co will get back to me with their comments and suggestions, which will keep me busy for a couple of months again working on the book. The book, Mga Prinsipyo ng nabibilang na Development, is an attempt to find the niche at the intersection of computer science, mathematical finance, and the business of trading and making money. I felt that this niche was being neglected, and the void thus created may have been the proverbial straw on the camel’s back that precipitated the current financial meltdown. In setting its sight at such a large problem from its lofty soapbox, the book indeed starts with an ambitious goal, but perhaps a timely one.
On the plugin development front, my latest contribution is a translator for other plugins. It will be of interest to fellow plugin authors and their international users. It is a fairly nifty piece of software, if I may say so myself. If you want to take a quick look, here it is. Madaling Translator and my other gem, Tweaker Tema, may not become as popular as my other plugins (which help bloggers make money through AdSense), but they showcase ideas and programming wizardry that few other plugins do. As you can tell, I’m rather proud of them.
Back to blogging now, coming up in the next few days will be an analysis of the philosophy of money (an idea for my next book), the reasons behind quantitative professionals’ failings, and a comparison of the work-culture in a corporate machine and the idyllic (but poorly compensated) academic life. Ah, how I miss those days. There is an old Chinese saying: Be careful what you wish for; you may get it!