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Posted January 26, 2017

If you missed it yesterday I am now “funemployed” and am going to take full advantage of this period.

I will write more.
I will connect with people more.
I will contribute to open source more.
I will learn more.
I will smile more.
I will have fun with my wife and kids more.
I will give back more.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to be doing for a while now. What do I want to accomplish in the next few years? How do I want to impact the world and those around me? I think I’ve come to this basic understanding of myself.

  • I prefer building tools that enable others to create.
  • I love learning and appreciate being in over my head.
  • I want to live in the future.

I would like to learn more about machine learning, artificial intelligence, internet-of-things/hardware, VR, and aerospace-anything.

I enjoy working on JavaScript tooling, React.js, Webpack, and their kin. I suspect I’d enjoy the analogous tools for other languages and platforms if I knew anything.

I find hardware and the IoT space fascinating. I am more excited in seeing others create things with React Hardware than I am about building my own remote-controlled crossbows.

I think machine learning and AI is the future. Granted, I am Jon Snow in this world, but I wouldn’t mind that changing.

Companies exploring space, deploying satellites, mining asteroids, landing rockets on boats, or anything else from the future are high on the list. Granted, all I do are JavaScript toys. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Know anyone with the space (haha) for someone like me?

I love/hate writing, teaching, and speaking.

I have a few conversations right now that I am excited about. I feel so blessed to be having conversations with people who have the vision to change the way interaction designers create and to democratize the UI development process. I’m lucky to talk to people who are (more-or-less) building Minority Report and to companies who enable engineers to deploy software and hardware with a git push (there is more than one 😉).

Whatever is next, I want to make a positive change in the world. Our mission is greater than our tech stack.

(Of course React will still be in that tech stack.)


These words brought to you by Dustan Kasten. A friendly, bearded, husband, father, and user interface engineer living in Charlotte, NC. Considers himself quite partial to React.js these days. Find @iamdustan on Twitter