We’re back from Japan and I’ve had to hit the ground running. My day job is in crunch time to get a release out the door and my part-time contracting gig has no shortage of mobile work taking up my nights and weekends. Which might lead some of you to ask why. Why am I pushing myself when I could comfortably live off of the income from my day job? There’s a couple reasons.



This post is going to be pretty short. Our family will be in Japan next month for some much deserved rest and relaxation over spring break. While there, we plan to visit Tokyo, Nagoya, Kochi, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Kyoto, and Fuji. This will be the first time that any of us have been to Japan, and we’ve been cramming in as much Japanese culture as we can in preparation. Studio Ghibli movies, sushi and bento boxes, the Shogun miniseries, and the Shogun 2 game have all taken center stage.

Death and Taxes


It’s tax season again, and in the words of Benjamin Franklin “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That’s why I figured this month I’d cover some tax “gotchas” that have snared me in previous years. I’ll specifically be addressing Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution limits as well as Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP) and Restricted Stock Unit (RSU) sale tax implications.

Jetpack Compose Lessons Learned


Over the past couple months I’ve had the opportunity to refactor large swaths of our app user interface from XML to jetpack compose. Throughout the process I’ve come to gain an appreciation for some of the sharp edges that jetpack compose still has as February 2024. My hope is that by reading this blog post you might avoid cutting yourself on the currently jagged APIs of compose, at least in the same places that I did.

2024 Resolutions


2023 proved to be quite the turbulent year. Of my three2023 new year’s resolutions, I accomplished two. Specifically, I completed my Starcraft Rust AI (you can read about it here) and successfully summited four new mountains, Mt Hood, Old Snowy, Broken Top, and Three Finger Jack. My goals for 2024 are below: Update my Worldwide Equipment Guide app to use the new Odin API Climb three new mountains. Complete Intermediate Climbing School (ICS) I made token updates to in 2022 Worldwide Equipment Guide app.