published 2023 February
living document

This page is in the form of Derek Sivers's /now page.

What I'm Doing Now


Since July 2022 I've worked at SunPower, a consumer solar panel company serving the US. I worked for six months on a team that manages the data pipeline between panels and the consumer mobile app.

I jumped in February 2023 to a new team spun up to reimagine the customer onboarding pipeline that takes place between someone saying "I would like some panels please" and actually getting the panels bolted to their roof. This is a complex process involving permitting, panel placement design, electrical work, and shipping the right parts to the right place, among sometimes-exceptional circumstances like roof replacement.

The team's goal is to take this process from the current ~months down to ~days. It involves a lot of learning and has been super fun so far. I'm working with two people who are also ex-Twitch, which has been a fun bonding experience.


I've started using Emacs and org-mode. Both are great and it really feels like Emacs : Vim :: Vim : nano. It's pretty rocky here and there but I can feel the power lurking under the surface. Time will tell if the rocks eventually erode my motivation and I jump back to VSCode again, as I tended to do on six-month rotations between Vim and VSCode.

This Website

Somehow after a dozen attempts over two dozen years I finally have a website that I've stuck with for quite a while. The secret sauce turned out to be building the generator myself, because I constantly want to try some new way of writing and this is the only way I can be sure I have the context to implement it. For example, this page itself is written in org-mode automatically converted from Org to HTML at build-time.

(For more information see Inside, or the documentation for the generator.)


I found out in 2020 that I'm autistic and it's been a fantastic and eye-opening experience. Every ~month (at first every ~day) I learn that some weird behavior about myself is attributable to autism, and that there's a pool of people I can talk to about it. These vary from having been mute for 9 years as a child, to spending multiple hours per day preparing and retrospecting conversations I've had, to not liking hot weather, to sometimes feeling like every little noise is far too loud.

I wrote about it in an article titled Anonymously Autistic.


I've mostly jumped ship from Twitter and have switched to Mastodon: @[email protected]. I run my own instance with signups closed just because I wanted something to tinker with at the time.