BuzzFeed News reports that Twitter is mak­ing telecom­mut­ing per­ma­nent for some of its employ­ees, even after the pan­dem­ic dies down. I’ve been suc­cess­ful­ly telecom­mut­ing for the past month, and even though I don’t com­mute very far to my office at HostGator, I’m hop­ing the same treat­ment is extend­ed to those of us who can work vir­tu­al­ly. Nearly all of our meet­ings have a video­con­fer­ence thanks to Google Meet, and a VPN (vir­tu­al pri­vate net­work) allows me to con­tact in-​house sys­tems for soft­ware devel­op­ment, project man­age­ment and doc­u­men­ta­tion. I’ve now got my own stand­ing desk in a shared office with my fiancée, and am wait­ing on deliv­ery of an addi­tion­al mon­i­tor and mon­i­tor arms to mount addi­tion­al screen real estate.

Telecommuting is also bet­ter for my health: Rather than be tempt­ed by all the snacks avail­able in our break room, I can stick to my weight loss plan (thanks Mindy!) and con­tin­ue to enjoy the deli­cious lunch­es Sharon cooks for us. I’ve lost 11.6 pounds this year so far, and am look­ing for­ward to con­tin­ued success.

I’ve had blogs in the past, going back over twen­ty years ago. This time I’m try­ing WordPress as a blog­ging engine, since that seems to be the pop­u­lar option these days.

Speaking of the dis­tant past, you might be won­der­ing what The Phoenix Trap” is. It was the name of the rock band I was in from the late 90s to the ear­ly 2000s. I kept the domain name long after we dis­band­ed, and fig­ure it’s as good a name as any for a blog.