Moving out of San Francisco (and programming)

I’d like to write something elegant and deep, but I’m busy packing boxes. I am moving from San Francisco to Tucson some time in the next week or so. I don’t know exactly when since I am waiting for someone to rent out my apartment – I am in the middle of my lease, but they will let me out of it with no penalty if someone else rents my apartment.

The main reason I am moving out of San Francisco is to prepare for a career change in 2011. I want to move out of programming into something more meaningful – feminist activism? science writing? zero-carbon energy? – and I don’t want to pay San Francisco rent while I’m figuring it out. It’s also hard to live in the Bay area and NOT found a software start-up – something I don’t want to do but keep getting brainwashed into thinking about.

So, if you know anyone looking for a one bedroom apartment in SOMA with a hot tub, pool, and gym, point them at me. Here’s the main apartment web site:

Archstone South Market

And wish me luck!

Update: My apartment is rented! Departure date June 28th.

18 thoughts on “Moving out of San Francisco (and programming)

    1. Don’t worry, I’m going to get union mounts into mainline before I change careers. (UnionFS is the stackable file system implementation of unioning, union mounts is done in the VFS.)

      1. What is annoying is that hch “blocks” inclusion of the stackable filesystem kind, which does have its benefits over union mounts, such as visibility of the branches.

  1. I was going to say that for sure I can’t get you a new tenant in the way I found a new cat owner, but I actually know a surprising number of people in SFO. So you never know :)

    I’m highly interested in both your career changing process and your eventual choice. Good luck also!

  2. Wow.

    I don’t suppose you plan to write anything about why the major change?

    In any case, you’ve proven a heck of a hacker, and I feel certain you’ll find success in another field if you so choose, modulo ramp time. :)

      1. :) Too much to say. Some day we will have a proper conversation about all this, I imagine. But it is not time for me yet.

        I’m happy for you, though. Don’t be too much of a stranger.

  3. Dang, Val, sorry to see you go, hope you find what you’re looking for. We haven’t met though our webs intersect.

    If you’re looking at energy, may I suggest Davis (Davis Energy Group), or Snowmass, CO (Rocky Mountain Institute) as a couple of places that have some interesting things going on (even if just for a consult).

    I had the pleasure of making a cross-country trek this winter, and was particularly struck by the emergence of significant wind farms, many in places you wouldn’t think of as highly progressive: Texas, Oklahoma, and Indiana, in particular. There’s stuff moving out there.

    I do hope (and suspect) you’ll come back to your kernel and filesystem development. Somewhat selfishly, as I’ve followed your posts and LWN articles with interest.

    Planning a “get-out-of-town” party of any sort?

  4. Val, good luck to you in your new endeavors. But keep this in mind: your blog automatically posted what it thought were related links, at the bottom of your post, and the first one about “in love” was from a year ago about how much in love you were with SF!

  5. A lot of women in computer science… scratch that, a lot of people (myself included) really look up to you as inspiration. The kernel development community is often seen as unapproachable for mere mortals. It only takes reading a flame or two from Linus or DavidM to send most people running. There are a few developers which challenge that assumption such as yourself, Rusty Russel, Avi Kivity, and Randy Dunlap. There are likely more, but they come off as level-headed and extremely competent. In this community, you will be missed.

    At the very least don’t stop blogging.

  6. I’m also in the process of a major career transition away from software development. It’s hard for me, because software development has been a major part of my life for a long time, and it has a way of coloring my perceptions of… well, everything.

    Good luck, let us know what you plan on doing next, when you know.

  7. But but but… Who will write brilliant articles for LWN now? And who will we turn to for insightful commentry on all issues filesystem related with a progressive feminist slant? :-(

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do next and remember your insight and work will be missed, and remembered, by people you’ve never met or heard of.

  8. I’ve only met you a few times, but I enjoyed the times I did. I’ve ask enjoyed your LWN articles. I hope whoever benefits from your clarity and intelligence next appreciates what they’re getting!

  9. Wow, congrats and bon courage! You have been an inspiration to me for some years now; I look forward to reading about your new endeavors, when & where you find them.

    Happy hacking, in the broadest of senses!

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