Regular readers may have noticed that I have been rather quiet for the last month or so. Besides taking a bit of a well-deserved break after a hard semester of teaching, this has been a rather busy time. Back in August 2010 I presented my resignation for the post of Lecturer in E-commerce Law at the University of Edinburgh in order to go back to Costa Rica. The resignation took effect on the 1st of January 2011, so I am currently in between jobs, planning my move, packing my life and setting off into the sunset.
I have been in Edinburgh since 2002, so this may come as a surprise to some. The truth is that it was never my intention to stay in academia for longer than 10 years, and it has always been my long-term plan to go back if the right opportunity presented itself. As it happens, such an opportunity arose so I will be going back to join the family business (educational software developers). Besides, I am really not built for the cold of the Northern Frozen Wastelands. I had a great time in Edinburgh, it was an unparalleled job with amazing opportunities, but the time has come to move on.
The fact that I will be leaving academia does not mean that I will abandon the TechnoLlama persona. On the contrary, as I will be working in the software industry I believe that I can bring other practical approaches to the blog, as well as maintaining the light-hearted tone. I love blogging too much, and this blog in particular is a labour of love, insomnia, an unhealthy curiosity, dogged hard-headedness, and lots and lots of coffee. Expect irregular service for the next couple of weeks until I have established my new routine. Those following me on Twitter can still expect duck pictures, as I believe I will continue my travels around the world. So not much will change, other than the fact that I will not be moaning about the weather that much.
I’m trying to think of a snarky one-liner, but for some reason I can’t. There is an annoying bit of moisture in my eyes that does not let me come up with anything witty, so I guess that I will just go back to packing.