What I’m doing now

This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’ now page suggestion and his Now Now Now movement. The purpose of this page is to share my current focus. If you have your own site, you should make one, too.

Vinnie, I am your father.

I’m enjoying a short paternity leave. Frosty is now Lavinia Olympia Vitulli-Mattana, Vinnie for us her friends. She’s an absolute joy and I’ll soon write something about the way Stef and I managed pregnancy and her first days. Spoiler alert—Agile works pretty well with pregnancies!

Life at the Oxford University Press

We’ve just shipped Oxford Dictionaries API v2.2, with new languages (Italian bilingual, English-Igbo, and English-Yoruba), and a new endpoint—the Words endpoint, which lets you retrieve definitions, etymologies and other data about monolingual entries from any words of a language, not just dictionary headwords.

This is huge.

Before this, the API would only find monolingual data for headwords, and if a user wanted to define a word like runs on an app that uses our API, the API would make to calls—one to the Lemmas endpoint, to retrieve the dictionary word linked to that inflection (i.e. run for runs), then a second call to the Entries endpoint to get the definition. It was a bit slow and not efficient from a financial point of view for the user.

I’ve torn my ACL.

People at the A&E, my GP, myself, and most importantly my physiotherapist who’s very much used to high-level athletes, we all thought my injury last June was just a MCL sprain. The MRI showed us I’ve actually completely ruptured my ACL. This is the second time this happens to me—back in 2002 I got my left ACL done, now it’s in the right knee.

It obviously happened while sparring jiu jitsu—I was stepping on the left to pass someone’s guard, and my right knee collapsed, doing a loud pop. It’s been unstable for like 3 days, then it improved quickly, and now after 5 month I only get a non-painful reminder when I sprint.

For now we’ve opted for a conservative treatment (no surgery, since I can do everything I need to do with no pain), and lots of strength training on the legs. I’ll likely get it fixed with an operation at some point over 2020… but there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be taken into account (Vinnie, work, etc.).

I can still practice jiu jitsu, I’ll just have to be sensible with it—so no hard wrestling etc. It’s actually a good motivation to practice my bottom game!

Other personal stuff

Franz Drinks, bass guitars, jiu jitsu, it’s all on hold because Vinnie.


Last updated: 6 November 2019.