Last updated: 29 January 2023.
The Bot Platform: how it is going
I’ve now been working as a Product Manager at The Bot Platform for almost two years, and I can say I’ve loved every single day. The company culture is very much in line with what I look for in people, and the customer line up keeps expanding across the biggest industries—big pharmaceutical companies, travel platforms, international retail chains, luxury brands, financial services, telcos, energy suppliers are building a better employee experience using our bots and automation tools.
My team and I have recently designed and developed a few new functionalities—including native integrations with spreadsheet services to allow better content & data management, better recurring proactive messaging options, and some interesting growth-related activities are in the pipeline. Stay tuned!
Back in love with music
I mean, I never really stopped loving it, but when you’re a collector of hobbies like me it’s not always feasible to allocate time to everything you love.
I’ve started collecting CDs again. When I moved from Italy to the UK more than 10 years ago, I only brought with me what I needed. Streaming was getting big so my CDs were low on the list. I sold most of them before the big one-way trip, and remained with around 50 CDs and 15 DVDs which I left at my mum’s. Until the end of 2022, over more than a decade, I had only brought 6 CDs back with me in the UK.
The catalyst was a record fair at a short walk from home. I decided to pay a visit to it, and came back home with almost the entire Pink Floyd’s pre-Dark Side catalogue, then started buying second hand copies of music I love from thrift stores and eBay, brought back home almost all the CDs I had left at my mum’s, and now my collection is well over 100 again. A £20 USB CD player for my laptop was all I needed since I can use my studio monitors to listen properly. I’ll soon blog about all this.
I’ve also started playing bass more regularly and bought an excellent delay pedal (long overdue!), that combined with other effects and a loop pedal, is giving me what I need to play some pieces I’m writing. The goal is to be able to have a small solo set within the next few months. Here’s my current pedalboard:
➡️ Read more: The logic behind a pedalboard
Vinnie is 3 years old right now. Her full bilingualism is starting to be more and more evident as she mixes up Italian and English significantly less than before, and when she asks for a cartoon she also tells me the language she wants it in (“Babbo, can I watch Paw Patrol in Italian please?”). And if I tell her something in English she usually comes back with “Babbo, puoi parlare in italiano per favore?” (“Daddy, can you speak in Italian please?”).
Last Man on Earth!
We were watching this like two homes ago, in 2016, then stopped before something else came out, and never caught up with it. Probably not the ideal show to watch during a pandemic—which is why we never contemplated watching it during 2020/2022—but we felt it was time to resume from where we left. Always fun, although slightly cringe at times (thanks Tandy!).