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.

Last updated: 1 March 2022.

The Bot Platform: how it is going

I’ve almost completed a full year as a Product Manager at The Bot Platform, 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, 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 to make it fully enterprise-ready—including a user-facing organisation management interface to enable RBAC (role-based access control) and SSO, better content & data management, better broadcasting and user segmentation tools, and improved learning & personalisation capabilities for our Microsoft Teams bots.

Mindfulness with Calm

I’ve always been somewhat skeptical about mindfulness. It’s the sort of thing I knew I could benefit from, but at the same time, I never had the consistency or drive to make it a habit. I started years ago with Headspace on my iPhone, doing a series about competing in sports before a jiu jitsu tournament. Then quit for a while. Then I bought a book, started again, then quit after a few days.

It seems that now I’ve found my groove with Calm—my credit card provider was kind enough to offer me a free year through their partnership, then decided to renew (it’s not expensive after all), and these days I’m loving it.

Fitness

I haven’t been to jiu jitsu after the pandemic, and I don’t have plans to go back again for now—it pains me to further the “quitting after reaching blue belt” stereotype, but it’s just not a good match with my daily schedule, with all the work & parenting commitments.

Just going to the gym, on the other hand, is much more manageable since I can just go whenever. I’m currently doing a 4-day/week plan, making sure each day I put in at least one epic (bench, overhead, squat, deadlift), plus a few accessory lifts. It’s a tad frustrating not having something to become stronger for, other than becoming stronger for the sake of becoming stronger. But better than being a potato couch I suppose.

Reading

I’m into coffee-table-style books these days. Big visuals, nice paper, that sort of stuff. Fine examples include:

Other than that, I’ve recently bought The Power of Geography, the sequel of Prisoners of Geography which I loved.

Feeling invincible with G-Shocks

G-Shocks are quite addictive, and it’s super easy to start collecting them without even realising you are. I’m at 4 now, including two of their “Casioak”—nickname deriving from its octagon-shaped bezel, like Audemars Piguet’s infamous Royal Oak, just at a teeny-tiny fraction of its price. Last purchase.

Family

I enjoyed spending last Christmas in Italy with my extended family. It was the first time I saw my mum since before the pandemic.

Vinnie is almost 2 and a half now, and words can’t describe how I’m enjoying watching her grow into the person she’s become.

Inventing Anna

Finished it a couple of evenings ago. I don’t remember a story that had so much of my attention recently. Great show, incredible story, fantastic acting from Julia Garner.