Let's leave introductions till a bit later and jump straight in. The Happiness Project's goal is to give you a tool that you can use to improve your happiness. My feeling is there there are tonnes of different ways in which you could improve your happiness, but that only some of them are going to work for you, personally.
The best way to figure out whether something is going to work is to try it out. But I'd like to apply a little scientific rigour to these things, which is where we get to the first aspect of the Happiness Project: a platform for performing experiments upon yourself. In order to perform these experiments, we're going to need to collect some appropriate data to measure progress on the experiment, which brings us to the second component: a platform to collect contextual measurements. And finally, to determine the success of an experiment we need to have some way of measuring the outcome we're particularly interested in: happiness.
So that's it in a nutshell. Please do read on for a little more detail, and definitely do sign up to be kept informed of progress towards this lofty goal!
It's pretty much just me! I do have a regular team of people that I call on to help with particular aspects of a project, though, since one person can't provide for every specialisation. I can source — and manage — extra developers, designers, and site reliability engineers, depending on the needs of the project.
I've been developing web applications with the Ruby on Rails framework for over a decade now (something that not many people can claim!). Prior to that, I was building web apps in Python, and before that I was building embedded C++ code for Voice over IP gateways.
When I'm not in the office, staring at a sea of code, I really enjoy a spot of indoor rock climbing. You can often find me hanging around the local climbing wall, trying to conquer my latest project!
Incidentally, if you're looking to work with an awesome team, and you've got the right skills, please do get in touch. I'm always looking to expand the pool of contractors I can use for individual projects. Drop me an email, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with some details on your experience and skill set.
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Wossname Industries is based in Devon, in the South West of England. It's a beautiful part of the world! I've got beaches, and cliffs, and moors, and the city of Exeter, all within easy reach of home. The weather's not too bad, either.