Nomad, what’s next?

by Nikolozi Meladze

I tweeted this last month, but thought I’d capture it in a blog post here.

June 29 was my last day at a news giant as an iOS dev. Following Monday, I left Sydney to see where nomadic life might take me. I’d like to see if I can survive without one home for 6 months. After, I’ll decide whether I like being a nomad or it’s time to go back to stability.

Besides travelling around the world I’ll have more time to work on the projects I care about. This obviously includes making more music and update my apps regularly. Additionally, I’m keen to get back into ML and generally into AI. The field of AI always interested me as a CompSci student but back then it was AI winter.

Having a full time job doesn’t leave much time for experimentation and playing around with my projects. So hoping to get more done.

The goal with music has been to make one album a year. I’ve hit that target more or less for the past 5 years. But I would like to increase that to 2-3 a year. This will allow me to experiment with more diverse music styles with each album.

With the apps, monthly update seemed like the way to go, but I haven’t been able to achieve that due to the time constraints. Hoping to rectify that this year. But no promises :)

Regarding AI, for now, I’m still in learning phase. ML is a very fast evolving field at the moment. So not sure where things will go and if I’ll end up making apps that utilise some of that.

As an iOS developer most contracting roles have been around fetching JSON from network and displaying the data in a table view. It gets quite boring after a while. If/when I get back to doing contracting roles I’ll look for jobs that utilise ML and other interesting tech.

This is my rough travelling plan. But I will be winging it a lot.

  • July – Queensland / New Zealand
  • August / September – Europe
  • October / November – South East Asia