Sunday, September 13, 2020

I'm Retired

Effective August 28th 2020, I am officially retired from corporate life.  I worked for 35 plus years, mostly for various semiconductor companies in Austin Texas.  I split that time alternating between working on instruction set simulators, and core design verification, most recently at AMD.  While I'm grateful for the paycheck these last several years, I have to say I'm happy to have the politics of large corporate America now behind me.

Going forward I expect to spend my time doing three things:

  1. Rebuilding my retirement cabin.  This will be a near term focus as I don't have the energy I had when I was younger for such physical activity, so the sooner the better.  Also the sooner I get it done the sooner I can enjoy it. 
  2. Traveling.  After the pandemic is behind us, and the weather is pleasant (probably next spring) I plan to buy a new van and drive a big loop around the country.  I tend to get bored quickly when I travel but do enjoy some sightseeing particularly when I am doing the driving and can control the pace and schedule.  I've made a smaller loop to the West coast before in my current van and enjoyed it.  I've traveled some in the past, including internationally, but have yet to the see the northwest and northeast corners of the US.  So this seems like a good time to make that long drive.  Anybody have any suggestions ?  From a scenic point of view I especially like the Rocky mountains, but I have already seen them multiple times.  I've also seen the Grand Canyon.  I have yet to see Meteor Crater in Arizona, so that is on my list for this trip. 
  3. RISCV.  As I indicated in a previous post, I'm a fan of this architecture, both technically and politically.  I think this will do for computer architecture, what Linux did for Operating Systems.  So as a way of continuing to exercise my mind, and potentially supplement my retirement income, I hope to make a few contributions here to help push this technology forward...

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