Jonathan Sumner Evans
Sumner Evans
Software Engineer at Beeper

Amsterdam, Netherlands - Work Retreat

Posted on in Trip to Amsterdam, Work Retreats • 1517 words • 8 minute read
Tags: Travel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Beeper, Work

This week, my company (Beeper) had our first retreat of the new year in Amsterdam, Netherlands. We aim for about three retreats a year, though due to holidays and a recent push towards our beta exit milestone, it has been a little while since we have all gotten together. The last retreat was in Mexico City in October and before that we had three other retreats. The goal of each retreat is to provide an opportunity to connect as a team on a personal level, discuss future plans, and reflect on the progress we have made. Read more...

Amsterdam - Day 1

Posted on in Trip to Amsterdam • 815 words • 4 minute read
Tags: Travel, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Van Gogh, Anne Frank

Today I went to visit the Van Gogh Museum in the morning, and the Anne Frank House late in the evening. In between, I walked around the city, and met up with my coworkers for dinner. One of the reasons I chose the hotel that I did was that it was a very short walk over to the Van Gogh Museum. I had tickets for 10:00 at the museum with an audio tour. Read more...

Denver to Amsterdam

Posted on in Trip to Amsterdam • 550 words • 3 minute read
Tags: Travel, Denver, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Today I once again am venturing across the pond for a work retreat. This time, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I’ll get there mid-day Saturday and I’ll spend the afternoon and all of Sunday sightseeing before meeting up with coworkers on Monday for a week of in-person work! My dad kindly took me to the airport this morning. Security was pretty crowded, but I have TSA precheck which makes it so I don’t have to take everything out of my bag and take off my shoes. Read more...


Posted on in Trip to FOSDEM 2023 • 2374 words • 12 minute read
Tags: Travel, FOSDEM, Matrix, Matrix Community Meetup, HSBXL, Go, NixOS, Brussels

For the first time since 2020, FOSDEM was held in-person in Brussels. FOSDEM is one of the largest gatherings of open source enthusiasts in the world every year. My employer, Beeper, funded my flight, and I decided to attend. It was a great experience! I learned a lot and have a long to-do list of projects to try out. I also really enjoyed interacting with the Matrix community and reconnect with many of the people who I’d met at the Matrix Community Summit in Berlin last year and meet a bunch new people as well. Read more...

Brussels Sightseeing

Posted on in Trip to FOSDEM 2023 • 96 words • 1 minute read
Tags: Travel, Brussels, Belgium

During my time in Brussels for FOSDEM, I took the chance to do a bit of sightseeing. Here are some pictures of what I saw. Church of Our Lady of Victories at the Sablon Palais de BruxellesApparently, Belgium is a constitutional monarchy. Grand-PlaceI’ve read that this is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, and I have to say that might well be true. The AtomiumI didn’t go inside since it didn’t really seem worth it as it is located well outside of the center, but looking at it from the outside was very cool! Read more...

See you at FOSDEM!

Posted on in Trip to FOSDEM 2023 • 179 words • 1 minute read
Tags: Travel, FOSDEM, Brussels

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be travelling to Brussels at the end of the month to attend FOSDEM, one of the largest open source conferences in the world! I arrive on 1 February, and I fly back on the 6th. My flight is being funded by Beeper, and I’ll be attending the Matrix Community Meetup at HSBXL and then the conference itself. I’m especially excited about the following devrooms: Read more...

2022 In Review

Posted on in Life Updates • 227 words • 2 minute read
Tags: Year In Review

This year was a good year. I’m going to list a few things that I’m thankful for, in no particular order. I’m thankful for… God’s goodness. My family. My friends. My church. Getting to ski with a bunch of friends in Utah at the beginning of the year. My new apartment in Golden. Getting to celebrate my sister’s graduation and wedding. My great coworkers. Getting to work on many interesting projects with great people at my job, including a really fun greenfield project to write a custom homeserver. Read more...

Advent of Code 2022

Posted on in Programming • 11307 words • 54 minute read
Tags: Advent of Code, Go, Competition

Every year since 2015, Eric Wastl creates a two-part programming problem for each of the 25 days of Advent. He publishes a new problem every day at at exactly midnight EST which is 22:00 the day before for me in MST. The last two years, I decided to do the problems as soon as they came out and streamed my problem solving sessions on my Twitch channel and uploaded them to my Youtube channel. Read more...

Starbase, Texas

Posted on in Trip to Starbase • 700 words • 4 minute read
Tags: Travel, Starbase, Texas

On my way back from my work retreat in Mexico City, I took the weekend to visit my friend, Nic, who lives near SpaceX’s Starbase facility in southern Texas. Nic is a photojournalist for and reports on the developments at Starbase. My flight on Saturday was to Harlingen through Houston. The flight path from Mexico City to Houston took me basically right over my final destination, but I wouldn’t arrive for some number of hours because of my connection. Read more...

Mexico City, Mexico - Work Retreat

Posted on in Work Retreats • 2008 words • 10 minute read
Tags: Travel, Mexico City, Mexico, Beeper, Work

This week, my company (Beeper) had our Fall retreat in in Mexico City, Mexico. We have company retreats about once every four months and this was our fourth. Similar to all the previous retreats, the goal was to provide valuable in-person time to collaborate and connect as a team on a personal level. I was able to meet a couple people who had joined the company since the last retreat and reconnect with many coworkers that I’d met during previous retreats. Read more...
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