Bamboo iPad Case by Primovisto

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Occasionally I’ll get asked if I’d like to try out some new loot and 9 out of 10 times it’s a definite “No”; not because I’m disinterested but because I simply don’t have time to review all the product inquiries that come into my inbox (I’m sure they are great, I promise!).

But this one seemed decent enough to review and to check out, especially since they do something pretty unique insofar as engraving a design on the cover of the case! So, I had a friend send me a logo (his own personal brand) and we sent them the file.

Voila! In a few days (it was so quick!) they sent me the finished product… So pretty:

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Parakaleo

I was given an amazing word of encouragement the other day as I sat down with one of our students in our Code Academy program the other day who shared with me some positive words:

When you visit us and share with us your perspective I feel like I can do this; I am hopeful.

I have not always been known to be the “encourager” in the group but I think I’ve discovered a neat place among my incredible team and I’ve been actively thinking about how I can do more of it borrowing heavily from my influences like my father and even setting up a local meetup to learn more from others.

I have not perfected any particular technique but I am beginning to execute in small ways like this that I hope brings about positive change and encouragement to others.

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Interview on The Dispatch

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I had the pleasure of spending a few moments with Chase (x2) on The Dispatch talking about my experience with WordPress and a number of odds and ends.

My chat with Chase starts around 16:30 – thanks Chase for letting me hang with you guys for a bit! Listen in here.

On Time-Based Qualifications

#sadface

#sadface

Occasionally I’ll review some of my more favorite job boards to see some of the new openings that are available to talented software engineers. I am generally more interested in who is offering the roles instead of the actual roles themselves.

(No, I’m not looking for work as I am way too busy already with my current commitments!)

And I’ve discovered more than a few disappointing observations that have generally made me very sad:

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Of My Dad and Treasure Hunts

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My father was adept at creating engaging and interactive experiences for his children that helped us exercise the natural curiosity we had and challenged us to be creative thinkers.

He modeled this hands-on attention and mentorship that I still employ today and he managed to combine disparate elements like fun and education into a form that was inescapably memorable; I can still remember the treasure maps and treasure hunts like they were yesterday.

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