Printed, Unconventional

Jezebel Magazine sent me a copy of their Modern Luxury May 2014 issue (read the article here) and it’s becoming more “odd” for me to see printed material – I’m not sure when this mental shift occurred in my brain but it’s almost becoming novel and I do not believe I’m comfortable with it becoming novel, unusual, or unconventional.

Printed work is powerful and it’s ability to engage the tactile senses and even olfactory is important (remember the sweet, sweet smell of a new book?).

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Don’t Fuck the Culture

Love this:

Culture is a thousand things, a thousand times. It’s living the core values when you hire; when you write an email; when you are working on a project; when you are walking in the hall. We have the power, by living the values, to build the culture. We also have the power, by breaking the values, to fuck up the culture. Each one of us has this opportunity, this burden.

Read the entire post by Brian Chesky, the CEO and co-founder of Airbnb, for more context on why he shared this important internal memo.

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Collecting Thoughts for v2.1

And…? Have any?

I’ve been putting thoughts into my notebook about what I think I’d love to concentrate on a serious v2.1 release. I’d love your thoughts if you have any!

Things like adding images for watermarks (instead of just text) and stuff like that. Hit me.


Blog Talk @ ATL Ruby Group



I’ll be presenting another round of blogging for developers next week. Here’s a loose description of what I put together for the talk:

A candid chat and conversation about how blogging has helped me build not just a personal brand but businesses… and why every developer should consider blogging to make them even more competitive.

This is not altogether different than a talk I’ve done at a number of meetups – it’s just that I’ve never done it at ATL RUG!

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Preparing for a Startup

I gave the above response via Twitter off-the-cuff and as I continued to think about what I shared it caused me to pause a moment and evaluate if I believed those remarks to be true.

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We Are All Inventors

We are all inventors, did you know that? You may not have invented something that someone is using today, you may not have been the inventor of some great appliance or application or some movement or some dizzying new thought but you are still an inventor, nonetheless.

You and I are inventors of excuses. Why? Because we are afraid. We are afraid to look ridiculous, we are afraid to try and especially fail, we are afraid of pursuing our passion.

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Opportunity First

I had the pleasure of grabbing breakfast with a long-time friend who I’ve had the pleasure of working with for a number of years. It’s hard to imagine that he’s still in his early 20’s and it makes me feel old that we’ve known each other for so long and yet he’s not even close to half-way done his 20’s. Sheesh.

We conversed about a number of things and he’s really got some neat things going on – he’s a doer and very much capable of doing really anything he wants to do – finding the right timing is the challenge but things will happen when they are supposed to happen as they always have for him.

At some point we meandered into a conversation about opportunities and compensation and it gave me a moment to reflect on the choices that I’ve made in the past and how I can now see them in clear 20-20 vision.

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