I do not believe in being contrarian for contrarian’s sake but I have oftentimes found myself on that lightly divided edge. Perhaps it’s just the way I see the world.
I do not count myself unique though – I have encountered (and enjoy hanging out with) many people who see the world differently, who enjoy a nice and cold beverage on a very cold winter morning when most are warming their hands on a hot one.
I’ve been thinking about this more and more as I move continue to move forward with a software product that has been 12 years in the making.
Mark Bradford might be the most obsessed person on the planet in regards to .DO domains. He’s even got a site dedicated to all things .do and pinged me the other day about it. He even featured a story about my use of it.
I like my domain name and the story behind it. It just makes sense for me at this point in time and I think it’s memorable and certainly short.
My dad passed me this the other day via a PDF that was created years ago from a newsletter of some sort.
Steve Klusmeyer, the author, once wrote a piece on life through the perspective of those cute and colorful bricks and it was struck me at just the right moment, at just the right time.
I thought I’d share it and pass it on to you:
A big part of my job @ The Iron Yard is spending time on the phone or in local coffee shops counseling people on their future and where they really want to be (and do). It’s a fun and exceptionally-rewarding activity and it continues to motivate me when I get up in the morning and keeps me awake at night as I think about all the potential for these people.
Inevitably many of them hit walls of self-doubt and anxiety as they move forward and get closer to a decision. In the context of our Code School I completely understand as we are asking for a full-time commitment both with their time and their financial resources so that they might begin the journey from where they are today and where they want to be tomorrow.
But doesn’t significant life change always require a full-time commitment?
I’ve got a neat talk and workshop that I’m giving on 3/3 about how I took an idea and made it very, very real. I am going to try to give this talk a few times this year as it’s one of my favorites (so if you can’t make this one then I will definitely be doing it again!).
Here’s the overview:
So much concentration…!
I’ve begun spending time with my oldest, @Roenne, and showing her some basic programming languages and I’ve decided to have her take a stab at Ruby. Here’s her first few lines:
I’m beginning to test the Karma mobile hotspot system since I’m spending a lot of time traveling from place to place to interview potential hires as well as interview potential students and I really do enjoy having these engagements in a local coffee shop because of the environment and casual atmosphere.
Of course the wifi in these locations completely suck and some of them can be so saturated to the point where you can’t even join them to begin with! That’s sad and I’ve been wanting a solution for sometime.