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Rhymes With Happier

24. October 2016

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Recently I was telling a friend about a new career opportunity. As I explained the company and the role, he started laughing. That wasn’t really the reaction I was after, so I stopped talking. “What?” I asked? “It’s just that this sounds like exactly the perfect place for you,” he said. I’ve been a Zapier […]

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I’m Spending More Time With My Family

6. January 2015

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No, this isn’t a post about a New Year’s resolution, though what I say here will significantly impact this upcoming year. No, despite the typical career transition sentiment of my headline, I am not leaving Orchestrate, the awesome company where I have worked since May to make developers more productive and creative. This will be […]

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Orchestrating the Next Chapter in My Story

27. May 2014

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Our own personal stories tend to make sense in retrospect. There may be plot twists that at the time cause a little confusion, but then it all sorts out into a tale that seems predictable in hindsight. That’s how I feel today as I join¬†Orchestrate¬†to start a developer relations team. It was tough to leave […]

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I’m Getting Better at One Thing

11. April 2012

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I’m on my second year of having a real job. It’s still a new experience, working on one project (though I still find a little time for the stuff on the side). Part of the corporate structure, that annual review and plan, has helped me discover a great aspect of a real job: taking the […]

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My New Gig: Editing Programmable Web

12. July 2010

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Big changes for me. My mapping API book goes to the printer this week. And, at the end of the month, I will join Programmable Web full-time as Executive Editor. I will manage a staff of freelance writers and do a bunch more reporting myself. We cover APIs and mashups of all sorts, with a […]

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Help Me Find The Donkey Man, John Stiles

22. November 2009

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When I was in middle school, my family hosted a man, his wagon and his many donkeys on our 30 acre ranch. His name was John Stiles and he lived a technology-free, nomadic lifestyle. In an age when even mere high school aquaintances friend me on Facebook, the Donkey Man may be the one person […]

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8 things you don’t know about me

29. February 2008

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My friend Dawn asked to know more about me recently, so I thought I’d share with you. For many, I’m just the simple guy. But, oh, I’m more complex than that. See for yourself: I grew up on 30 acres an hour north of San Francisco. We had no animals, but we had plenty of […]

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MetroFi improves, barely

16. February 2008

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This is an update on my previous MetroFi review from a year ago. MetroFi is the company tapped by Portland Metro to blanket the city with free WiFi. I recently used the service downtown and found it to be better than my previous experience. The banner ads are gone, improving Internet browsing tremendously. The only […]

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Techy things to do in Portland

7. January 2008

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Portlanders continue to do some amazing things. Unfortunately, a lot of it is still under the covers. My friend Rick is helping change that, but we have a long way to go. One of ways to help is get out and meet people. Far too many of us spend our lives in front of laptop […]

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One key to rule them all

6. December 2007

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We recently bought our first house. One of the best things about it is the freedom to change something we don’t like. This week, a locksmith came out to the house and changed the locks. Though we have a small place, there were three separate keys, one for each door. That was annoying, but it […]

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