TL;DR – I have them, I can control them, but my dog can’t. When I was a boy, maybe 3 or 4 years old, I remember my parents had a retired greyhound named Taffy. She was pretty old, and shy, and I could tell she really loved me even though all I wanted to do […]Read more "Emotions"
When I was in third grade, my elementary school guidance counselor setup a meeting with my parents and I to talk about my behavior. I’ll spare you the details, but the gist is that “John has a high comprehension level and enormous potential but does not apply himself.” Whether or not that was or is […]Read more "I’m difficult to work with"
As a wee lad growing up in the 80’s, “success” was pretty clear: Watch TV Play video games Listen to whatever music my parents do Eat more sugar Become an astronaut Pretend to be sick to avoid school Avoid gross girls What the heck is the internet? As a teenage man in the 90’s, “success” got a little […]Read more "Defining Success"
In 2010 I took a job with the fine folks at Automattic. Having been contributing to WordPress, BuddyPress, and bbPress since 2007, working with the biggest company in the WordPress ecosystem seemed like the next logical step in my career. If you somehow haven’t heard of them, they’re a great company with open-source in it’s heart and […]Read more "Distributed"
There’s no other way to say it; August 1st is my last day working at Automattic. To my ex-Automatticians, thank you so much for the hospitality. You’re a great bunch, and I’m excited about what’s in the pipeline. It’s been an excellent almost-3 years, and it will only continue getting better. To everyone else… don’t […]Read more "I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello"