The number 10 is cropping up a lot. There’s Donncha’s brief post about being Automattic’s first employee to hit the 10 year mark alongside the company, and Matt’s Ten Years of Automattic recounting the journey from 1 to almost 400 employees. And, while this year will also be my 10th year blogging but really looking … Read more →

Growing a Story Out of My Mustache


November has somehow become the month of campaigns and causes relevant to my interests, neither of which I’ve done before, and both of which I’m doing this year. The first is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short), where the challenge is to write a 50,000 word first draft of a novel by the end … Read more →

Ferguson and the Cost of Sprawl


Every time I think that there couldn’t be any more reasons to hate suburban sprawl, a new one crops up. This time, a good case is made that decaying suburbs create poverty, like that found in Ferguson, Missouri: Decline isn’t a result of poverty. The converse is actually true: poverty is the result of decline. … Read more →

Blue Collar


Over the past week, I’ve been working on my house as we’ve hit two weeks until we move into our gutted and renovated house. My role has been 75% janitor, 25% troubleshooter as I’ve tried to keep things moving in this final push. It’s been really gratifying to finally do something on our house with … Read more →

I Used to Write


I used to write a lot. I once wrote a 60 page undergrad thesis I’ve often thought of myself in the category of writer, which is of course laughable given that I write very little these days. A writer is, of course, someone who writes. That makes me an aspirational writer. This is already one … Read more →