quote thoughts

Quote: We have time, we just waste it.

I listen to a lot of podcasts and Foundation is by far one of my favorite, it is┬áproduced by Kevin Rose. In the recent episode Kevin interviewed Jesse Jacobs, founder of Samovar Tea Lounge. The episode centered around his journey opening a brink and mortar store but one section, about nine minutes in, really got me thinking. I encourage you to watch it if you haven’t.

“We have time, we just waste it.

Say there is two tea cups, one empty and the other half full.

The half full cup can only be filled half more. The empty tea cup is full of limitless potential. You can put anything in it.

Instead of living life always half full, always static, buzzing, full of todo lists, emails and everything else. How then instead can we live life to get as empty as possible to allow for that limitless potential.”

~ Jesse Jacobs

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Writing more, maybe enough for a book

A MessThroughout high school and even into college I really liked english classes, I liked the writing and creativity. The construction of a well formed document with flow and coherence.

I guess that is why I started a blog, it has been an on and off relationship for a while since high school and when motivated my thoughts can come flowing out.

Its like programming, after some well thought out procedures and operations does the flow of the program work, function correctly and look beautiful.

One of my new years resolutions is to get back into writing, I really enjoy it and it needs to become a large part of my life. Now working with some really phenomenal writers I see where I am lacking and really need to get back in the game.

Its easy as a programmer to just say “Im a programmer, it doesn’t matter if i spell things correct as long as they are consistent”. That has been the mentality at work for a while now and it really doesn’t help anyone since misspellings often fall through the cracks and it makes everyone look unprofessional.

My biggest issue is using larger or obscure words since working on the web and dumbing everything down to fifth grade level its hard to get back to reality and write good copy where every word counts.

There is a lot of things I am passionate about and web standards and accessibility is one of them. Working the university environment as really inspired me to take my knowledge and teach others.

Although standing up, teaching and seeing everyones reaction when they get it is great I would love to expand my reach beyond the people I know. I will be speaking at a conference in March about publishing and promoting events online.

A large part of my job is creating tools for people to use and teaching them how to take advantage of them. Although we are part of a university environment the tools we create are meant to be used outside since marketing has to reach external audiences.

And seeing more of the people I follow online writing books and speaking at large venues about their passions really inspires me to write a book and help everyone curious about how pulling information together in a decentralized environment. Getting the tools built, getting peoples buy in and keeping users using the system for their and the whole communities advantage.

More to come later on book ideas and more frequent updates due to my New Years resolution.


On the matter of something inspiring

Awesome, my white elephant giftWithout inspiration nothing gets done, nothing good at least. And although good things are subjective its easy to notice when you see them.

My inspiration is talks, I love listening to them, reading slides and see what people are working on. Their passion inspires me, their love for their projects and leading edge work makes me want to further my work. Its not to compete with them its just their pure passion they are pouring out to the crowd makes me inspired to pour my passion into my work and hopefully be able to present my work to an interested crowd.

Secondly inspiring blog posts really get me going and ready to work on something that will change the world. I have a philosophy that if something you are working on will not change the world your time as a living thinking human is being wasted, might sound a little harsh but i am not an absolutist. Of course things like shopping or cleaning are not what I am talking about but all interactions with people and work. The thought of expanding the human race always needs to be a motivating factor.

We are all human, we all have the same goal in mind, lets not loose sight of that.

Your not told what your not suppose to know.


Startup done right the second time around

I never stop working. I sleep and dream ideas and because of that I love getting right to work and having something to show for my ideas. There is one small problem with all this work I have been doing, I really need to establish a well structured business before growing too large.


First day out of the pit

Totally my own officeSo it has been a full day in my own office and unfortunately I didn’t get much time to myself. The Publications team was gone to a conference so we moved all of their desks and computers to their new working space. I was only in my office for increments of 5 minutes to check mail and phone.

The photo attached is the office how I got it. Nothing of mine in there and nothing cleaned. Not at least my computer is in there, things are cleaned up and I have a whiteboard. I will post another picture when it is all done.

Having your own space is like being inside a bubble, I am use to working in a large room with eight or so people. If I had a question about something I could just ask it while still staring at my computer and working. Who ever knew the answer would shout it out and work would continue. Although my office is right next to the pit I cannot hear whats going on out there, I have to rely on alternative methods to communicate. IM mainly but typing is though on the wrists sometimes. I kinda wish everyone had an iSight and we would all just talk and see each other.. nevermind, creepy.

Anyone have any good suggestions on how to deal with communicating when isolated in your own office?