December 23, 2013

The bottom line to me? Yeah, there’ s something to be said for simplifying, but there’s really something to be said for asking yourself, how much am I helping this by making it all about me?

If there’s one big pattern that I would like to look into for my Jubilee year of two thousand fourteen, it’s the idea that I’m really not at the center of anything except the stuff in my head. And I could have much better results in almost everything I do by asking what somebody else would like more from this rather than what I should be obsessing about.

And as for the holidays, I don’t know what to tell you, except that you just gotta get through it and make your peace.

And remember that it is supposed to be fun.

Whether it’s the holidays or whether it’s your social media remember this is supposed to be a comedy; it’s supposed to be fun.

And if you can’t find a way to be kind of light-hearted about it, there might be a better way to do it.

Go a little easier on yourself by not making it all about you, and then try to obsess less about whether you’ve got everything, and then worry more about whether you’ve got enough to get by for today.

(Not with everything. Yes, you wanna have money, you wanna pay bills and all that kind of stuff. That’s important.)

But, you’ll never have all of it.

To want to have all of it is the source of a lot of pain and dooka.


Merry Christmas, get your head out of your ass.

Merlin Mann

Back to Work #150

September 7, 2012

Sixth Sense

  • Principal Snyder: There are some things you can just smell. It's like a sixth sense.
  • Giles: That's actually one of the five.
  • Buffy S2E01
August 22, 2012

I’m talking about being existentially wrong, vis-a-vis turkey bacon. Turkey bacon is a hate crime. That’s not even a food. It’s mean to the turkey, it defiles the whole idea of bacon, and when Francis Scott Key freed this country from the slaves, I think that’s the kind of thing we need to keep in mind. We need to honor that vision by not… you just… Turn it away! I won’t have the turkey bacon!


I’m gonna have an almond. How you doing? Good week?

May 24, 2012

Cornerstone Church is launching a #Pray4America hashtag campaign this Sunday.

April 20, 2012

It’s the post that @danbenjamin and @hotdogsladies don’t want to hear: the origins of both Bleutoot and Bulk Bag!

On this week’s Back to Work, Merlin said that he doesn’t really want to know where the “Bulk Bag” meme started, but turns out I know, so I decided to post this highlight mix anyway. These are some of my favorite Bleutoot moments cut from 5by5 After Dark and Back to Work episodes.

I’m not affiliated with or Back to Work in any way, other than having listened to every episode of Back to Work since it started. All of this silliness aside, it’s a great podcast that has changed my career, my attitude and how I view my role in the workplace. (All for the better.)

For new listeners, I’ve selected this starter pack to get you going:

You should check it out.

(Update. Thanks Merlin and @dominik for the updated bandwidth-proof link and everyone else for the kind response. The real credit goes to Merlin and Dan for their comedic genius, and to Dan and his supporters for building such an awesome podcast network for us.)

August 19, 2011

Communication Shift

I just read The five year lag, a good post about church and technology by @wezlo. While this wasn’t his main point, a bit of what he said jumped out at me because it’s been on my mind this week. I had to move back a couple of paragraphs to find the connecting statement, because - honestly - I’d skimmed right past it.

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August 8, 2011

State of Drupal 2011 survey

I just finished taking the State of Drupal 2011 survey, and if you use Drupal in any way, you should, too. I thought I’d share some of my responses here, where I can also expand on them without getting too long-winded for a survey.

Drupal core provides stability. Drupal contrib provides agility. Core development should focus on building a well-written, reliable, secure platform with critical APIs that everyone can use. Contrib can extend core in many directions. Distributions, install profiles, and - more importantly - good cookbooks and tutorials can alleviate potential confusion about what contrib modules can work together to build great sites.

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March 23, 2011

Making it hard for users to fail

The success of a website is often measured by how frequently users do what you want them to do. A lot of UX design effort goes into making it easy for them to do things right, but how often do we design so that users can do no wrong? This morning, I discovered that Kroger has applied this principle in a very effective way.

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February 10, 2011

Password Support

  • matt: still non-stop password problems?
  • micah: PEBKAC
  • matt: LOL
  • micah: people who can neither read nor follow simple directions.
  • matt: i think our future is doomed
  • micah: no. somebody will figure out how to make tokenized authentication ubiquitous and then system administrators throughout the whole world will rejoice. yay...
  • matt: maybe we should just stick an RFID in everyone
  • micah: some dummy will still be calling the help desk because they held the wrong hand up to the scanner...
  • matt: heh
December 10, 2009
My Christmas Tale 2009 Pre-Service play list of fun Christmas tunes.

My Christmas Tale 2009 Pre-Service play list of fun Christmas tunes.