Oh, you think meritocracy exists? Tell me more about how you’re always overlooked.

Life and Philosophy, Midnight Ramblings
So you want to talk about meritocracy, and how hard work will pay off, and justice will come your way someday? Cool story, bro. My turn, let me start with a little story that's slightly less crazy than your imaginary meritocracy pipe dream - something ridiculous about growing up religious. I grew up being an ungrateful little shit, coming from a long line of ungrateful little shits, growing up religious in Texas. Don't get me wrong, I didn't have to be an ungrateful little shit - after all, I was born a white male, in America. A lot of my first-world-problems complaints in life have never really amounted to more than this: Religious in the South should be qualified, because down here religion can sometimes (or sadly, often..) be different…
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A Trillion Dollars & E.T.

Life and Philosophy, Midnight Ramblings
Music: Blonde Redhead - 23 (the song) This is one of those fun, or, perhaps, overwhelming number games. It's going to be like the drake equation, where we're throwing numbers around, stacking assumption on assumption on assumption, and surely several assumptions will be wrong, and the number of zeros will get quite insane, but in the end the point will be: there's life out there. The other day I was at a concert with my wife, for this phenomenal one-man-country-blues-band called 'Shakey Graves'. This guy's amazing to see live, super intense, and supremely talented. He left his guitar behind at the last show a town or three over, so he had to rent some equipment that night. Naturally, his rental equipment popped a string or two during the very first…
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Waking With The Sun

did you mean tumble?, Life and Philosophy, Midnight Ramblings
Music: Blink 182 - Pretty Little Girl .. It's time to switch from our designer's credit card to the LLC's, because, we're lucky enough to have enough income that our LLC credit card can cover that no-longer-free Amazon VM. Adam tries his best to convert non-straight-forward AWS pricing structures into toddler level english, so idiot peer, me, can understand what the hell we're looking at. He repeats himself 3 or 4 times, switching back and forth between 3 tables that might as well read 'lorem ipsum..' on them - it's all greek to me, when he switches to hard numbers from our past month's hosting to translate gigabytes to dollars - we both stop talking. That's not right, 90 gigabytes in transfer last month? What the hell. We're being hacked,…
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Life & Career Lessons – 2012

Life and Philosophy, Midnight Ramblings
Music: Angels and Airwaves - Diary I'm always a little late on the 2012 lists, stick with me, this'll be worth it. Executive Summary of 2012: I started 2012 by taking a bit of a risk careerwise, where before I had been the enterprise huge-company guy, I ventured into mid-sized startupish culture, pushing myself out of my personal comfort zone in terms of commute and direction. I was getting into mobile (IOS) development in my spare time, but still wanted to fill in some experience gaps I'd missed in previous opportunities. I had a good 10 month run at a great 'startup' in downtown Austin, was laid off, felt my world was upside down for a little while there, and came out of the tailspin - righted myself and found…
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