It doesn’t matter.

Life and Philosophy, Midnight Ramblings
I haven't been taking many photographs recently. When I analyze it, the story goes: I started sorting through years of photos, trimming the fat, collecting the better bits into something worthwhile. Sorting years of photos proved such a daunting task that at one point early on I was able to calculate how long it would take to finish this personal project. I determined it would take a long time - too long, really. So, why shoot more? Why bother? My grandfather was a photographer too. Always with the camera. Every family get together, several photos a day. He always promised us that if we made a funny face, the photo would be printed at 8x10 size. I saw dozens of hilarious/embarassing 8x10s of various relatives over the years. I'm halfway…
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Corporate Metrics

Midnight Ramblings, Quotables
Corporate metrics are a necessary but terrible mouse trap. Rule benders will bend the rules, and creating a mouse trap to catch a rule bender inevitably turns into a rube goldberg machine. This machine eliminates autonomy and freedom of choice. It transforms personal pride, integrity, and accomplishment into a generic store-brand product of mediocre quality. Cultural metrics commodotize the definition of excellence, at the expense of all, to weed out the few.
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Goodbye Google Reader, You Will Be Missed

Midnight Ramblings
Goodbye Reader. I will miss you. Back in my PayPal days, with many predictable big-company-engineering idle moments at hand, waiting on hour-long builds to see if I got all my semicolons just right, my friend Wayne introduced me to you. Almost immediately, he and I spent a few moments one afternoon making one the arguably largest contributions I've ever made to mankind's happiness: a better cyanide and happiness feed, just for you (and, well, ourselves..). A few months later, Wayne declared RSS bankruptcy and shrugged you off for good, or at least for the most part. I suppose, given that you're shutting down, many other Waynes out there followed the same path. They say RSS is dead. They say the future of sharing important information is my relatives sharing meme…
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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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i can’t wait for the future

Midnight Ramblings
I can't wait for the future. Not the 2013, 2015, or even 2020 future, I mean the 2050s, the next, better, version of the 60s. Think about it. For the next 20 years, the patent trolls (big brand and small) will deduce all possible ideas, patent them, filling the set as quickly as wikipedia became complete. 20 or 30 years later, the patents expire, and we'll finally be free to create, share, and move forward. In the patent-free future the systems and services without apis, broken rss, and ridiculous playing-for-keeps limitations will be laughed into a dusty corner of history. It's not just the software that'll amaze. As khan academy, stack overflow, the w3, and codecademy and the like race past textbook-pushing/research-focused corporations masquerading as institutes of education, we'll see…
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IOS reminds me of IE

IOS Product Development, Midnight Ramblings, Tips, What I Just Learned
Developing for IOS is exactly like developing for IE. First, you knock the easy stuff out that *just works* simply without massive confusion. In browser land that means do your work in chrome or firefox first, whereas in IOS you basically do everything except auto-rotation first. Then, for the last step, you spend as much time handling IE bugs or IOS auto rotation hell as you spent developing up to that point. edit: The trick in IOS 6+ seems to be something like this inside your view controller.. - (NSUInteger)supportedInterfaceOrientations { return UIInterfaceOrientationMaskAll; } - (void)willRotateToInterfaceOrientation:(UIInterfaceOrientation)toInterfaceOrientation duration:(NSTimeInterval)duration { CGRect screenRect = [[UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]; screenRect = CGRectMake(0, 0, screenRect.size.width, screenRect.size.height); //anchor to 0,0 if (UIInterfaceOrientationIsLandscape(toInterfaceOrientation)) { //swap width & height screenRect = CGRectMake(0, 0, screenRect.size.height, screenRect.size.width); } self.view.frame = screenRect;…
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So-called “Terrible” stock performance

Midnight Ramblings
A few days ago, Google slipped up in releasing quarterly earnings reports before they were PR-ified, popular media referred to their results as 'terrible': What Page couldn’t apologize for, however, is that Google’s results were pretty terrible. The company’s profits plunged 20 percent from a year ago, according to the Wall Street Journal (source) Today, AMD released their quarterly, and results were also 'terrible': Just one day after the company posted pretty terrible quarterly earnings (“Net loss $157 million, loss per share $0.21, operating loss $131 million"), followed by a 16 percent drop in the company's stock price and job cuts of 1,800 (15 percent of its global workforce), two financial analysts have now downgraded the company. (source) In both cases, the companies made less than expected, except, Google's so-called…
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