Quote about humanity

Great quote found via Scott Berkun.

When asked what surprised him most about humanity, he said:

‘Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.’

Attributed to the Dalai Lama, though that’s often disputed.

Automattic Worldwide WordPress 5k

It’s not as cool as finding 57 geocaches, but I did my WordPress 5K with Brittany today. We walked a total of 3.2 miles on a trail near our house called Brust Park. Along the way we saw a bunch of turtles basking in the sun, the Cuyahoga river, and a lot of friendly faces. The weather also made it a great day for a walk.

A map of our walk. We walked 1.6 miles one way and then walked back.

Some images from our walk

Fleshly Pressed

Big news! I got my second tattoo today. My first was the “Code is Poetry” tattoo in the picture below, which I got on my 20th birthday.

The new tattoo is a tiger lily that becomes pixelated/digitalized. I thought it served as a nice graphical representation of the “Code is Poetry” saying. Tiger lilies are also supposed to represent mercy, compassion, kindness and unconditional love. Plus I think it looks really cool.

I got the idea driving last month and sketched it up. Larry Spano from Defiance Tattoos took the sketch and made it into the beautiful piece of art below. Nick Baxter has some similar designs.

P.S: I totally stole the title of this post from my friend and team mate Hugo.

Walking for WordPress

I participated in the Worldwide WordPress 5k. I didn’t do anything crazy like breakdancing but I took a nice hike with my family. We went to a trail at a local park.

Consider going out for a walk today. Get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and enjoy nature.

I’m an Automattician

I’m going into my third week so I’m a little bit behind with this post, but I would still like to make a real announcement:

I am a full time Code Wrangler at Automattic, Inc!

Everyone here is super-cool, talented and extremely pleasant to work with. I’m coming in already having met and worked with a few other Automatticans  (during my two Google Summer of Code projects and at WordCamps) so it’s great to be able to continue those relationships.

In addition to my new awesome co-workers: I get to work on a platform that I love, I get to be avaiable for speaking opportunities at WordCamps and other conferences and I get to be more involved with the WordPress community as a whole. To put it bluntly, this is a dream job come true.

Thanks to everyone over the years that have made this possible! I  am very excited to see what the future holds for me here.