A good question about The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work from Sibylle, in a comment: I was wondering how you think Automattic’s model would work for a more diverse workforce. The culture you describe in the book is very much centered on young, male, tech-savvy, western-socialised software developers. I was envisioning myself […]

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the web, here’s my story. I was a senior at CMU in ’93/’94 and for my computer science classes I spent many long hours in the computer labs, called clusters, working on programming projects or doing other schoolwork. Many of my friends hung out in clusters and it […]

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The Three Writing Mindsets

in Writing Well
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I write nearly every day and I have the hypothesis that there are three writing mindsets. Put simply: Raw. When I wake up from a dream, or share a meal with someone interesting, I have a surplus of ideas in my head. Often they’re strange, sometimes they’re interesting, occasionally they’re brilliant. In all cases they […]

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[Update: I learned a lesson about infographic spam after posting this] Here’s a quick visual rundown on remote work and WordPress. They got a handful of things wrong: P2 and IRC should have been listed as communication tools WordPress is not strictly owned by Automattic (the company that runs WordPress.com) to call it part of the same empire […]

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Yahoo is a curious poster child for banning remote work, as they’re not a company that’s doing very well. Yet Google has strict policies against it too, as the recent post by famous programmer Tim Bray explained: As of March 17th I’ll be an ex-employee. It’s an amicable separation in the face of irreconcilable differences: […]

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One of the many surprises from The Year Without Pants is that Automattic, makers of WordPress.com, doesn’t pay employees more when them become a team leader. They consider being a leader a role, not a job. One of the fun experiments this enabled for me while I worked there was to step down as lead and […]

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The resurfacing of Woody Allen’s past is sad from many perspectives, amplified by how a daughter and a family are still struggling, very publicly, to deal with events that took place decades ago. I’ll leave the conclusions for you to draw, as my question in this post is a practical one. Should you ban an […]

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Last week I had the pleasure of speaking for a second time at Webstock in Wellington, New Zealand. Natasha Lampard, Mike Brown and all the organizers exemplify many of the great things event organizers should strive to achieve. They run an amazing event and as someone who writes often about speaking and events that have speakers, […]

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Speaking In Portland next week (Thurs/Fri)

in General
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Hi folks. Just a quick post about some speaking dates next week in wonderful Portland, Oregon. Thursday, 2/27 6pm at 10up - I’ll be talking about The Year Without Pants and then out for drinks/snacks with attendees. RSVP. Friday, 2/28 at IntegratED – As part of this conference on education and technology, I’ll be speaking twice, […]

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[Sorry: this post was scheduled for last week but never posted. The book is still available DRM free, but not at a discount] For Valentines day O’Reilly Media is doing a special promotion for The Year Without Pants (published by Wiley). You can buy the digital version of the book for 50% off – and […]

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Why Speed Reading Is For Fools

in Books, General, Pop Culture
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‘There are two motives for reading a book; one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it.” - Bertrand Russell Life is not a race. Speed is good for things you want to get past, not for important things you enjoy. “It was an efficient meal.” “I had a quick life.” If you are […]

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Ranting about opinion pieces isn’t generally worthwhile, but some pieces are deeply flawed and popular enough that they demand critiquing. I’ve taken Susan Cain and Jonah Lehrer to task in the past, and I’ve come across another post worthy of examination. The article is a New York Times opinion piece titled “Secret Ingredient For Success” and […]

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