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Strength of the Wolf: Gaming & Friendship

It’s a privilege to play games with friends. Destiny has been the only disc in my Xbox One for months. The Iron banner event has landed in the Tower once again, Lord Saladin is ready to reward Guardians who fight to victory if only they will lock arms and engage in fierce battle in the Crucible.

Writing in the New Year

Writing has always been easy for me. Since I was young, the many words that flow from my mouth pour forth just as easily through my pen.

100 One-Trick Ponies

I have been learning a lot of new things this year. As the tools of this web trade become more plentiful, it’s harder to focus on any one method or process.

Book List – 2017

My wife and I will be reading along with the challenge put forth by Tim Challies this year. It’s been a long time since I published a formal list of things to read in a year, but I’ll add titles to the list below every time I wrap one up:

Making Lemonade

Dealing with a rough sequence of events can be tough. If you’re in a strange pattern that seems to be continuing in a downward direction, you may do well to keep a few things in mind to preserve your sanity.

Accountability and Shared Experiences

I work and live alone. As a web developer, my day-to-day is largely spent in front of a screen, flying solo. In fact, I work to create opportunities we can all experience in our own little personal glass spheres.

Mr. Technicianal Man

Follow along as I tell the story of going from kid-with-camera to guy-with-computer! This is the first time I have really spelled out the story of how I got into the field of web development, and how young I was when I got my start.

15 Moments to Close Out 2015

2015 was a year of, “firsts” for me: First time moving back to Springfield, MO (from KC). First two months of 60-70 hour work weeks…

Spirit of the Midwest

I can finally show off some stuff I have been up to with my good friend Wesley Noble – we started a podcast interviewing people from/in/around the great Midwest, USA. Check it out!

Friendly Neighborhood Chivalries

8:00am on a chilly morning in Springfield, Missouri. One of my neighbors, a woman in her mid-twenties, is trying to scrape several layers of ice off her windshield with a tiny scraper. I have a couple hefty ones in my car – growing up in the Midwest has its advantages – and immediately feel obligated to offer my assistance.

The Marathon

The second lap of the race was killing me. Every fiber of my being was on fire, oxygen wouldn’t come fast enough, and I was easily distracted by the crowd. But there it was, sitting on the ground and demanding that I redouble my efforts. I put one foot in front of the other, straining to reach the starting line one more time.

29 Years, As You Do

10:00 PM. Today has been a full day of writing code, having meetings, and thanking the well-wishers who stopped by to say hello. This is what my mom would call a “grown-up” birthday, and it made me wonder where celebration and comfort fit in a culturally-acceptable view of everyday life.

Screen Time

Sometimes I forget that there are people who don’t spend all day staring at screens. While that may seem like an oddity nowadays, you don’t have to go back in time very far to find that it was once the rule, not the exception.

Day One…Again

You know those movies where the main character is stuck in a time loop, the woman checks out the noise, and the guy walks into the dark hallway? Those stories suck.

Creating Value in the Quiet Times

Find something cool or fun to say next Friday when nothing else is going on, and you will break through. Excellent advice from Gary Vee, as always.

The Steady Drum

Piano players, armies, and frustrated artisans. We all march to the beat of a steady drum.

Been a Week (2014-07-04)

Independence Day, Snapple Peach Tea, Term Limits, sunset obsession, and being grateful through hard work.

The Blank Page

“Let me say it again: you must not come lightly to the blank page.” — Stephen King, On Writing

Gun For Hire: Downtime

A funny thing happened today: I actually ran out of things to work on. My clients were happy, news of my new job was in motion, and I had no access to my home setup. What is a young creative to do? I think you can tell a lot about someone with how they use […]

5by5 + 70Decibels = Win

5by5 is acquiring 70Decibels. I feel that this is wonderful news for listeners of both networks. These are two of my favorite groups of people online, and I hope it helps both networks grow and expand into new territories!