16 Years Drug & Alcohol Free

Man, I’ve got 16 years clean today. I knew the date was coming but I’ve been so busy that I didn’t realize today is the 19th, until my wife texted me this morning and congratulated me.

It’s been a great year. I’m no longer self employed, I took a gig doing web development at an agency called Ainsley & Co. and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier. 2 years working for myself was an amazing experience, no doubt, but a really good opportunity came my way and I took it. Now I commute 15 minutes to my job and spend my day doing great work with an incredible group of people.

I’ve also lost about 50 pounds over the past year, woot! Simon and Jen are doing great, and Jen and I are finally starting to see real progress towards our long term goals.

I feel lame that I’m not writing more, but I did write a pretty epic post last year if anyone wants to check it out.

I don’t know what else to say, other than, thank you, I’m so grateful. πŸ™‚

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

– David Cain

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty Hour Work Week)

My wife sent this over to me today and it’s a fantastic read. It’s funny because I was just talking to a co-worker about the exact scene from The Corporation mentioned by the author in this article.

The Hostile Email Landscape

This isn’t how the internet is supposed to work. As we continue to consolidate on a few big mail services, it’s only going to become more difficult to start new servers.

Short read and great illustration on trends that can threaten the open internet. 

It’s a catch 22 – Gmail is so damn good, which is why so many people use it, but by using it we contribute to the problem.

Give me convenience or give me death, right?

– via hacker news

Michelle & Blair

My little sis (in law) moved out to Australia a bit over a year ago. It was great to have her and her boyfriend, Blair, in town for the past week. Unfortunately I was sick for most of their visit.

My wife and I drove Michelle and Blair to Dulles to catch their flight out this evening, and the four of us spent the afternoon in DC. I’m so happy for Michelle, and I can’t wait to see the two of them again.

The day in DC was kind of cray, and I wish I had taken more pictures. Here’s a few scraggly iPhone snaps of our day.

The Cost Of Mobile Ads

We measured the mix of advertising and editorial on the mobile home pages of the top 50 news websites – including ours – and found that more than half of all data came from ads and other content filtered by ad blockers.

I’m not at all surprised. Well, maybe a little. More than half of all data in the sample is ads. – leading the pack is boston.com, 38.9 second load time reduced to 8.1 seconds without ads. Holy cow.

Via NYT, HT @Brian Krogsgard / Post Status Newsletter

The Cost of Mobile Ads on 50 News Websites

Is college worth the cost?

Is college worth the cost? Many recent graduates don’t think so.

I certainly don’t think so. I regret my decision to attend University of Baltimore. I’ve saddled my family with a huge debt that will take years to pay off, and I’ve seen exactly zero return on investment.

I will say that I don’t feel the sane about community college. I got a lot out of my time there for a reasonable price and it kick started me on my career path. I feel it was a good value and time well spent.

YMMV, but in my case the things that have benefitted me the most in my career are things that I took the initiative to learn myself.

via WaPo

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