In 2004, Tom Preston Werner created something huge. His idea was cemented in history as Matt Mullenweg and Automattic acquired the service in 2007. Matt and his team developed WordPress, and integrated Tom’s creation into the code base. What what is creation? Gravatar. The idea was simple really – a central repository for your digital … Read more Free idea: decentralized avatar repository for Social VR
Before we get to Social VR, let’s recap. It’s 2017, almost 2018, and Virtual Reality systems are selling better than ever. The variety of VR hardware is stunning, with prices ranging from a simple $10 “cardboard” system to multi-thousand dollar haptic VR rigs with 360 degree rotation. The individual titles available are getting more immersive … Read more Free idea: An open Social VR API
Virtual Reality (VR) is improving the way humans interact. It’s creating human scale relationships, new forms of work, and opportunity. The early days of VR were research (funded by the military), big business, health, and science. The latest generation is about intense immersive gaming – sweat, fatigue, adrenaline, and anxiety all present. The experiences are … Read more Work in Virtual Reality is a once in a lifetime opportunity
I’ve been an unabashed Apple fanboy since 1987, when I met my first Macintosh SE. Black and white, with a tiny 9 inch screen, I knew the world was about to change. Until then, I’d used Commodore and Apple II computers… but the Mac? The Mac was something entirely different. Thirty years later, computing has … Read more Why I chose a headless PC as my next workhorse.
It’s time to come clean: You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been scaling way back on commitments for the past 6 to 9 months. From a hyper-reduced role in the Dallas Startup Community, to stepping down at Launch DFW, to fewer interactions with the City of Dallas, and even fewer within my own neighborhood (currently, The … Read more How I’m overcoming commitment debt
Living a good life doesn’t require a 40 year career. It doesn’t require god, and more to the point, it doesn’t require the laundry list of “things” our parents demanded: a retirement fund, college, marriage, a house in the burbs, a nice car, a good credit score, etc. What we’re seeing today is effects of … Read more The effects of an unfiltered reality
It may come as a bit of a surprise to hear that North Texas’ number one startup community evangelist is leaving the region. It’s true, we’re moving… but “why” is not the most shocking part. DFW Nouveau. 2013 to Present. You’ve more than likely been a part of an event I’ve led (Dallas Startup Week, … Read more The truth about why I’m leaving the Dallas Startup Community.
If you’ve been reading my posts over the past months, you may have noticed that they’ve taken a bit of a different turn. Sure there have been plenty of posts about Dallas, startups, technology, frugality, and minimalism. But more and more I’ve been sharing content with “smaller” and “off the grid” as the focus. Mobile … Read more Reading the Tea Leaves? Join Us March 18th.
I have a few friends that simply don’t understand the changes Heather and I are exploring. The more we learn, read, watch, and share experiences with people that are on a similar path, the more we want from life. Today. Listen, I was the king suburban champion just 5 years ago, walking through brand new … Read more Autonomy: It’s kind of like “Fuck You Money,” now.
An idea surfaced while having coffee this morning with my friend Antonia. We were discussing “accountability,” and the fact that while we (all of us) know specifically what needs to be done to be effective, what should get done isn’t always the thing that does. Frankly, the normal behavior when realizing that you’re not being … Read more The upside down of task lists: the “Not to do” list.
Heather and I are fascinated with the idea of living off the grid in a much simpler, much less “distracting” environment. It’s not just to get away from the noise of the city busses and semis that whiz by just 30′ from our master bedroom window, or the random stranger passing at 3am, singing as … Read more How much does it cost to live “off the grid?”
Drop by any consumer electronics store, and see what TVs are selling best. According to the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) “Sales of super-sized TVs are up 50 percent in the past year, as prices on behemoth flat panels have dropped.” The 65 inch range is great, and, in fact is what we have in the … Read more The home theater of the future is smaller and faster
Recently I spent some time reading, researching, and watching the state of the art in several areas of interest, notably CGI/computer animation, VR, text to voice, and facial pattern recognition. The takeaway is that all of the pieces are in place for an idea I’ve had for several years. Be advised, many of the videos … Read more What do computer graphics, assisted intelligence, Watson, and actual humans have in common?
I’m thinking about forcing a potentially life changing event, and I need your help to make the decision. But not everyone qualifies to answer. The qualifications for participation are important here – I’m asking for advice on a very specific problem, and you’ll need experience with all three platforms to offer the most relevant input. … Read more Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, or Microsoft Office 365?
Absolutely yes. And here’s what you need to know about the hardware. For as long as we can all remember, web development has been done on a laptop or a desktop computer. It’s an obvious choice given the power and screen sizes available. The late, great Steve Jobs posited that PCs were more like trucks, … Read more Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop for developers?
This is an email I sent to the Mayor of Dallas this morning, in its entirety. — Good Sunday to all. First, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the hard work and diligence you bring to your positions. It takes a special individual to serve the public, and for that … Read more An open letter to the City of Dallas: “Let’s do better with Dallas’ most vulnerable.”
Recent discussions on my Facebook wall regarding college, its value, and its potentially adverse financial impact on a young life, have raised a few questions. Near the top is, “How do I start a new career without college?” Here is my take, in no particular order: You already know, intrinsically, what your next career path … Read more How do I start a new career without college?
I wrote a guest post for Launch DFW today. It’s the first time I’ve contributed content directly to the internet in long form in quite a while. It’s a piece on how to grow community, and especially startup community. It’s called “How to grow a startup community: Start with community.” I’d love to know what … Read more Startups, Dallas, Texas, Boulder, and much, much more.
I've spent a lot of time here discussing ways to improve your lives. From integrity, to debt, to relationships… I've tried to be pretty inclusive. Today I'm doing something a little different. Today, I'm going to express my opinions on the Occupy Wall Street movement (or OWS, as it's being referred to). This is a … Read more How to change your life: Occupy Wall Street
We've covered several things that have changed my life, and I hope will positively affect yours. Today, I want to talk about your perspective on of the world as it relates to money. Money is one of those subjects that people don't like to talk about – because most people haven't quite figured it out … Read more How to change your life: Debt is a tool of the poor
HyperSites is looking for a couple of LAMP pros to help build some amazing features. Our platform is 10 years old, and has a code base to prove it. If you live and breathe PHP, and you're looking for a well paying contract/challenge/opportunity, send an email to michael at hyper sites dot com – location … Read more PHP Developers, HyperSites needs you!
I hope you've enjoyed reading the “How to change your life” series as much as I've enjoyed writing it. If you can think of anyone that might benefit from it, use the ShareThis widget at the bottom of each post. If we can touch one person, or help them through a tough spot, it'll be … Read more How to change your life: Foundations
This is a great question sent from a friend on Facebook. I thought it was important enough to share here. “I am curious as to how you think a community can be encouraged to live frugally without forfeiting a sense of grace and abundance. Your thoughts are appreciated.” The answer is a matter of perspective, … Read more Q&A: How do you live frugally with a sense of grace and abundance?
In How to change your life: Your friends and How to change your life: Back to the basics we looked at tailoring your social circle and pruning your lifestyle to acheive a minimum base. In this post we'll look at the correlation between your perspective of, and the reality of your life. We've all heard … Read more How to change your life: Perspective
In How to change your life: Your friends we learned that picking the right people for your inner-circle is incredibly important. They provide the foundation for who you are, and what you'll become. The next step to changing your life is to determine how you'll let strangers, things, and beliefs direct you. Let's talk about … Read more How to change your life: Back to the basics.
How many times have you heard this? “You are who your friends are.” Since you've heard this over and over for years, you've carefully considered it through life. You've chosen a life full of positivity and have hand picked your inner-circle, right? Go ahead, take a look around – you spend a lot of time … Read more How to change your life: Your friends.
As many of you know, I'm an avid podcast listener. If you've met me in person, you probably noticed the bluetooth stereo headphones around my neck – they're there solely for podcasts. I listen to 15 to 20 shows per day – covering a variety of subjects – innovation, technology, startups, marketing, and personal finances … Read more Why I listen to podcasts, and why you should too.
Here's an insightful question: Do you tell your money where to go, or do you wonder where it went? Inspired by a recent conversation with a dear friend of mine, I thought I'd share my thoughts on “normal,” money, and a budget. My wife and looked at each other a few years ago and decided … Read more How do I create a budget?
Today's Plan A is: a spiraling national debt, armed forces that power the planet's peace, a political system built on maintaining the status quo, and an increasingly polarized populace – unwilling to entertain opposing ideas. We've arrived here, not by strategic planning or by any long term direction, but by default. We live in the … Read more What is America’s Plan B?
Within the last few years, a major shift has occurred in the world of building and managing tech startups. We've become ok with, and shall I say even embrace two previously tabu ideas: 1) failure, 2) business model pivots. First, failure is OK, and is actually encouraged as long as you do it early (fail … Read more Your personal life: lessons from the startup world
One of the easiest ways to foster personal accountability is to make others aware of your intentions. Tell a group of cyclist peers that you're going on a two hour ride today, and I'll bet you do it. You may even invite a few just to make sure it happens. If you're a developer, and … Read more What is #1OnMyList
Remember 2005? In 2005, Panasonic introduced the TH-65PX500. It was the world's first 65″ 1080p Plasma (the press for the display actually defined the HDMI acronym). It was a cool $9k. In 2005 I was using a Nokia N-Gage as my phone – it didn't have a camera, but it did allow me to install … Read more 2005 was neat. But this is way better.
One year ago (nearly to the day PCB2 was held) I attended the first Podcamp Boulder. Jeremy Tanner was the organizer, and a team of volunteers and sponsors made it a fantastic, welcoming, and entertaining event. I'd never been to a Podcamp, but I had been to other “unconferences” (Barcamp, etc.). Last year I reserved … Read more Podcamp Boulder Two
One evening, while on the topic of high speed internet, a friend of mine told me that he'd just upgraded his cable modem and was now getting even faster internet. Comcast, our local cable internet provider had recently upgraded the network in Colorado to DOCSIS 3.0. Among other things, DOCSIS 3.0 in Colorado means internet … Read more What do you do with a 50Mbps internet connection at home?
Today is Tuesday. Tuesday is a special day for me because it's the one day that I get to spend entirely in Boulder. From the beginning of the day to as late as I need. My wife and son have a weekly play date so I'm relieved of fatherly after school duties. Tuesday, every other … Read more Tuesday in Boulder, Boulder Open Coffee, BDNT, and the tech community
This morning, while reading the newspaper (ok, my RSS feeds via Feedly, newspaper is so, you know… dirty), I wound up looking at Apple's stock price. It's at $213.69 per share as I type this. If you're a long time Apple watcher, this is astonishing. It's been near here before mind you, but that was … Read more A great decade for Apple (AAPL)
This post is about how I use Twitter, and what to expect from my Twitter stream. I believe it is important to be open with social media – to be clear about your intentions. My twitter stream has been a mix of personal and commercial posts (my blog, companies, etc.) since the beginning. That will … Read more What to expect from my Twitter stream
Unless you're a live sports fan, Cable and satellite subscriptions are no longer required. Internet sources in the living room are becoming a common means of video entertainment – most TV shows, from today's popular hits to classic TV shows are available for viewing online. Movies of all kinds are available for rent (or purchase), … Read more A PC in the living room? Here are the Basics
As you probably already know, I run a company called Callisto.fm with a couple of other guys. We're always looking for ways to make the process of submitting feeds to Callisto as easy as possible. It's easy enough to just copy and paste a podcast's RSS feed into our suggestion box, but sometimes a podcaster … Read more How to get the original RSS feed for a podcast in iTunes
It's become apparent to me that our culture is headed in a very disturbing direction. It's commonplace to blame everything negative in one's life on someone or something else. If I'm overweight it's fast food's fault. If I'm in debt, it has to be predatory lending practices and/or the credit card industry. If I'm caught … Read more Accept responsibility for you, and live the life you’ve been dreaming of.
Let's face it… a lot of people are overweight. Are you? You can fix it and it's easier than you think! Being overweight is a problem, from its affect on your self esteem, to health related issues like diabetes, and heart problems. Carrying extra weight affects a lot of things in your life too from … Read more How to lose a few pounds, painlessly.
Today, someone I've never met, but hold in high regard wrote a piece on how Apple has become a monopoly. Jason Calacanis jasoncalacanis published an email entitled “The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts.” You can find it: here. This is my rebuttal to each of his five parts. 1. Destroying MP3 player innovation through anti-competitive … Read more The Case Against Apple – My Rebuttal
This is a quick “first impression” review of the Rocketfish RF-MAB2 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, as used with the iPhone 3Gs. The short review: Yes, I can finally leave the silly Apple wired ear buds in my backpack, as a backup! When I saw the RF-MAB2 on the shelf at Best Buy, I decided to look … Read more Quick Review: Rocketfish RF-MAB2 and the iPhone 3Gs
What's with all of the hype around the iPhone? Haven't we had phones that have all of these features for years? In 2003 (6 years ago!) I had the Nokia N-Gage. I was able to install apps, play games, browse the web, and text like crazy. Ok, so it didn't have a camera, but I … Read more Who cares about the iPhone?
This is a story that cable and satellite TV providers will find increasingly familiar. It's possible and even easy to ditch your cable/satellite box for good. We've done it – I'll show you what we use, and if you have questions ask away – I'd love the answer them. First up? AppleTV. AppleTV is hands … Read more TV and movies neuvo: Getting rid of cable and satellite TV
The day Windows 7 RC was released, I wanted to get it installed on my MacBook Pro. My MacBook has the power, and I already have a 40 gigabyte partition dedicated to Windows Vista Home. I rarely boot directly in to Vista using Boot Camp, but I do use Parallels to run that copy of … Read more Moving a Boot Camp disk to a Parallels Virtual Machine
There are very few people that spend as much time in a Starbucks as I do – somewhere between 20 and 40 hours a week. There are lots of reasons I choose to spend that much time in a Starbucks, and I'll cover those in another post. This post is about saving money while there. … Read more Hacking Starbucks: Cheap, and free.
There are several giant blooming Cottonwood trees behind my house – they're one of the reasons we chose our lot. The views from the back of the house, the back yard, and the kitchen are full of these trees. There's also a small pond, and cat tails forever. As the sun was on the way … Read more New Photo: Tree Star
This idea came to me as I was listening to C.C. Chapman's podcast Managing the Gray. Specifically, the episode was Bringing the Social Back – a look at how the face to face aspect of social networking is disappearing. Those of us that live in the social media bubble can relate – the only time … Read more The Global Backyard BBQ. Or, Bring the Social Back!
One of the most positive changes in my life is that besides our mortgage, Heather and I are totally debt free. We don't have payments to on credit cards*, cars, or loans of any kind. It is remarkable, so remarkable in fact that I'm going to help you get there. I'm going to put my … Read more Want to be debt free? I’ll give you the book. Literally.