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Competing Interests: WordCamp SF and the WordPress Foundation

Six years ago, the first WordCamp ever was held in SF and it became the launching point for many local regions and cities to continue the conversation, learning and educating around WordPress. It was always meant to be a hyper-local thing. Actually, as a correction, it was never meant to be a thing at all. It was meant to be a get-together of SF WordPress people.

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Struggle

I have a tattoo. I have more than one, but I have one in particular. The tattoo depicts scales that are balanced between an olive tree and a foreboding cityscape. Leading up to the scales, and disappearing into a vanishing point, a road winds its way into the horizon. People […]

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My Three Tiered System to Job Searching

Over the past months, since I parted with WP Engine, I have entertained many inquiries about my availability for other full-time roles. And I literally mean many. It’s been a great problem to have, frankly, and I consider myself blessed to have these inquiries while so many others continue to […]

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Science is King

I’m a scientist. I don’t have a degree from Stanford or Carnegie Mellon… But I’m a scientist. I hypothesize, test and prove. If the result doesn’t meet my supposition, I accept that and move on. Science required known, provable facts. Or in computer science, constants. To prove, you need to […]

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WordPress Plugin: Easy Graphs

Everyone likes data visualizations so I wrote a plugin that will make the quick and secure creation of Pie Charts, Bar Charts and Line Charts easy. The answer is: Easy Graphs. Easy graphs is very simple to use. It’s a shortcode – [easy_graphs] Not just like that. The shortcode also […]

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Eliminate Unused WordPress Plugins

Consider this post a public service announcement. It’s a common misconception that if a plugin is deactivated in WordPress, that you are immune from performance or security issues. On it’s face, this is not true, and you are risking the internet with this mentality! Take last year’s Timthumb debacle, for […]

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10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 3.4

WordPress 3.4 is around the corner. It’s currently beta4 which means a Release Candidate or three will be needed before it drops officially. If you want to test what’s out there now, the way to do that is through SVN. As usual, however, pre-release WordPress is not supported. As usual, however, […]

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User Generated Hiring

I was not at the latest incarnation of Social Media Club Austin. I stopped going to SMC back in DC. The reason is… Marketing has usurped social media. Today, when someone mentions a social media job, it’s almost always a marketing job. This is all wrong. Social media pertains to […]

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Crazy Christians and Bad Spam and Mailing List Management

I somehow got added to a mailing list recently unsolicited. It’s called Christian Report and I refuse to link to them. It is an arrogant, self-serving site that is plagued by guilt. There is therefore now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus. -Romans 8:1 What is seriously […]

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Tech: We Need to Start Being Feminists. Stat!

How are some of the brightest minds on the internet not seeing the harm in how we collectively perceive women, women in tech, women in our industry?

How is it funny to send nude photos of women to a prospective boss and get hired as a result?

How is it humorous to make jokes about “gangbang interviews” in a professional presentation?

How is this okay?

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