Category: development

  • Climbing Mountains or Digging Coal

    I was talking to my manager today about what I want to do, specifically about how much of my time I want to spend coding and I came up with a new metaphor! Coding, especially in Ruby, isn’t the same challenge it used to be. Do I still like it? Sure, it’s fun, and I […]

  • Browsing For Work

    I have a lot of personas when I’m at the computer. There’s me, the person, who has social media accounts and personal email and an Amazon account and various streaming services. There’s work me, who has gmail and a million github tabs open. There’s TechSAV me, and several SKTCS versions of me. All of them […]

  • Developer Vocabulary Additions

    This is my 20th year as a full-time professional web developer. I’ve learned a lot over the years… and at this point, forgotten more than I remember. My favorite thing about being a developer is that we’re the heroes and villains of our story at the same time. We create the bugs and then get […]

  • I’m on Team #OfficeHours

    Kevin sitting by a sign that says "Please Wait Here"

    Inspired by Matt’s tweet, I’m trying out offering office hours. You grab half an hour of my time and we can chat about whatever you think I can help you with. If you’re in Savannah, I also like to do coffee meetings weekdays between 8-9, but you should email me about those. Some rules, because […]

  • My Friend Cindy Li

    Cindy Li and Brian posing with silly glasses

    I’ve worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of people over the years.  I’ve liked most of them, been friends with a lot of them, and loved many of them.  Cindy was definitely in the last category. Cindy Li and I became fast friends and co-conspirators while we both worked at AOL.  We were on the […]

  • Agile Moderation

    I read a lot of advice – on any social media platform it’s hard not to. Everyone spouts endlessly about hustle, self care, the grind, being the best you, on and on forever. There are memes and videos and heartfelt shout outs to gurus and coaches. All of that advice is fine, but it always […]

  • Coding is a Social Activity

    An old nerd yammers on about being good at nerding.

  • For Further Learning… Web Development Style

    I sent this list out to yesterday’s RailsBridge students as next steps if the introductory class lit a fire and they want to learn more. And then I realized it’s a pretty good list, so I’ll share it here too! Local Savannah Things February’s RailsBridge The TechSAV Meetup Group Request an invite to the TechSAV […]

  • Switching Your Primary Google Apps Domain In Not Too Many Steps

    It happens. You rebrand (like we did at Planted last year) and need to change your email addresses. You use Google Apps because you need video conferencing that kind of works, document sharing and email and… whatever else they do. You figure, hey, it’s Google, how hard can this be? And then you google for […]

  • Letters to My Congressman

    My local congressman, Buddy Carter, sends out a weekly newsletter and this week’s was a doozy. I don’t normally write to him, because I’m not sure it does any good, but I had to in this case. Here’s what I wrote. Feel free to use it and write to your representatives. In your latest newsletter […]

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