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What a Day… Again!!!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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Whew! Wowzers. I haven’t told many folks this but I have taken on a new job as creative director for local software awesomeness, Orgsync. They develop what they call “Collaborative Software for an Online Campus”. It’s essentially a localized version of Facebook with 1,000 more practical features such as sharing calendars between student organizations to paying your fraternity dues online. Pretty cool eh? Saves tons of paperwork, time, and makes it easy for a student to consolidate all their college happenings into one single package. My job is redesign the interface. It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve made huge leaps in designing for 508 Accessibility standards, advanced usability, and working with Ruby on Rails (fallen in love, madly). On top of that, I’m working to revamp the front end and bring the site home to a full scale presence bursting with networking and integrations.

Unlike previous companies I’ve worked with or for, Orgsync’s appetite for innovation is insatiable. They’re not just concerned with having the best and coolest features, but using the best methods with agile development to get there. I remember the days of wanting to change things and not being able to due to old school developers. That’s out the window. We all call the shots on a daily basis and we all are there to catch each other’s shortcomings, rather than pointing fingers. Pretty cool environment, I must say. It’s a lot like a good improv troupe (but anything can be compared to improv).

This is becoming a long post but eff it. Today I did the following madness:

7:00 – 8:00 – Worked on a friend’s site

9:00 – 10:00 – Did some Orgsync stuff at a coffeeshop

10-11:00 – Did passport photos for a friend / associate

11:00 – 2:00 – Worked on Orgsync

2:00 – 3:00 – Food lunch time with my good friend, Clinkenbeard

3:00 – 7:30 – Orgsyncing at the library (had enough coffee that day)

7:30 – 8:30 – Foodage at East Side Pies

8:30 – 9:45 – Awesome improv jam at the New Movement Theatre

10:00 – 11:30 – Spoke with great friend, Luke Eddy, via phone

11:30 – 11:45 – Wrote a worthless blog post explaining what I did today, as if folks cared… (meta)

Hungry…

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I woke up this morning feeling so eager to get to work. Not just for my business but on my life. I wanted to do dishes, email people back, call my best friend, etc… I am so hungry for activity.

A year ago I was so lost. I was living in downtown Austin and wishing I had creative endeavors to do while I was not working. Now my creative endeavors have become my work. I never thought I would be getting paid to do photography on a weekly basis let alone making more dough on my own than at a company. I can’t believe my life sometimes.

But, I still am hungry for me. Every improv show just makes me crave the next one. I cried a little when After School Improv ended (and I haven’t cried for a few years). I want to be constantly creating things that I’m proud of. I want to see a photographer who is better than me, and get mad & jealous until I can do similar quality work. I want to see a web design that is way more badass than mine and figure out how they did it.

So, as usual, I’m making goals for myself. By 2010 I would like:

  • To own a car so I can make road trips again
  • Do volunteer or community service at least 2-5 hours a week
  • Be in 3-4 improv shows a month
  • Give some moolah back to my folks more often, even in forms of silly gifts
  • Start seriously thinking about grad school
  • Substitute teach in public schools
  • Buy another camera to fully utilize my opportunities at events
  • Start establishing a network of designers / programmers to get passive income
  • Sell more stock photography
  • Meet more people in Austin
  • Grow a beard
  • Finish things
  • Start oil painting again
  • Exercise more regularly
  • Record an album
  • Have a tea party
  • Ride on a hot air balloon
  • Date a French or Russian woman
  • Hipster Me

    Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

    I just realized I’m very close to be a textbook hipster but I’m missing just a few components

    I don’t have a vinyl player
    I don’t wear sunglasses
    I don’t have any tatoos
    I like Metallica
    I’ve only dated one “sad” girl
    I don’t playan obscure instrument like the theremin or didgeridoo

    I do have the other components pretty well covered:

    My job pays a lot but I work so few hours that I have no money
    I use an iphone
    I drive a scooter
    I am jaded on music
    I live in Austin, TX
    All of my friends are in bands
    I frequent thrift stores
    I don’t have a TV
    I go to the coolest laundromat in town
    I love NPR to death
    I’ve never heard of Hinder

    Please realize this is not a goal of mine to finish the list. I’m just making fun of myself right now.

    2008 – Was Great

    Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

    Started a business
    Quit my day job
    Took 60,000 photos (factual number)
    Took four improv courses
    Moved to downtown Austin
    Then moved to 45th street
    Got a bike stolen
    Bought my first Mac
    Took a cruise
    Befriended a german linguistics professor
    Saw my brother get married on a beach
    Saw my good friend Alex get married, also on a beach
    Held my best friend’s baby
    Saw my brother’s baby
    Went to my college homecoming
    Won my first Maestro
    Spent Thanksgiving in Oklahoma
    Rented my first car
    Won an award at my company
    Voted for Obama
    Acted in a music video
    Became friends with dozens of people I admire
    Volunteered a lot
    Lived with two brothers
    Bought a scooter
    Saw my favorite hometown band play
    Wrote a bunch of new songs
    Saw a production by Playing for Others
    Flew seven times
    Got acupuncture
    Cried when I left a job
    Laughed a whole lot
    Felt like a champ