Folks who know me know I give blood, and do it as often as I’m allowed to. (That’s every 56 days, which means six or seven times a year.)
One morning the staff double-checked my stats and told me where my unit of blood was going: Straight to the hospital, where it would be used for a baby’s surgery. How can that not warm your heart?
What is your Favorite Cause?
GeekWire selected me as their , they asked about my favorite cause. That was an easy choice: “ Geek of the Week Blood donation. You donate a pint of blood and around an hour of your time, and you give a gift that’s priceless.”
Lately a related mini-cause is the Blood Donor Emoji (like the ones at the top of this post). As the sponsors explain:
Continue reading Why I Donate Blood
Fifteen years ago today the first version of WordPress
became available for download. Today WordPress powers over 25% of the world’s web sites. WordPress.tv and Me
I’ve been tinkering with
HTML for 17 years, but when I started to get serious about blogging I moved my site to WordPress. That was in 2012, and WordPress was already nine years old. I made lots of newbie mistakes and came-up with all kinds of ways to break my site.
Continue reading Happy 15th Birthday WordPress!
When I was invited to a screening of
The Space Between with director, producer and actor Amy Jo Johnson, I knew I was going to meet a superhero. Johnson was an original Power Ranger. (The first Pink Power Ranger to be specific.)
ran into the Power Rangers once at Emerald City Comicon but they were cosplayers. Johnson is the real deal, both as a Power Ranger and an actress in general. Her dozens of TV and film credits include starring roles in Felicity, Flashpoint, and The Division. The Superhero and The Space Between
Continue reading The Superhero, the Producer and the Director
I got a surprise when my latest shipment arrived from
Amazon. Though their app has been providing delivery notifications for a long time, this one startled me. Photo Finish
Photo of a package at the moment of delivery
Not only did the app tell me when the package was delivered, but it included a picture of it in the place where it landed.
The photo was crude. You wouldn’t be able to identify either the package or the doorstep in a lineup. However, I recognized the location where it was delivered.
The photo was so bad that I wondered how it was taken. A typical police
body cam would have done a better job, even while clipped onto an officer being dragged by a car. Still, it met the need.
did take the opportunity they provided to “Tell us what you think about this photo.” I responded:
It’s a really poor quality picture, but still useful. Of course a better photo would be more useful if I didn’t find the package waiting for me.
I.E.: You can’t definitively identify the package or the location, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Continue reading Fighting Back Against Package Theft and Porch Pirates
Small Business Saturday is held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Looking at that another way, it’s sandwiched between
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday. Small Business Saturday Rocks
I heard people talking about Small Business Saturday days before Black Friday kicked-off. That’s pretty impressive, considering that it was launched less than a decade ago.
Small businesses like it. Folks who support small businesses like it, and who doesn’t like small? Local businesses have a reputation for the kind of personal service that you might not receive from a bureaucracy or impersonal multinational corporation.
Continue reading The Genius Behind Small Business Saturday
I just got back from
WordCamp Seattle 2017, and it was the best I’ve attended so far. WordCamps are regional, annual gatherings of people with a shared interest in WordPress. This blog runs on WordPress software, and it’s in good company: Over 25% of the world’s web sites run on WordPress.
This year I was an attendee, a contributor,
and a speaker. I enjoyed that four sessions were available to chose from every hour, and on Sunday one of those sessions was the Contributor Track. The One-Man Focus Group
Continue reading WordCamp is a Playground for WordPress People