At WPCampus this weekend


I’m very happy to be attending and participating in WPCampus for the second year in a row. This year we’re at Washington University in St. Louis, which, from what I’ve seen so far, has a beautiful campus amidst the wonderful super hot and muggy weather of the southern midwest. 🙂

This afternoon I’ll be giving a talk about what I’ve learned working on the web for 5 years at a public university. A bit after that I’ll be on a panel talking about how to future-proof against the next big change.

There’s a live stream for each of those sessions if you follow the links. And whether or not you watch, the slides from my talk are available.

This is an interesting period of reflection for me as I’m on my way out of WSU and on my way forward at Happy Prime. I’ll be following up soon with a post that kind of mirrors the talk and maybe gives some additional thoughts on the role I see public universities playing in the web.

If you’re in St. Louis this weekend, track me down!

Rediscovering the Cranberries

I rediscovered the Cranberries 6 years ago. They had been a presence in high school—Zombie was a constant on the airwaves—but other than liking the song like other grunge songs, I don't remember having a full appreciation for the band.

It was in 2011 that I remember really listening to Zombie and coming closer to understanding it for the first time. My personal connection with Ireland had become much stronger after falling in love with the country over 5 different trips and I had a better grasp of the song's substance. I set off to explore the rest of the Cranberries' albums, became a fan, and added them to my regular catalog.

If I could go back to my 1992-1996 self, I would tell him to obsess over any Cranberries show available. Every time I listen to their albums I get so amped and start dancing around. So good!

Me, on Facebook – December 24, 2014

It's very sad to hear of Dolores O'Riordan's passing at 46. So young and so talented. I'm happy for the music she shared with us while she was here and I'll continue enjoying it for years.

Thank you, Dolores.

Featured image, The Cranberries en Barcelona, licensed CC By 2.0 by Alterna2 on Flickr.

Me and Pedro José Rada y Gamio

Google's mobile version of their Arts & Culture product has a fun feature where you can take a selfie and it matches you with a work of art.

I'm a 47% match with a portrait of Pedro José Rada y Gamio, the mayor of Lima from 1922 to 1925 and prime minister of Peru from 1926 to 1929.

I took a few selfies to try and see how many different pairings I could come up with, but this was frequently the match. I'll have to do a repeat after I shave the next time and see if it's taking facial hair into account.