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!

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.

One of the most inspiring things I’ve heard from Barack Obama

We watched President Obama's interview on David Letterman's new Netflix show last night. There were several great moments throughout—listening to Obama is always enjoyable—but this quote from his explanation of the Obama Foundation's focus struck me more than anything:

We were talking earlier about the whole issue of racism and the silence that some people, who probably knew better, felt, and so, they just let things continue as they were.

The interesting thing is the reverse happens.

'Cause we're social animals, and if we see others who are volunteering… we'll think, "Well, maybe we'll volunteer."

If they see others voting… "Maybe I'll vote."

If they feel as if there's a community around them that says this is the norm, for us to feel like we have a say in our lives and we can connect with people, even if they don't look exactly like we do, or worship in the exact same way, or have the same sexual orientation, but we have these common interests involved, and that's the habits of the heart that we've developed… you know, it works that way, too.

So, that's what the Foundation is going to try to promote in a systematic way.

Barack Obama

I'm very excited to see what the foundation is able to accomplish over the coming years.