Empowerment

I care about personal empowerment. When individuals have the tools they need to improve their understanding and achieve their goals, our world is better off for it. For myself, I primarily achieve this through reading. Constantly, I am collating and consuming quality content, and I share the best of it here.

When it comes certain topics, I like to go a step further. I create original, long form content that introduces and describes a topic or technology, and aim to help others utilize what I’ve found to improve themselves and those they care about.

Philanthropy

I participate in the WordPress and Ubuntu communities, two groups which, I believe, have sound, core values and give people the resources they need to share their voice and participate in our global society.

Also, I donate to several organizations of noble purpose that have been found to responsibly use their donations to achieve their goals. If you have a moment, please check them out, and if you have the means, consider becoming a continual supporter.

Edification

Continuous learning is an essential aspect of my life. I have an insatiable appetite for information, and have found that, in this regard, the 21st century is an excellent time to be alive. Now, there are many, excellent online resources where I can level-up my skills, and I eagerly accept this challenge, as often as I can.

Photography

I love photography, particularly of landscapes and nature. In this arena, I’m a dilettante, but with the right tech, a little patience, and some luck, even I occasionally capture a great shot.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

– Steven P. Jobs

Disclosures

I am employed by Automattic, the creator of numerous, online properties and maintainer of WordPress.com. I own stock in both Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL).