Learning to Type: Dvorak Edition

Ever since I started at Automattic, the Dvorak keyboard layout has been lurking in the background. Matt Mullenweg wrote a great post about Dvorak so I won’t go into the history. You can also read this zine for a quick explanation. Basically, it’s a keyboard layout that puts the keys into different positions so it’s easier to type. Allegedly. I’ll give…

Forgotten Park of Albuquerque: Phil Chacon

Every time there’s an election in Albuquerque, there are a number of bond issues on the ballot. And every time there’s an election in Albuquerque we vote on the following park issue or something similar: Shall the City of Albuquerque issue $22,473,000 of its general obligation bonds to study, map, plan, design, develop, construct, rehabilitate, renovate,…

Tea from Sri Lanka

I spent a few days in Sri Lanka just recently and one of my colleagues suggested I buy some tea. I’m not a very good shopper when it comes to touristy things but I guess, when you are in the place known for amazing tea, why not get some, right? So I took a look…

Asia Pacific Outreach: Looking for Happiness Engineers

Since I started working with the hiring team at Automattic we’ve had a consistent focus on hiring Happiness Engineers all over the world. At times, we’ve even focused our recruiting efforts in specific areas like Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. Over the last few years, we’ve noticed that without intentional efforts, we just don’t get as many…

All the Hats: Working from Home Chaos

When I talk to people about Automattic, remote work is often a topic of conversation. And along with that usually comes some version of my personal story: my kids are homeschooled, I work from home 100% of my time, we spend an insane number of months traveling in a motorhome, etc, etc. How *do*  you…

Delightful Customer Service: Jayco Edition

Having worked in customer support for over 5 years, I’m always noticing good or bad experiences with support staff out in the world. Spoiler alert: We had an amazing experience at the Jayco Motorhome Factory yesterday. Here’s the story. Some time ago we noticed a bump under the linoleum in the kitchen area of our…

On the Road Again

Working hard. Trying to enjoy the outdoors before it gets too hot. Also, having to put on bug spray in the morning is stupid. What the heck, Texas!?!