Six Years, Laptops, and Hiring

The last time I had a milestone at Automattic I was too busy on my sabbatical to write about the anniversary but it’s been a year and here I am. Six years on February 6th! Wow. And what a year. I got a new awesome laptop. This usually happens at around four years but I didn’t need…

Kid Tested Eggplant Crisps

My brother brought me some eggplant yesterday. I wasn’t sure what to make other than Eggplant Parmesan, but since I’m doing the Whole30, a breaded cheesy dish is out. I searched online for other things to do with eggplant and came up with not a lot of options I thought my kids would go for.…

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…