Bay Area bound

A week from today, I’ll begin my career at SF Fire CU. I can’t express how much I’m looking forward to being part of this team – one I’ve long admired from a distance. If I’m a little hard to find over the next week, check any McDonald’s playgrounds between Austin and San Francisco.

Ten Lessons from Fatherhood

Reading children’s books aloud is therapeutic for one who reads corporate email all day. Giving gifts is so much better than getting gifts ever was. Watch every word you say. And how you say it. Today’s toddler will treat touch interfaces like we treat keyboard and mouse. Exposing a child to exotic foods young makes […]

Re-buying books

Two books I’ve repurchased after losing (don’t ask me how I can lose a book, because it baffles me, too): The first is Jose Saramago’s The Tale of the Unknown Island. If you aren’t familiar with Saramago (don’t worry, he’s sort of obscure here in the US), he’s a Portugese writer who won the Nobel […]

Windows, Mac, Linux

I’m running all three at home now. I’m most satisfied with Ubuntu (Jaunty Jackalope). It’s free, fast (running on a seven-year-old machine like a champ), and provides a pretty big sense of accomplishment. Even enjoying the command line. The Mac is still the fave (I like the juicy iMac screen), but it comes with random […]

Budgeting the easy way

I’ve given fair shots to Mint, Quicken Online, and pretty much every other personal finance tool that pops up. But for our regular checking account, a spreadsheet that acts as a register going backward and a budget going forward is our perfect solution. We’ve kept it current for five years running. All deposits are there […]

Interviewed by currencytim; lots of road noise

Last month, my good friend Tim McAlpine flew down to Austin to take a roadtrip with me to surprise DeAndre with his new job, gear, and Prius.  En route to Waco, Tim flipped his recorder on… twice.  We thankfully got the second take. If you want to hear me say some pretty off-the-wall stuff including […]