On the cheap: Under Stair Closet to Playroom

Before our move to Austin last year, we spent a lot of effort decorating our nursery.  In our new house, we decided to convert our under-stair closet into a playroom. If you’ve got a stairwell with a sharply slanted ceiling, you know what I’m talking about when I say the space as storage is virtually […]

Our first test

For those of us born in the eighties, fear like we’ve only read about in The Grapes of Wrath surrounds us. As once-proud corporations daily whimper either out of existence or into the custody of government, fear spreads. Jobs disappear and what we all hoped in September was a “market correction” proves not to be […]

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 […]

4% Less

I swore I wouldn’t do it again.  Too many bloggers clamoring for his link love.  Too many times I’ve quoted him before.  (Not to mention that interview almost three years ago now on Open Source CU that BTW never got any friggin comments). But I can’t help it.  I have to — yet again — […]

“What do we do?”

It must be the first question answered during a website design. Re: web design, Tesla Motors gets it. Confederate Motor Company doesn’t. Sure, I’d love to park either of those companies’ machines in the garage, but I can’t make it past Confederate’s mission statements to their products. Ask “What do we do?” before the first […]

Are you having fun?

Without fail, my CEO asks me each time I see him, “Are you having fun!?” Today, our Microsoft Surface developer unit got installed.  We have crazy ideas and we have developers itching to turn those ideas into reality. I’m having fun.

What Ike taught me about social media

I started our corporate blog shortly after arriving at TDECU but didn’t announce it internally or externally.  I’d make occasional posts but there was no traffic. In fact, I didn’t care about generating traffic; I cared about content.  I felt that seeding the blog with compelling posts was a necessity before a huge launch.  And […]