Three Weeks at Automattic - 2015-12-05 10:52:11

I recently joined Automattic, where all developers are required to work as Happiness Engineers for the first three weeks. This is not in parallel with your regular job! Before you start working on whatever you were hired to do, you spend three weeks helping customers with their problems and requests. I knew this was a great idea before I started, but the the impact this experience has had on me was still surprising in many ways.

Lessons in Dental Care - 2015-12-01 14:13:19

Over the last two years, my hygienist Michelle has been especially helpful in getting me to properly take care of my teeth. At every check up, she recommends the #1 change I can make for better teeth. We started out with “For the love of God, floss every day!” and gradually worked our way up to “It looks like you’re not giving these two teeth as much attention as the rest.

Toothpaste - 2015-11-25 23:17:46

My dentist said I needed to start using a very gentle toothpaste to preserve the enamel on my teeth. He recommended a specific brand which I tried for a while. However, no matter how carefully I brushed, I noticed that stains were forming on my teeth and getting worse. Disclaimer: I am not a dentist. Proceed at your own risk. Fortunately, my mom is into trying out natural remedies, and on one visit I noticed a jar of what looked like black mud next to the bathroom sink.

Running .NET in Linux: Easier than I thought it would be - 2015-11-11 23:06:37

I like C#. Especially with the asynchronous syntax and the .NET Web API framework writing REST APIs is great. I also really like running Linux servers: open source, easy set up and administration, security, and of course price. So I went on a journey to get my .NET REST API service running on CentOS. It turns out I took the really long route, so hopefully this post will save people some time.

Hello Blog - 2015-11-02 23:05:29

I’ve thought about starting a blog for quite a while. Now that I am employed at Automattic, I think it’s really time to do it! So, welcome to my blog. I’ll be writing about random things that interest me. Frequent topics will probably be: Computers, software engineering, cloud and big data, and other nerdy things Food and cooking Health and fitness That’s just a general idea, but I’ll basically be writing about anything I’m in the mood to share.