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Summary of good [Jan. 19th, 2003|05:47 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Good, interesting, or otherwise noteworthy items since last post:

Renegotiatied bandwidth rates
Hired a sysadmin! (lisa) She will get money & stress.
Learned SSL stuff
Redid LJ's entire payment infrastructure

Not Work
Became unsick
German class has been fun
Ran into old AHS friend, walking near my house
Hanging out with Dina a lot
Got a bigger bed for my guest room (cole88's old one)
lisa and henry came down to Portland, went out drinking

Was in the Sunday paper today (cover of Living, for those in Oregon) ... very nice article.
whitaker is gonna do his required undergrad co-op for LJ, meaning he's going to move out here for 6 months, starting late March/early April

Lots of other things I forgot.

[User Picture]From: girl_on_a_stick
2003-01-19 06:04 pm (UTC)
I'll have to go grab a Sunday Oregonian!
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2003-01-19 06:15 pm (UTC)
URL to article?

Sysadmin that has BV3k quotes in bio... not bad.
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2003-01-19 07:01 pm (UTC)
DUDE! You're moving out here? BADASS!
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From: scosu
2003-01-19 06:57 pm (UTC)

Thought you'd like a link to the article

There ya go, enjoy. Good Article - I was down from Seattle to Vancouver/Portland this weekend, and happened to catch it. My wife said we should have taken you out for lunch "So Lonely" as the paper put it, but we don't know you - so it didn't happen.

Good times!
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[User Picture]From: olliejeff
2003-01-19 08:33 pm (UTC)


Damn Brad. Microsoft throws money at the public relations group I work with to get press coverage like this, but for you they just come knocking at the door. The New York Times, now the Oregonian. Ladies Home Journal? It's crazy man. If you ever get too big and need someone to handle the press for you, you know who to call :)

Also, It would be interesting to see the increase of Portland-area journals in the upcoming week, if any.
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[User Picture]From: vriane
2003-01-19 11:05 pm (UTC)
Good article, two interesting references. She seems to have understood the point. Nice!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-01-19 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm impressed... it's a good story, and she was incredibly thorough in her questioning and such.
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[User Picture]From: vriane
2003-01-20 10:43 am (UTC)
Just curious, do you agree with the following quote from the article:

Most online innovators tend to fall into two categories, says David Silver, director of the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies at the University of Washington: visionaries and technologists.

I don't understand how you can have a vision (!) and not know anything about the technology that will make it possible.

Hmm, I guess I will have to look at his work, but anyway, I found that quote interesting.
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[User Picture]From: lisa
2003-01-24 08:58 am (UTC)
its not that the visionaries are not technically oriented, but (and i've found this in the companies i've worked for) you typically get the serious techies who are excited about technology but also are ok with just being given stuff to work on (especially if its new) and getting into the nitty gritty of the technical aspects of it. the real geeks. then you get people who head up some really cool companies/projects that speak more about larger concepts involving communities and people and helping the world, and money. i think in every company you need a nice mix of the two. the high level and the low level brains.
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[User Picture]From: vriane
2003-01-27 07:33 am (UTC)

Two questions: what companies did you work for?

How would you estimate the proportion of entrepreneurs/idealists and of geeks, knowing of course that one may be both at the same time? It seems there would be less idealists than geeks, maybe 10% of programmers are idealists, 90% of those being also real geeks?

(Yup, I like numbers! Just to get an idea!)
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[User Picture]From: saveyoursanity
2003-01-20 08:03 am (UTC)
Wow, that article was pretty good. Made me feel sorry for you, though. Successful and still trapped into having to deal with the ramifications of that success when you should still just be chillin'. Do you ever take vacations?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-01-20 10:04 am (UTC)
Conferences and such .... those kinda count. :-)

I'll probably travel more once lisa starts working and is up to speed on everything.

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[User Picture]From: scsi
2003-01-20 11:03 am (UTC)
Come to cali! I'll take a few days off of work and we'll party in SF! You have my cell # (if you lost it, lemme know) Plus you can check out mah new house! Bring Whit too!
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[User Picture]From: sommeil
2003-01-20 07:16 pm (UTC)
In 3 years of lj useage. i only just now actually looked at your journal/profile.

and you live in hillsboro.

which is strange because i didn't think anyone cool lived in hillsboro. (except me. only joking).

i'm only out here temporarily on a 11 month training assignment with intel. but i quite like it.

anyway.. i was just suprised to see that we live in the same city.

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[User Picture]From: twjordan
2003-01-22 10:32 pm (UTC)

Where are you taking German?

Hey brad,

I've moved to portland now... taking german through pcc as well. German Conversation 2. It's non-credit and I think a bit too easy.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2003-01-22 10:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Where are you taking German?

I'm taking 202 at Sylvania, 10:30 am.
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