Never give up!

In case any of y’all are down, never give up, there’s always a way! Even if that means grabbing life by the horns, or punching life in the balls, don’t give up!

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New keyboard – Keychron K2

This just arrived today.

As much time as I spend using one, I’ve been looking to move into the world of mechanical keyboards for a while now. As a mac user with a Spanish ISO keyboard layout, after a fair amount of research, the above option seemed to be the best for me. It’s been here for 15 min and I’m already happy with it. That clickity-clackity sound is back. ❤

I decided to do a quick speed test to see how it went. I’m still not used to all the keys and they didn’t actually have a Spanish ISO layout. Instead, I bought a Nordic ISO layout as it was the closest I could find. I’m going on pure memory for most the character keys until I buy the Spanish key-caps. Here are the initial speed test results:

I’ll have to do this test again in a month or so to see how much I can improve once I get used to it!


Coffee every morning in a new place

Wow, just wow. I must say, recently I installed TikTok just to see what all the fuss is about. I’ve come across my new, favorite account. His name is Falke Omdal, and the account is all about drinking coffee every morning from a new, natural place. I mean, does it get any better than that?

This is a routine I could get into! Brings me back to making coffee in the high country of Yosemite. Everything tastes better made on a camp stove, and coffee is no exception. Check out a few of his videos.

Well done, sir, well done. 👏🔝

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What does it take to be a Happiness Engineer?

It has been officially more than two years since I started my trial to be a Happiness Engineer for Automattic. I can honestly say that it was one of the most challenging, and rewarding journeys I have ever embarked on. I’m very pleased with how everything has turned out, and still, after two years, look forward to going to work and helping our users every day!

The motivation for this post is we’re hiring! If you or anybody you know is interested, my advice is to apply! If you’re curios more about what the job entails, my colleague Sandy wrote a great description on his blog. I would highly recommend checking it out!

D0n’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or doubts!

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10 min of Yoga

Have you found yourself sitting at home in front of the computer more than usual during this pandemic? I would image for most people, including myself, the answer is unfortunately yes. That being said, I’ve got a nice 10 min yoga session designed for people who’ve been doing too much sitting.

The entire session took just over 10 min, but it’s been time-lapsed to one minute and six seconds for your viewing pleasure. Check it out!

Music credit goes to Ali Farka Touré, with Cinquante Six. Here’s the full track, if you like what you hear.

BIG props to my wonderful partner who has been working with me, our frisbee team, and countless other people keeping us motivated and active during these trying times. You’re the best!

Stay healthy, this will all be over soon. Let’s learn something from this, and develop healthier habits at home, and incorporate them into our lives once we return to normalcy.


“My Car does not start when I buy Vanilla Ice Cream”

Working support, you come across all sorts of crazy requests. This was not one I dealt with directly, or even from my company. Instead, it was shared with me, and I wanted to share it with you.

Learning Point No. 2 – Even crazy looking problems are sometimes real & all problems seem to be simple only when we find the solution, with cool thinking.

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Random Sporting Thought – Quad Wheelchair Tennis

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know this was a thing. I was browsing the Australian Open website and something caught my eye. The event was Quad Wheelchair Singles. I had to check it out.

I must say, this is an incredible feat! These two men are in inspiration, and played amazing tennis! Turns out there are all sorts of divisions that I didn’t know existed.

You can check out highlights of the 2020 Aussie Open final here, or watch a full match from 2016:

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Random Sporting Thought – NFL Hall of Fame

This past weekend two former coaches were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This year, they went about it a bit different. Normally, everyone is announced at the same time. This year, in a made for TV moment (literally, they both work for Fox and CBS, respectively), Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker made a surprise appearance and let these two fine individuals know in person.

Congratulations to both Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher. They are both deserving, and their reactions are worth watching.