A blog about web development, productivity tools, photography, and occasionally an existential quip.

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Travel Ban Protests at RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport) on Jan 29, 2017

It was a surreal afternoon at the Raleigh-Durham airport today. I arrived for my flight a little earlier than normal to get a bite to eat. My Uber driver was diverted by police to the lower arrivals area. When I stepped out of the car, I could hear the methodical...
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Train yourself to challenge your excuses

On a cool December day in 2014, I did a quick search to find hiking trails within 5-10 miles of where I live in Texas. Since new experiences often take a little extra time, I had planned to be gone for a few hours. I figured I’d take a break,...
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America’s SBDC Conference photo book

Stepping off the plane in Orlando is always a little surreal. The mix of families, Disney enthusiasts, retirees, and conference-goers has always been a stark contrast from other places I visit. This week, I ventured to Orlando’s enormous conference complex to spend time with SBDC (Small Business Development Center) advisors...
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Make sound excuses to seek out inspiration

In 2015 I found myself scheduling a business trip to visit Nijmegen in the Netherlands. The best airport was Schiphol in Amsterdam, and so I began the optimal price and scheduling dance known by anyone who's looked for airline tickets. I had two options. Save hundreds of dollars, arrive a...
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Introducing, my new project

In the past eight years I've traveled nearly 400,000 miles, visited 84 cities in 11 countries, and spent the equivalent of two years exploring, learning, giving talks, and building relationships with some of the most awesome community leaders, business minds, and engineers in the world. While journeying I've collected over...
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On perseverance

Keep going. Build. Grow. Push through. Fight to do. Do to conquer. Not because you have to, or believe you should. Persevere because you’re driven by passion. You’re driven by the feeling that without moving forward, you’re not living. Keep going because great opportunity is often born from the strength...
INTERVIEW: Brian Krogsgard on building a boutique news source

INTERVIEW: Brian Krogsgard on building a boutique news source

http://youtu.be/UG_TUoDZZ0o I caught up with Brian Krogsgard recently in Vienna, and he and I chatted about building Post Status, a trusted boutique industry news source for WordPress. Enjoy! Brian Krogsgard:  Hello.  My name is Brian Krogsgard and I am privileged to sit next to Mendel Kurland today.  We are in...
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Destination unknown

While we can influence our journey, the destination is impossible to predict. The path is short or long — riddled with pain and pleasure, happiness and despair, chaos and order. Sometimes what I attempt is beyond me. Sometimes what I think I know, I don’t. Those moments scare me. And then I...
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5 tips for capturing killer photos

It seems that everyone is a photographer these days. From food shots, to family portraits, to that perfect Instagram aerial, we’re all probably guilty of spending more time framing and hashtagging a shot, than proofreading our use of your and you’re in text messages. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFklm0O9oyM What makes a great photo? I could...