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Hi, I'm Garrett. Join me as I try to figure out life. I'm currently on a quest to align my life with my ideals -- to become the kind of guy I think I should be. I'm not even close yet.
What Makes a Christian Different From Worldly People?

What Makes a Christian Different From Worldly People?

I recently ran across a CollegeHumor sketch all about why religious nerds are the biggest nerds in the world and how they’re just like all other types of nerds, but just more intense.
The video makes some valid points which I’ll bring out, but it also contains other more subtle messages that I want to analyze and explain here, alongside another point that relates back to this post’s title.

How to Make Your Blog’s Visitors Trust You More

How to Make Your Blog’s Visitors Trust You More

Do you trust me? I hope you do, because I would have no motive for giving you false information. I find random tidbits of knowledge on the web, and I figure I might as well share it, because maybe others would find it useful like I did. And I’m just an altruistic kind of person. :)

I think the price I charge for this dissemination of information is a fair price, because it costs me nothing but time to find, and costs you nothing but time to read.

And as my guest, I hope you feel that I am caring for you by keeping this blog the way I do.

I welcome all comments here, and my personal policy is not to delete comments that I disagree with, but I will delete those that add nothing to a conversation. I hope you think that is fair treatment.

How can startup cofounders keep track of their equity?

How can startup cofounders keep track of their equity?

A while back, I heard of a new web app that would let cofounders of a startup easily determine how much equity they are owed based on their contributions in the forms of labor and capital. This new website was Accumi.com.

But I found the name of that site extraordinarily hard to remember, so every time I needed it, I would Google whatever terms I could think of that seemed relevant – except for some reason, even that rarely got me the result I was looking for.

So today, when I yet again performed a similar search, after a few query revisions I uncovered a website offering a similar app which it released sometime between July and November of this year, based on what I can see on the Wayback Machine’s archives for that site.

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My thoughts after attending a hackathon

My thoughts after attending a hackathon

  • I can’t do this often. Skipping one whole night of sleep to stay up for two days straight makes me feel horrible. And definitely don’t put me on the road after that. We will crash in short order.
  • Hey MLH, why is this limited to college students? I’m not in college anymore and I might like to do this more often, but it’s a stroke of luck that I was even able to participate in this one.
  • I need to remember next time not to eat constantly just because the food is abundant, because my mouth will grow weary of food while my stomach may not.
  • 24 hours isn’t quite enough time to make something great. I would say a more ideal duration would be 48 hours and have it start in the morning. This way, people can get a solid day of work in and still have one more ahead of them, so they will feel more free to sleep during the night in between, as they should be doing anyway.
  • I wonder what would have happened if one of our team members had begun to conflict with another on the direction of our project. Would we have needed to work through it or find a replacement? If the latter, where would such a replacement come from if everyone has found a team and been working with it happily thus far? And to what team would our outcast have gone? I’m just glad that didn’t happen, because 24 hours, again, might have been a bit short to accommodate that kind of happenstance.
How To Be Happy

How To Be Happy

To summarize an article I ran across on BigThink:

  • 48% of your happiness level is determined by your genetics
  • 40% is is determined by recent, quick-to-fade environmental factors
  • The last 12% is directly determined by our choice to pursue four basic values of:
    • Faith
    • Family
    • Community
    • Work
Noair – a PHP event library

Noair – a PHP event library

https://github.com/garrettw/pierce

PIeRCe – a PHP IRC library

PIeRCe – a PHP IRC library

https://github.com/garrettw/pierce

Talkwork – a PHP application framework

Talkwork – a PHP application framework

https://github.com/garrettw/talkwork

Communly Hopes to Be One Step Worse Than Facebook

Communly Hopes to Be One Step Worse Than Facebook

California-based startup Communly states that its purpose is not only to create a new social network (like we need another one of those) that structures users around their interests, but also to connect brands with actionable insights from the interest groups that match their business niche–basically, helping “likes” translate to sales. But let’s back up for a moment and touch on what the real problem is here.

Yet Another Blog Reboot

Yet Another Blog Reboot

Had to reinstall WordPress due to some nefarious hackage. I know I have some database backups somewhere so hopefully I’ll be able to reload some old posts to kick-start the content around here.
Magan Tyler is helping out with the design and stuff.

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