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Decades are Short

Sam Altman of YCombinator wrote a great post on the occasion of his thirtieth birthday, The days are long but the decades are short. There’s a lot of subtlety and nuance in each point, so even if you’ve read it already it’s worth another pass.

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Love is the light that sparked when only darkness existed

  Taken in Houston today. Happy birthday Mom! 

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What I Miss and Don’t Miss About San Francisco

A few months ago I was chatting with John Borthwick, who had just returned from a trip to San Francisco. I asked him how the city was doing as if he were a traveler who had visited someplace exotic — “How is it over there?” (As an investor he probably sees the crazier side of the […]

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World Pun Championships

The Pun-Off, held annually since 1978, matches the peculiar energy of a place where the unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird.” This is the city, after all, that organizes Eeyore’s Birthday Party, an outdoor costume party honoring the depressed donkey from Winnie-the-Pooh. […] It’s a reunion of legends past. Steve Brooks, a country singer with […]

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Thirty One

The first year of my thirties was both incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding. I started a new decade and a new role as CEO at the same time, and at Automattic we grew to over 300 people and raised money for the first time in a while, both of which I couldn’t have predicted five […]

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ALS Challenge Fails

Pretty hilarious compilation of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges gone wrong. I’ve been challenged and it’s not going to happen, but did make a donation to the foundation. Really clever marketing, reminenscent of charity: water’s birthday campaigns.

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Twenty-Nine

A week ago I rang in my twenty-ninth birthday and entered that twilight zone prior to thirty. It was an exciting day, I got to fly a plane, dogfight another, and do some aerobatics like a tumble, which was pretty much the coolest thing ever. Unusually for me, I managed to stay away from my […]

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Tony’s Party

A surprise birthday dinner with friends for Tony.

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Twenty-Eight

This is the tenth year I’ve blogged my birthday: 19, 20, 21, 22 (this one is funny), 23, 24, 25, and 26, 27. Wow… I don’t think I’ve ever done anything for ten years in a row before. The public awareness of blogging comes and goes every two years, but for me it’s been a […]

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Twenty-seven

Today is a fun day — 2011-1-11 (not 1:11 PM anymore, I’m a slow writer) and I’m turning 27. This is the time of the year I always look back, and from last year’s resolutions I actually did pretty well. I was able to simplify a number of areas of my life, including reducing the […]

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Twenty-six

Today is my birthday! It is also, if you write it the right way, a palindrome: 01-11-10. (Hat tip: Mike Adams.) Twenty-five was a very good year. I started out with a lot of goals and actually made progress or accomplished most of them, as well as some things I didn’t anticipate. Of my 14 […]

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The Way I Work, annotated

I was fortunate enough to be featured in the July issue of Inc. magazine’s “The Way I Work” column. (Page 114, the one with Paul Graham on the cover.) The article is great and the photography very flattering, but it’s a little misleading. All TWIW articles are written in the first person, but not directly […]

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Vietnam School

Visiting Room to Read school with Tim Ferriss and two other donors about 3 hours outside of Saigon / Ho Chi Min City. More about the school here. They teach ages 2-5. Also: birthday dinner for John.

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Twenty-Five

Today I am a quarter of a century old. To be honest I never thought I would be this old, it was a number beyond where I could imagine or visualize but the last few years have just gone by in a blur and here I am, 25 years young and finally able to rent […]

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WordCamp and Artist Party

The second day of WordCamp followed by a birthday a vintage-themed party for two local artists / performers. Includes famous Sam Bauers tango dance.

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WordPress Cakes

Two cakes to share today: the first is a shared birthday cake we had at our Automattic offsite in Breckenridge and the second was put together by David Link just for the joy of WP (and cake). Yum!

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Family at Brookwood

Lunch at Brookwood Community, exploring the grounds and flowers, Mom’s birthday dinner.

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Twenty-four

Every year my birthday sneaks up on me, and this was no exception. After the lull of the holidays and the whirlwind first few days of the year, I am now officially 24. This is the sixth year I’ve celebrated with you guys on this blog, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23. This year should […]

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WordPress.com Growth

Even though we post a wrap-up post each month, I don’t think the story of the growth of WordPress.com is very well-known. As Narendra Rocherolle said to me a few weeks ago, “Pound for pound you guys get less press per pageview.” Webware just publish some Nielson numbers that show WordPress.com as the #4 blog […]

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The Police Blogs

I’m in Dallas where I saw The Police with my sister. (The tickets were her birthday present.) Afterward I was checking out their respective website and it looks like Andy Summers, the guitarist, has a WordPress blog. His site also has some interesting essays and photography.