Life

  

The everyday experiences that make life worth living.

“Honing the blade,” or self-improvement by the company you keep

As my daughter Emma gets older and begins to form her personality, I think about the concept of improving oneself by the company you keep. It's one of life's not-so-obvious facts: one of the best ways to improve yourself is to be surrounded by those who are better than you. Obviously, that's a simplification; taken at face value it can even sound a bit negative by implying you're not as good as everyone else. But perhaps a few personal and professional examples will clarify my point.

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Five good interview questions for a web developer

What's more fun than going to an interview? Conducting one, of course. I've had opportunities to do just that recently, so I wanted to share a handful of the questions I've come up with to gauge a web developer skill set. So dive in and read through these five questions and their answers. You'll see I prefer more open-ended questions to learn the most about a candidate. Perhaps you'll even share some of your own questions in the comments?

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Martial arts: the third year

Martial arts: the third year

"Half" is this the watchword in this past year's martial arts training. In Feb. 2010, my beautiful little daughter was born and that's the best reason ever for reducing the time in the dojo. But as I started training in Sept. 2007 and my daughter was born at the end of Feb., that's half a year. And during that half a year, I've only been able to attend class about half as often, and even then only half as long. In effect, I've had to prioritize my training and I'm focusing on karate only; aikido will have to wait until time (and energy) returns. But there has still been plenty of advancements.

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Celebrate your democracy: vote! (Especially for Vince DeMiero)

Celebrate your democracy: vote! (Especially for Vince DeMiero)

Sec. of State Sam Reed expects just a 38% voter turnout in August 17's primary election in Washington State. That's right: well under half of eligible voters will bother to vote. Don't be one of them! Drop your ballot in the mail by the end of the day tomorrow. And while you're at it, mark the circle next to Vince DeMiero if you live in the first legislative district.

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Vince DeMiero: educator, leader, and soon to be legislator

Vince DeMiero: educator, leader, and soon to be legislator

It was 1992. George Bush—the elder—had just thrown up on the Japanese Prime Minister. Another momentous event took place at MTHS, when Vince DeMiero asked me, an introverted freshman, to join the school newspaper the Hawkeye. And though that request didn't cause quite the international frenzy that George's upchuck did, it sure changed my life. My friend Vince DeMiero is running for Washington State Representative (democrat, position 1) in the first legislative district. He'll be an amazing force in Olympia and deserves your vote and support.

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Six facts about fatherhood from a six-day expert

Six facts about fatherhood from a six-day expert

My daughter turned five days old this afternoon. Five days that seem like a year; and I mean that in the best way possible. A year is a long time... think of what goes on in your life in a year. Now, compress that into five days and you'll have an idea of what it's been like since our daughter was born. In that time I've come to realize a few things about fatherhood I'd like to share.

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