November 2006

9 to 5

I’ve never had a “real” job. Meaning, I’ve never had a constant paycheck, an office to go to, or a boss. I think I’ve done pretty well on my own. I’ve always worked from home, set my own hours, and spent all day working on projects by myself.

Until now.

I still have a few long-term clients that I really enjoy working with but other then that I’m done with freelancing. I’ve taken my first “real” job. The kind where I leave my house, work as part of a team, and get payed regularly. I’ve only worked there for half a day but I like it already. My only complaint is the 25 minute drive, but it’s not too bad, I’ll get used to it.

I haven’t been working long enough yet to know whether I like it better than working freelance but …

200 Things

A good guy I know challenged me to write 200 things I’m thankful for before Thanksgiving. I like a challenge so here’s the list. It’s amazing to think of all the things we take for granted everyday that some people only dream of. What are you thankful for? Can you come up with 200?

  1. Challenges
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. A blog
  5. The Internet
  6. A house
  7. My own bedroom
  8. Laptops
  9. Air conditioning
  10. Random Shapes
  11. A car
  12. Frosting
  13. Music
  14. Photos
  15. A sweater

Ideas

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”
- Thomas A Edison

I have an idea, a few actually, that I want to put into action before they fade. All are websites. All could be profitable. The value of the idea depends completely on how I use it. The inital cost: $8 for the domain. Estimated time required: 20 hours per project.

That’s why I love the web.

Interview with Joshua Strebel

Joshua is the founder and president of Ob├╝ Web Technologies. He races cars, he plans parties, and he goes to Refresh. He’s one rockin’ awesome dude with a lot of helpful advice.

How did you get started as a web designer?
I fell into it really. I had always been playing around with computers since the 1200baud modem days. When I went to college I first tried computer programming, and quickly moved into the visual communication program at NAU. I figured Art + Computers = Easy college degree. For a while I thought Flash was the answer to everything. I really got into the “web” my senior year in 2002-2003.

How long have you been working as a web designer?
I had a 4 month stint at a local web design company in 2003 before I founded …

Interview with James Britt

James is another Refresher and an expert with Ruby. He presented the Getting Ruby session at the Desert Code Camp and was the developer of the famous and extremely accurate Web 2.0 Validator. James also runs the Ruby-Doc.org website and works at Neurogami, LLC.

How did you get started as a web designer?
I’m more of a Web developer than a designer, but almost all Web work I’ve done had me doing design as well. (That was far less true while I was with 30 Second Rule, but back on my own I’m again doing design + development.)

I have the impression that most developers do not care to do graphic design. But I was a visual artist before I got interested in software, and I welcome it.

I started doing Web stuff sometime in …