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Loving Work is Possible

If you asked me four years ago if I thought it were possible to enjoy working, I’d be dubious. If you asked me whether one could ever genuinely love and respect all their coworkers, I’d hesitate.

Over the past four years, the people of Automattic have demonstrated to me that it’s possible to do work you love with people you love. It’s not common — not yet — but it’s possible.

via Working with people you love : Plainly.org

It’s been over six and a half years for me and I couldn’t have said it better.

Out of Bacon

I walked downstairs this morning and found no bacon had been cooked for breakfast. I didn’t run into any other Automatticians on the way. It was almost 9am when I crawled out of bed this morning. I never sleep that late anymore. Yesterday afternoon I got home from Park City, Utah, where I had spend a week at Automattic‘s once-a-year Grand Meetup. I always take an extra day off work to recover from the highs and lows of the trip, so today I’ll be able to catch up on things around the house and come back down to Earth.

Matt, Lori, and others have written more, so I won’t say much. Going into the week I had met about 160 Automatticians.

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I can’t wait for the next opportunity to meet more and get to know everyone better. Every meal, flash talk, conversation, introduction, ping pong game, workshop, and activity felt like eating tasty bacon. I’m out of bacon, which is always depressing.

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Initial iPhone 6 Thoughts

Here are some quick notes after playing with the iPhone 6 for 4-5 hours today. I’ve been using an iPhone 5 for about 22 months.

  • It’s big. I can’t imagine having the 6 Plus.
  • The feel of it in your hand is magical.
  • How did I ever get by without TouchID?
  • 240 fps slo-mo is going to be fun.
  • Saving a slo-mo video is a terrible experience if you want to be able to do something else with one.
  • The screen is beautiful.
  • My old iPhone 5 felt incredibly small after just 30 minutes setting up the 6.
  • It’s going to take some getting used to the power button being on the side.
  • Going back to a design with rounded corners feels so much better to hold.
  • Not sure I’ll ever use the home button double tap shortcut to get closer access to the top of the screen.
  • Fewer typing mistakes SwiftKey works even better with the bigger screen.
  • Noticeably faster than the 5.

Do you have a new iPhone? What do you think?