- RT @estherderby: "Ppl construe estimates as promises….. and treat them as guarantees. Failed predictions fan blame. Trust & openness suff… 12:26:54, 2015-05-20
- Conrad & the Steam Plant: a wonderful vignette about the Pratt Institute’s 78 year old chief engineer https://t.co/mR9XAozF0H 19:18:44, 2015-05-21
- RT @williamsba: Why you should go to WordCampPhilly 2015 http://t.co/wqGBRXh6tu via @technicallyPHL 19:44:16, 2015-05-21
- RT @SimonJGuilfoyle: Sound familiar, anyone?
This 'new' insight is almost 2,000 years old…
- RT @bphogan: I like this. In fact I may have my 1st semester students read this.
- I’ve finally had a chance to do some blogging again! New post on our upcoming move to Boston: New town, new jobs http://t.co/EBi3UyysQo 13:39:04, 2015-05-24
- @mgyura Congratulations! in reply to mgyura 21:52:52, 2015-05-24
- RT @timwis: Very thought provoking article about the ethical responsibility for software engineers http://t.co/zHpSMshhgC 21:55:09, 2015-05-24
- @apgwoz I’m guessing that’s birthday cake – happy birthday! in reply to apgwoz 22:02:48, 2015-05-24
- @mertonium Thanks! in reply to mertonium 05:45:54, 2015-05-25
- RT @changelog: New show! #156: Modern #WordPress using Bedrock and Sage with Ben Word (@retlehs) and Scott Walkinshaw (@swalkinshaw) http:/… 06:15:37, 2015-05-25
- RT @tottinge: As you're about to add a comment, ask yourself, 'How can I improve the code so that this comment isn't needed?' — Steve McCo… 20:29:41, 2015-05-25
- @semanticwill @jbrains I like the idea, but "Solutioning the Countermeasure”? Corporate mumbo-jumbo language is part of the problem already in reply to semanticwill 21:54:16, 2015-05-25
- @semanticwill @jbrains I understand the role of countermeasures. “Solutioning” is corporate mumbo-jumbo. “Solving" is a perfectly good verb. in reply to semanticwill 22:03:26, 2015-05-25
- @jbrains @semanticwill Agreed – I didn’t want to pile on 😉 Perhaps “determining”? Schedule looks good – will try to be there. in reply to jbrains 05:08:13, 2015-05-26
- At @sc_philly watching @jearvon lay down some git wisdom http://t.co/gAPOlhVFSC 17:45:11, 2015-05-26
- Learning happiness tweaks from @chadoh, complete with an exploding demo, at @sc_philly 😉 http://t.co/L7jdx7bYNu 18:10:18, 2015-05-26
- Yes! RT @justincampbell: "Instead of code comments, consider refactoring" – @csojinb at @sc_philly http://t.co/5jxXp3rvDQ 18:16:10, 2015-05-26
- Great tips for giving great presentations, from @sarah_eliz_gray at @sc_philly http://t.co/Ih2ucFT3ma 18:45:15, 2015-05-26
- RT @justincampbell: "Hot sauce and regular expressions" @sarah_eliz_gray at @sc_philly
I don't know what that means but I'll remember it h… 18:59:07, 2015-05-26
- Learning keys to personal productivity from @mattmcmanus at @sc_philly http://t.co/F42Z8tw5Qp 19:05:18, 2015-05-26
- RT @johannarothman: RT @hjarche: Managing without soul, by @Mintzberg141 http://t.co/rYCPFL8OrZ We have let the sociopaths take over http:/… 19:41:25, 2015-05-26
- Code as inventory: imagine a “code base where every line of code disappears exactly 3 months after it is written." https://t.co/3vR9aB6UHY 21:58:52, 2015-05-26
Last month I posted a quick tweet about Maria’s new job: she’ll be Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University. All the details are in this press release from Suffolk. This is a great opportunity for her, and we’re looking forward to the move to Boston. We weren’t sure how the boys would react, but they’re looking forward to being closer to RI, where my family is. They’ve always enjoyed visiting Newport for the holidays in the winter, and going to the beach with their cousins in the summer. Now it’ll be easy for us to visit more often.
She starts July 1, so we’re gearing up for the move. Our house here in Havertown was on the market for about a month, and we accepted an offer last weekend. I haven’t been blogging, as I’ve been scrambling to wrap up the many home improvement projects I started over the years, but never quite finished. Just like when we left California 12 years ago, now that we finally have the house the way we want it, it’s time to go 😉 (and yes, I’ve been blogging for that long – that link goes to my very first post).
For finding a new place to live, we explored some neighborhoods in the suburbs of Boston over the Easter holiday, and we’ve been talking with people we know in the area. We’re looking in Hingham, on the south shore, as well as towns to the west (Lexington, Needham, and others). We have a temporary place to stay for July and August, so our goal is to get settled somewhere by the time the boys need to start school in the Fall.
For a while last month I was doing a lot of job interviews over the phone. I knew the tech industry was big in Boston, but I was still surprised to find just how many job opportunities there are. There’s been a debate recently about whether the US has a shortage of tech workers. At least in Boston, it seems to me that there is.
I cut my job search short after talking with my friend Michael Gyura. We’ve decided to go into business together, doing web application development as consultants. After being in the field for almost 20 years, I’m ready to take the plunge, working independently. Also, I can work from home, which will provide flexibility for keeping up with the boys’ schedules, since Maria will have more of a 9-5 routine with her new job.
We have a bare-bones web site up, which we’ll be improving soon: the business is called Poka Yoke Design (the .design TLD became available just two weeks ago – perfect timing for us). “Poka yoke” (po-ka yo-kay) is a Japanese term meaning “mistake proof.” The idea is to design something that is so straightforward and intuitive to use, you don’t even have to think about it. I’ll have plenty more to say about Poka Yoke Design over the next couple months!
I’ll leave you with some more pictures of the house. We had movers come before we listed the house, to put a lot of our stuff in storage, so that’s why some of the rooms look mostly bare. I’m especially proud of the wood flooring in the sunroom. I installed it myself, and I salvaged it from a house that was going to be demolished in California, about 15 years ago. We used most of it in our old house in California, but we had some left, so we took it with us to Pennsylvania when we moved. It’s quarter-sawn, old-growth California white oak with tiger striping. Wood like this hasn’t been available for probably 100 years.
- .@bonniea @semanticwill DevOps is the 2015 equivalent of a Webmaster in 1998 (when I was one), minus expectations for graphic design skills in reply to bonniea 20:22:47, 2015-05-13
- RT @WordCampNash: #Agile contracting? Yes, please! Join us at #wordcamp tomorrow. #nashville #wordpress http://t.co/xLGPVJHs23 15:41:22, 2015-05-15
- Arrived PHL to BNA. I'm looking forward to @WordCampNash tomorrow! #wcn15 16:01:50, 2015-05-15
- RT @ContentRocks: Great seeing familiar people and meeting new ones at @WordCampNash speaker dinner: 1/3 @belanger @mtoppa , folks from @at… 06:48:56, 2015-05-16
- RT @ryan: "We're having a problem sending email."
"What's the problem?"
"We can't send mail more than 500 miles," he explained.
http://t.co… 07:45:11, 2015-05-16
- @bshumaker @WordCampNash thanks! in reply to bshumaker 07:52:46, 2015-05-16
- Come to my #wcn15 talk today on Agile Contracting! Why? Because I have slides like this #wcn15AgileContracts http://t.co/asLLPC67Y7 09:10:15, 2015-05-16
- RT @pokayokedesign: Way to go, @mtoppa! #wcn15 http://t.co/M7uh8FDaY0 12:53:50, 2015-05-16
- RT @iamdereklong: A fantastic talk by @mtoppa on Agile Contracting. Good to hear I've been on the right path and look forward to refining m… 12:54:01, 2015-05-16
- RT @d_nelle: @mtoppa laying down some serious wisdom: "Adapting to change decreases risk" #wcn15AgileContracts 12:54:12, 2015-05-16
- RT @d_nelle: incremental vs. iterative approach to a project… iterative allows you to work with clients as teammates ❤️ #wcn15 http://t.co/… 12:54:19, 2015-05-16
- RT @ashleyreign: #agile and #wordpress with @mtoppa the best of two great worlds #wcn15 12:54:40, 2015-05-16
- RT @Grady_Booch: A wonderfully geeky AI Easter egg found in Ex Machina http://t.co/bYAyQlwo0K 13:05:24, 2015-05-16
- Hey #wcn15, slides for my Agile Contracting talk are up. It was a lot of fun. Thanks everyone! http://t.co/1u16AMkGsx #wcn15AgileContracts 13:50:09, 2015-05-16
- Thanks @complikatyed for getting back to @iamdereklong. Video of my Clean Code talk is on http://t.co/FTKcao5k2L http://t.co/TYEoc40qxf in reply to iamdereklong 13:52:59, 2015-05-16
- RT @jhagel: Most people don’t schedule work. They schedule interruptions that prevent work from happening – toxicity of calendars http://t.… 14:18:00, 2015-05-16
- RT @complikatyed: Great session this morning at #wcn15 by @mtoppa on Agile Contracting. Also loving his slides from #wcn14 on Clean Code f… 14:28:45, 2015-05-16
- RT @ContentRocks: Am thinking #agile works for certain content projects also – thanks @mtoppa @pokayokedesign #wcn15 #writing 23:37:50, 2015-05-16
- @HirokiIkuta I'm in Nashville, Tennessee in reply to HirokiIkuta 23:39:01, 2015-05-16
- Launching Poka Yoke Design at WordCample Nashville, and 10 tips to keep your code clean http://t.co/iw0zOWAXvq #wcn15 @pokayokedesign 09:08:45, 2015-05-17
- RT @mjumbewu: Chattanooga's Gig: how one city's super-fast internet is driving a tech boom http://t.co/MPY1w2Soco 21:43:53, 2015-05-06
- RT @bengarvey: "Your issue backlog was created by an inferior version of your team" http://t.co/95FSK9lDwZ my 10 lessons from Lean Product … 08:46:29, 2015-05-07
- RT @CatWarr: 'Incurious congratulator of the past' is a beautifully amusing description of David Brooks. http://t.co/X3Lz4GehLQ 21:32:26, 2015-05-10
- RT @newsycombinator: Code Review Best Practices http://t.co/BVCGQPBGtX 21:36:19, 2015-05-10
- RT @wonderchook: Congrats! You have an all male panel! http://t.co/xzZZdJFxju 05:46:51, 2015-05-11
- RT @WordCampNash: Dev favorite @mtoppa confirmed #wcn15 speaker. Stay tuned for more. Tix here: http://t.co/uN6SnkbWdu 06:29:08, 2015-04-15
- RT @LlewellynFalco: How do you split stories? Use smaller number [blog] http://t.co/CJZz42yzPb 11:16:23, 2015-04-15
- Maria is going to be Dean of Arts & Sciences at Suffolk University! So we’ll be moving to Boston, probably in June https://t.co/4mfGx6Lo5e 10:40:09, 2015-04-19
- …And this means we’re selling our house. The first open house is today. I’ve been very busy fixing and painting! http://t.co/x7mzNs1pJI 10:41:17, 2015-04-19
- @zamoose Thanks! in reply to zamoose 11:09:46, 2015-04-19
- .@speno Thanks! I think it’s time for some Jonathan Richman https://t.co/2NRQ3XpBHM in reply to speno 09:01:34, 2015-04-20
- Power is out! So @promptworks is setting up shop at @squareonecoffee http://t.co/QiLtre0xRu 12:31:15, 2015-04-20
- “If we all travel together, we’re not really remote” So says the @themoxman for @PromptWorks 12:32:52, 2015-04-20
- @speno I noticed Carrie Bradley on stage there. She co-founded Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, one of my favorite bands https://t.co/M0FsRzde4e in reply to speno 18:53:10, 2015-04-20
- @speno This is the original – the Breeders covered it in reply to speno 18:55:40, 2015-04-20
- @speno & Carrie Bradley is currently touring with the Breeders. It’s all a little New England club, because everyone in NE knows each other in reply to speno 18:59:01, 2015-04-20
- @speno Oops. The concert dates on Carrie Bradley’s site are from 2 years ago… so nevermind that part in reply to mtoppa 21:28:02, 2015-04-20
- Come to my #phillyete talk today on Agile Contracting! Why? Because I have slides like this http://t.co/bAUthoamdm 07:51:36, 2015-04-08
- RT @rickwargo: "An Agile contract is more an agreement about a collaboration process and less about deliverables" @mtoppa #phillyete 10:28:14, 2015-04-08
- RT @sarah_eliz_gray: Thanks for a thoughtful, detailed talk on agile contracts @mtoppa and @PromptWorks. Day two of #PhillyETE is off to a … 10:28:30, 2015-04-08
- Slides for my #phillyete talk on Agile contracting are available here – with notes! http://t.co/2ok8Z8Q64m 14:33:52, 2015-04-08
- @bonniea This looks really cool. Thanks! in reply to bonniea 10:31:33, 2015-04-10