September 15, 2018

3 Tips for Changing Your Career to Coding

and One Bonus Tip! (Why Keep You in Suspense, Right?!)

Friday night, after React Rally 2018 , I led a group of intrepid devs to Beer Bar in downtown Salt Lake City for what I like to call "the unofficial after after party". Our group was quite large, so we ended up divided amongst two large tables. Our particular table only had a handful of our group…

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August 21, 2018

Let Me Tell You About This Cat

The events of this story took place several months ago, but let me tell you, they are as vivid to me now as they were then. It's going to sound a bit ridiculous, but I had a chance encounter with a cat that I don't think I'll forget for the rest of my life. I'm hoping you'll find the story quite…

June 25, 2018

Designing My Life - Exercise 2

Workview & Lifeview Philosophies

Chapter 2 of Designing Your Life (DYL) is about "Building a Compass". If we're going to be prototyping different ideas to improve our life, it will be useful to have some guidance and rationale for those decisions. A compass will point us in the right direction. Given that work is an overwhelming…

June 23, 2018

Designing My Life - Exercise 1

The Health Work Play Love Dashboard

I recently bought the book "Designing Your Life" by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. It's about applying the principles of design to your life, specifically, improving one's life through prototyping and iteration. As I read the book, I plan to blog and vlog about the exercises. Truth be told, it takes…

February 05, 2018

From Pastor to Programmer

or Telling My Story Once and For All

I am often asked to share the story of how I went from being a Christian pastor to a software engineer. Now that I've started Second Career Devs , I am being asked this question so often that I thought it wise to write it down and answer it once and for all. Where I Believe the Story Begins Unlike…

January 20, 2018

I Went On the Accidental Engineer Podcast

and Hopefully Didn't Sound Like Too Much of an Ass

I was invited by Max Mautner to join him on his podcast, Accidental Engineer . I had a great time sharing my story of going from pastor to programmer. We also talked a bit about my podcast and where I see the future of our industry heading. I hope you'll give it a listen! https…