60% Keyboard Adventures

I built a 60% keyboard today from a kit. I'm still adjusting to the lack of arrow keys, home / end / delete keys, and a numpad. I think I will find this easier to use over time, but the learning curve is greater than zero at this point. :-). In addition…

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day everyone. If you are like me, you see Labor Day as the natural turning point in the year. We plan the few remaining goals we have for 2016 and begin setting our sights on 2017. I hope you all get a few moments today to reflect on…

New Look Here

Changing up the look around here. It has been over a year since the last post, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy. In addition to a first year with Micah and transitioning projects with the State of North Dakota, I have begun working on the Chellinsky Group again.…

Strong Circle Day

June 23rd was City Year's Strong Circle Day. It's a day when former and current corps members share stories about fellow corps members that were part of their strong circle. I missed the main event, but want to share some of what I learned from people in my strong circle…

Meditation

I have been meditating off and on for the last 12 years. It began as an assignment for a comparative religions course (don't remember the course title exactly, but it was something like that). However, I found the mindfulness practice helpful and return to it regularly. It helps me control…

Baby Micah

Over the weekend, our second child, Micah, was born. He has his own webpage if you want to follow along with his adventures.…

Try a New Startup and Help Nepal

One of my fellow Founder Institute graduates is using her startup to help raise funds for victims of the recent earthquake in Nepal. Here is her call to action: You are all aware of Nepal earthquake and the damage it caused. They need your help. If you have any unused…

FI's Startup Ecosystem Canvas

The Founder Institute released a Startup Ecosystem Canvas recently. As someone that moved from a mature startup ecosystem (Los Angeles) to a younger startup ecosystem (Bismarck, ND), it is an interesting read. I commend the good folks at organizations like Bismarck's IDEA Center and 1M Cups for fostering this ecosystem.…