Hi, I'm Adam.

I love doing ambitious things
with inspiring people.

I read this post by Eric Meyer this morning—his reflections written in the few hours before taking his five year-old daughter to receive treatment for cancer on her brainstem—treatment that may cause permanent cognitive damage.

I immediately began crying.

Simply imagining going through that experience with one of …

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We’re releasing a semi-dystopian science fantasy novel written by Mike Speegle for RealtimeConf where the bad guys are a dark and nebulous force called SILOS—an analagous mix of everything we hate about the NSA and the corporate tech company buffoonery that is forcefully and rapidly undermining the Open …

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Wince though I may:

I (eventually) appreciate each excruciating reminder that not everyone likes me.

That there are others more brilliant, more talented, more creative, more capable.

That I am biased and broken and blameworthy, and sometimes bigheaded, pigheaded, and worse.

That I am good at being wrong. Ahem. That …

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I’ve decided to take a Summer Internet Vacation, which means, um, mostly saying “no” to the most persistent elements of technological addiction.

I took a month off most of the Internet last fall and it was a wonderful, relaxing growth experience. I’ve been quite oppressively connected the past …

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I’ve been thinking about what it was about NodeConf that had me a little anxious going into it.

Was it my fear of looking like an amateur developer? Not really. Was it worrying about camping with two small children? Nope. (They did great!) And it wasn’t even about …

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How did you get here?

Erm, set aside the stork for now. I mean: how did you get where you’re at in your life and your career?

You probably have a pretty good story to tell about how you set out to do (a), but because of (b), you …

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Slides here

Notes:

I want to ask you a question.

Why?

Why do you do what you do?

How many would say you’re passionate about software or the web or some aspect of your work?

Passion is a funny word. We use it a lot (at least in English …

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At the conclusion of this year’s JSConf, Chris Williams held an open discussion, taking questions and comments from the several hundred gathered.

You could sense the mood. Hanging, unspoken, in the air was a sense of everyone asking, “Is it really almost over?” This feeling began to increasingly manifest …

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People always say I’m the Beatle who changed the most, but really I see that’s what life is about. You have to change.

— George Harrison

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Sit down. Okay, let me hear it.

You know—the thing you’re really passionate about. It’s distracting you completely right now. It keeps you up, wakes you up, and catches you daydreaming in between the rude interruptions of real life.

You look down, take a breath, and then …

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