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Friday Five: There’s a First Time for Everything

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The name is inspired by the sf_indie yahoo group. The idea came from Mark Trammel. The music came from my friends.

What we have here is the modern equivalent of a mixtape– a series of songs mixed together in a single MP3. There’s no theme to this one, just a bunch of songs I like that fit together.

Here it is: There’s a First Time for Everything (mp3).

Track listing:

  1. Box by Tokyo Police Club from Smith
  2. Bigger Than Your Boyfriend by Washington Social Club from Bigger Than Your Boyfriend
  3. Hands in the Dark by Chromatics from In Shining Violence
  4. You’re a Wolf by Sea Wolf from Leaves in the River
  5. Take Me to the Riot by Stars from In Our Bedroom After the War

What I did yesterday…

Friday, October 26th, 2007
  1. Quit my job
  2. Get a new apartment.
  3. Get called “crazy” by my mom.

Obviously the third follows from the first two.

And yes, I literally submitted my letter of resignation and signed my lease on the same day. The rest of my day was less exciting.

Some explanation…

Leaving Technorati

I decided recently to leave my job at Technorati. The reasons are varied and mostly personal.

I’ve been at Technorati for quite awhile. I started in May of 2005 as an intern, while finishing grad school at USF. After finishing school, I came on board full time.

When I joined we were about 18 or so people. We grew to around 45 but have since been reduced, through layoffs and departures to around 25 or so. Of the people working at Technorati now, only 4 who’ve been there longer than I have.

I’ve worked on many different projects: some launched, some dead, some popular, some unpopular. My work has touched pretty much every area of our infrastructure, from our spider to our HTML and CSS. This includes programming in 6 different languages*. Seriously.

I say all this to say that I’ve given all I can to Technorati and its now time for me to move on to other projects.

My last day at Technorati is November 16th, for those in the Bay Area, there will likely be a shindig around that time to celebrate (or mourn, depending on your opinion of my decision). What the UpPownceBook-sphere (or this space) for details.

After that I’m going to be doing some consulting work. I’ve talked with a few people about this already, but as of now I have no firm commitments. So, if you’re interested in having me work on a project basis with your team, let me know. For an idea of what I could help your team with, see my resume


Cameron and I have been looking for an apartment to move into together for about four months. We were finally offered one that we like, so we jumped on it and will be moving this weekend. We’re gonna be at 26th and San Jose, part of the Outer/Lower Mission, also not far from Noe Valley, Bernal or Glen Park.

Once again, for those in the Bay Area, there will be festivities at some point. Likely closer to the holidays (did I mention we have a working fireplace? I didn’t? Oh, well now I did.)


As Cameron said “its like you’re rebooting your life”. Well, kinda. I seem to do this ever few years. Last time was nearly three years ago, when I picked up and moved from Kansas City to San Francisco for grad school. I knew no one in San Francisco at the time (besides my grad school advisor). Of course, at the time, I was miserable living in KC. I’m not miserable now, just uninspired and in a funk.

* PHP, PERL, Python, Javascript, Ruby and Java (plus I’ve written HTML and CSS)