My New Job at Caktus Group

I am very excited to announce that in early October I start my new job at Caktus Group in Durham, NC. It’s a new position at Caktus with a newish mission. How’s that for vague? :) Once it’s launched I’ll tell you more.

This is a very positive step for me that will have a profound effect on my life in many different ways. For starters I’ll be working in downtown Durham and be able to bike to work!

I have a lot of respect for the folks at Caktus. Ever since they worked at my business Carrboro Creative Coworking I’ve been impressed with them. They’ve steadily bootstrapped a successful business with great style. The founders Colin Copeland, Alex Lemann, and Tobias McNulty are talented technologists with big hearts. The Caktus team does a lot more than make web apps. They build social good via open source software here in North Carolina and in Libya, Zambia, Syria, Turkey, and Iraq!

Caktus Group is a team that I’m really proud to be part of. Stay tuned for more details!

-BrianR

Cast Iron Architecture Inspiration

Cast Iron Ceiling

Cast iron supporting structure, ceiling of the reading room of the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris.

This great example of cast iron architecture I found on Wikipedia is stellar. Placed here to remind me. So often I daydream about minimalist styles. But then I see this beautiful work and know that more detail is super important to me.

 

BrianR

May 30, 2014

start [ PIRATEBOX].

What is the PirateBox?

PirateBox is a self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device. Simply turn it on to transform any space into a free and open communications and file sharing network. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movements, PirateBox utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless communications and file sharing networks where users can anonymously chat and share images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content.

 

Facebook: Pay up or Shut Up aka Back to the Blog Again

I’ve been thinking about how Facebook’s new “rules” or algorithm(s) have changed the reach of organic social media. (Translation: You can’t just get 10,000 friends and expect ALL of them to see your post.) Especially for small causes and nonprofits.

Right now I recommend y’all post everything to your blog THEN Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Use a blog, like WordPress, to automate the posting to social media. Try to write your content in a way that it seems natural on all platforms.

Why? Because Facebook is putting the squeeze on those without financial resources. If you can’t pay up people won’t hear you. It’s another form of anti-Net Neutrality. Also known in 20th Century parlance as ‘PAY TO PLAY’. By putting YOUR content on YOUR blog you can decide where it goes and hopefully pay a lot less. Because in a year or two Facebook could price us out and be worthless to grassroot orgs.

I wouldn’t sling the hyperbole about Facebook if I thought they didn’t bait and switch. It’s true Facebook provides a great service. One that is worth paying for. But to get 1 Billion plus people to use it then slowly turn up the heat on those without money is ruthless. Facebook needs to solve this problem by providing free unlimited reach accounts to real 501c3 organizations.

Father & Son Bike Diary – Part Four

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We went out on the Xtracycle Edgerunner this weekend for a small exploratory ride. I wasn’t feeling very good after a big allergy attack. But getting out of the house and not riding too hard made a difference. When we got home I felt better.

We went north west with the goal of checking out Westover Park. While there we discovered an entrance to the West Ellerbee Creek Trail. We stopped and got a better look. Then went on down this short stretch of the trail. The boy remarked about the sun shining through the trees making cool shadows on the ground. At the end of this part of the trail we found a small field. Got to take the Edgerunner “off road”. The big knobby tires did well. Even with the boy on the back. He likes the bumps. :)

Then we turned around and went south back uphill ending up at Oval Park. The boy eagerly spent an hour looking for bugs to put in his mason jar.

Check out the rest of my Father & Son Bike Diary posts.