It was off to Sacramento this past weekend for Easter with the Fam. My Aunt and Uncle live up there along with my cousin and her family. The day's activities followed a standard Easter routine but that isn't a bad thing.
Recently, I visited the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a wedding (you can read more on the OBX in this post). It just so happens that our AirBnB was a quarter mile from Kill Devil Hill, where the Wright Brothers invented the airplane. You might be confused, like I was, because in school they taught us that Kitty Hawk was the name of the place where man first flew.
A long-time admirer of Michael Chiarello, accomplished chef, restaurateur, vintner, and television personality, I recently jumped at the opportunity to attend a Harvest Dinner celebration at his St. Helena home. It was an opportunity to meet a chef I greatly admire and to enjoy his food in the idyllic setting that inspires it.
If you haven't seen this TED talk about "positive psychology" and the adventures of Amy the baby unicorn, you have to give it a go. Sean, a Harvard psychologist, has spent the past decade exploring the effects of positivity on brain performance. It doesn't hurt that this is probably the funniest TED talk ever given. His observation that our society increasingly holds the notion that success leads to happiness is "backwards and broken". has had a real impact on me.
I spend roughly 25% of my time recruiting developers with the necessary skills, work habits and personality to match Odopod's culture. The competition is fierce for developers in this job market. What's more, we insist on some unique qualities in our programmers that add to the recruitment challenge. There isn't an exact formula, but here is a bit more about the qualities—beyond technical aptitude—that exemplify the typical Odopod developer.
Last weekend, Christina and I made a quick trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to stand witness at her Mother's wedding.