One of the great things about working at Automattic is the flexibility that it allows. As a company, we work on many different things and we’re split into roughly 20 teams working on various projects and maintenance tasks. Occasionally a new team is formed to take over an existing set of projects or to start something new. Recently, a new partnerships team was formed at Automattic, and I decided to join it. As of last week, I’m officially part of the new team.
As part of the partnerships team I work on all the third party integrations that we have on WordPress.com and Jetpack; this ranges from things like connecting your blog to your Twitter or Facebook account, to making sure that if someone pins your blog on Pinterest it looks as good as possible! In addition to third party integrations, the team is also working on many of the APIs that we make available for developers to integrate with our systems.
Finally, I’ll also be doing more evangelizing for our platform; promoting our APIs and encouraging others to work with us and our platforms.
On a personal side, I’m excited for the change; it’s nice to work with new people once in a while, and it’s good to focus on more “project-y” type work as opposed to the daily grind of maintenance which I did a lot of previously.
If you’re a developer and think it’d be cool to integrate your project with WordPress.com or Jetpack, make sure you take a look at developer.wordpress.com or contact me if you want to chat about it
This is a great video showcasing not only the beauty of Vancouver but the sounds of the city that I hear every day. I love Vancouver!
Current status: co-working with a great team of guys in Herzliya, Israel (near Tel-Aviv). Here we are together earlier today:
I’ve been posting a bunch of other photos from the trip on my photo blog as well: http://photos.jkudish.com/.
It’s been a fun week so far with lots of eating, walking around beautiful places, socializing and working on a secret project that some of our coworkers will enjoy.
If this sounds like a good lifestyle, you should consider applying to work with us at Automattic.
I have a new photo blog!
I’ve always been a proponent of owning my own data, yet until now my photos have been scattered all over the web since I make use of and enjoy social networks such as Facebook and Instagram. However, these services hold the photos that I upload to them. While I might have the originals somewhere on my devices, it’s nice to have a permanent web home for my photos.
From now on new photos I take with Instagram, as well as my Nikon DSLR camera will be uploaded to the new photo blog. I’ll still share the photos via the usual avenues, so if you already follow me there, you don’t necessarily need to follow the blog too. I know several folks who don’t like or use Facebook or Instagram and I feel like my photos should have their own home, so here it is. As a bonus, I get to play around with all of the new WordPress.com gallery options and the new media manager.
I’ve imported all my Instagram photos and a few of my more recent albums/galleries on the new blog. In the next few days/weeks I’ll be back-filling more of my photos and of course adding new pictures as I take them.
If you’re interested, follow photos.jkudish.com.
Just a little over 2 weeks ago, I got the new 13in Retina MacBook Pro, which is a great machine. I brought it home, moved over the files from my previous Air, and then proceeded to work as usual, etc… However, every few hours, seemingly at random, the computer would freeze and just stop working. Seemed a bit unusual for a brand new computer. I figured it might be a software issue with one of the programs I use and/or an issue with the migration from my old computer, so I just ignored it at first. It became more and more frequent after a few days, so I looked into it some more. The internet (aka the Apple support forums) recommended I do a SMC reset and a PRAM reset. Did both, and am happy to report that it’s been almost a week and no more crashing and freezing.
Goes to show that despite their reputation, Apple computers aren’t without problems. Also a good reminder, that Google is always there when you experience an issue, and is often a good first sanity-check/self-troubleshooting method before visiting the genius bar or other tech support
Lounging at the pool at my hotel in vegas, working on a few things and booking an ATV tour I am going to do tomorrow. Life is good right now.
I just returned from a week long company meetup with Automattic in San Diego. As a fun thing to do and to keep me alert, my partner Amy gave me a scavenger hunt for while I was there. I had to find and take a picture of the following 11 things. I got all but 1. I even crowdsourced and got some of my coworkers to help me out. It was definitely a fun activity for the trip and I feel like it kept me connected to Amy during the trip Here’s the list:
- a coconut
- 5 different flip flops in one photo
- a beard at least 8 inches long
- a beagle
- as many mac laptops as can fit in a photo
- something turquoise
- a canadian license plate
- 3 people making a pyramid
- a lighthouse
- something with wings over something that floats
- two people kissing
I couldn’t find the coconut, but here are the other 10 photos:
5 different flip flops
Hagrid with an 8+ inch beard
as many mac laptops as I could get
Baxter the baby and Geoge the Automattician both wearing turquoise
a Canadian (BC) license plate
3 people making a pyramid
a flying bird over a floating boat
married couple happily kissing
Oh, and if you think that’s the kind of meetup and company you want to be part of, we’re hiring.
I made an intro video for my coworkers at Automattic. This is the video w/out the speech. Shows Vancouver “in my eyes”
My current status: hanging out at the beach in sunny hot Vancouver