ramblings of joe

The Pirate Life

I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from Steve Jobs recently. One quote that’s been bouncing around my head quite a bit is this one from 1983:

“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.”

I’m sure there were many meanings tucked away inside that simple phrase, but the story I’ve seen attributed to Andy Hertzfeld (who was at Apple in 1983) centers around resisting the bureaucratic nonsense that was increasing in the Mac group at Apple as they were growing. Don’t give up your scrappy, win-at-all-costs, counter-culture identity just to conform to “the system”.

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Meet Dutch

Dutch is a 9-week old Blue Merle Goldendoodle, a frequent member of the “good dog” club, and lover of fetch. He’s named after our favorite coffee chain, Dutch Bros. Coffee1 and as a nod to Dutch Formula 1 driver (and defending world champion), Max Verstappen.

He’s the newest member of the family, and we love him so much!

Who's a good boy?

  1. Financial disclosure, I own a [small] number of shares in Dutch Bros ($BROS) ↩︎


Real Artists Ship

There’s an aphorism that’s attributed to Steve Jobs that I’ve often used to spur on my own artistic endeavors:

“Real artists ship.”

Those three simple words convey a whole host of underlying meaning, and personally I find it incredibly helpful to refocus my own efforts toward the end goal: shipping my art for the world to see.

I’ve had several pet projects I’ve been working on, in some cases for multiple years, that I keep tinkering away on with no end in sight. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that – it’s good to have side projects that sharpen your craft or serve as test beds for learning – but at least one of the projects has been eating away at me, calling out for me to ship it.

So over the next little bit, I’ll put in the final touches of work needed to get it to v1.0, and ship it. Stay tuned!

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Airbnb announces their ‘2022 Summer Release’

A couple weeks ago Airbnb announced a new remote work program for their employees, and with that CEO Brian Chesky briefly touched upon their plan to have two major releases each year:

The backbone of how we operate will continue to be our single company calendar with our multi-year roadmap. It’s centered around two major product releases each year—a May release and a November release. Even though not everyone directly works on these product releases, we’re organizing our entire calendar around them to maintain company-wide alignment.

The first of these major product releases is now rolling out, and although many on Twitter are panning it as a letdown after Chesky teased that this announcement would include “the biggest change to Airbnb in a decade”, I think the bigger story is that Airbnb is switching up the typical fortnightly “bug fixes and updates” release notes with a strategy to make a bigger splash twice a year.

I appreciate their different approach.


Sometimes growth is achieved through the process of making your dreams reality. Other times, growth is achieved by letting go of dreams that are no longer serving you.

It’s ok to change along the way and adjust what you’re looking for.

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