A couple of weeks ago, I attended Adaptive Path‘s most excellent UX Week in San Francisco. In an effort to make sure I got the most out of the conference, I went analog with my notes. Truth be said, I’m horrible taking notes on a computer and as I’ve been needing to do more sketching, this proved an opportune time to do that. I’ve put together a Flickr setÂ of my notes, but if you’d like to get the all together I’ve made a couple of PDFs (hi-res and lo-res) to download. Feel free to download them, read and learn from them.
Well, if you’ve been following me over on TwitterÂ you already know that we finally closed on the sale of our house in Minnesota. It’s sad in a way, but also a relief to have it sold. All the best to the new owner! (She got a killer deal.)
Now that it’s sold and we’re currently renting, I find myself in need of a new hobby. 😉 My old hobby was fixing up my house. What to do, what to do? I’m sure I’ll come up with something.
Don’t know how this little gem slipped by me, but what a fun little show by Joss Whedon.
After nearly 4 years with a small hosting company and another, newer account with Media Temple, I finally decided that it was time to pull the trigger and go with MT and stop paying for two hosting accounts, it just wasn’t worth it to me.
Right now, everything’s going through a bit of a transition, hopefully the dust will settle down over the weekend. If you need to reach me, you can try my gmail account (tyhatch at gmail).
Update 1:Â There will be an open house on Saturday, April 26 from 2pm-3pm. Stop by and see the house!
With my new job, comes another cross country move to a new location. Which means, sadly, we need to sell our very cool, big house. When we first purchased it in 2006, we planned on staying put for several years. There were no plans to move anytime soon, so we embarked on cleaning up and fixing the house how we wanted it. In the process we’ve improved several aspects of the house, including rewiring the living room (and pulling enough wire to complete rewiring the upstairs) updating the phone wiring for better high speedÂ internetÂ connections and installed a climbing wall in a bedroom for the kids. Now it’s finally how we imagined it to be, and we’re leaving.
The house is located in the original plot of the town of Stewartville, Minnesota, a small town 10 minutes south of Rochester, MN. It’s the birthplace of Richard Sears, (we can see the house he grew up in from ours.) The neighbors are wonderful, the neighborhood is quiet, and there’s a city park just around the corner with trails and picnic tables and a great play area for kids.
If you work in Rochester (possibly at Mayo Clinic or IBM–the area’s two largest employers), there’s a commuter bus stop a mere 2 minute walk from the house! That’s how I’ve gone to work the past 18 months. It’s great. Had I not accepted my new position, we’d be happily living in this wonderful house for a long time.
So if you are looking to buy in the area, or know someone who is, let them know aboutÂ this great house.
I noticed a slight bump in traffic this morning, looking at myÂ MintÂ stats it appears that the cat is now out of the bag officially about my joining theÂ NorthTempleÂ crew. It’s an understatement to say I’m very excited to be joining such a great team of designers working on something I deeply believe in. I’ll be there in mid-May.
I’m also leaving behind anotherÂ talentedÂ andÂ funÂ group of designers at Mayo Clinic who I will miss.Â It’s been great working with the creative team lead by Dan Brevick. He’s been one of the best Creative Directors I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He’sÂ looking for my replacementÂ right now. It’s a great place to work and has some incredible benefits that are hard to find in today’s job market and you’d join a stellar team that is a lot of fun to be a part of. Not only that, you get to work on a wide range of projects that help people live better, healthier lives.
Sometimes life throws you really nastyÂ curve-balls. Best you can do is keep going. Then there’s those who soldier on and create good from the tragedies they experience. Such is the story of Viola Vaughn. I justÂ read her story over on CNN. Truly an inspiring story. And aÂ true hero to those she’s helped.