A New Job (2014 edition)

In 2008, I started working for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, my first job where I ended up working on Drupal sites practically full-time (my first Drupal experience was on 4.x in 2005). I also started Midwestern Mac, LLC in 2008, and from that time to now have built two SaaS services (Hosted Apache Solr and Server Check.in), and over 100 other Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 sites, along with a few mobile apps and a Mac app (Quick Resizer).

In 2011, I moved on to Flocknote, and learned a lot building a Drupal-based communications platform used by more than half a million people. This was also a full-time remote job, and I worked with a small but very strong team from Texas, Missouri, Florida, and Tennessee.

In 2013, I went to Mercy and worked on a major intranet migration (Drupal 6 to Drupal 7) and Mercy.net, the hospital system's patient-facing site, which runs on Drupal 7.

I am proud to have worked with all the individuals and companies these past few years, and am indebted to all of them for the support and professional development they've offered—each in a unique way. Throughout my work, I have had the good fortune to be able to learn other languages, tools, and techniques, even to the point of writing a book on Ansible! I have also become a husband and father, and been able to do some great things in my Church, my community, and the Drupal community.

Acquia Logo

This year, I'm moving to Acquia! Acquia is one of the largest Drupal service providers, and I'll be working in the Professional Services group as a Technical Architect. In this new role, I'll be able to help even more organizations do amazing things with Drupal. I've only been to Acquia's Boston HQ once, but I already feel like a part of the team, as I've been in numerous Hangouts and chats (I'll be working remotely from St. Louis—new home-office-building project, yay!).

To all my co-workers at Mercy: thanks for the great time and fun projects we've worked on together. Keep fighting for the users! To my new co-workers at Acquia: I'm excited to join you guys, and look forward to seeing you starting October 6!

Yet Again: Catholics, please stop stealing artwork and graphics!

I feel like a broken record... yet again, I was perusing the Internet (this time, Twitter), and then I noticed an illustration—a very familiar one—of the Roman collar (the white collar worn by priests):

@Boutleg didn't create the graphic; it looks like uCatholic originally posted the graphic on Facebook, where it was shared and reshared thousands of times, and liked (through that network of shares) many thousands of times.

Regardless, that graphic is the logo of the Priestie Boyz, and was lifted directly off the home page:

Priestie Boyz home page

As I've stated in my previous post on this topic, Catholics are NOT excused from licensing or copyright law. Besides the fact that I would've immediately given permission for the image's use if a tag were added to the graphic attributing the source, I spent a lot of time working on that graphic, getting the curves just right, taking a bunch of different photos to get a good angle to distinctly show the collar, and a bit of money on Adobe Illustrator, which was used to create the vector artwork.

Please, please, please attribute sources (at a minimum), and ask image and photo owners for permission before spreading them around, especially on social media, where proper attribution is a very tricky business!

A Busy Spring!

Between writing a book on Ansible, coaching volleyball at De Smet, preparing presentations for STL.JS and DrupalCon, and—lest I forget the most important responsibility of all—being a loving father and husband (see photo below!), I haven't had more than a minute to spare for writing for this blog, or processing some of the fun photos I've taken of ducks, deer, a fox, or feral cats running around our house!

Every Superhero Needs a Sidekick

Even with the bustle, I feel more calm now than I have for a while. Last year, at this time, I was in the hospital suffering from a terrible bout of mono (which attacked me while my immune system was being suppressed by one of my Crohn's-related drugs!). That experience gives me perspective, and I try to remember the thoughts that were going through my head the night I was in the ICU, asking for my pastor to anoint me, just in case...

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of your life, remember your purpose, your dignity, and that you are in control of your stress, your worries, and your fears. Keep calm and carry on!

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