Excited About 2018

Let’s face it. 2017 was shit for a lot of people. I won’t go into details, but anyone who reads the news knows what I’m talking about. Beyond having my beautiful second child I wasn’t so impressed with what the year brought.

Right now, I’m choosing to take a positive look at the near-ish future and say 2018 will be better. I don’t know how much. I just choose to do what I can to make it better than 2017 was for me. Things like:

Re-Launching DadBlog.Ninja

Tripling down on BreweryFinder.org

Posting more consistently on DaddysGrounded.com

Doing more interviews on FriendsBeer.Coffee

These are not hard and fast rules. They are general enough to give me wiggle room based on schedules. Being a parent takes up a lot of time in my weekly scheduled. The same can be said for the day job, part-time college classes and my travel habit.

I’m setting myself up for success in 2018. What are you doing?

Five Remote Job Sites You Should Be On Right Now


Looking for a Remote Position? Here are the websites to focus on when searching for that perfect remote employment.

There are hundreds of job sites out there for everything under the sun (and a few up in space). I’ve spent far too many hours jumping from site to site without finding exactly what I’m looking to do. That changed when I started spending some time on the sites listed below. Sign-up, apply and find a new gig today. Just remember to move fast. Some of these jobs won’t last long:


Remotive.io is a newsletter on remote tips & jobs sent every two weeks to 20,000+ remote workers. They also regularly update a list of 200+ startups that are currently hiring remotely. They have a jobs board [free] and a Slack community [paid.]

We Work Remotely

We Work Remotely is the “best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area.” They have RSS feeds for each remote job listing category that you can use with your favorite RSS reader or IFTTT to send you an email if you don’t want to remember to visit the page every day.


Angel.co is the place to connect with startups around the world. They have both remote and in person positions so remember to have the “Remote” filter on when searching. You can use the site to apply to jobs privately. Only the companies you apply to will see you’re looking for a job. Salary and equity options in the company are displayed before you apply. There is also a useful startup salary tool. Angel.co is great too because there are no recruiters to deal with when applying. Your application goes straight to the startup’s founders.

RemoteOK has over 500,000 user visits each month searching for remote jobs listed from companies all over the globe. They also offer a daily/weekly/monthly email list featuring all of the new jobs added to the site. It can be a bit tricky to navigate, but the jobs listed make it worth it.

Velvet Jobs

Velvet Jobs covers all sorts of positions, but has a listing of currently over 1,300 jobs classified as remote. The service is free when creating your profile and searching. It does push a subscription fee in order to apply for jobs, but I have been able to search Google with keywords in job listings on Velvet Jobs that I like and apply directly to the company for free.

United States Supreme Court Denies Aereo’s Vision of the Future


The United States Supreme Court issued an extremely disappointing ruling on the new TV viewing technologies developed by Aereo. The lack of understanding of how technology works and how people use it by the courts is completely astounding. This ruling has unfortunately made our technology future a little darker. I’m also curious to see how it affects the recently announced AndroidTV by Google.

You can read the full statement by Aereo’s CEO and founder Chet Kanjia below:

Statement from Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia on United States Supreme Court Decision

Court decision denies consumers the ability to use a cloud-based antenna to access free over-the-air television, further eliminating choice and competition in the television marketplace

New York, New York (June 25, 2014) – The following statement can be attributed to Aereo CEO and Founder, Chet Kanojia:

“Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court is a massive setback for the American consumer. We’ve said all along that we worked diligently to create a technology that complies with the law, but today’s decision clearly states that how the technology works does not matter. This sends a chilling message to the technology industry.  It is troubling that the Court states in its decision that, ‘to the extent commercial actors or other interested entities may be concerned with the relationship between the development and use of such technologies and the Copyright Act, they are of course free to seek action from Congress.’ (Majority, page 17)That begs the question: Are we moving towards a permission-based system for technology innovation?

“Consumer access to free-to-air broadcast television is an essential part of our country’s fabric. Using an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television is still meaningful for more than 60 million Americans across the United States.  And when new technology enables consumers to use a smarter, easier to use antenna, consumers and the marketplace win. Free-to-air broadcast television should not be available only to those who can afford to pay for the cable or satellite bundle.”

“Justice Scalia’s dissent gets it right. He calls out the majority’s opinion as ‘built on the shakiest of foundations.’ (Dissent, page 7)  Justice Scalia goes on to say that ‘The Court vows that its ruling will not affect cloud-storage providers and cable television systems, see ante, at 16-17, but it cannot deliver on that promise given the imprecision of its results-driven rule.’ (Dissent, page 11)

“We are disappointed in the outcome, but our work is not done.  We will continue to fight for our consumers and fight to create innovative technologies that have a meaningful and positive impact on our world.”

Source: http://blog.aereo.com/2014/06/statement-aereo-ceo-founder-chet-kanojia-united-states-supreme-court-decision/

Google Shows Support for Gay Olympic Athletes


Google is currently showcasing a new doodle on it’s homepage in support of all of the Olympic athletes participating in the Sochi 2014 Games. A quote from the Olympic Charter also accompanies the new doodle:

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.”

You can follow the games online at the official site: Sochi2014.com

You Might Be Suprise at What Multitasking While Driving Does To Your Brain

Everyone knows we’re not supposed to multitask while driving, but do you know why? Refraining from texting, changing the radio, or talking to other people in the car isn’t just cautionary advice from your parents and driver’s ed teachers. It turns out your brain literally can’t focus on too much at once. Find out why:

Were you really paying attention? Take the quiz to find out: http://ed.ted.com/on/Lj5N4g31

Ghost Launched to the Public Today

Ghost Public Launch. Image by Steve Jurvetson.
Ghost Public Launch. Image by Steve Jurvetson.

Ghost, the hot new blogging platform, launched to the public today. Three weeks ago the 6,000 people who supported the project got an early release of Ghost. Several updates and fixed have been added to the new release today. There are also some hosts like RackSpace that are offering Ghost auto-installs. Ghost has plans to offer a hosted option as well soon.

Envato, a Ghost launch partner, is offering up to $3,500 to new Ghost themes submitted and approved by the staff at ThemeForest to help get the Ghost Themes category going. The platform is open source and now also available on Github for “starring, forking, and pull requesting.”

Get all the details at: http://blog.ghost.org/public-launch/