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DANIELLE MAYER to bring a Mini Maker Faire to Fresno. I hope that the total raised, $2,325, will go a long, long way to making that happen. And Danielle, I can tell you that there are a lot of people interested in seeing this happen. If you’re looking for volunteers, you won’t have any trouble finding them! I think Fresno would do well with an event like this, and the people who donated were largely in favor of seeing you awarded with this money. If there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know. Good luck, and we’ll be following your progress!   What Comes Next? For the Overfund, this may become a regular thing. In fact, I’ve got something in the works for it. Watch this space for more info on that in the near future. For Danielle? We’ll find out! … Continue reading

Overfund Finalists

This is the second scholarship we’ve put out into the world. Some quick stats for you: The fund started with $1,000 dollars. The post was collectively shared more than 200 times. The fund is now at $2,275 dollars. The average donation was $81.25 dollars. And the most important stat of all? More people pitched in to the fund, than applied for it. (there’s still time to donate)   Whenever you start to question what kind of world this is, just read that line over again. I was BLOWN AWAY. I still am. Again, as much as I’d like to fund them all, I’ve chosen just five finalists. The winner will be announced on Friday (June 29th). Your input is always welcome. In no particular order, these are the 5 finalists: Pablo Orozco …was executive director of an environmental non-profit (calexico new river … Continue reading

Let’s Overfund Someone’s Dream

A little over six months ago, something amazing happened. I offered up $1,ooo to someone who could take advantage of a gift like that and do something awesome. The response was so cool. People started chipping in. $1,000 turned into $2,100 — more than TWICE the amount the winner had hoped to gain. What winner you ask? Oh, that was Sabrina. She runs Anzula and with the money they were able to buy new equipment, which eliminated inefficiencies in the business, which enabled them to hire employees. She now has FOUR FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES as a result of this money. So all in all, the scholarship has been one of the best things to happen to us. –Sabrina Famellos Schmidt Let’s Do That Again   Join me by throwing in some dollars. Every penny goes to the selected winner, exactly none of it … Continue reading

Top 5 Scholarship Finalists

About a month ago, I announced that I would be giving a thousand dollars to someone who could demonstrate that money would make the difference between doing something awesome, and not doing it. I thought, it would be a neat & fun way to give back, and to encourage those that are out there trying to do stuff, when often, it’s so hard to do stuff. It was a small gesture. An idea. Much to my surprise, people started pitching in and that thousand dollars soon became $2,100. One of these applications is about to get much more than they bargained for. $1,100 dollars more, in fact. Applicants were spread throughout the world (the power of the Retweet strikes again), which was another surprise to me. AND even better, not one of the applicants blamed a poor economy for not being … Continue reading

Update 6: A Thousand Dollar Scholarship For A Doer

UPDATE 6: Another generous and anonymous donation! This is now the “Two-Thousand One-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”. UPDATE 5: Even though the deadline for applications has passed, people have not stopped being generous. Thanks to another anonymous donation, this is now the “Two-Thousand Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”. Now, that’s awesome! UPDATE 4: “I just want to be a part of changing a life in a simple way.” — Anonymous. We are now the “One-Thousand EIGHT-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer” UPDATE 3: We are now the “One-Thousand Seven-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”, thanks to a strictly anonymous giver! UPDATE 2: Stephanie Tinsley Schopp is throwing in another $100. It’s now the “One-Thousand Six-Hundred Dollar Scholarship For A Doer”. Thanks, Stephanie! UPDATE: Since announcing this initiative, two different people have come forward and would like to add to the pot. Therefore, the “Thousand Dollar Scholarship For … Continue reading

In Pursuit of Happiness. The Prequel.

Warning:  There are a lot of parenthesis in this blog post. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Over and over again you hear this thing: “Do what you love,” or, “Do what makes you happy,” or some variation on that theme.  Which, I have to say, sounds like great advice except that it’s useless to me. And if you’re like me (you are, I can tell) you have a pretty severe problem with that advice.  The problem is that you don’t know what you would love to do. Or put another way: We don’t know what makes us happy. Does that sound ridiculous?  Ok, kind of.  But not when you think it through.  Consider this scenario: You are given enough money to make your ends meet for 6 months; no strings attached.  That’s enough to quit your job and start fresh.  What do you do? (Or … Continue reading

Dispelling the Launch Myth

I’m just going to lay it down in small words: “If you build it, they will come,” is a crock of shit. To borrow a phrase, if I had a nickle for every time a website launch was delayed on account of the imperfections… As a web programmer, I see a lot of projects come and go. We depend on the project manager’s ability to say, “We could spend more time polishing and adding features, but let’s get this in front of some eyes,” which is a hard thing to say, I’ll admit, because there are 10,000 things that could be better.  If you happen to be the project manager, then that burden is on you. And what makes it even harder is this strange voice in your head that says, in no uncertain terms, that as soon as you upload those … Continue reading

Accidents & Inspiration

…will lead you to your destination. — Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Long Way Home I went to school on an academic scholarship, and I wish I could say that I got to do that on account of my incredible foresight,  determination, and hard work.  But that’s not at all what happened.  Here’s how it went down: When I was fairly young (7), I realized it felt really good to do well on my homework.  When you’re seven, you don’t really think of things in terms of hard and not-hard.  You think of things in terms of in-trouble versus not-in-trouble.  I didn’t think about being smarter than everyone else, I just saw an easy way to not agitate the adults at home or at school, and that seemed just fine to me. Compliments about being smart were nice, but really, I was … Continue reading

Is College Worth It?

There’s a healthy debate going on in which youngish people are wondering if going to college is worth the money, the time, the effort, the … hustle.  In fact, coverage of this very thing can be found on this website, Nettuts, which is known for it’s tutorials and not so much for its articles (you’ll see why).  If you ask me, the go-to-college-vs-get-a-job debate is tired.  Historically, college graduates make more than non-graduates, but that gap is closing.  I, for one, think there are better reasons to go to college than your salary, but I digress. Really, there are two things that I hear often enough to write about on account of their absurdity: “My friend so-and-so got her degree in [ something ] and hasn’t been able to find a job in [ a number of  ] years.” “My … Continue reading

Advice Teachers Should Give

The things we don’t say to students (but should!) in a neat little Top Ten list. Continue reading