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Remembering Jordan Breeding

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On January 12th a very close friend of mine, Jordan Breeding, died from colon cancer. It was the end of a long series of events that started with a car hitting him in April. I was living with him at the time as Jordan had graciously offered me his couch to sleep on while I […]

Pbur’s Next Adventure: Apple

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TL;DR: I’ve accepted a position at Apple in Cupertino, CA and I start there March 3. I’m very excited! Ever since I understood what getting a job meant, I’ve wanted to work at Apple. I was in junior high and I was tooling around on a friend’s Apple IIe writing basic programs to do who […]

RIP Sam: 2003-2014

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Not longer after we got our first dog Bailey, we quickly realized that she had a lot more energy than we were ready to deal with. We decided to her a companion dog to play with and be able to burn off energy with. That’s how we ended up at the SPCA one July day […]

Dallas Turkey Trot 2013

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After watching my brother Greg finish his second Dallas Marathon last December, I’ve spent this past year getting back into running. I’d gotten back up to being able to run a 5K without walking and was doing that every other morning, getting a little bit faster each time out. That went well through the Spring […]

Growing up fast

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I got this idea of posting beginning of school year and end of school year photos from Linda Sharps (who is hilarious on Twitter). It really shows how much the kids change over a relatively short time and yet we don’t notice it because it’s happening so gradually. First, Brenden: First day of 1st Grade […]

RIP: Jim Burleson 1949-2013

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On the morning of May 30 I got one of those calls you never want to get. The nursing facility where my dad was doing physical therapy called me at 6:15 AM and left me a message because I had Do Not Disturbed enabled. I noticed the message shortly after 6:30 when my alarm went […]

RIP Bailey: 2002-2013

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I’ll never forget the first week after we got our Black Lab-mix rescue Bailey. We came home after an evening of celebrating my birthday in 2003 to find Bailey, who was in a puppy fence in our kitchen, had turn up a foot-wide circle of our linoleum. She was super lucky she was a very […]

2012 Pun World Championship Final Round

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I’m a sucker for puns and this is 13 minutes of awesome. (via Kottke)

High School Basketball Player Will Make You Cry

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An incredible story of sportsmanship and being a good human being.

‘Picy! ‘Picy! ‘Picy!

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Our daughter Emily has this really cute thing she does when she’s eating something she’s been told is spicy. Or is something that has been spicy in the past but isn’t necessarily spicy this time around. She takes a bite, then yells “‘Picy! ‘Picy! ‘Picy!” and grabs her drink and takes a gulp. Wash, rinse, […]

Committed

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Today, my friend Justin Williams released a great new developer tool called Committed. It’s an OS X application that uses Notification Center to let you know when new commits have been pushed to a GitHub repository. It’s only $5 on the App Store. Go buy it!

WWDC Night of Meat Results

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I haven’t written about this before, but a friend of mine Steve Streza and I have been organizing a yearly event during Apple’s developer conference called the WWDC Night of Meat. This year we made it a charity fundraiser. It’s taken me far too long to gather the final tally and make the donation, but […]

NSConference 2012

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Back in March, I had the opportunity to attend NSConference in Reading, England. Scotty, Dave, Claire and their team have put together a great show from venue to the speaker lineup to the food. One of things that’s great about NSConference is that it’s held a ways out of town at a country club style […]

Dylan’s Candy Bar

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During our anniversary trip, Maggie and I made a point to go visit Dylan’s Candy Bar. For those that haven’t been, it’s an awesome 3 story candy store in NYC. It’s hard to capture just how much candy is in this place, but I’ve tried with the following photos. We plan on taking our kids […]

10 years

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On June 1, Maggie and I celebrated 10 years of marriage. It’s been an incredible time and she’s the best wife and friend I could have ever asked for. To celebrate we took a trip to NYC. It was the first time we’d been back to the city since 2007 and we had a great […]

Watch Out For Counterfeit Mophie Juice Pack Cases

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Recently, I made a disastrous mistake with my Mophie Juice Pack Plus by partially submerging it in some water. This of course destroyed it and with only a couple of weeks until WWDC, I needed to get a replacement pronto. I jumped on Amazon and noticed the Mophie was selling for $65, which was an […]

Brenden Graduated from Kindergarten

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Our little boy keeps growing up. This past week, he graduated from Kindergarten. It’s been amazing watching him mature and learn during this school year. He’s learned to read and to do math as well as being very good at spelling tests. While we’re very excited about him graduating, it is a little bit sad […]

MartianCraft

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I realized I never put this on the blog, but back in November I started working with the great guys at MartianCraft. I’ve been super busy working on a client app that should get released sometime this week. I’m pretty excited about that app being unleashed on the world, and I’ll be sure to post […]

Treadmill Desk

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Back in December my friend Jeff LaMarche posted that he had built a treadmill desk and then a little later wrote up the plans for the one he built. I also work with Jeff on projects for MartianCraft, so I was able to see that switching to a treadmill desk had no impact on his […]

Hand Camp 2012

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Last weekend, the kids and I made our way back to Hand Camp for our second year (you can read about last year here). We almost didn’t get to go this year as we were initially wait listed. On Tuesday of last week, we got a call from the people who organize the camp that […]