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A friend of mine recently shared an io9 article about the 1997 movie, Contact, which happens to be one of my all-time favorite films. As a young atheist (born and raised), it represented everything I believed. It was a depiction of the struggle that we non-believers were up against when trying to convince the indoctrinated that their beliefs were foolish and unfounded.

Having since moved away from my atheist views, I see the other side of the coin: it represents the foolishness of believing that science has all the answers and that rational thought alone can reveal truth. …

A website design trend I rarely hear any complaints about are sticky headers. It seems to be a nearly universal trend and I myself have even implemented a few for my apps and sites. The problem with trends, however, is that often people stop thinking critically about why something became a trend in the first place, and whether the reasoning is sound. Worse yet, trends often seem to be intuitively correct which adds to the lack of critical thinking.

Sticky headers on the surface seem intuitive. Navigation is key to any website and it’s often the most prominent element in…

Advice from a Trained Professional

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My wife is the person I most admire in my life. She’s one of those people that makes everything she does look so damn easy. I have been humbled by her more times than anyone I’ve ever met. She earned her bachelors and masters degree in early childhood education from the University of Minnesota, which is where we met. She went on to work at the highly coveted University Childcare Center as an Area Coordinator and was one of their best employees. …

Why I Started Posting My Political Views on Social Media

A couple months ago I broke the unwritten rule about not posting political views on social media. Given that I’m a pretty right-leaning person living in a pretty left-leaning city, I got the typical range of reactions—anger, amusement, some agreement, confusion, and concern—but mostly, just silence. It’s not the anger I worry about about—it’s the deafening, unsettling silence. It’s what I‘ve been worrying about for some time now. Many close friends privately messaged me with their concern:

“Is everything okay?”

Is everything ok? Yeah, I think so. I mean, I used to think so. Or maybe I’m not sure…

The Philosophy and Story Behind Nothing More, LLC

It was the winter of 2007. I had just graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in physics. That most prestigious of all worthless degrees that both proves you’re smart enough to get a degree in physics yet dumb enough to only get a degree in physics. It took me six years, two changes in major, and one hell of a curve, but I did it — I confirmed I did not want to be a physicist. …

I am a father.

I am a husband.

I am a Minnesotan—born and raised.

I am a software developer.

I am 6 feet tall (actually more like 5'11.5'’).

I am an introvert at heart but an extrovert in practice.

I am the son of an entrepreneur.

I am an entrepreneur.

I am a kid who lost his mom to alcohol.

I am an adult who has abandonment issues.

I am a really good singer.

I am an amateur motorcycle racer.

I am a physics graduate.

I am not a physicist.

I am a contrarian.

I am a pain in the…

This is the script for a talk I gave at Google Dev Fest MN in 2015. It was meant to be a lighthearted history of web development and a commentary on its future.

The NeXT™ Big Thing

What’s the most important thing to come out of Switzerland? Chocolate? Clocks? Neutrality? The largest, most expensive scientific experiment in history which may eventually unlock the very secrets of the universe and unify our understanding of the smallest particles with that of the largest of heavenly bodies? No, none of these things. The answer is, of course, is the Internet.

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More specifically, the World Wide Web, which…

I’ve been an atheist all my life. I went to college to become a scientist. I am an obnoxious skeptic. I was very confident in my worldview – that is until life got hard enough for me to question everything I had previously been so confident in. It seems suffering is the most effective way to gain perspective.

I now realize I have been arguing against a straw man version of religion my whole life — like teasing a child for believing in Santa Claus. If Santa doesn’t actually exist, or any of the supernatural occurences in religious mythology for…

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The Matrix is one of my favorite movies of all time. I remember — thanks in no small part to certain pre-movie recreational activities — being fully blown away by the grand reveal to Neo about what the Matrix actually was. It’s far from a perfect movie though. The acting was pretty subpar (Keanu gets a pass because, well, he’s Keanu). The sequels were convoluted and bizarre. And there were serious plot holes as well.

I was a freelance developer for 7 years before taking my first full-time position with a company and never once had a dry pipeline. Here are a few bits of wisdom I collected over that time I thought I’d pass on to whomever it might help.

Avoid freelancing sites

I never bother with developer cattle mills like elance. They artificially deflate your value and are basically a breeding ground for cheap clients. Remember, most clients are going there to try to get work done as dirt cheap as possible. …

Mark Nutter

Freelance Software Developer Living in Minneapolis, MN

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