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Annual Review: 2014 (One Year After Quitting My Job)

Annual Review: 2014 (One Year After Quitting My Job)

I was at the highest point of my IT career in 15 years. I could have gone even higher, but after almost 5 years with a leading software company, I quit my job in January to go off on my own. What was I thinking?! I felt as if I had outgrown my position (I was getting a little bored) and kept asking myself, “So this is what I have to look forward to? Spending all my time in exchange for a paycheck and 3 weeks of vacation every year… there has to be more to it than this, right?” I mean, it wasn’t that bad. All things considered, it was quite good for me and a lot of other people who work/worked there. I was pretty damn good at what I did, and I had been successful in my career achievements thus far. After work, I’d spend leisure time riding my bike or go climbing with friends. I was in pretty good physical condition. I was living a comfortable life. A lot of my friends were getting married, buying houses, having kids, and settling down. I thought that I should probably do that too. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with settling down. It’s the path that society expects you to take. At a certain age, it becomes the normalizing social factor. It gives everyone something to talk about – they can all relate to one another, because they’re all in the same situation together. And I thought that I was ready to go for it myself. I had stepped up my dating game and was having some relationships...

Radiohead Squashes the Music Industry (Like a Bug)

Hi, we’re Radiohead. You may have heard of us before, maybe not. Our contract with Capitol expired after we released Hail to the Thief in ’03. Yesterday we announced the release of our next album In Rainbows on October 10th. If you’d like to pay for it, thanks, but we’re going to leave it at your discretion. Honestly, we didn’t much feel like promoting this decaying business model. From when dinosaurs roamed the earth; we’ve since paid our dues. Prince had the right idea when he gave away his album Planet Earth for free. Then he sold out 21 consecutive shows. That’s brilliant. We like to play music as much as you like to listen. And we are quite pleased with this release, so do enjoy. See you at the show, Colin, Jonny, Ed, Phil & Thom About Benjamin PeroveBen has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises professionally since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Medellin,...

Post-Ride in Aspen

This year’s ride was infinitely better than last year’s. As I recall, it was 55 degrees and rainy which made for a long 100 miles. Not this time. The weather was perfect in comparison–a cold start & first climb, but eventually warming up to 70 with a mellow breeze from the north. AND I beat my PR by over TWO hours. 6:55, baby. Yahoo! That’s an average of about 14.5 mph (which also includes a lunch break). I wasn’t able to raise as much as last year, which really sucks. I don’t think $1/mile is unreasonable. I was able to raise almost $500, so thanks again to everyone that sponsored me! I may actually participate in a different ride next time, simply because I dislike asking people (and relatives) for money. About Benjamin PeroveBen has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises professionally since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Medellin,...

Total Lunar Eclipse

Did anybody get to see the lunar eclipse this morning? It occurred just after 5 am in this part of Colorado. I was outside with my binoculars. It was amazing! The light traveling through Earth’s atmosphere actually made the moon appear to be deep red in color, before eventually leaving totality behind the clouds as the sun came up. Good stuff! Also, there’s a meter shower coming up on August 31st that shouldn’t be missed! About Benjamin PeroveBen has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises professionally since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Medellin,...

Aspen Ride For The Cure 100

I’m in! Last year, I raised $575 for the Aspen Ride for the Cure. This year, my goal is to break $1000! Be a part of something special! Donate $10, $20, $50, or more for my efforts on September 8th, 2007. Last year, I had 4 flat tires and my right pedal broke on the second climb in the rain, yet I finished the 100 mile course in 9:10. This year, I endeavor to finish in less than 7 hours! Smooth sailing is anticipated without flat tires or mechanical issues. Make your tax deductible contribution by clicking on the link above. Do it. You’ll feel good inside. About Benjamin PeroveBen has been associated with a broad spectrum of technologies starting from an early age, and he's contributed to the success of many businesses and enterprises professionally since 2001. Most of his time is spent building cool stuff. When he's not working, he enjoys reading, playing acoustic guitar, and being with friends. He currently resides in Medellin,...