I am a nerd failure. HERE ARE TEN REASONS WHY!

OK, probably not ten. I only added that last bit to make my friend John twitch. In a good-natured way. I hope it works. (:

I fail as a nerd because:

* I like coffee. It doesn’t have to be espresso, it doesn’t have to be fancy. I like coffee from Pig N Pancake just as much as anyplace else. (That link is to a photo from Pig N Pancake, take a good look. That coffee tastes just like you think it does.) I have an Aeropress and I use it because it’s not much more cleanup than the K-Cup machine and I get MOAR COFFEE.

* I use a notebook AND OmniFocus. So I’m not a digital GTDer or an analog one either. Some things get written down, some get typed. It works for me, which is what I thought was important. I’m sure I’m wrong about it though.

* I have an iPhone 4S. It’s not a 5, or a 5S, and to add insult to injury I ONLY have the iPad 3. Nothing in my house takes a Lightning cable. My real failure here is that I don’t mind it since everything works. I only want a 5 for a better camera, honestly, which is what I wanted out of the 4S when I picked THAT up. From what I understand, not only am I supposed to HAVE two different Lightning cabled-devices, I’m supposed to be mad about the switch from 30-pin.

* I have one external monitor. Not two, just the one. And it’s not even an IPS monitor at that.

* My laptop isn’t Retina. I had the opportunity and didn’t take it. I couldn’t see a reason to spend an extra $500 (at the time) and I don’t regret it. I wonder sometimes if I shoulda got the 11″ Air, but since I didn’t have the aforementioned extra monitor at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to scale down that far.

* I have a day job. It’s a good one, and I work from home, but I don’t run this site (or any site) as a full time gig. I do something else and this is what I try to fit in the margins.

* I am not a developer. I want to be, and I’m working on it, but I can’t even really read CSS that well. I understand a lot of what goes into programming, but I don’t do it now.

So like I said, apparently I am a failure as a nerd. I apologize for the inconvenience. And for the spike in Floridian apoplexies.*

*Now I wait to see what shows up in the comments about people’s cover bands…

…amazing things will happen.

I’m reading “The War For Late Night“, and I was reminded of this:

All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.

Conan O’Brien said this on his last Tonight Show, and it resonated with me then – January 2010 – because I have tried to be kind and not cynical since I learned what cynicism was. (That was a long time ago, by the way, I didn’t look it up after Conan said it on tv.)

I don’t claim to be able to put a dent in the universe or anything, but I try to help where I can. I do easy stuff like donate to the Red Cross on my phone, or retweet someone I know who worked really hard on a good app and now wants to get attention for it. I volunteer to help out at different nerd events around town, and I am working with my friend Jean on App Camp 4 Girls to help make the world a better place for nerdy girls like me. I try to help and I try not to be a super complainer; there are other people who are way better at it and honestly most of what I have to complain about would be considered First World Problems, so I go for the joke or the smile or the fun thing instead.

Here’s how I know it’s working for me:

This makes me feel like I’m doing something right. So I’ll keep it up. I have worked hard, and I have tried to be kind, and I have two amazing jobs and some fun side things too. I like to think they are related.


Here’s my new site. It’s all like, neat and new and stuff. Don’t be alarmed if it changes a bit, right now I have a really basic idea what I want it to look like, and as I look at it more I’ll start tweaking it.

What you should see here is where you can find me, and if it’s advance of the event, when you can find me too (please do, we should hang out!), and the occasional post or two in ongoing series such as “Stuff Kelly Likes” and “Hai-Kelly” which is haiku when I write it. Mostly I need a central repository for myself, but haven’t built it yet. So now here it is! I hope you like it.