Category: About Aaron

  • Five lessons from Eight Years as a WordPress Core Committer

    Five lessons from Eight Years as a WordPress Core Committer

    Today marks eight years since I first committed to WordPress Core. Like many things, this feels like both yesterday and forever ago. Reflecting on this, I thought of five lessons I have learned from being a maintainer of what is now 43% of the internet. Have a bias toward action Learning when to move fast […]

  • Giving Five Months Notice

    Giving Five Months Notice

    The standard advice is to give two weeks notice when you leave a job. Sometimes you might add an extra week, or subtract a few days, but two weeks is normal in America. I am not someone who is ever called standard or normal, so I recently gave five months notice. Myself and the other […]

  • My Covid Story (so far)

    My Covid Story (so far)

    Three weeks ago today, on Sunday 19 December, I got a notification that an event I was at the previous Tuesday had someone that tested positive. OK, such is life in these modern times. I was planning on taking it easy the next few days anyway, so I’ll make sure to test a few times […]

  • On With my Head! A return from Headless WordPress

    On With my Head! A return from Headless WordPress

    Last year I switched this domain from running a traditional WordPress site to running a headless WordPress site. I built the site with Next.js, Tailwind CSS, and the WordPress REST API. I had it set up to pull data from three different WordPress sites, allowing me to keep an art journal, post my art, and […]

  • “Impeach”

    “Impeach”

    One of my personal goals for 2020 is that I want to Make, View, and Buy more art. I’ve also long dreamed of owning an original piece by someone who’s work is in major museums. These two dreams collided when Jenny Holzer announced a limited edition piece to address the impeachment of Donald J Trump. […]

  • Top 10 posts I didn't publish this decade

    Top 10 posts I didn't publish this decade

    Over the last 10 years, I’ve not published a lot. By that I mean I’ve started drafting a post 198 times and left it in purgatory. I also have 4 that have sat for over a decade. Some of those are things I’m working on, but the vast majority of those will never see the […]

  • Thirty Six

    Thirty Six

    36 is the smallest square triangular number other than one. Its also the sum of the letters and the numerals, so its a pretty fun number. Let’s hope it’s a pretty fun year. 35 was a hard year, mostly because it’s the year my mom died. Frankly, the time leading up to and the time […]

  • Last Will and Testement

    This post is designed to serve as my final wishes when I end up #dead. It was last updated April 2019. My brother is hereby designated as responsible for fulfilling these wishes. HAHA, Sucker. Upon my death, I am to be cremated. My ashes should be thrown in the face of Mitch McConnell. If that […]

  • An Ode to my Mom

    An Ode to my Mom

    This is based on remarks I delivered at the celebration of my Mom’s life held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Memorials may be made in Debi Jorbin’s memory to American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org. Last year, I went to the National Gallery of Art and saw a painting there from Pablo Picasso. It’s a painting called The […]

  • Thirty Five

    Thirty Five

    This is my fifth tetrahedral number birthday and me second consecutive semi-prime birthday. As a multiple of five, it’s also a “round number”. Thirty Four was a year that I continued my growth as an artist. I regularly painted, sketched, and played with colors and shapes. I’ve started experimenting with block printing, and set up […]


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