Royal Rumble Live…um..something?

Warning: This is a post about Professional Wrestling, choose to ignore if you don’t give a damn.

So I have been asked to post/tweet about the Royal Rumble, which is one of the best Wrestling Pay-Per-View (PPV) events of the year, which happens tonight! If you are not a wrestling fan, but are somewhat interested in it, I always find the Royal Rumble to be a good starting point if you wanna watch a wrestling PPV. Wrestlemania is a great PPV event, but it gives new viewers a skewed perspective on how wrestling events usually work. Wrestlemania is larger than life in all aspects, including the wrestlings involved/the fireworks/the arena/etc. The Royal Rumble events usually have the same setting as every wrestling show, which is a medium sized basketball (or hockey) arena. It features the most wrestlers, because of the 30 man Royal Rumble match, and it typically features a strong main event to setup the main event for Wrestlemania….though not always.

The Royal Rumble holds a special place in my heart. In 1997 the Royal Rumble occurred at the Alamodome in San Antonio, and I went with a friend and my brother. It was an amazing show, and it was my first PPV live show I went to. I love watching wrestling live. I do miss the announcers, because they bring a lot of the show, but being live makes everything feel more real. The energy the crowd creates is unlike anything, and everything is so much louder when you are live. I highly recommend watching this PPV if you happen to have a subscription to the WWE Network (which is NINE NINETY NINE BROTHER!).

Tonight is one of the most unpredictable shows I can remember. I honestly have no idea who is going to win, whether you are talking about the 30 man Royal Rumble match, or the main event of the PPV. I won’t go through the details of each match now, there are plenty of commercials (like this one, and this one) .

So a friend of mine who runs a small wrestling community site asked me to “live blog” while I am watching the show. I don’t even know what the hell that really means? I know the technical term for “live blog” is to watch some webpage with words scrolling about what certain people think, while advertising is going on in the background and other people are commenting. That sounds like facebook and twitter, doesn’t it?

To me blogging should feel more stream of conscious, so I may write my thoughts of each match in it’s own blog post then save them as drafts. Twitter is going to be a good place for me to post immediate reactions in small bites, but I have trouble keeping up with twitter. It may be too much for me to read twitter, watch a PPV, and then write blog posts. We’ll see. This is my first time doing this.

So if I am going to bet who is going to win tonight, I would likely lose a lot of money…no matter who I choose. I have a serious feeling WWE is gonna serve, which means they are going to do something very crazy and unpredictable. We will see. I am excited. :)

So yeah…cancer

I have been struggling with a way to discuss the recent events regarding my health, and I haven’t come up with an easy way to talk about it directly. 

A couple years ago I had a health scare in which I thought I had cancer. Thankfully I did not, but thought to myself “If I did have cancer, I would have been really disappointed with my bucket list.” I made a lot of changes, including traveling more and living in a more positive way.

Fast forward to the past couple months. It was recently discovered that I had brain cancer, but it isn’t as serious as it sounds. Everything is going to be fine since things were discovered early. I am going to have some very not-fun treatments, but it will be fine.

When my doctor gave me the news, I thought “I have done a lot of shit in the past year and a half, no big deal now.” So with the news , my only reaction was asking “What’s next,” like President Bartlet does in The West Wing. What a difference a short amount of time makes.

More life changes will come, but I am feel very happy and lucky to have the life I have. I recently had a role change where I help guide a team of talented folks in Automattic, and with that new responsibility I have the amazing opportunity to do what I do well, and help my team kick a lot of ass. Life is not going to slow down for me, anytime soon. 

Ode to a Frostbitten Chicken

Chris Lauzon:

I really need to go to Maine.

Originally posted on The Fifth-Acre Farm Homesteading Project:


Winter in southern Maine,

have some ice with your deep snow,

temperatures drop below zero,

as I write this backyard chicken refrain.

Our girls are new to this kind of cold,

just want to eat insect larvae and weeds,

just want to poop and eat simultaneously,

anything but peck at this frozen leaf mold.

Twenty below zero is for the birds, man,

let’s stay inside the coop,

let’s sleep in our own poop,

we are totally starting an egg-laying ban.


Those tall, plucked freaks who feed us

thaw our water on the daily,

they clean our heating pad gaily,

but we find this routine tedious:


scratch the straw in the run for seeds,

eat desiccated meal worms (chicken crack),

perch on the roost, minds on one track—

how could this happen to such hardy breeds?

Just a couple of discolored combs, it could have been much worse.

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Favorite music of 2014

2014 is almost done, and it has been an amazing year for music! I know folks like to do their favorite ‘top 10 lists’ for music, but I figure I can add my own two cents in. I love music, and 2014 has been the best year for finding new music in a very long time. Here are some of my favorites:

Morning Phase by Beck

I couldn’t believe how amazing this album was! It is very slow, but beautiful and deep. This is my favorite Beck album, by far.

Royal Blood by Royal Blood

They basically kick a lot of ass. I love this band and I cannot wait to see them live.


St. Vincent by St. Vincent

A really good and creative album, from beginning to end.

Present Tense by Wild Beasts

I loved this album, though I would actually recommend their previous album ‘Smoother’ before listening to this album if you have never heard a Wild Beasts album.

Run the Jewels 2 by Run the Jewels

I didn’t get the hype of this album at first, but it’s some really good angry hip-hop.

Mandatory Fun by Weird Al

I love satire and found myself listening to Weird Al’s album a lot. This is one of his better works.

Intersteller: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Hans Zimmer

If you love movie scores, you cannot miss this one. Hans Zimmer knocks it out of the park, yet again.

Endless River by Pink Floyd

It’s Division Bell style Pink Floyd without the bad lyrics. I loved every moment of this album. Makes me sad that this could be their last one, but this album fits right on to their other amazing classics.

One Central Hub for All Your Content

Chris Lauzon:

This was one of the coolest things I got to see made, and it’s something every WordPress user can use (Every user of “automattically” and users who have the Jetpack plugin installed on self-hosted WordPress sites.

Originally posted on News:

Last week, we announced a few updates to the interface, including faster stats and enhanced site management on both desktop and mobile devices.

Our push to make all sites faster and easier to access and manage continues. This week, we’re thrilled to unveil a few brand-new features that allow bloggers, publishers, and business owners to run their sites and manage their content from one central hub, no matter what device they’re using.

From new blog post and page management tools to Jetpack site integrations, we hope you enjoy the latest additions as much as we do!

Centralized post management

You can now access all your posts from one convenient location, whether you write one personal blog or publish on multiple sites. Quickly sort through published, scheduled, drafted, or even trashed posts for one or all of your sites at once!


A visual preview of each blog post lets…

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Field Notes: BlogHer PRO 2014

Chris Lauzon:

Great post on Blogher!

Originally posted on News:

Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer — from talking about making great products to using design to tackle social challenges.

Recently, Story Wrangler Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Happiness Engineers Carolyn Sonnek, Deborah Beckett, and Jen Hooks attended the third annual BlogHer PRO ’14 conference, an event for professionally minded bloggers looking to take their blogs, brands, and businesses to the next level.

A conference is a great way to dive deeper into your passion of blogging. You invest in specific skills you want to hone and get inspired by big ideas, and also take a break from that glowing screen. It’s fun to immerse yourself in an inspiring setting where avatars become faces and Twitter handles become real people.

Image by Jen Hooks

BlogHer PRO ’14 was…

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Automattic Lexicon: +t +d

Chris Lauzon:

I agree…. +t +d !!!!

Originally posted on Revolutionize the way hospitality is done on the internet:

Automattic is a fully distributed company; we all work from where ever we are, any flat surface with access to the internet. This comes with many benefits, as well as some curious downsides, but one of the most interesting things is the way that a fully global, exclusively-online working community interacts socially.

Like any group who spends time on the internet (ie in 2014, most groups) we are exposed to different memes and cultural references, and like any group, we create our own sort of tropes and references and inside jokes. One of these is “+t +d.”


“+t +d” on the most superficial level is an abbreviation of an abbreviation – you begin with “Totally, Definitely,” which is reduced to save time and increase it’s cool factor, to “Totes Def,” which of course is naturally shortened even further to “+t +d.”

Yes, there are those who see this as an…

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2014 Midterm Elections, Get Out The Vote!

Originally posted on News:


Since 2004, WordPress has set out with an ambitious goal in mind — to democratize publishing and put state-of-the-art tools in front of publishers both large and small across the planet. We believe strongly in this vision because when more people have access to powerful tools on the web, that in-turn empowers them to do great things and publish amazing content. We feel the same way when it comes to democratizing, well, democracy — and in just a few weeks, citizens across the United States will have a unique opportunity to flex their political muscle and vote in the 2014 Midterm Elections.

For our part, we want to provide our US-based users a set of resources to help them make a smart, informed decision when it comes to who they will vote for. We also want to provide a toolkit so that they can get more information on where to…

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Dear Coffee, I love you

I had trouble sleeping last night, so I hit the coffee hard. After a “couple” of cups of coffee, I’m reminded that I love coffee. I love coffee so much I feel the need to write a bad Haiku:

Dear Coffee,

When Black, Warm, and Fresh
Caffeine awakens psyche
Neighbors survive me