Cool Gandalf Quote

I heard this on the TV last night and it seemed to resonate with me so much I decided to not go to bed last night, haha:

End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.

Respect! I need to see LoTR again.

Spotify and their pride playlists

So at first I was feeling like Spotify was taking advantage of the orlando shooting thing because of all of their new Gay Pride playlists, though a friend of mine said they had some of them before the tragedy happened.

So I took a look at their playlists and…well…I love them. So, yeah, stereotypes are real.

Pride Classic Playlist

Loud and Proud Playlist

There’s a ton more but they’re all awesome! I tried to find something similar on Tidal, but haven’t been able to find anything close.

Buffer on Layoffs and Tough News

This article just came out today about Buffer’s decision to lay folks off. I can relate to a lot of feelings Joel expressed in the post. My support and prayers go out to the Buffer team, especially to the folks who lost their job. That’s 10 people who’s lives just got negatively impacted, and change forever. I’m sure the management team, at Buffer, took a lot of that into consideration.

I have great respect for Buffer’s belief in transparency. I think their level of transparency has helped grown a techie fan base. I have a lot of co-workers who are huge fans of Buffer, for that reason.

I’ve been laid off one time. I was working in a industry I thought I wanted to work in, which was the Video Game industry. I was doing customer support for a popular multiplayer online game…well..popular at the time. There was a reason why we had layoffs, tee hee.

When I was laid off, I was devastated. I felt devalued, lost all confidence, and thought my life was over. Thankfully it was an event that changed me forever, and turned me into someone who became more career driven.

One of the men who ran the company that laid me off, once referred to me (and my team) as a monkey. He said “Well…a monkey can do your job! Isn’t that right, monkey?” It’s pretty stunning that this man is referred to as a “darling” in the Austin TX tech community.

Anyway, the point is…..I deeply appreciate the folks at Buffer. They went a long way to explain their side of things, and that’s pretty fantastic. It shows that they care. It is much better than what many of us get to experience from unethical business owners.

New Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities

The video for the new Red Hot Chili Peppers song came out today! I couldn’t find a video on youtube, but the video is posted in this NME article.

I love the song and I cannot wait for the new album. Sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers are going for a sound with more layers, but some classic funk style. I love it.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should totally check out Red Hot Chili Peppers on Carpool Karaoke.

How automattic has labeled me

I am at the airport getting ready to board the plane. I give my ticker to the gate agent, and they see my last name. The agent asks “Oh, Christopher…Lauzon.” 

He pronounced my name correctly! Most people make my last name sound like “LOUUUZON.” 

So I said “oh, wow you pronounced my name correctly!”

“Oh great,” he said “I’m glad I did. You know , your last name sounds a little like lasagna. Did you know that?” 

I frowned and said “yes, my Co workers remind me of that every single day.” 

“Oh! You must have some very funny Co workers.” 

“Oh, they’re hilarious,” I said sarcasticly. 

Damn automatticans and their clever nature.