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Amazing customer service

I received this in the mail last week:


Hi Michael,
My name is Chris, one of the developers for Wufoo. I just wanted to say thank you for using our services. You’ve been with us for some time now and we’re honored to have earned such trust. People like you help us achieve our dreams and we won’t ever forget that. So thank you again on behalf of the entire Wufoo Team.

Respectfully yours,

Side note: My company is looking for summer hires for a Solidworks CAD/engineering and a python programming position. See

New Tonga Eruption

This just in from my dad Steven Gates:

I am at tongatapu airport…. just flew in from vava’u, and pilots pointed this out. Apparently it just popped up today! Near Hunga Tonga… you can see it in the photo. approx coordinates S 20º 27′ 73″ W 175º 25′ 61″ given to me by the pilots. These are probably the first photos of it. The pilots said the earlier pilots said nothing, and these guys just saw it for the first time this flight.

Photos by Steven Gates

read it used to be a great website where you could find the best content on the internet. The way it worked was that people submitted links to a ‘new page’ and everyone voted on them. The highest rated stories would then get displayed on the reddit homepage. It worked because there weren’t that many people on the site. The average user like myself would read all the good stories, then get bored and read all the new stories. Then we would vote on the new good ones, resulting in more good content. It was simple.

The website grew and grew, until pretty soon there was too much new stuff on the ‘new page’ to keep up with all of it. People like me stopped voting. The quality of content suffered noticeably. And then it sucked.

I suggested in Nov of 2006 that they put some of the new links on the reddit homepage so people like me would continue to vote on them. That way the content wouldn’t suck. No one tried the idea. And the content continued to suck.

But today, the reddit guys have implemented a similar idea. New links are shown at the top of the reddit homepage. So maybe there’s hope that reddit could be great again. Or maybe it’s too late. I won’t be clicking on any of those links. If I did click one, it would probably suck.


from the J.K. Rowling Harvard Commencement Address

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.


The friends with whom I sat on graduation day have been my friends for life.

shit. i don’t remember either of the two people i sat next to.


Work until midnight
Peanut butter and jelly
Good dinner tonight

Pay some student loans
Oh my god it’s a shit ton
Crap, no money left

Too much gelcoat fumes
Working at the shop all day
No words left to say

nerdier than nerds

For one reason or another I just thought of my senior banquet event at rpi. During the dinner there was a sweet little slide show of pictures. All of them were of people having fun, at parties, hockey games, and random outings. Then, surprise; one of me sitting in front of my two laptops with homework spewed all over my desk. Thanks for sending that one in Stephen Huhn. That was the only picture out of hundreds that had anyone doing anything un-fun — and this at a school known to be the most wired campus in the nation and for having the least happy students. I rule.