Andrew Spittle A Happiness Engineer at Automattic Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Andrew Spittle 32 32 Robert Caro Wonders What New York Is Going To Become Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:01:35 +0000 Continue reading Robert Caro Wonders What New York Is Going To Become ]]>

I gradually came to understand that because [Robert Moses] had done this thing, that no one else had ever done, gotten all this power without being elected, if I could find out how he did it and explain how he did it, I would be explaining something that no one else understood and I thought they really should understand, which is, how does power really work in cities? Not what we’re taught in textbooks, but what’s the raw, bottom, naked essence of real power?

Robert Caro Wonders What New York Is Going To Become.

Berlin Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:28:06 +0000 Continue reading Berlin ]]> I was in Berlin last week with all of our WooCommerce teams for their meetup. Beyond having a very productive work week I wandered around the city a little bit.

The first visit was to the Berlin Cathedral; which has some great windows along with a nice-looking organ.

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It also has a nice view of the city from the dome’s roof.


After that I walked through the Pergamon Museum. The scale of some of what’s here is tremendous. The Germans didn’t just bring back friezes and artwork; they brought back entire gate systems and rooms.

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After that I just spent a short time wandering before heading back to work.


All-in-all it was a great trip. Definitely plan to head back sometime when I can explore the city more.

Questions for our first 1:1 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:21:47 +0000 Questions for our first 1:1. Great advice from Lara Hogan on holding a meaningful first 1-1 with team members.

Sails Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:08:32 +0000

Courtyard of our co-working space in Berlin, Germany.

Helpshift Interview Sat, 09 Jul 2016 01:37:14 +0000 A couple weeks ago I did an interview with Helpshift about customer support and how we wrangle a distributed team at Automattic. They wrote everything up into a nice blog post that was published earlier this week.

Broken Promises: The Housing Market in San Francisco (And Ten Ideas to Fix It) Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:51:14 +0000 Broken Promises: The Housing Market in San Francisco (And Ten Ideas to Fix It). Clear and thorough post about housing in San Francisco. One thing I’ve noticed in my own Portland neighborhood is how neighbors use objections to minor variations on the building code to mask their NIMBYism.

Ride Along with the Cow Police Wed, 06 Jul 2016 03:25:00 +0000

Lawmen and rustlers now find themselves reenacting a centuries-old drama, one central to the creation myth of the American frontier. If the cowboy was the great American folk hero, the cattle rustler was his villainous twin.

Ride Along with the Cow Police.

Water lily Mon, 04 Jul 2016 23:10:49 +0000

Clash Rules Everything Around Me Fri, 01 Jul 2016 22:28:35 +0000 Clash Rules Everything Around Me. Great article on Clash of Clans from Real Life, a new site (funded by Snapchat!) focusing on living with technology.

La Purisima Mission Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:19:46 +0000 A few photos from visiting La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, CA last weekend. Now if only there was some way to transport the California sunshine back up to Portland.

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