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Hi! I’m Devin and I work at Mozilla. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial.

Expressions That I Hope Disappear

I’ve recently realized two seemingly harmless expressions may unintentionally continue to shape our thoughts to disenfranchise great groups of individuals.

My First Pull Request

The Pull Request is arguably one of the most powerful features of GitHub. It has changed the way both individuals contribute to open source projects and how organizations build better software together.

This weekend @andrew and @briannelson created a single-serving site, First Pull Request, which shows you, well, your first Pull Request on

Nearly everyone who I know and searched for has had a fairly substantial, though humerous (in hindsight) request to someone else’s open source project.

Mine, on the other hand is fairly funny and extremely telling:

  1. It’s changes one line of code,
  2. for a client’s website as part of a paid engagement,
  3. …and it was missing a closing HTML tag.

Unfortuately, three years later, the sophisticated nature and technical accuracy of my Pull Requests are unchanged. Luckily, now I’m simply submitting requests internally and not to any customers. :wink:

GitHub Kaigi! See you in Japan!

A group of GitHubbers :octocat:, self included, are headed to Japan :jp: for GitHub Kaigi, a conference organized by the GitHub User Group. This will be my first conference as a GitHubber and I’m excited for the opportunity to meet so many GitHub users and enthusiasts next weekend.

I fly :airplane: out tomorrow morning and arrive in Tokyo on Sunday. @dsorkin, @dice and I will spend next week — before the conference — meeting with GitHub Enterprise customers, gathering feedback, and saying “thanks” as much as we can.

I’ve never visited Japan :japan: before and I’m excited to see Tokyo. I’ll be sure to bring back lot of photos. Is there anything you think I should try to see?

40 maps that explain the Middle East

This is a great series of maps (explaining the Middle East) and really showing what Vox is all about.

I learned quite a bit from it. It may sound silly but it also helped me realize how interrelated the various timelines, histories and events covered in high school really affected the world we have today. Learning “European history” seemed so distant from modern day events but these maps and explanations helped some things “click” back together for me.

Team Breck at Hope on the Slopes

On February 22, 2014 I will be skiing on “Team Breck” at Hope on the Slopes in Breckenridge. Hope on the Slopes, Ski & Ride for a Cure is a fundraising event for skiers and boarders, held at ski areas around the country. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS), and support their mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through prevention, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Cancer has affected my family and, more recently, a friend. If you’d like to donate towards my team please feel free to use this link.

The End of Chapter 1: my fond farewell to Crowd Favorite

After five-and-a-half excellent years of managing web projects and a great team, I’ll be exploring new technologies, skills, and customers as a technical account manager at GitHub.

Second Annual Denver Brewery Tour Weekend

A compilation of various restaurants, breweries, and stops we made during a four-day tour of Denver and Fort Collins.

The science of snow forecasting and reporting at Breck

I can’t believe the ski season has already been in full swing for a few weeks now. To help kick the season off I authored a guest post over on the Breckenridge Blog talking about the art (science?) of snow forecasting and how snowfall is reported at Breckenridge. I plan to do a number of guest posts this season and expand some of my “snow writing”. Stay tuned…

What kind of Muppet are you, chaos or order?

This very accurately describes the relationship Rachel and I have. Order Muppet in the streets, Chaos Muppet steals the sheets.

Preferred Contact Methods

I’ve been struggling lately with: how to locate, interact, coordinate, and communicate with people. Unfortunately social etiquette has trailed technological advances.