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Branden Frederick is a San Jose-based nerd, technology manager, and photographer.

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worthy of my time

worthy of my time

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21 Sep 2020
Attention is my most valuable asset. Begging, screaming, demanding my limited resources are phone calls, text messages, emails, in-app alerts, billboards, mailers, flyers, guys holding big cardboard arrows and dancing on street corners. Things constantly grab my attention. I cling to sanity only by instantly judging the thing's worth. Only things with merit are allowed past my defenses and into my brain. So, when you've got a message for me, how do you get me to actually absorb it? Read more.

COVID-19: living in interesting times

COVID-19: living in interesting times

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22 Mar 2020
We are in the midst of pandemic. Survival is our first priority. But once we've survived, how we remember these times is crucial. All of us have at out fingertips powerful documentary tools unfathomable to those of previous generations. We must use these tools to record our experiences, to remember our own stories from these 'interesting times'. Read more.

why is saturday named after a roman god?

why is saturday named after a roman god?

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29 Jan 2020
In English, the days of the week are named after Germanic gods, all except Saturday. How did Saturn uniquely preserve his standing in our culture? What's going on? Read more.

checking in to the teachers' lounge

checking in to the teachers' lounge

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19 Sep 2019
A few years ago my school remodeled the Teachers' Lounge, and the IT offices were moved inside. When my helpdesk guy and I were moving into the new space, I saw the barrenness of the freshly-remodeled walls as a decorative challenge – an opportunity to set thematic precedent over the staff's respite from students. The burden of this decision weighed down, I was a key player at a linchpin moment, all eyes were on me to make my move: I hung a theatrical poster for the 1996 family comedy "Dunston Checks In". To this day it is still the centerpiece of our Teachers' Lounge, and I do not understand why. Read more.

twitchcon 2018: dispatches from video game streaming culture

twitchcon 2018: dispatches from video game streaming culture

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30 Oct 2018
I returned to TwitchCon this weekend, aiming to update myself on the world of hardware, video games, and streaming culture. Last attending in 2015, I am apparently interested in video game streaming even though I'm a decade too old to participate in it. Here's my notes, as an outsider looking in. Read more.

Thomas and Trey photo walk

Thomas and Trey photo walk

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14 May 2013
I showed up for a photo walk hosted by prolific photographers Thomas Hawk and Trey Ratcliff. The event was sponsored by Google, which was having its annual I/O conference near the walk, and who gave everyone a copy of the Nik software suite, and one lucky person got a Google Glass. Read more.
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