Posts by Karl L. Hughes

Trello as a Reading List

I hated reading in high school and “never had time,” in college. I kind of regret that, but I guess there’s a time in your life when you want to spend all your free time socializing and a time in your life when you want a little peace and quiet with a good book. Anyway, […]

Start Learning Code in 2015

If you’ve made a resolution this year to learn a new skill, why not start with one of the most in-demand career wise? You may assume that to understand something as complex as web development, you need to go back to school or enroll in expensive classes. Think again. Believe it or not, many web developers […]

Keeping Goals Manageable

It’s time for New Year’s Resolutions, which means it’s time for at least 127,000,000 of people in America to set a goal that they will ultimately fail. Only 8% of New Year’s Resolutions succeed, and there are plenty of reasons for that, but I’m not going to go into most of them here. Today I just […]

Having More and Choosing Less

If you’ve been reading me for the past couple years, you know that one of my big personal projects is to cut down on excess. This is hard to do in our pro-gadget, pro-consumerist society, but I think it’s a worthwhile pursuit, and even just consciously thinking about it from time to time makes you […]

7 Traits Successful Startup Engineers Must Have

Last week I got my first article published in the Daily Muse. Here’s a sample, but be sure to check out the link below for more: It’s hard for an engineer to ignore the allure of working for a small, agile startup—especially if you’ve spent some time in the corporate world. Startups often provide an […]

A PHP Client for the Government Jobs API

A while back I used the Government Jobs API for a sample project at a class I was teaching at Startup Institute. That was in Ruby, and they already included a link to their own Ruby library for the API, so I figured I would make one in PHP – my language of choice for most […]

On Giving Thanks

It’s way too easy to skate through life expecting certain things from other people and not mindfully giving thanks. I’m as guilty of it as anyone, and it’s not just something we should be paying attention to around the holidays. It really should be a yearlong, daily thing. Expressing gratitude can actually make you happier. […]

Working Hours, Burnout, and Pacing

Running at a small business or startup can be taxing – both mentally and physically – especially when long hours and tight deadlines are the norm. At different stages of a company’s life, different levels of commitment are required, but no matter what you’re working on, it’s not productive to keep grinding away month after month without giving yourself a […]

20 Reasons I Love Distance Running

My race season is finished for the year. I’m not one of those sissies who won’t run outside in the winter – I love a good snow run – but I’ve done three half marathons this year, had a couple minor foot injuries (okay, one was major), and lost about 20 pounds. I’m due for […]

Contentment Comes from People not Things

It’s so easy to get caught up in the race to have more and more stuff. Whether you’re a tech junkie like me, a collector of glamorous shoes, a classic car buff, or an avid video gamer there is always something out there that you simply must have because (A) it exists and (B) you want it. I’m […]