Ignite Dallas 4: The Art of Caregiving

My wife has an incurable & devastating neurological disease which affects the lives of her and everyone she loves. I serve as her primary caregiver. Come to hear my advice on how her condition is one of the best things that could ever happen to us — or you.

That was my synopsis for the above video, which records my 5 minutes as an Ignite Dallas speaker. I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was for me to speak about the subject, and for my wife to graciously share her story with me — and the world.

Several people approach us afterwards to express their own stories of dealing with chronic disease. I’m glad to have met these people and that we mutually touched each other’s hearts! Hopefully, I fulfilled the Ignite missing by enlightening you and being quick about it.

Permalink to the video is here.

Be sure to check out the other videos from Ignite Dallas 4, as I was privileged to share the stage with some very fascinating people. My favorite of the night was Bill Holston’s video about his human rights work.

WordCamp Dallas 2009: Creating Local WordPress Installs

At last year’s WordCamp Dallas, I provided a short demonstration on creating local installations of WordPress.  By local, I mean having WordPress run on your computer vs. a web server. In my particular instance, this was done using MAMP on a MacBook Pro, but in theory it can be done on any computer that’s capable of meeting the minimum WordPress requirements.

There are several advantages to this, including but not limited to:

  • Testing the latest versions of WordPress before applying them to your live site
  • Running a development environment, from which you might apply changes to production
  • Having a portable WordPress install on a USB stick, which you can then take from client to client

All of the sessions were broadcast live and recorded.  And thanks to the volunteer work of Dave Curlee in both editing and hosting, I now have that video to show you! (Thanks, Dave)

At some point in the future, I plan to turn my presentation into a comprhensive, one-stop-shop page on this site for installing WordPress locally, as there is no one best way to do it and you might benefit from seeing alternatives.

Without further ado, here is my slidedeck:

And here is my presentation.  Any feedback is appreciated: