Tonight while looking for my personal blog post about the sale of Thing Labs to AOL I realized... I never posted it. There it sat in the drafts on Blogger. I must have been a little busy that day. In any case, I just back-dated it and posted it like it was a page ripped from one notebook and Scotch-taped back in where it belonged. All is right with the world.

Build a new model

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. - R. Buckminster Fuller

Thing Labs joins AOL

I'm incredibly happy to share with you today that my company Thing Labs is merging with AOL. Thing Labs has come a long way in the last two years, and we've built products I love and a team I'm proud to work with daily. AOL has recognized this, and we agree that there are a lot of great things we can do together. My collaborator and business partner Chris Wetherell and I will be heading up product development for AIM, Lifestream and other consumer products. Don't worry: Brizzly will live on. I want to thank those who had a hand in making this deal happen, and my team at Thing Labs for building great products and just generally being great people. For more information about what the future holds, see our post about the merger on the Thing Labs blog or check out the announcement from AOL.Coverage
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We still miss you Mike

Five years ago today, my father-in-law Michael J. Fitzpatrick passed away suddenly. It was a shock then and sometimes it's still hard to believe he's gone. I was asked to say a few words at his wake and I've hung onto them since and now, here they are. I don't expect anyone outside the family to read all of this, but if you do - he was quite a guy and I wish you could have known him too.August 2005
In 1991, almost 15 years ago I fell in love with a beautiful young redhead named Allison. Her family attended Saint Joseph's Church and I remain thankful for their faith. It turns out Allison came from a long line of Irish Catholics named Fitzpatrick. I think I met Mr. Fitzpatrick after our second date. He wasn't the typical father of three daughters. There was no shotgun, no stern look, just a handshake and a smile. However, he was still Mr. Fitzpatrick to me. Over the next few weeks as I spent more and more time with Allison, Mike took an interest in me. Where was…

After 10 years of using Blogger to post via FTP to my own server, I'm now using Blogger to post to... well Blogger. I'm going to give it a whirl and see how it goes. If you are reading this then you shouldn't need to change your feed. You are already living in the future. Wheeeee! The very subtle change is that I'm posting to instead of just now.

Charles in charge

Today my youngest brother Grant and his wife Heather welcomed a beautiful baby boy to the world. Meet Charles Andersen Shellen. You can call him Charlie. I know this photo isn't my best look but I may have shed a tear or two holding my baby bro's baby.

February lost

One day I'll tell you the story of February 2010. Not now of course, that would spoil all the fun.