At this year’s Grand Meetup, my friend and coworker Marcus gave me an old Polaroid camera and a bunch of expired film. I haven’t used Polaroids much in the past, but it feels good to be shooting film again. And while it wasn’t designed to create award winning photographs, the “instant” Polaroid camera offers a fun, unique experience.

You hit the shutter. The flash goes off. You can hear the mechanics processing the photo. Then, out comes a single sheet. The picture isn’t visible at first, but it slowly fades in until it’s clear. And you can see the moment that you just captured. A split second, frozen. In this day of digital media, it’s nice to have something physical you can pin to the wall, stick to the fridge, or give to a friend. There’s only a single copy. No tagging, no reposts. Just a single, personal keepsake.

I’ve been bringing my Polaroid most places I go lately. I’ve taken pictures at the Grand Meetup, Bear Ranch, and Alanna’s birthday party. You can check out some of them in the gallery below.

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A few months ago, I posted some old Contact Sheets that I printed back in high school. When I dug up those contact sheets, I also found some prints that I developed from the same 35mm film. Some of them are out of focus, others over/under exposed. But it’s fun to have a window back into my high school years.

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Alanna and I spent this past weekend in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. No matter how many times we visit, I am still awed by the beautiful scenery. On the way home, we took turns shooting video with Hyperlapse of our four hour journey back to Los Angeles. I put together some of the clips in a video, which you can see below. And you can check out some of my photos from Bear Ranch that I shot this time last year.

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Automattic is a distributed company — we all work from wherever we are. Right now, “where we are” is 197 cities around the world: New Orleans, USA. Montevideo, Uruguay. Tokyo, Japan. Vilnius, Lithuania.

Once a year, we get together somewhere in the world to meet, work alongside, learn from, and laugh with one another in an exhilarating, exhausting week called the Grand Meetup. This year, 277 Automatticians descended on Park City, Utah, for seven days in mid-September.

We introduced ourselves to new colleagues, reconnected with coworkers we haven’t seen since last year, and worked on ways to make WordPress.com even better. And of course, lots of us blogged about the experience, in words and images.

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Automattic is currently in Park City, Utah, for our annual Grand Meetup. Don’t let all of the pictures fool you, we’ve actually been working and learning a ton throughout the week. However, we’ve managed to sneak in some activities just for fun, too.

This year, some of us took a trip to Park City Mountain Resort to take a ride on the Alpine Coaster. I grabbed my GoPro, kept my hand off the brake, and took some video.

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“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

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