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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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You may have noticed by now that I have an interest a weird fascination with railroad tracks. Most of the tracks that once made up the old New Haven line that I explored as a kid are now overgrown or gone. And much of what remains will soon disappear.

I managed to dig up some old photographs of the line. And when I was back East this Spring, I went on a photo adventure with my dad. We tried to recreate some of these photographs before the last remnants of the line fade away. Unfortunately my camera battery died about ten minutes into our journey… But I still managed to snag some shots with my phone.
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