Standing Desk Impressions – First Week

Some of you may have seen a photo or know that I have been trying out standing at my desk recently. Here are some of my thoughts after a week.

Findings:

  • Love how it has improved my posture. Feels great for my back and my shoulders.
  • I don’t slouch like I did in a chair. No more resting my elbow on the chair or my desk.
  • Can’t get as sleepy as I could sitting in a chair.
  • Feels like I have better blood flow and generally feel more active.
  • Legs and feet get sore after a while.
  • Would be really great to have a tall stool to rest my legs and feet throughout the day.
  • I’ve heard that a padded mat will help some with the feet hurting.
  • I find myself wanting to continue to stand at my desk even when my feet and legs are tired.
  • Many people within WCG and outside WCG on my social networks have either asked questions or shared their love for standing at their desk.

Insights:

  • Based on reactions and questions, I think there is a lot of interest both internally to WCG and outside of WCG for working at a desk while standing.
  • I believe that standing at my desk has made me somewhat more productive in my work day because I don’t get as sleepy and I feel more active throughout the day.
  • I also believe that I continue to want to stand at my desk because of how good my posture feels standing at my desk versus sitting.
  • Working at a desk may not be feasible for everyone since it does put a fair amount of stress on the feet and legs. Some may be able to stand for longer periods at a time than others. I think the key for some will be to have a tall stool so they can gradually work up to standing and working for long periods of time.

The next step for me is to get a tall stool to be able to rest my feet and legs throughout the day as they get tired. I may also want to look into a standing pad to reduce the stress on my feet. Standing has been worth the effort and I recommend it to anyone looking to improve their posture and their general health while at work.   Update 02/10/2012 I upgraded my setup to something a bit more sophisticated but still makeshift : )

Mike Grace Is Hired!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was looking for work and available for hire. Today I am excited to announce that I am hired!

I now get to work for WCG and will be working out of their Austin Texas office on 6th street.

My wife and I are very excited to be in Austin, experience the culture, and bask in the warmth of the sun. We are especially excited for the warm winters that we are going to have here ;) I am excited to be part of a winning team, doing amazing things, and making a difference in the lives of others.

You can expect to continue to see me blog here and possibly on WCG’s blog as well. You can connect with me and stay up on the latest on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ where I like to share what I learn and get to know other awesome people.

A huge thank you to family, real life friends, and online friends who reached out and responded to my announcement of looking for work. It always amazes me how supportive and helpful everyone is. The response was amazing and I had lots of good options to choose from. Thank you!

Photos are from the Utah 2011 Tour de Donut ride I did recently. Last photo was taken with the famous “Fat Cyclist” (left) that is making a difference doing what he loves to raise money to fund cancer research and help others with cancer, and my good friend Sam Curren (right).

— SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT! —

If you haven’t checked out my latest Kynetx apps, you should because they are HOT!   The first one filters out foul language and hides animated gifs on G+. The second makes browsing craigslist much easier, faster, and more enjoyable.

Mike Grace Is Available For Hire

My wife and I are excited to announce that I am currently available for hire. I am a web developer that is passionate about making the world a better place, contributing to “the team”, social media, analytics, cycling, and family.

Those who have worked with me before know that I am passionate about what I do. Please check out my LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, StackOverflow and Endomondo profiles. While you are here, if you are curious to learn more about me, please take a few minutes and go through some recent posts here on my geek blog or browse through some of the photography I have done on smugmug.

More details –

My wife and I are willing to live just about anywhere with the exception of Idaho (been there, done that). We would be especially excited to live in any of the following areas:

  • Western Washington
  • California
  • Utah
  • Austin Texas

I loved working for Kynetx and building apps that helped make the web and browsing experience better. I also really enjoyed building tutorials to help developers just getting into developing Kynetx applications. I’ve had some of my applications featured in The New York Times, Gawker, and more. I enjoy using GIT for projects. I have done work in PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, used the Ruby on Rails, Django, and jQuery frameworks, and work well with HTML and CSS.

Vision –

My dream is to make the world a better place and work on teams that are striving to change the world. I dream of one day being able to work on projects that will make a difference in people’s lives without having to worry about how much money I am making. I dream of one day being able to ride my bike across America, meeting people, touring this great country, and raising money for a great cause.

I dream of one day being able to help others who want to change the world but don’t have the money or the tools to do it.

If you are looking for someone like me or know of a job opportunity that you think might be a good fit for me, please contact me through any of my listed social networks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

… and now I am going to go for a bike ride because that is how I deal with stress : )

Traded My Motorcycle For A Happier Wife

My GL1200 Honda Gold Wing

My wife and I moved to Utah almost a year ago and we have loved every minute of it. Since moving here I have been riding my bicycle a lot and not using my Honda Gold Wing so much. I decided recently that it would be a good idea to sell my motorcycle and use the money to buy my wife a computer since she has been without one since her MacBook Air died a few months ago. I’m really sad that I no loger have a motorcycle to ride but I think what I got in return is worth more. : )