90s Kids Win, Surge Is Back Baby

Surge In 12 Packs

Surge Available In 12 Packs

The soda I used to drink by the 2 liter in the 90s is coming back. Surge, produced by Coca-Cola, is available exclusively on Amazon.com. Since coming back, the product has sold out at least twice. For once, a huge brand has listened to their customers and brought back a product people are dyeing to buy.

The movement to bring back Surge is largely thanks to a large Facebook group named The Surge Movement. Formed in 2011 and with over 140K likes, the group and its members have been instrumental in bringing back the fizzy beverage. Watch as the three administrators of the group announce the return of Surge from Coca-Cola headquarters.

I loved this stuff as a kid and would drink it by the 2 liter during the hot summers. Maybe that explains a few things but I digress. I’m waiting for it to come back in stock so I can relive the 90s one 16 fluid ounce can at a time.

Now is the time for PepsiCo to relaunch a 90s brand of their own in Josta. They too have a Facebook page and campaign to bring it back but it’s not as popular. There is renewed hope however that with the return of Surge, Josta can return as well. Although it’s crappy quality, here is a commercial for it from the 90s.

This stuff had a unique, fruity flavor thanks to the Gurana Berries used. These berries are also the reason it was labeled as a high-energy drink. Its seeds contain about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans (about 2–4.5% caffeine in guarana seeds compared to 1–2% for coffee beans). Nothing in the soda market today tastes like Josta.

One reason PepsiCo may not bring back Josta is because it could eat into their Mountain Dew segment of the market. However, since it’s a totally different soda with a unique taste, I don’t see why the company can’t offer both.

At the end of the day, the 90s kids have a victory to cheer about!

I Have Symptoms Of Imposter Syndrome

I just finished watched Chris Lema’s presentation on escaping the imposter syndrome and I think I’ve been diagnosed. I have many of the symptoms he talks about such as immediately deflecting praise or compliments to someone else. I call it being humble, apparently it’s part of imposter syndrome. That’s just who I am as a person but I’d rather not devalue the amount of effort and work I put into the things I do.

There’s always a reason for any success I encounter such as someone else did the work or I just got lucky. Looks like I need to cut the bull crap and just accept the accomplishments and be happy about them instead of passing them off to someone else.

I have no problem telling someone I don’t know when asked something I don’t know. It’s all the other stuff mentioned in the video I have a problem dealing with. There’s a lot of great stuff in this presentation. Not all of it applies to me but I at least know I have symptoms related to imposter syndrome.

I’ve Inspired People To Get Into WordPress?

Earlier this week, I was involved in a few different conversations where something like this was said, You’ve inspired so many people like myself with WP Weekly or You inspired me to get into WP. I find it hard to believe that someone like me could inspire someone to get into WordPress either personally or through WordPress Weekly. I just don’t think what I do is very inspiring to others but I’m routinely reminded that it is. Maybe this is a sign that I should take more pride in the work I do?

Matt Mullenweg Eats Food That Doesn’t Look Like Art

If you follow Matt Mullenweg’s blog that doesn’t pertain to WordPress as I do, you’ll notice he publishes a lot of pictures of food. The food always looks delicious. For example, look at this scrumptious Duck Confit with Sauerkraut he published October 5th, 2013.

Put a frame around it!

Put a frame around it!

Now who would eat a piece of art like that? Put a nice frame around it and it’s ready to be displayed in a gallery. Not once have I seen a picture of a Whopper from Burger King or a Big Mac from McDonalds.

Matt recently joined the Advanced WordPress group on Facebook and opened the floor to questions about WordPress, the Foundation, Jetpack, Automattic, and a host of other topics. I decided to use the opportunity to finally ask him a question that’s been eating away at me for a few years.

I have a question not related to WordPress. Do you ever eat food that doesn’t look like it belongs in an art gallery? Like a Big Mac or something.

His Response: I had McDonald’s as recently as Sunday, just a few days ago. I just don’t usually post it to my blog. McDonald’s I’m a chicken McNugget guy, though I’m curious about their new jalapeno burger. Burger King it’s always a Whopper. Growing up in Texas I have a soft spot for Whataburger and Sonic, I think In-n-Out is overrated but usually tasty, and I’ve been really enjoying Five Guys when I come across one.

I will always be happy with fried chicken from Popeyes or KFC, though the former has better biscuits and I grew up just a few blocks away from one. When Automattic had an office in the Mission in SF there was a KFC on the opposite corner and I’d often sneak over there for lunch or a late snack when I was in the office till odd hours.

So I finally have the answer to my question. Although I’m satisfied with his answer, I want him to take a photo of a bucket of KFC or a Whopper and publish it to his blog. You know, pics or it didn’t happen! If anyone has the skills to make a Big Mac or Whopper look great in a photo, it’s him.

iThemes Announces Strategic Partnership With Crowd Favorite

Over the past few years, iThemes founder and CEO, Cory Miller, has structured the company, its culture and the way he does business around a memorable African proverb.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

As an example of that proverb in action, iThemes and Crowd Favorite have announced a joint-venture partnership. An advisory board with key executives from each company will work together to prepare iThemes Sync, Security, Exchange, and BackupBuddy to enter the enterprise market. Crowd Favorite CTO, Chris Lema, has yet to start his new job and is already creating lasting relationships between companies.

iThemes Continues To Mature as a Company

Go Far Together

Go Far Together

In late 2009, I published an article on the Tavern that highlighted iThemes response to speculation that the company was stagnating. Miller took the speculation to heart and responded to it on the company blog. I think his blog post in 2009 is one of the pivotal turning points for iThemes.

After that post was published, I sensed a renewed fire in Miller and the company began releasing innovative products such as Flexx and Builder. iThemes diversified its products by offering commercial plugins with PluginBuddy. The company also provided training through webdesign.com.

All of this to say that I’ve had the pleasure to watch iThemes mature as a company from the outside looking in. They’re moving, shaking, and making things happen by creating great products. The joint-venture partnership is yet another example of how the company is going far together, instead of alone.


The Origin Of My Fascination With Severe Weather

I didn’t always have a fascination with weather, specifically severe weather. I used to fear it with my life. As a child, I would hide under the bed when a severe thunderstorm would move over us. Growing up in Northern Ohio, severe thunderstorms are different than those in the central plains. I rarely ever experience hail larger than pea sized and I’ve only seen a wall cloud once.

I have no idea when the transition occurred but at some point, instead of fearing the weather, I became infatuated with it. Everything I know about mother nature is self-taught. While the general public looks at the graphical forecasts, I read the forecast discussion.

While I have a deep interest in all things weather related, my favorite aspect is severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Growing up, my grandmother and step-father purchased CDs and DVDs filled with Tornado video to fuel my curiosity. Little did I know that a particular group of tornado videos would leave a lasting impact on me.

The most prevalent is the Andover, Kansas tornado of 1991. A magnificent beast that tore through everything in its path. What I vividly remember about this tornado is seeing a gigantic twister that looked like it was right behind a row of nice houses but didn’t touch them. This is the same tornado that went through McConnell AFB. It’s also the same twister responsible for the infamous video of people surviving a direct impact from a Tornado by securing themselves under an overpass.

The more I viewed clips and movies of Tornadoes, the less afraid I was of them. Now a days, I know enough to realize if a cell is going to move right over my location. While I don’t want to see destruction to any property, especially mine, there’s a part of me that wants to witness mother nature’s worst. It’s the ultimate natural high I can think of. There is a huge adrenaline rush of seeing a wall cloud in person or being within the polygon of a tornado warning. Think about it. Here comes a powerful storm and there isn’t anything you can do about it except hope for the best. You have to face mother nature head on, no ifs ands or buts.

I believe that severe thunderstorms are different depending on your location. For example, we rarely see hail above pea sized in northern Ohio. In the central plains of the US, it’s common to see hail the size of golf balls and baseballs. In Ohio, we just never seem to have the right thermodynamics to support that kind of event.

I’ve never seen a funnel cloud in person, let alone a waterspout. Part of me wants to see and experience a tornado while the other half fears it. When severe weather strikes, I know what to look for in the sky while others around me have no clue. If you live in tornado alley or even outside of it, I think it’s beneficial to learn about severe weather and what to look out for. The information could save your life.

Just once, I’d like to be in position to see an F-5 rated Twister in person rip apart an open field. It would be a moment of life I’d never forget.