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My Monologue

I’m a co-founder of Pixel Jar and the lead developer of our commercial plugin AdSanity. I am the current co-leader of the OC WordPress Developer meetup, and former co-organizer for Dre’s favorite WordCamp, WordCamp Orange County. I’m an active member of the WordPress Community team, and have recently been deputized to help bring more WordCamps, to more places, for more people.

These days, technology has given us the ability to be connected to everything, all the time. Work. Friends and family. News. Cat videos. Whatever you want, whenever you want it. The volume of information that is available at our fingertips is astronomical.

With the advent of social networks, we have the ability to push our thoughts out into the digital world and get instant feedback from the people who are connected to us. It’s both fantastic and frustrating. Let’s take a step back for a second and think what that would look like in the real world. Just imagine this scenario…

Hanging out in room with all of your friends, you randomly blurt out, “I need some Capoeira in my life!” Instantly, a group of your friends look your way, give you a thumbs up and say supportingly, “I like that!”

It sounds a bit strange taking it out of context, but this is the world we now live in. A world of fragmented relationships. On the one hand, we are able to know more details about more people than we ever have before. On the other hand, the depth and meaning of those relationships suffer. Our brain isn’t capable of handling more than about 150 meaningful relationships at one time.

I would throw myself in front of a bus for the ones I love. I love Dre like a brother, and I’d do it for him. Maybe I have already once or twice, but I digress. I encourage everyone listening to go out and form real, deep, honest, HUMAN relationships with the people you meet. Your life and the lives of your friends will be better because of it.

Remember, handshakes are important, but sometimes hugs are even better.

Hey Dre and Brad, I have a riddle for you. What do you get when you cross Brazillian Ju Jitsu with an Italian classic? Ding! Ding! Ding! Pizza rolls.

I’m Brandon Dove, and the DradCast starts now.