Michael Bastos Online Writings and Resume


Benefit of the Doubt

Have not posted anything in a while because of work but I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic as of late and wanted to discuss it. One of the few childhood memories that survived the Marines and college was an event that would probably change my perception of the world for years to come, not exactly sure how old I was when this happened but to start off, as a youth I had a number of toys and was a very imaginative child. I use to do stuff like attach parachutes on my GI-Joe’s to throw th...

Book Review - Cash Flow Quadrant

I’ve been wanting to review this book for some time now and I hope I do it justice with my quick overview. I’ll try to keep it simple as the book sometimes sounds a lot like a late night get rich quick scheme but there are slices of nuggets in there that are worth picking it up. What I find interesting is that I started reading it thinking that it would be the least interesting in the Rich Dad series for me and turned out to be a gold mine in psychological perspectives and human to human inte...

Lone Wolf Syndrome

With the success of one man tech companies like InstaPaper, there is this surge of desire within the Startup Community to go at projects alone and to not hire any employees at all. I think that is the desire of everyone who starts a business and or goes into business for themselves, this wish to not have to deal with employees and business partners while still being successful. Growing up my father use to always tell me that “if you can’t hire someone to do the job right, you might as well do...

Think Like Google

In Jeff Jarvis’ 2009 book, “What Would Google Do?”, he presents the case that companies like Google are not merely creating a new way to use the Internet, but instead are revolutionizing how businesses think and work rocking many industries to their very core. My wife and I walked into Picture People in order to take some photos of my wife’s family; we had a great time during the photo shoot. The camera lady was very energetic and though she earned only minimum wage, they had taken the time t...

Sponsoring WordCamp SD

My involvement with WordCamp San Diego started in late 2009, I had been using the WordPress platform for some time as a quick and easy to set up front end for all the back end projects I had been involved with at the time. As an Open Source developer and proponent I had wanted to make sure that I used only OSS tools and WordPress had the largest and most active design and user base I could find at the time. For some time I had wanted to attend a WordCamp event but couldn’t due to school and w...