brandon jp scott

My name is Brandon, and I like to make things. I'm a Full Stack Software Engineer and Linux Administrator from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I started programming when some childhood friends and I decided to make a private Ragnarok Online server and host it in my parents basement. I got designated "code guy", fell in love, and never looked back. I started teaching myself as much as I could, and started my first online entity, a non-profit, with a high school classmate. Eventually I took this love to the University of Michigan where I studied Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics. During my time there I was lucky enough to work for two iconic tech companies, Automattic and Google. Currently, I am the Technology Director of Argo Labs, an Ann Arbor based digital engineering, design, videography, and content marketing company aiming to build a more unique web that I cofounded in July 2015 with two of my best friends.

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I need to stop drinking Mountain Dew.

I’ve drank soda since the earliest days of my memory. It’s just something everyone in my family has done. I think it’s time for me to stop. For my friends – you’ll all laugh because there’s probably never been a moment you have seen me that I didn’t have a bottle of my trusty drink of choice in hand, Mountain Dew. Why do I now think I should stop?

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We need computers to be more of a commodity.

When I drove home yesterday I realized I didn’t have my computer so I couldn’t publish my post. It was actually about the freedom of no technology, ironic because I needed my technology to get my point across. I wrote it on paper instead.

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Super Smash Bros made me feel like a kid again.

I was instantly brought back to my childhood.

While I was in Tennessee my dad took us to a flea market. Basically, for those of you who don’t already know, a flea market is where you can buy and sell just about anything. We saw food, animals, firearms, and everything in-between for sale. One thing I wasn’t expecting to be for sale that I was able to get my hands on was a Nintendo 64 and a copy of Super Smash Bros. I finally got to hook it up today and play through the single player mode. I was instantly brought back to my childhood.

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I love my family.

we’re basically the same guy just thirty years apart.

For the fourth of July I spent my evening with family. I’ve never spent a fourth of July with my family (outside of the immediate of course), and it was really interesting to see just how similar to them I really am. My cousins, who are about my father’s age, are without-a-doubt two of the coolest, best friends I’ve ever made. I spent a hour or more speaking with one of them and her boyfriend about everything from smoking weed to dissecting the beliefs of Adolf Hitler. The other, well, we’re basically the same guy just thirty years apart and with two different political views (but as I learned, who the hell cares?).

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Uber will meet it’s match.

He made that idea.

I’m the grand-nephew of the founder of a successful Illinois based limousine service. In the businesses prime it had a stronghold on the local industry for 25 years. It’s no surprise that Uber has reached out to both of us in our lives, but never at the same time, and I never put two and two together – they wanted my uncle’s ideas. He was one of the most successful people in the industry decades before the computer exists. You know Uber’s method of undercutting people? He made that idea when he beat out the rental car industry for rides from the airport and back. How can Uber be so successful at ride sharing yet be so frowned upon by their industry competitors? They weren’t following the best business models. They’re not my uncle.

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Appreciate your wifi

I had virtually no way of posting this

Last night I wanted to post this post but had no way to do it. During the trip to Tennessee we hit a dead zone the size of a metropolis through Ohio, so much so that I didn’t even have enough of a signal to navigate let alone post a blog post. My aunt’s house is so far outside of the city of Greeneville I barely had a reception enough to get a phone call from a potential new business opportunity or my mom. It’s safe to say that I had virtually no way of posting this. Especially when you factor in how hard I make it to sign into my blog to post, my website was having none of these strange IP addresses and insecure connections.

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Car rides make you think.

You get to smell the fresh air from state to state

Car rides tell you a lot about a person. They test your patience, give you time to think, and provide an experience beyond that of a airplane. You get to smell the fresh air from state to state and hear the gradual change in accent as you get closer and closer to your destination.

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Tennessee, here we come!

It’s family reunion season!

My family and I will be traveling to Tennessee to visit my dad’s side of the family. It’s family reunion season! We don’t usually go out of our way to see anyone, but family is different. These people all live within a close proximity to each other and even though we live so far away they still treat us like one of their own. I’m always so nervous to go see them because I’m so much younger than everyone on that side of the family, but I always have to remember something: that doesn’t really matter.

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13 Hours shows how much we don’t understand about each other.

What happened was tragic.

Tonight my roommates and I watched 13 Hours, the movie that depicts what happened in Benghazi. The film is really well made and I almost didn’t have enough time to write this post because I was too busy watching it. What happened was tragic. It really puts in perspective how lucky we are to live in a stable country and how tumultuous the politics are in the Middle East.

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Take a walk.

I found one thing he constantly did with everyone he was close to in life

Earlier today I finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, the stand alone biography about the man who made Apple Computers. Yes the tale was riveting, it sends an enlightening power through your soul whenever you turn the page and find the next chapter in Steve’s life is just a good as the last. The tale follows a man starting from the time he’s barely twenty years old, smelly, with an untrimmed beard, no shoes, fiery temper, and lofty expectations for this idea that everyone can have a personal computer. He transitions into a humbled father, of both children and some of the most innovative products in the world, wearing an iconic black turtle neck, classic New Balance kicks, still with a fiery temper, and lofty expectations for the future of personal computing.

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