#WeAreBushel

Posted by Charles Edge on April 10th, 2015

We write a lot of code, spend a lot of time reviewing analytics and stare at screens a lot in general. And when we do that, we’re often listening to music. Ever wonder what? Each of our team members submitted five songs, and we built out a fun little playlist.

Hope you pick up some new tunes! And extra credit if you try to match the #wearebushel profiles with the songs they contributed to the playlist!

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Posted by Charles Edge on April 8th, 2015

Fun Facts:
  • I have a twin brother (not identical).
  • Growing up, our family got a fishtank after a school project let us take home a fish if it survived. A snail I got with the fish survived until college, including a summer with no fish where we literally let the tank just sit there unused.
  • The first video game console I had was a N64. The first game was Mario Kart – the second was Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • In middle school, I put off a project that amounted to half the class grade until the day before it was due. That night, there was a snowstorm that closed the schools. I hope my teacher isn’t reading this right now.
  • Originally I had little interest in computers; I was a physics kinda’ guy through grade school.
  • I don’t pay attention to news. Sometimes this is a problem. An attribute I share with Charles.
  • Milk > Water.

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Favorite Foods:
  • Pizza
  • Tacos
  • Donuts
  • Deli Sandwiches
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Game Facts:
  • Cooperative or semi-cooperative board games are super fun (such as Pandemic).
  • I realized a few years ago that I don’t like MMO’s that much, as I like being able to pick up / put down a game mostly at will (save points not withstanding). That said, I still play WoW off and on.
  • My favorite FPS is currently Planetside 2.
  • I’ve only “played” D&D a couple times way back in gradeschool, sadly.
A funny joke curtesy of my brother:
  • Q. How do cut the Roman Empire in half?
  • A. With a pair of Caesars!
Favorite part about working here:
  • Joel. I don’t think there’s any need to say more!

Posted by Charles Edge on March 30th, 2015

Joel is the Senior Software Architect for Bushel. He is responsible for making the hard decisions about what we do with the back-end, from clustering of the web apps to libraries and solutions included, to the terrible refactoring of software that must be done from time to time.

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Fun Facts:

  • I am married with 3 daughters. We also have a female dog and crayfish (don’t ask). Oh, and a male guinea pig.
  • I mostly think and daydream about fly fishing.
  • In 5th grade I was called to the principal’s office with no idea why. It turned out he wanted me to solve his Rubik’s cube. I was terrified the whole time.
  • I grew up in the same house from when I was born until I went to college.
  • I asked my wife if the first song at our wedding dance could be “Tainted Love”. I didn’t get the song, but she married me anyway.
  • I built a stand-up MAME machine about 7(?) years ago.

Sad Facts:

  • I can still solve the Rubik’s cube, but my old hands can only do it in about 2 minutes — way slower than my record of 52 seconds as a 10 year old.
  • My MAME machine is still not completed — and it never will be (probably). Also, I hardly ever play it. It is fully functional, however.

Favorite Foods:

  • Chipotle barbacoa burrito bowl.
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  • Pizza. But only real pizza, none of that junk with macaroni or chicken on it (that’s not pizza).

Favorite trips:

  • San Diego with my parents, wife and daughters. Great weather, food, company. The beach, Sea World and zoo were favorites!
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness trips. Nature, silence, beauty — can’t beat it.

Favorite joke:

  • (this is actually my 6 year old’s favorite joke): Q: Where do you find a dog with no legs? A: Right where you left him!

Favorite part about working here:

  • Charles. I don’t think there’s any need to say more!

Posted by Charles Edge on March 23rd, 2015

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Fun Facts:

  • I was a ballet dancer for 15 years.
  • First video game console was an Atari.
  • I love playing with my Raspberry Pi and making LED lit accessories for fun.
  • I’ve played World of Warcraft on and off since the original Beta. (it’s an addiction)
  • We have a floor to ceiling book case full of Lego sets that are put together at home.
  • I had purple hair for about 7 months in 2014.

Favorite Foods:

  • Sushi
  • Beer
  • Steak (medium rare)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Pizza
  • Almost all seafood

Sad Facts:

  • I bruise really easy. This was found out during a paintball day last summer.
  • I was 20 when I first flew on a plane.

First Computer:
The Original Macintosh
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Most used Apps on my iPhone:

  • Twitter
  • Alien Blue
  • CARROT Weather
  • Evernote

Favorite part about working here:
I get to work with talented people. I learn something new everyday that I come into work!

Favorite internet meme:
Probably Doge. How can you not laugh at Doge?!?
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Favorite Video Game Character:
The Courier or the Lone Wanderer from the Fallout Series. There is nothing better than traveling through a world full of consequences for your own actions. Especially a Post Apocalyptic world.

Spirit Animal:
Penguin (I have Penguins on my desk)

Best Vacation:
Going to the Bahamas and snorkeling in a reef with sharks. This made me want to start a saltwater tank at home.

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Posted by admin on March 16th, 2015

Katie vs. Durian Fruit

Ever wonder what durian fruit tastes like? Well, if you get past the smell, my face here might give you an idea of the sensation.

As the first gal to join the Bushel team, I consider myself the den mother of the group. And what a good group they are. Laughing is an essential requirement to fit in here, and I’m happy to say it’s a trait I didn’t have to learn.

I started working with JAMF Software three years ago as the company’s marketing automation go-to, and joined the folks on the Bushel team this past December as a marketing analyst. My days are currently filled up building, planning, and analyzing our marketing programs.

Fun facts:

  • I was once drunk dialed by Dave Thomas (the Wendy’s guy). Well, Dave Thomas, and my pops, who worked for Wendy’s throughout most of his career. They were at a bar in Florida, and even though it was my dad’s idea to call me (of course Dave had no idea who I was), I love that I got to chat with him in his inebriated state.
  • I was an All-American gymnast, and although I tore my ACL prior to college, I did get to perform (not compete) in the 1992 Olympic Trials in Baltimore, MD. My dad also bought the Romanian gymnastic team their shoes for the Games that year (back when gymnastic shoes in competition were in vogue), which I always thought was pretty badass. My hardest trick? Double full.
  • My grandmother was one of the original “Mad-Women”. She worked her way up in an environment that was less than welcoming towards woman in positions of power. Her most memorable work were the AT&T commercials “Reach Out and Touch Someone”, of which, the campaigns were initially based on the many scenarios her large immediate family encountered. And for those of you who watched TV in the early 90s, you might remember some of her other work, the Diet Coke commercials with Paula Abdul and Elton John. If you haven’t seen these gems, you should. They embody the awkward transition of the 80s into the 90s in all of their outlandish glory. She was a fantastic role model as I began down my own career path.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSyeT8m0jcM

Sad fact:

I asked my father to buy me $200 worth of Apple stock back in ’97 when the company was teetering on bankruptcy. Shares were around $12, and since I was a teenager, I had no money, but did have time on my hands – some of which I spent learning about a fabled new TBWA/Chiat/Day ad campaign Apple was about to release in tandem with the launch of the iMac. Apple hadn’t spent any substantial amount of money on advertising in years, and I recall sitting by in horror as products such as the Newton came and went. With the success the agency had just seen with the (then) new Volkswagen Beetle, I thought Apple was sure to realize some marketplace lift. Pops said, “Sure thing! I’ll buy you those shares. It’ll be a great learning experience.” A few weeks later, I recall going out to dinner with our family along with the Senior VP of Wendy’s and sharing the same investment recommendation with him. His reaction, “Katie, no offense, but I don’t take stock tips from teenagers.” Years later, when I wanted to revel in his poor decision of not heeding my advice, I asked my father how much we had made so I could rub it in. “Ummmm, I never actually bought those stocks…”

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First computer:

Commodore 64, of which I used primary to play video games. My mother somehow rationalized that games on this console were ok since “they are COMPUTER games”, but that an Atari (or any other strictly gaming console) would melt my brain. I still think jamming a 4-inch cartridge into a “computer” to play an 8-bit game where a dolphin dives for a treasure box wasn’t exactly providing me with the social or mental skills I would use later in life either.

Favorite Instagram account:

@corgnelius (Corgnelius & Stumphrey). Why? Because CORGIS! And these two, paired with their mom’s creative hashtagging skills, are some of the cutest. Our Corgi, #garycorgneliusbosch, shares the same name, although Gary’s middle name is a family name.

https://instagram.com/corgnelius

Favorite human and favorite corgi:

Andy Bosch (and then it would be David Bowie) and Gary Corgnelius Bosch (pictured below).

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Favorite advice:

Dave Thomas’ golden rule: “Just be nice.” Be nice indeed. Get in early, smile, work hard, make someone else smile, love your family, nirvana.