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Fancred Is Live
posted on Mar 13 2013

After months of building, it’s here. Download it now.

Say hello to Mittix
posted on Sep 19 2012

Hey gang. For the last 18+ months my team and I at Doozer have been building a new Software-as-a-Service product that I named Mittix.

You can get a free account and take it for a test drive. I appreciate any feedback you have.

The BirminghamHQ Monday Morning Mail began today
posted on May 21 2012

Today us folks over at BirminghamHQ launched the Monday Morning Mail feature of BirminghamHQ.

The goal of Monday Morning Mail is to provide a brief look at news and events within the Birmingham metro area and the great state of Alabama. If it flies we may keep it. If people aren’t seeing value in it, we’ll kill it.

To sign up for the email, in addition to early access to BirminghamHQ, simply head to the site.

You already know that The Digital is live, but here’s another reminder
posted on Feb 27 2012

The intro Welcome to The Digital should suffice as an introduction to my new technology blog on AL.com.

Brief overview:

I have three goals for The Digital:

  1. To educate the more casual gadget and technology readers.
  2. To discuss timely Internet issues.
  3. To provide insight into Alabama’s technology startup scene.

The first true article is titled Someone Might Be Accessing Your Personal Information Right Now. Why? Because You Told Them To… which some might see as a little over the top, but it’s not, actually. Here’s the opener:

Right now, at some computer at some office, someone you and I have never met probably has access to your information and mine.

Who is to blame for this?

You are. I am. We both individually sign-off without thinking twice and never look back. Today let’s look back.

Say hello to ‘The Digital’
posted on Feb 23 2012

Some news for your late afternoon. I am launching a new technology blog in conjunction with AL.com. The Digital launches next week. It is the first true technology blog to be featured on AL.com. I’m excited.

I’ll have a full write-up next week regarding the blog and the topics it will cover. In short, the idea came to me during the Thanksgiving holidays as I fielded questions from family regarding safety, security, shortcuts and general questions regarding websites, gadgets and mobile applications. The plan is to post articles on Monday and Friday of each week. Topics will revolve primarily around gadgets, timely Internet issues, and the Alabama technology startup scene.

AL.com sees 3M+ unique visitors on a monthly basis and is the home to The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and Press-Register (Mobile).

The Digital will be located here, and while currently blank, it will soon be beautiful.

Hello, Birmingham
posted on Mar 7 2011

We finally closed/moved into the house.

We’re in Birmingham and it feels great.

We’re moving to Birmingham
posted on Nov 30 2010

Trading the Space Needle for Vulcan’s magnificent buns of iron. Seriously, he is a physical specimen to admire.

I’ve accepted a job with a Birmingham-based software company. Chelsea and I will be residents by December 19.

Moving back to The South has always been a goal for Chelsea and me long before we were married. Chelsea moved to Los Angeles in 2005 right after college. I moved to Seattle in September 2006, convincing Chelsea to get her own place in Seattle in 2007 when we started dating again.

Birmingham is an amazing city and there’s never been a better time to be a resident. Home to one of the best restaurants, best pubs, and best music venues in America, it doesn’t lack in culture. An international hub for physical therapy and health care for years, it’s also home to one of the fastest growing small business/technology incubators in America.

An afternoon drive takes you to the beach or the mountains, Atlanta or Nashville, the lake or the plains. Birmingham is big enough to feel big, small enough without feeling too small, and it’s the perfect place to start our family. I absolutely love this city.

To top it off, we’re closer to many of you. At this point in our life having friends and family within arms reach seems almost a foreign concept, and that’s not ok. We like you.

So, we’re pumped. Very.

As excited as we are to move to Birmingham, we’re equally as sad to leave Seattle. Seattle will get many posts over the next few days. This city has been amazing in both the experiences it provided and the people we’ve come to call close friends. For the rest of our lives we’ll find any excuse possible to visit.

For now, we plan and pack, and listen to a Randy Newman classic. So you in three weeks.

Christmas Every Day begins in 41 days
posted on Oct 16 2010

If you’re new to the blog, you should know: we like Christmas. More importantly, we love Christmastime.

To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, we have a little thing called Christmas Every Day. We celebrate Christmas with dedicated posts every day from November 26 through December 25.

In the next few weeks I’ll announce the theme. Yes… as opposed to simply doling out piles of posts on Christmas stuff, we’re doing a theme, and I’m pretty pumped about it.

Details to come.

An open letter to the members of Jasper’s First Baptist Church
posted on Apr 14 2010

To The Members of Jasper’s First Baptist Church [original pdf]

We wanted to thank you for your kindness and faithfulness shown over the last 26 years.

When our father Conrad accepted God’s call to Jasper, we were 3-years-old and 18-months-old, respectively. Now 29 and 27-years-old, it’s amazing to look back and realize that there wasn’t an area of life you did not positively affect. You were the first church family we knew, and God could not have selected a better group of individuals to instill our Christian foundation.

You have treated us as your own sons, grandsons, and brothers. Not a day went by where your hospitality and friendship was not shown in countless ways. There is no way for us to thank you enough, much less return the favor; we can only assure you that we will attempt carry out the Great Commission in the same manner as yourselves.

Jeremiah 29:11 reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has big plans for Jasper’s First Baptist Church. We know that you will continue to provide the same encouragement and support to future church leaders that you have so graciously provided to our father over the last 3 decades.

It is with the utmost sincerity that we say it will be difficult to love another church family as much as we have loved you. While Jasper’s First Baptist Church is no longer our church home, it will always be our home church.

God Bless,
Landon & Aaron Howell

World Vision Haiti earthquake relief
posted on Jan 14 2010

Most of you know that my wife Chelsea works for World Vision International. She understands that many of you are looking to assist with Haitian relief efforts, and want to ensure that your money get into the right hands, so she passed along the following link to WV’s website. If you wish to use World Vision as an means to donate, click here . All of your money goes straight to WV:

Your gift now will help distribute life-saving relief supplies – including food, clean water, blankets, and tents — to children and families devastated by the earthquake and aftershocks in Haiti.

Goes without saying, but neither Chelsea nor I get any financial kickback from this.

Photo site updated
posted on Jan 5 2010

Updated photo site. Completely forgotten about this photo until digging through files over the weekend.

posted on Dec 5 2009

It’s official. The 250,000th visitor to the blog walked through the door today.

Some blogs get that many hits in a day, though this blog isn’t my full-time job, and frankly… I don’t care about numbers. The biggest day at Juicee News I had 135,000 hits. Therefore, 250K isn’t so much a goal as it is a mile marker of how a blog can perform without a strong daily push of long, original, somewhat-inspiring content.

I’ve said it before so I’ll say it again: this blog simply serves as a place where I can type stuff with the chance that my musings amuse you. That’s all.

I hope it’s working.

Adam Sandler: The Thanksgiving Song
posted on Nov 25 2009

3 Years Of Seattle
posted on Sep 1 2009

It’s been 3 years to the day since I rolled into town on the wheels of a rental car (mine had just died in Wyoming) with no job, knowing no one. In 3 weeks we’ll have moved into what will be me fourth place of residence within the city. Always assumed I’d be here for 2 years, max. It only feels like I’ve been here 3 months.


    Day 1
    Year 1
    Year 2

Blast from the past: May 10, 2009. Day 3 of my inaugural trip to Seattle.

Little interesting tidbit is that Chelsea’s first apartment (we weren’t talking, much less dating at the time) is just over my right shoulder. She wouldn’t move here for 2 1/2 years.

Walker High School, Class of 1999 Reunion
posted on Jul 9 2009

Get pumped. Add it to your calendar on Facebook. More details to follow.

    Date: Saturday, August 15, 2009
    Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
    Location: Musgrove Country Club
    916 Country Club Rd
    Jasper, AL

Happy Birthday, Blog!
posted on Nov 15 2008

Yes… the blog turns 3-years-old today. Just 4 weeks ago we had our 200,000th visitor.

It’s been an incredible year for the blog, though it was not without some bumps in the road. Remember when the pages wouldn’t load and you’d spend your workday sending me emails and facebook messages and I’d try to fix it when I got home but it wouldn’t work and you’d start to cry and you wouldn’t be able to function? ‘Member that?

Thank you for a wonderful year and your continued support. I believe that Christmas season is always the best time of the year on the blog so the last 7 weeks of the year should be incredible.

[As for the picture… it’s the first thing I got when I googled ‘Happy Birthday 3‘. I laughed… so I thought you would, too.]

Gawker, Again, Crosses The Line
posted on Sep 17 2008

I emailed the author who broke the news (email addresses and screen shots included) about Palin’s email hacking.

Gawker used to be a fun, resourceful, snarky-humor blog… and now it’s full of photos of the Olsen Twins and posts about media tycoons that only Upper West Side yuppies give two flips about. These days their authors get paid crummy wages while they slave to obtain large page views which (they hope) will in turn lead to 1) more money, and 2) better job offers from the world’s top magazines, newspapers, etc.

Alex Pareene defends the Gawker post his the last sentence of the article: “It’s newsworthy and we will not be taking it down!”

The author who posted this obviously has no class or tact. Our email exchanges are below…

    “It’s newsworthy and we will not be taking it down!”

    It’s illegal and bears the mark of someone who wants to be a journalist but can’t achieve their goal in a legitimate way.

    Good luck in life.


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    I dunno, I’m getting paid. Can’t complain about that!


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    We all get paid… some of us do it in a way that builds our careers, not our unique page views.

    As someone who use to own his own news blog (being linked on every Gawker Media blog at the time) I understand that page views will increase your monthly paycheck… but it won’t earn you respect in the journalistic job circles that really matter. Because that is, of course, the only reason anyone works at Gawker: to get the next job.


    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Well it should please you as a rebellious conservative that the last thing I care about accruing is respect in journalistic job cirlces.


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    You might be accruing a little more than you originally bargained for: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/18/palin_email_investigation/


I haven’t yet received a response.

And yes… Alex misspelled ‘cirlces.’

We’re Engaged!
posted on Apr 20 2008

Landon Howell and Chelsea Dossett Engaged

Just 51 weeks after I asked Chelsea to move to Seattle, I took her to the Pacific Coast and asked her to spend the rest of her life with me. She said ‘yes‘. I’ll let Chelsea tell you about it in her own words. Feel free to read more on The Knot.

From Chelsea:

    Rain, Sleet, Snow and Sunshine. Landon had planned a surprise day trip for us and we set out early in the morning. After wearing him thin from begging for more details of our adventure, he finally caved, telling me where heading to the coast. We took the 101 towards Ruby Beach and discovered the amazing beauty this location held. However, I was content in viewing all this from the car…remember, sleet. He encouraged otherwise, so we set out towards the water.

    With my feet now soaked and my hands numb, Landon kept his cool while I continued to complain. Once he found ‘the’ location, he set up his camera for us to take a photo together. Freezing and not understanding why we needed this photo in this weather at this moment, I kept trying to persuade him to just take some photos so we could go back to the warm car.

    the questionOnce the camera was ready, he came near…and then dropped to his knee. It could have been hailing golf balls and all I know is that at that moment I could have cared less. He talked about the ‘horrible’ weather we were having at the moment but how he didn’t care, he talked about wanting to bring me to this spot since I first moved to the Pacific and eventually took the 101 to get to him…(I can’t remember the rest, but it was all perfectly sweet!).

    He presented me with our family bible that already had ‘The Howell Family’ engraved on the cover. It was incredibly sincere and we both soaked in the moment. Literally, we were soaked. After calling our parents, we continued down the coast and the sun began to shine.

ring-n-bible the question post proposal ring bling "yes" mother-in-law

Launched: LH.com for Your Cellphone
posted on Mar 1 2008

Introducing Mobile Viewing for your cellphones and mobile devices. Now you can read the blog while you’re stuck in traffic, waiting in the doctor’s office, or sitting on the toilet.

Simply direct your browser to lh.wirenode.mobi for small, easy viewing of articles. To insure speedy load-time, videos and images won’t appear, though to view the blog in its full format, you can always just head to landonhowell.com, obviously.

Happy Birthday, Blog
posted on Nov 15 2007

2 Years Old

The blog turns 2-years-old today which means that the blog is chewing solid food, walking around the house, getting into the cookie jar, and smoking.

As I’ve said before, the blog is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. From Europe to The Big Move to the good ole random links, you keep reading despite my grammatical errors and self-infatuation; and for that, my ego is eternally grateful.

In all seriousness:
I really have no earthly idea how the blog has built up this kind of base… 160,000 visits and close to 400,000 page views in just under 24 months. You guys/gals are awesome.

People ask me questions about the blog all the time…

Who reads the blog?
You… silly. Actually, the only time that I know for certain who actually views the blog is either A) They tell me (at work, weddings, funerals… yes, funerals), or B) They comment on any article. Other than that, I just have statistics to guess from… people from Jackson, Birmingham, Nashville, New York, and Atlanta make up a huge segment of readers… though readership stretches far beyond the US. (Seriously… who reads my blog in Japan, China, and Dubai???)

Do you ever get tired of it?
Nope. Never. I enjoy entertaining the notion that this blog is somehow entertaining.

When will you quit blogging?
When you all quit reading… or when I die (though I’m sure Heaven has an incredible wi-fi network)… or when I have to. By have to… I mean have to, though I don’t know what I mean by that.