Hello There

They say that good software makes the impossible possible and the easy elegant. Or something like that.

I write software. I see it as a way to help bring out the best in people by giving them tools to do things they otherwise couldn’t do. (Technology is great that way.) What you do with that newfound ability or the time it frees up is another question entirely, and one I want to help people answer someday.

Somewhere out there is a poster with Garfield and Odie sitting on a tree branch. The caption is something along the lines of “Don’t tell me what I can’t do—I may not notice and do it anyway.” I love how simply it encourages you to look past what you may have been told is possible. Build the life you want. Ignore the voices who say it can’t be done. Do what you love and you will be great at it.

I wish you luck, love, and laughter. And if you’re the person from whom I first heard that trio: thanks.


Colter lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with his wife and children. He enjoys golf, sings baritone, and watches mostly British TV shows.

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  • MarcelPerez

    Nice sentiment Colter, I wish you the same.
    And here :

    (19 Jan 1982)

    (Garfield chases Odie up a tree.)
    Jon: Odie! Dogs can’t climb trees!Garfield: It’s amazing what one can do when one doesn’t know what one can’t do.

    Heres a link to the actual comic :

    • colterreed

      Yep, that last frame looks like what I’m remembering. It’s interesting to see how my brain has adjusted the quote over the years.

      Thank you!