I'll be delivering two sessions there: Java debugging, and an introduction to OpenSocial for developers. I'm really looking forward to both sessions, but especially the OpenSocial one. I did a lot of research and work to try to nail down not just the "hows" but also the "whys" on that topic.
I have to admit, in the past when I've seen demos of gadgets and activity streams and embedded experiences, I just didn't get it. What I saw kind of looked like... an email inbox. Sure, there were embedded videos or buttons or links to collaborative documents or whatever, but in the end it didn't seem to be much different than a well-crafted HTML email or an RSS feed.
After spending a lot of time working with OpenSocial gadgets and the Shindig server, I have a much better understanding and appreciation of what's going on, and how it's different, and why it's useful. I feel good about the fact that my presentation will give the technical knowledge about how to get started with this stuff; I'm very curious to see if I'll also be able to explain why you should use it.
Ode To My Maglite (Tuesday, Nov 19)
Tue, Nov 19th 2013 8:40p Julian Robichaux This is my Maglite.
It turned 20 years old today. I know that because I emailed the serial number to Maglite support and asked them when it was made. They look up the number in their database and give you the date of manufacture. 11/19/1993. That's my big guy's birthdate.
A few things about this. First, I don't have any other electronic devices anywhere near this old that are still in regular use. I do have some clothes that old that might get worn occasionally (don't judge), probably s [read] Keywords: database
Mud Run Over, Huge Thanks (Wednesday, Jun 5)
Wed, Jun 5th 2013 5:10p Julian Robichaux Before anything else, I want to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported me in the mud run by donating to the Myelin Foundation and The Art of Curing Matt. I don't have any official numbers, but I do know that over $1,000 was donated in under 4 days, and that is incredible. You are an amazing and generous community.
Next, I am happy to announce that Chris Miller wins the "Guess The Mud Run Time" prize. He will be receiving a very cool piece of art by Matt Reimer himself: a drawing dep [read] Keywords: community
Mud Run Training Day 3: The Outfit (Friday, May 31)
Fri, May 31st 2013 12:30p Julian Robichaux Today is the final day of mud run training (the race is tomorrow, did you sponsor me yet?).
Upon recovering from yesterday's mud-in-the-face bit, I decided it would be better to hold off on any more intentional dirtiness before the race. I have switched metaphorical tactics from "wading slowly into the pool" to "jumping off the diving board". Tomorrow will be the dive.
So today I have been picking out clothes for the race. Here's what I came up with so far:
The rationale is:
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Mud Run Training Day 2: Mud In Yer Eye (Thursday, May 30)
Thu, May 30th 2013 1:50p Julian Robichaux As part of today's mud run training (and further incentive for you to sponsor me), I increased my dirt-tolerance quotient by allowing my kids to throw mud at my face.
I apologize for the slightly large size of the animated gif (I usually try to keep graphics much smaller than that). I just thought it might have a bit more impact that way. Plus, animated gifs are all the rage this year, aren't they?
The kids originally thought that they were allowed to throw the entire bucket of mud on [read] Keywords:
Mud Run Training: Day 1 of 3 (Wednesday, May 29)
Wed, May 29th 2013 10:20a Julian Robichaux First off: huge thanks to those of you who have sponsored me already. If you haven't donated yet, please take a quick look at my Sponsor Me in a Mud Run page to learn about the great cause I am helping to raise money for, and please consider even a small donation. Every dollar helps!
As part of my last-minute training for this event, I will practice getting dirty a little more and a little more each day. Here is day 1:
Hey, you gotta start somewhere. Georgia red clay is very... mushy.
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Help Me Get Muddied Up (Tuesday, May 28)
Tue, May 28th 2013 1:30p Julian Robichaux Short version: please help me raise money for The Art of Curing Matt. You can sponsor me in a mud run this weekend! Just go to the donation page and follow the instructions. If you have the closest guess to my actual finishing time in the race, you'll win a prize! I don't know what the prize is yet, it might be something silly... your suggestions are welcome in the comments.
Longer version: I know that a lot of people have been asking for donations for various charities recently -- people in [read] Keywords: lotus
Mac Font Foibles On Chrome (Saturday, Sep 29)
Sat, Sep 29th 2012 8:00a Julian Robichaux This has been a week of updates to my MacBook. I bought an SSD drive to replace my original (4 year old) hard drive, which meant that I had to finally update to OSX Lion to get TRIM support. This also meant that I got around to all sorts of minor software updates that I've been holding off on, since everything on my Mac has always worked just fine and I saw no need to update software that already worked. Don't mess with a good thing and all that.
One bit of weirdness I noticed after everythin [read] Keywords: application