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August 2008 Entries

I met Lisa through my interaction with Microsoft as a VB MVP. We got a chance to hang out some at Tech Ed 2008 and via the VB mailing list. She's got a great sense of humor and is also one of the smartest people I've met. She's also incredibly busy, so I've been chasing her via email to bring you these NINE Questions with Lisa Feigenbaum: 1. Where are you from? Los Angeles, in the Encino area. (Yes, like the movie Encino Man.) It’s part of the San Fernando Valley. I’ve toned down the accent a bit ......

This is about 1 month of in-office soda consumption. Too much? Click for larger image. On the plus side, the mountain skyline is a nice reminder of home ......

Mark and have been friends for a few years. He (and his company, Dunn Training) is an active supporter of community events, a good guy and a true Southerner. Mark gets around a lot and I'm constantly running into him at conferences and code camps. He was kind enough to stop for a moment, catch a breath and answer these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I'm originally from a very small town north of Birmingham, Alabama called Blountsville. It's about halfway between Birmingham and Huntsville. ......

With the RNC rapidly approaching, Minneapolis cops have gone nuts. So far there have been at least two reported incidents with cops jumping out of vans and seizing photographers and equipment, but not actually arresting them in at least one case. Regardless of the ethical issues its not a matter of principal at this point. It's a matter of not getting your ass kicked over something stupid while everyone gets accused of being a would be terrorist. No need to turn a simple trespassing charge into a ......

Mission: Pet Food MillStatus: Abandoned, at least 10 yearsDebrief:We got together shortly after dark, with no clear plan on where we wanted to go. Piling in the car, we stopped at a convenience store to grab some snacks and batteries. I have a ridiculously bright LED flashlight but it eats batteries pretty fast. After that, we took a ride and briefly (without getting out of the car) scouted a couple locations of interest. One in particular looked interesting, but was sealed up tight, with concrete ......

Let me start by saying I really like Samuel L. Jackson. I hope he had fun making this movie. It looked like he had fun. Surely he had more fun making it than I had watching it. This movie sucked. It sucked in a way that defies words. In sucked in that way that Love Boat reruns you watched with your grandmother when you were a kid sucked. Only more so. I had a plan. Samuel L. Jackson has a certain "signature" phrase he uses a lot in movies. Knowing this, and knowing I was in for a bad movie, I decided ......

Occasionally, people ask me how I became an MVP...  or they ask me what do I do besides consulting, that keeps me so busy. Here's a list of stuff I've done over the last year, and what I have scheduled through the rest of 2008.

The List!

If you want me to come speak at your event, it would be a good idea to check here first to see if there's a date conflict.

This week, I'm chatting with Rachel Reese, ASP Insider. We've never actually met in person, but it seems like we know all the same people. Funny how that works. Rachel and I emailed back and forth for a few weeks so you could have something to read this morning. I'm off to find coffee, so please enjoy these NINE Questions with Rachel Reese: 1. Where are you from? I was mostly raised in Wyoming and consider that my "home", but I've also lived in Maine, Florida, New York, Maryland, Arizona and a few ......

Mission: strictly recon.Debrief:We met up in downtown Minneapolis, where we hung out for a bit and watched the sun go down. As it started to get dark, the three of us piled into one car and headed to the first of two places we wanted to scope out for further exploration.Location 1: Flour MillStatus: Closed, Non-operationalFinding suitable roadside parking, we walked over and checked the place out. We walked around for about half an hour, noting some very interesting features but no obvious entrances. ......

This review will contain naughty words. I don't know how many because that phrase is the first thing I typed, other than the title. I just know there's going to be some. I went to see a matinee of Star Wars: The Clone Wars today. There were 9 of us, ages ranging from 10 to older than me, so it seems like a good spread. I'll give you the short version first since there's a lot of ADD geeks out there (like me) who are about to stop reading if I don't get on with it... THE SHORT REVIEW: It Didn't Suck. ......

I'm considering designs for my full back piece. So far, it's been an interesting exercise in discovering the limits of shared concepts/terminology, which I suppose is a lot like what I deal with on a daily basis as a consultant. An unfortunate conversation, earlier in my career, went something like this: client: we want "this" it should do "this, this and this" and look like "this" but not exactly. me: ok, I'm on it. (several weeks go by) client: is it ready, is it ready, is it ready? me: yep, ta-dah! ......

My CoDe Magazine piece on Social Networks is online now.

You can read it at: http://www.code-magazine.com/Article.aspx?quickid=0809021
Feel free to provide feedback there or here. I'm interested in what people think of it.

Yes folks, you heard it here first. The blog gods have looked down from the heavens and found us worthy. Jeff Julian & John Alexander of AJI Software, known better as the founders of GeeksWithBlogs.NET have just informed D'Arcy Lussier and myself that we will be blogging PDC 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. We're even getting new GWB tshirts (which is good because mine is getting a little worn out, since I wear it pretty much everywhere!!) In addition to blogging like rabid, well... uhh bloggers, we'll ......

We're shaking things up a bit over here at NINEQuestions.net. My 32nd cousin (she was born a Williams) and temporary co-host Rachel Appel is turning things around and asking me the questions this time. I'll let her take it from here. When I saw Chris doing the 9 Questions series on his blog, I wondered why everyone else got a little shot at web celeb and not the man himself. So I hopped on IM and said “Hey Chris, you’re interviewing everybody, but where’s your questions and answers? You have to dogfood ......

Desarae is a Social Networking powerhouse. After she added me on Twitter a while back, I checked out her About Me page and was impressed with the sheer volume of sites and services she's a member of. She's on every one I'd heard of and a bunch more that were totally new to me. Being a Social Networking junkie myself, interviewing her was an easy decision. I considered doing the interview over Twitter, but then what would you have left to read? Without further delay, I give you NINE Questions with ......

My buddy Shawn is probably best known as being The ADO Guy, but lately has rebranded himself. More on that below. I caught up with Shawn in between his extensive travels and asked him these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? While I was born in Brooklyn, NY I really grew up in south Florida. I’ve moved around a lot with the highlights being my stops in Amsterdam, Boston and Portland, Oregon. I currently live in Atlanta where I’ve spent several five year stints, but this time it’s a permanent ......

Quick reminder, tomorrow night is the Twin Cities Developers Guild meeting featuring Rocky Lhotka!

If you're in the area, or just really love CSLA (and who doesn't?) come on out and get your first public look at CSLA Light  (as in, Silverlight, uh-huh... that's right!)

http://www.twincitiesdevelopersguild.com

Please RSVP for an accurate food and beverage count.


If you weren't at Codestock this weekend, you totally missed out. A few hundred developers from all over the country (Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia, and I'm probably missing a few) got together for one of the most interesting technical community events I've ever had the privilege of attending and speaking at. My employer, Magenic, sent me down to Knoxville for the weekend with a slide deck, some swag, and a mission. ......

Recently I had the opportunity to check out Skewz.com and found it to be a pretty interesting concept. Vipul Vyas is the man responsible for bringing it to the internet, so these NINE Questions are all about him. Read on... 1. Where are you from? I'm Indian-American, but I grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio; but we left there before my first birthday. So I'm "American by birth, Southern by the grace of god," as they would say. These days I call San Francisco, California ......

We're kicking this week off with an interview with my good friend Rod Paddock. Aside from being one of the coolest dudes on earth, Rod's also the editor of a little mag you developer types may have heard of: CoDe Magazine. I shot Rod some questions, and he shot me some answers. Here you go: 1. Where are you from? (especially if its not where you are now, geographically.) I’m from California. I graduated from Palmdale High School in 1987. I lived in Bend Oregon for a few years when I went to school. ......

Mission: Storm Drain near the Mississippi River Status: Active Debrief: We met up shortly after 9pm (around dusk) at a small park within walking distance of our entry point. Same gear as before, with the addition of my sadly underutilized HD cam. We discussed the plan, and the need for discretion (and quiet) on our approach. The danger factor was significantly lower on this mission than the previous one, but the trouble factor (if caught) was quite a bit higher (misdemeanor.) Basically the opposite ......

I'm taking a break from this glorious day, with nice weather and grilled meats to bring you this interview with Dana Coffey (someone many of you know as @CrazeeGeekChick on Twitter.) Dana is from a place near and dear to my heart. The South. Every time I see her take the time to actually type out the word "y'all" I get a chuckle. So without further delay, here is Dana Coffey and her NINE Questions. 1. Where are you from? Peachtree City, GA – land of the Golfcart paths. It’s just south of Atlanta ......

so a few of you (including my parents) have been wondering what this "big idea" of mine was. It's not another game store, although don't rule that out permanently. It's not a video game studio, although again... never say never. No, this is something truly magnificent. I give you the Charity Fragathon. www.charityfragathon.com The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest ......