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September 2008 Entries

The Heartland Developers Conference has come to Minneapolis and things start kicking off tonight with the pre-conference party, down at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. I attended the HDC last year in Omaha as a representative of Magenic and enjoyed it so much I decided to speak at the event this year (both in Minneapolis and Omaha.) I'm speaking on Monday and my time slot has some pretty tough competition with Andrew Troelson discussing LINQ Query Internals and Amanda Laucher discussing ......

Mission: Abandoned Mill Debrief: We've been here before, but haven't come close to exploring all of it. We met up after dark and drove out to the site. Getting there was fairly quick and uneventful, and aside from passing a couple of bicyclists, it looked like we weren't going to run into anyone on the way in. Just before we got to the entrance though, a car full of guys (looked like teenagers or early twenties) pulled up and tried going down a road that was (clearly) marked "do not enter." Confused, ......

Rocky Lhotka has just released Beta 1 of CSLA .NET for Silverlight framework (and a corresponding version for Windows). If you are unfamiliar with CSLA .NET, it is one of the most widely used business application development frameworks for the .NET platform. I expect it will be extremely widely used in Silverlight as well, since it provides even more direct benefits to Silverlight developers! CSLA .NET for Silverlight abstracts many of the complex issues faced when building business applications ......

The Charity Fragathon was last night, and I'm happy to say it was a huge success.

We had 90 people sign up and 78 in attendance.

I'm still crunching the financial numbers, but it looks like I'll be handing a check for around $6000 to Children's Hospital.

Lots of pictures were taken, fun was had, pizza was eaten, sodas consumed, G33K B33R was chugged, prizes were won, n00bs were pwned.

Last night was truly made of pure awesome.

The Charity Fragathon was a humongous success, and it totally kicked my butt. I'm swamped and exhausted.

NINE Questions will be back next week with interviews featuring George Clingerman and Lindsay Rutter.

Thanks,
Chris

The Charity Fragathon (http://www.charityfragatho... is only THREE days away. We're hosting a HUGE HALO 3 tournament and a Rock Band 2 Room. I am SO CLOSE to hitting the mark on this, and really need your help. Magenic (my awesome employer) has committed to matching 100% of the first $3000. I'm just a few hundred bucks short of maxing this out, and I need your help to make it happen. If you've been thinking about attending, but haven't registered yet, please do so. We've got some great prizes ......

Recon: Storm Drain near Mississippi River Debrief: We all have reserves of strength and endurance that most of us have never tapped. I found mine tonight. It started off simple enough. We had heard about a nice sized storm drain right on the Mississippi that would take a little climbing to get to. As with any recon, the plan was just to find it. Exploring it would come later. We met up in a nearby parking lot and took one car from there to the starting point. We knew roughly where it was, but needed ......

Sometimes I buy stuff on Tanga.com. When I do, it''s usually a good deal even if their shipping is slow.Recently I bought a couple LED Flashlights. They were about $13 each but they were supposed to be incredibly bright. I usually carry around a small 24 LED light in my bag when I'm out exploring. This flashlight claimed to have 100 ultra bright LEDs. I hadn't seen one that big before, so I figured why not? The package arrived yesterday and I ripped it open as soon as I got home from work. They had ......

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I've known Jason pretty much since I moved up to Minneapolis, although I had heard of him long before that via his books and the Magenic tech lists. In addition to being a total languages geek, Jason's a pretty interesting guy with an eclectic background and a broad set of interests... it's probably why we get along so well. He's also a busy community guy, so I'm glad he was able to spare a few minutes to knock out this interview. So here it is, NINE Questions with Jason Bock: 1. Where are you from ......

Mission: Abandoned Mill Debrief: About a month ago, we did some quick recon on a local mill. You can read about that right here. We went back last night, but before I get to that part of the story, there were a few other things that happened first. I was sitting at home watching TV last night (around 8pm) and the phone rings. My buddy wants to do a mission and wants to know if I'm in. We agree to meet up around 10:30pm at our usual spot. Before I get off the phone, he asks if I would have a problem ......

Earlier this evening, I was working on another NINE Questions interview and the interviewee sent me two Flickr links of pictures to choose from. Unfortunately, Flickr had some sort of weird protection that prevented me from dragging, copy & pasting or saving the photo I needed. I kept getting this 1x1 pixel transparent image named spaceball.gif. I really needed this picture, and I had permission to use it from the interviewee, but she wasn't available at the time to just send me a copy, so I ......

I first met Liza and the Lullabot gang at the Iowa Code Camp and started following her on Twitter the same day. She's got a pretty interesting story, but I'll let her tell it. This is another one of those interviews I did a while back and then somehow misplaced. Obviously my filing system (gmail) needs some work. Without further delay, I give you NINE Questions with Liza Kindred: 1. Where are you from? Des Moines, most days. I travel a great deal for work, so sometimes I feel like I am "from" airports ......

So I was out at lunch (Davanni's) with my friend Kitty last week and while we were there, this lady was going "table to table" getting people to fill out slips for a drawing for a free massage. I like "FREE" a lot so I filled out the little slip and handed it back to her. Imagine my surprise when I got home that evening and received a phone call informing me that I was a lucky winner. All I had to do was make an appointment at "Above and Beyond Chiropractic." The nice lady with the accent informed ......

I first met Chris at the Twin Cities Code Camp pre-party in the Spring of 2008. Since then, it seems like I've run into him everywhere... Iowa Code Camp, TechEd, Codeapalooza, etc... This guy really gets around. Fortunately, he was able to pause long enough to answer these NINE Questions. Unfortunately, he did it over a month ago and I promptly lost it. So now I give you, The Lost NINE Questions interview, with Chris Sutton: 1. Where are you from? Brazil, Minnesota, Florida, Missouri, Colorado and ......

I downloaded Chrome the second I heard it was available. It's damn fast, it looks good and it has some great new usability features that I really like. I figured why not give it a thorough test drive and make it my default browser for a day? Sadly, it didn't quite make 24 hours. Sure it's stable (other than that one "Evil Here" bug. feel free to click here if you're running Chrome to see what I mean.) Yeah it looks good, plenty of reclaimed screen real estate. It's extremely fast and of course works ......

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Carl is one of the folks I credit (blame?) with getting me started in my career as a VB developer. Back in the mid 90's when I worked for the DoD down in New Orleans, I was a regular visitor to Carl & Gary's VB Homepage. If not for those guys, I'd probably be selling crawfish for a living or worse, coding in Java. So I'm happy to bring you these NINE Questions with Carl Franklin: 1. Where are you from? I was born in New London, CT and lived until I was 19 with my family in Mystic, CT. I spent ......