This is terrible for a number of reasons. The two that really stick out are the fact that the Chicago Tribune has nothing about this on their web site and that this story broke the day of the election, so the mayor doesn’t have to answer questions about what he knew before the voters go out to vote.
I know that BDConf had to be a decent conference for me because four months later I am still thinking about it. Right after the trip, I was focused more internally because the conference was a good kick in the pants that there is a broader web world than just Drupal. The last three years, my job has kept me so focused on Drupal that I had lost some of that perspective, so it was good to get me thinking of the broader world again.
In the time since then, I keep wondering about the tradeoffs Drupal has caused my team to make for our development. Don’t get me wrong, any programming language or platform has tradeoffs, whether it is about complexity, performance, stability or a number of other options. When I mentioned Drupal at the conference, one of the reactions I got was “so many divs!” with a look of distain on her face. That sort of thing makes you take pause and it got me wondering whether we tradeoffs we made when picking Drupal originally still apply.
Tangentially to this, I have some thoughts about the Drupal 8/Backdrop too that I am working on another post for. To the web folks out there reading this, I would love to hear your comments because with this spinning in just my head, I am not getting as far as I would like.
I have different thoughts about this video. First, the technology is cool. Super high definition images allow for the zooming effects in this video without losing any data. While the cameras will be able to capture more than we can see with our eye, the photos that are created can be manipulated so you can see it all. I don’t even want to think about the future storage of this stuff though…
My other thought is about Rio itself. That first shot shows the density of people living so close together. While times I can’t imagine living in a place like that, other times it seems like it would be fascinating to live in a situation so different to what I am in now.
I seriously love reading about clever solutions for things like this.
It will be a surprise to no one that I am a huge fan of soccer. I was hooked by the Premier League initially and now follow the MLS more closely. I, of course, also love the national tournaments too, whether the World Cup, EURO, African Cup of Nations or Gold Cup. Seriously, of all the sports, soccer is the one I enjoy watching the most.Soccer would be the perfect game, in my opinion, except for one thing. Tiebreakers.
Today is a perfect example of what bothers me. In the Cup of Nations today, Ghana and the Ivory Coast played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. These teams played qualifiers to get to the tournament, then past the group stages and onto 2 knockout round games to get to this match. Months of work went into getting this far and both teams were dead even this day. So how do you decide it? Penalty kicks.
It isn’t quite a flip of the coin, but for a game that requires teamwork and tactics for 90 minutes to come down to basically a crap shoot feels pretty much sucks.
I don’t know what the answer to this should be, but it at least feels like these major tournaments need something else. The golden goal isnt much better because as the teams get tired, they get sloppier and more prone to mistakes. Even then, though, it is the team working for the goal together, so it seems a little more fair.
Honestly, my ideal would be having the teams play 3 days later again with the golden goal in extra time if needed. With 3 days, it would be equal rest time for the teams and the coaches would have time to game plan. It would cause some problems with organizing the tournament, I am sure, but it just seems more fair to me.
It is interesting to see how little things can turn into much more interesting things in life. At BDConf back in November, one of the presentations was something totally out of left field but might be one of the most important presentations I will ever see.
I had never heard of John Saddington before he walked up to the podium to speak. It did not take long for me to realize that this was not a normal tech presentation. John proceeded to go through his experience as an iOS developer, having his app explode in popularity and then the turmoil it caused in his life after. It was a completely honest and candid story about failure and what it can do to you and the others around you. There is a good chance that John will never give that presentation again, he even said that it was more for him than it was for the rest of us. Still, it was striking to have something so honest said to a community where failure is never talked about, just your successes.
I had the chance to catch John walking to lunch that day and thanked him for the presentation. Later I found that John is followed by over 100,000 people on Twitter and there is a good chance he would never remember that encounter, not just cause it was some random guy saying thanks, but after an emotional personal experience like that, the next bit of time can feel like a blur.
After I got home though, I followed him on Twitter and found out about the Mac app he was developing to stratch his own itch to write better. Soon after it came out, I started seeing it pop up all sorts of places, sponsoring Shawn Blanc and then Daring Fireball. I saw it featured on Beautiful Pixels and then in the Mac App Store. It was like I was being told that I need to be doing something.
Over the next month or so, I started really processing John’s message of sharing your story. What would it mean to really share my story, what is my story to tell? I still don’t know the answer to these questions, but I started taking some small steps here and there to see how it felt. First, I scrapped the last version of my web site and went back to simple WordPress. I didn’t even write a theme, just grabbed the latest one WordPress provides.
Next, I figured out how to share links, videos and my posts easily. Now I can do it from my iPad, laptop or even phone if I want. Finally tonight, I decided to buy Desk. I had been thinking about it for awhile, but when I saw that it was included with the productivity sale on the App Store right now, it made it a no-brainer. This app is fantastic and to know that John will be getting some money from the purchase makes me feel even better.
Thanks again John, I appreciate your talk and your work. I hope to keep working on telling my story.
Someone has a spare $350 bucks to get this for me, right?
I am in a decent number of meetings in a given week. When in a meeting that is IT specific, the majority of folks in the meeting tend to be men. It is not too hard to figure out why this is the case and it is something that we as an industry need to be working on.
The reason I bring this up today is that I had the opposite experience in a meeting today. For the first 5 minutes of a meeting with 5 people around the table, I was the only male there. A few things surprised me, first, that I noticed that very quickly. It wasn’t a comfortable/uncomfortable thing, it was just clear to me right away that I was the only guy there. Second, the content of conversation that was going on was completely appropriate, but also completely different than I was used to. Again, not good or bad, just different for me.
This then got me thinking, is this what it is like for many women in IT where they might be the only woman at the table? If so, it is just another aspect of the bigger picture that I think needs to be worked on. I am not saying to not have any conversation, just be a little more thoughtful what you are talking about and also how you are talking about it.
A fascinating demo of how we process risk in our decisions.
I feel like I didn’t listen to as much new music this year, but what I did listen to was pretty damn good. Here is my top ten for the year:
- No Coast – Braid
- Our Love – Caribou
- Morning Phase – Beck
- Syro – Aphex Twin
- Atlas – Real Estate
- Lost in the Dream – The War on Drugs
- Close to the Glass – The Notwist
- Afropolitan Dreams – Blitz the Ambassador
- Rave Tapes – Mogwai
- Reality Testing – Lone
- You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus