Life is Like a Box of People

Finally, an international location for the explorers.






I made these before I found out that the speaker's gift was going to be chocolate.


This is another in the continuing series of wee toaty explorers, a project to keep me busy while I'm on the road. A nice summary is here. The whole set is available if you click on Wee Toaty Explorers.

As Seen in Toronto

Tell me this window display isn't meant to be a set of faceless aliens stealing through the forest trying to escape the zombies.


The conference is on the tail end of the same weekend that Toronto is overrun for the 100th Grey Cup. I couldn't find a breakfast place this morning where I could sit in less than an hour, so I had a slice of pizza, instead.

There's a street party going on. Is there anything cooler than a rock band with an accordionist?


Thanksgiving

It's been my Thanksgiving tradition to try and go visit a place that hearkens back to my days back East. This time, I decided to try to get to Lake Baltimore.

It's up in the National Forest and somewhere down this road:


It seems like the road isn't all that bad, but the ice underneath was too much for my car:


I slipped back to here and got stuck. It took me an hour to dig out.

So, instead I just took a walk in the woods.


Afraid it wasn't very exciting this year.

Oakland

I put these out at 7 this morning. At 7 this evening, they were still there.





My apples used to have hands. I ought to get back to giving them hands.


This is another in the continuing series of wee toaty explorers, a project to keep me busy while I'm on the road. A nice summary is here. The whole set is available if you click on Wee Toaty Explorers.

Drawing Back the Mask?

So, I'm thinking of coming out of hiding at the beginning of next month. Sierra Commons is hosting a hackathon on the first weekend in December and I'm planning to attend. I don't think I can attend pseudonymously!

A hackathon is a neat kind of thing: a bunch of developers get together in a room for a weekend and write code. Atlassian used to call it "FedEx Day" because the idea is that you come in with a project and code/test/deliver it all within 24 hours. The different hackers will be working on different projects and we'll present our projects on Sunday. This is an open one, but sometimes companies do this internally (my company does) to get everyone to think outside the current vision and to experiment. It doesn't have to be developers only; I think it's good when an idea person gets together with an execution person to form a team.

It's fun because it's both competitive and cooperative at the same time and because it's an opportunity for compressed learning. Sometimes a hacker will pick a project they've been thinking about for a while but not gotten around to and sometimes a hacker will pick a project just to explore a technology they're not familiar with yet.

All of the ones I've been to in the past have been about a particular company's product or built around a theme, so I'm at a bit of a loss with something this wide open to figure out what my project should be. Here's my ask: what do you think I should work on? It doesn't have to be something I know how to do -- learning is part of the fun. It could be a plug in to gmail or a new iPhone app (both things I don't know how to do) or almost anything that I can at least do a thin vertical slice of on the weekend.

Help me out, put your ideas in the comments section.