Remembering 30

March 14, 2012

Just heard a coworker is going to Japan for her 30th birthday. At first I was envious and then I remembered MY 30th. I did glow in the dark bowling at Elsie’s (yes I’m too old to remember what that’s called now), swing dancing in the aisles, which Mademoiselle magazine captured in a photoshoot.

FYI, when when you look up “Mademoiselle” in the yellow pages (Google was not available at the time, and ohhh how I just enjoyed dating myself there), you are NOT directed to Mademoiselle magazine, as I had incorrectly assumed. Also for your information, 10 am appears to be a bit early to call Mademoiselle Escort Service and explain that someone took some photos of you and now you need to sign something. That woman was rather terse, in fact. If it were me, I’d be laughing my heinie off at some poor sap thrilled about her getting her big break in a photoshoot in a bowling alley.

And Mademoiselle never DID publish any photos of me dancing in the aisles at Elsie’s. They chose to publish some photos of girls singing karaoke instead, as I recall. I’m not sure if the story would have been better or worse if they had.

Who am I kidding? It TOTALLY would’ve been a better story if my picture had been published.

The Real Boss

April 18, 2011

This is for my brother:

Someone forwarded to me today.  Not sure of its origin, but have to share.

Embrace Mr. Stay-Puft

August 26, 2010

I had to share this excellent concept that I read about today; the Marshmallow Challenge.  It’s a great tool to help illustrate collaboration in your environment, and also how useful it is to prototype early and often.  Of course that’s simplifying it quite a bit.  The root concept is to embrace making mistakes.  A key concept when you’ve been in the industry for a while, and a great reminder for those of us who might be having a milestone birthday and yet still make some fabulous mistakes. 

DAM it all

July 29, 2010

Out of curiosity, which Digital Asset Management tool would you use for a web development company?  And I’m talking about managing buttons in different states, not just the plain old “I need a photo of a hamster in a top hat and want to export it in 12 different sizes.”  I’ve got some ideas, but if you knew of something that you just loved, I’d love to hear it.

Perhaps it would be better to ask, which one would you NOT use?

New and Improved

July 13, 2010

I haven’t posted in a while.  Haven’t had the chance, honestly.  A consultant’s life is a busy one.  So the non-work time went to the family (which is where it should go), but alas not much time for blogging. 

But I’ve just recently switched jobs.  And I have to say, I’m pleased as punch.  Fresh outlook, new perspective, regaining my energy.  And I’ll say what I haven’t said in too long:

I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.

Ok, so I’m a User Interface Developer and I don’t have an iPhone.  I have  a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone. I can see the winces from my fellow UI developers and designer associates.

But now, as a Silverlight developer, I’m thrilled to see Windows Phone 7, and see that I can develop Silverlight 4 apps for Windows Phone 7.  And all the development tools are FREE.  It’s… it’s…  well, the only way I can describe it is that I was sitting in the audience at MIX10, listening to the announcements and my palms were sweating (in a good way).

I have to say, it’s a pretty impressive strategy from Microsoft.  Develop RIAs, Desktop (Out of Browser) Applications and Mobile apps, all with one tool, one language: Silverlight 4.

As soon as I have my first Windows Phone 7 app developed, I’ll let you know… hopefully in a few days.  I’m thrilled!  Yeah, yeah, yeah, Silverlight 4 isn’t actually supported in the mobile browser itself, but whatever.  Soon.  Very soon. It’s all coming together.

Get your free development tools here:  http://developer.windowsmobile.com

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