The often busy times of summer27 Sep 2011
Summer seems to have come and gone in a blink of an eye. The days can be long but the years seem to get shorter as time goes on. Â There are draft articles on my desk, presentation proposals for next year waiting to be finished, and projects galore happening. Maybe now would be a good time to reflect for a moment on what exactly has been happening of late.
- Monica and I had twin girls on September 16th, Isabella and Evelyn. They're cute (they look like their mom, thank goodness) and everyone is doing well. I amÂ officiallyÂ outnumbered. Painted toes and daddy make-overs are pretty much my life from here on out.
- Alli's ability to play theÂ piano only continues to impress me. It sounds so sweet when she writes new little songs.
- Stickman Ventures continues to grow. We opened an office in Oakdale recently to house some ongoing product work, among other development things.
- It's not secret that I've been writing articles over on the Stickman blog, everything from TimThumb wordpress cleanupÂ to PayPal X Android lib problems.
- The darkroom was not terribly busy this summer; I never had the opportunity to add the air conditioning unit into place to make it workable, even in the cooler summer we had. Winter printing is looking very enticingÂ at the moment.
- We didn't reach our funding goal forÂ Facebook Stole My SoulÂ on Kickstarter. The website is oh so pretty though.
- A lot of people keep asking about the tree house, and to be honest, the tree section is sitting in the garage. With Monica pregnant, I didn't have an opportunity to put the required work into it to get the tree house completely retrofitted.
- I keep getting a lot of questions about Coldfusion and SalesforceÂ integration. To be honest, yes, I know how to do more beyond the older examples I posted. But if I'm being really honest, I don't want to write it up. I only use ColdFusion for the client projects that require it, I don't personally use it and I just don't have the passion to sit there and setup the examples to do so. It's not personal.
- Speaking of which, it pains me to look at my own site at the moment. I crave to update the code base, but I have yet to find the time.
- Google I/O and Bootcamp were very awesome experiences. I though the sessions were very good (you can catch them online) but being able to get straight answers from the engineers was the best part. Â They were very approachable and willing to talk and I came away with a greater understanding on Android, App Engine an Chrome. I can understand why they keep it small (I can only imagine howÂ overwhelmingÂ it would have been for the engineers and staff), but I do wish the people that only attended for the swag would have stayed home.
- The jQuery Conference in San Francisco was very good. I was able to meet some of the folks from BocoupÂ and the jQuery team and the session speakers were top notch. Â IÂ unfortunatelyÂ won't be attending the upcoming event in Boston due to other commitments.