Narrascope! and other stuff I’m doing this year (May 10, 2019)
I'll be reading my work in Providence, then ushering in a new game conference in Boston, then who knows what.
I attended All Things Open 2018 (November 2, 2018)
My second visit to this annual open-source conference inspired me to improve my own project leadership, organizational repping, and joyful public API hackery.
I attended IndieWeb Summit 2018 (June 28, 2018)
Notes and thoughts from the eighth annual IndieWeb conference, held in Portland, Oregon.
Places to find me, June 2018 (June 8, 2018)
I'm traveling all over the north-western hemisphere this month for a variety of interactive fiction meetups and technology summits.
I attended All Things Open 2017 (October 27, 2017)
Three major themes I took home after attending this large and friendly open-source software conference in Raleigh.
I spoke about BumpySkies at TPC 2017 (July 6, 2017)
I presented BumpySkies: A Passion-Project Postmortem at The Perl Conference 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia last month. It remixes my!!Con 2017 talk from May, adding five minutes of newer stuff at either end. In this 20-minute talk I tell more or less the complete tale of how I spent much of 2016 making BumpySkies, a commercial-flight turbulence forecaster. While it works just as I’d hoped, I kind of dunno what to do next with it — and the increasingly anti-scientific stance of the country that provides its data gives me concerns for its longevity that I didn’t have when I began the project.
I want The Perl Conference to steal !!Con’s policies (May 18, 2017)
I love The Perl Conference (née YAPC::NA), a humbly scoped annual gathering that — like any good language-in-the-title conference — succeeds at focusing more on the creative community that happens to center around a particular programming language, rather than on that language itself. As I noted here last month, I plan to speak at its June 2017 iteration in DC, and earlier years saw some of my first talks at any technical conference with a venue larger than a pub. After attending!!Con, though, I find myself increasingly unsatisfied at some of ways that TPC seems to stumble into the same too-typical tech-conference pitfalls every year, ones that nimble!!Con has found ways around. I think TPC can do better! Let me name the problems I see, and then recommend ways that the older conference can learn a thing or two from the younger one.
My !!Con talk, and other notes (May 13, 2017)
The video embedded below contains the entirety of!!Con 2017 ’s day-one livestream, recorded May 6. Clicking it will cue up the ten-minute talk I delivered to its New York City audience that day. I describe how I overcame some early obstacles in BumpySkies development by pushing past my natural resistance against asking strangers for access to tools and data.
My summer speaking schedule: !!Con, The Perl Conference (April 21, 2017)
Pleased to announce that I plan to speak about BumpySkies, my air-travel turbulence forecaster, at two conferences in the early summer. (One of them you can still get tickets to!)
I attended YAPC::NA 2015 (June 28, 2015)
Earlier this month I attended the 2015 edition of the North American Yet Another Perl Conference in Salt Lake City. This was the second YAPC I had ever attended (and, happily, the first I attended without dividing my attention to deal with emergencies unfolding elsewhere). I arrived early, and I have already written about the couple of days I spent eating and sightseeing before the conference started. Now I will write about the conference!
My YAPC::NA 2015 talk about blogging (June 9, 2015)
Please enjoy The True Story of Plerd: or, Why I Wrote a Blogging System in Twenty Fifteen, a talk I delivered at YAPC::NA 2015 in Salt Lake City. This video is about 21 minutes long.
I’ll be speaking at YAPC::NA 2015 (March 16, 2015)
Update: The full conference schedule is now online.
Just Make your Thing (June 22, 2013)
A five-minute talk I gave at YAPC::NA earlier this month, on the topic of project focus. The context is Perl (due to audience) and game programming (due to me) but I hope it’s of interest to anyone as obsessed as I with turning things they love into code.