Survey of Conference Attendees
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If you have attended a conference this year where people have used Twitter, IRC, or similar tools to carry on conversations during the live event (a “backchannel”), I’d appreciate it if you would take this brief (5-15 minute) survey:
As Difficult as Possible
Biz: abstraction, difficulty, management, outsourcing
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For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
Biz: ListLibrary.net, mailing lists, mud-dev, mud-dev2
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ListLibrary.net is officially launched.
I built a site to read mailing list archives because of the list MUD-dev. It’s a high-quality, all-signal discussion of online game developers. The authors are some of the creators of the current crop of massively multiplayer virtual worlds, and the archive collects their wisdom.
Done at the Post
Biz: Barking Stapler, Washington Post
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Yesterday was my last day at the Washington Post. I don’t have a lot to add to my update 6 weeks ago; aside from some updates to the database of Guantanamo Detainees all of what I’ve done has been internal improvements to start the upgrade to Django 1.0 (80 apps take a while), tidy up templates, and make sure all my code and projects are smoothly transitioned to other newsroom employees.
Biz: Athenge, game design, web games
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The big project I’ve mentioned is a web-based game: in 5-20 minutes per day, you recruit and send out your roster of secret agents on operations from secret bases in an online world made up of your friends and hundreds of thousands of other players.
NearbyGamers To-Do List
Biz: aggregation, events, groups, NearbyGamers, news, performance monitoring, Rails, stores, to-do
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NearbyGamers has been growing steadily without a lot of direct action on my part. I’ve been bugfixing and moderating, but aside from some performance improvements in November, it’s been quite a while since its had any user-visible improvements. Mostly this has been because I keep distracting myself with side projects: they’re deceptively simple to start but always have some area(s) of significant non-obvious complexity and a need for time-consuming polishing and refinement. I’m going to finish them off and then give attention to NearbyGamers.
Biz: gems, ListLibrary.net, mailing lists, RailsRumble, Ruby, web
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My last day at the Post is Feb 20, and I’m headed to Chicago on the 22nd. I’ll be helping a family member recover from surgery, so my schedule (both day-to-day and how long I’ll be in town) is pretty vague, but I’ll be around at least a few weeks before returning to DC.
Biz: Washington Post
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Today I gave notice that my last day at the Washington Post will be February 20. The primary reason is that I need to take time off to help a family member convalesce. I’m not taking a leave of absence because I’ve long wanted to work for myself.
Linearization of the Playing Field
Biz: cloud computing, competition, EC2, S3
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It bugs me when people say that tools like Amazon’s EC2 and S3 “level the playing field”. They really don’t, the playing field is still as tilted towards the large players as ever.