Community Community Community

So I started writing this on the last day of That Conference. Last week I had the opportunity to attend multiple Open Spaces sessions as well as a few topics while volunteering. The one common thing that still astonishes me is the way this community has came together. I missed the last couple years for one reason or another. This year I happened to work the registration desk a few days and time and time again people would turn in things left behind from others. Everything from purses to laptop bags with laptops still in them. It is amazing how well this community looks out for each other. The reactions of the folks picking up their belonging was just amazing.

The open spaces conversations I participated in or saw all were focused on helping each other. This just shows how much this community wants to give back to each other. No one really seems to ever show much of an ego. I was able to ask some first year attendees how their experience was. They were shocked at how much they were getting for their money as well as being able to find tons of content they wanted to see. In fact they stated it was hard to decide what to go too because there were so many good topics.

Clark, Carrie, and the “That Crew” have truly built a great community that I full heartedly expect to grow. It already has quite a bit and the say off season messages that go around show just how much of a community not just a conference they have built. I hope to be able to continue to be part of “That Crew” and help build this thing even bigger.

Stay tuned as I am about to get my blogging back on as well. I feel I have not contributed to the community outside my work in quite a while. I will also be looking to get back into the speaking circuit as well.

Blog hiatus

Well…I haven’t been doing a good job of blogging recently. Life has been busy for me. I’ve been keeping up on my technology but also working on music. I’ve been getting better and better at guitar recently. I’ll probably be doing some live streams eventually as well. This week is That Conference and I’m camping for realz at my summer camp for geeks.

I’ll do some posting this week of what I learn as well as some of the side topics that happen. One of the greatest things greatest things about getting together with a bunch of other geeks is that we get to share our experiences and advice. The speakers are great but sometimes the hallway conversations are even deeper. I can’t wait to get to interact with a bunch of fellow geeks.

One topic I’m looking to bring up is managing very large project teams. The current project I’m over has 11 scrum teams and continues to grow. I think I have some new insights for folks that I would love to share.

If you are at That Conference come chat.

Drawing Journey Continued

So I’ve made my commitment to improve my drawing ability. I’ve been drawing daily since the 22nd of December actually and have seen some progress already. It really is true practice makes perfect. I’m definitely not moving as fast as I would like but that is because I’m very impatient. Either way I feel I’ve made some steps in the right direction.

I’ve created a page for all of my drawings to be displayed. Below is just one of the drawings I’ve done so far. I’m continuing to work on it as well so it will evolve. I will probably bounce around between it and other work to keep things fresh though. I have a hit list of technical skills I want to learn which include using silhouettes for character development to learning better coloring techniques.

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If you are interested in following my work check back from time to time and look at my drawings page.

The journey back to Windows

I have been back and forth between operating systems many times before. I typically look at myself as technology agnostic. I love all technology. I’ve been living in the Apple ecosystem for quite a while. I actually had purged my house of all of my Windows PCs and laptops. The only non-Apple devices I had in my house were Chrome Books for my kids and a few Roku devices.

As of late I’ve been diving back into Windows due to my passion for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. I picked up a Surface Book and even got a Microsoft HoloLens. I then needed a system to run my Oculus Rift CV1 so I ordered a barebones Zotac Magnus EN970.

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This little machine has served me very well for most demos of Virtual Reality. There are a few things that push it beyond it’s capabilities since it only has a NVidia GTX 960 in it. So I decided it was time to build a new machine. This comes on the heels of NVidia announcing the GTX 1080. Since they are not fully available other then Founder addition I decided to do the first build with the GTX 970. I’ll pick up a GTX 1080 after people stop price gouging them.

It begins

I can’t believe how much fun it was to build a PC component by component again. It was like a nostalgic moment for me. I even brought my oldest daughter in to explain all of the components. This is an experience you do not get in the Apple World. Pretty much what you get is what you get. There is something to be said for just purchasing a machine to do a job but for someone who wants to push hardware you are stuck. Unless you purchase the extremely expensive Mac Pro that is running on outdated hardware still. It was fun when everything lit up for me and I was able to Install Windows 10.

PC Started

It will still be a bit before I stop hitting the Alt key trying to open the start menu though since muscle memory is still stuck on Apple Command key. I’ll even occasionally jump back to my MacBook 12” I have. So far I’ve been pretty impressed with the migration back. The OS actually feels a bit more modern then Apple’s OS which is aging. Hopefully there will be some big news in a week or so for Apple. If they don’t start innovating again soon I’m worried they will just be an iPhone/iPad company. I don’t even feel they are fulfilling the needs of the creative industry like they used to. My Windows machine I built blows the doors off all my Apple gear I had before as far as rendering Videos and the like.

Here is to the journey back into Microsoft land.