HoNoToGroABeMo – or – How Not To Grow A Beard Month

So for the last few years I was only able to watch on the sidelines as my beardless brothers took the fight to breast cancer by growing their beards for breast cancer research. This year is different. This year, I am back in the normal office, and my face is back in the race!

HoNoToGroABeMo has been a tradition for the last six years, growing like… facial hair on a grown man. Ok, so my simile and metaphor abilities are hampered at the moment. It was started by Kris Johnson in a tradition similar to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and then added to by others, and built upon by Bob Voegerl to build the site that now houses the event.

The past two years were won by my protege, Peter Dilillo. He is taking a much deserved hiatus this year, and so it is up to me to continue his streak.

I’ve been doing my blog posts in video form over on the site, and they can also be viewed on You Tube. So if you want to fill your head with Follicle Facts, want to watch me being somewhat silly, or just want to support our cause and donate to breast cancer research (which you should do anyway), head over to the following links:

HoNoToGroABeMo: http://honotogroabemo.org

YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/honotogroabemo

Donation page: http://www.fundraiseforbcrf.org/vandermore

Comment, subscribe to the YouTube channel, read the posts on the site, have fun, and help us grow the best beards these faces can. I understand that facial hair grows better with donations!

Where you can find me at Balticon 46.

This weekend I will be at Balticon 46 in Hunt Valley, MD. http://balticon.org

If you happen to be going, I’ll be on the panel and podcast below. I’ll also be attending a fair amount of other sessions and hanging out in the bar when I’m not busy. See you there!

Sunday, 6:00 pm (50 Minutes) (Derby)
NM-73. Secret Lair Design For Minions 101 (New Media)
In this highly informative educational session, the staff of the
Secret Lair will work with the audience to design and implement traps and countermeasures to keep those meddling
heroes out of The Secret Lair. Special Guest Star Jared Axelrod
will play the part of The Hero, describing how he would attempt
to break into The Lair. The audience (minions) will have to assist
the Lair staff in designing traps to foil the hero.
(M): Chris Miller, (S): John Cmar, Jared Axelrod

Sunday, 8:00 pm (50 Minutes) (Chesapeake)
NM-74. The Secret Lair Live! (New Media)
Join Overlord Chris Miller and Doctor John Cmar for a live
recording of The Secret Lair. Surprise guests! Games! ShetlandBonobo Pony rides! Fun for all ages!
(M): Chris Miller, John Cmar

How to make P2P apps without a server? RTFM… no RTMFP.

I recently gave a talk to the Chicago Flex User Group, and incidentally the LA user group. That last was quite unexpected, and simulcast as I gave the talk.

I spoke about RTMFP on mobile devices and computers using Adobe AIR and a local network to form a Peer To Peer network without a server.

I have the slides posted up on Slideshare, and the audio is here if you care to take a listen.

How to make P2P apps without a server? RTFM… no RTMFP.

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Communication, the podcast – intro

The first in a series of stream of conciousness podcasts aimed at consolidating my thoughts on development, writing, and communication.