On a positive note…

Reviewing the last several posts, it would appear that for a few months that I have been in the doldrums of despair. While that is partly true, it is not where I have spent the majority of my time.

At work, I’ve been working on several projects dealing with online video, digital publishing, and helping out a team re-architecting several systems within a client’s structure. In other words, work has me busy and it’s been the good kind of interesting.

If you’ve been paying attention to the weather in the mid-western United States, then you can guess that I have been mostly indoors during the record cold and snows this year. It’s put my woodworking, and anything in the garage on hold, almost everything.

Earlier I had a picture of a cat resting in the partly assembled shelves of a bookcase I build last year. That cat, Angel, is kind of the neighborhood cat, and since her original owners didn’t take her in anymore, we’ve had her wintering in the garage. She’s quite happy there, but a little stir crazy like all of us since she can’t go outside. She’s even gotten into the house a few times, and while our dog likes her, the cats in the house, one of which is a daughter of her’s, definitely do not like sharing the house with the newcomer.

I’ve been working on a talk about Grunt, a task running utility that I use at work to reduce the redundant things I do (building, running tests on code, and making deployments). I’ve applied to give a talk at Chicago Code Camp in a few months, and plan to give the talk before then to the people at work.

I was planning on going to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards given the current focus of projects at work. Though I should be seeing Jim Van Verth next month, and he will be speaking there. He is wicked smart, and now works at Google. Sometimes I hope by being in the room with him that I get better at my own math skills.

So until it warms up outside, I plan on continuing the inside hobbies. Oh, I’ve also played far to many games while stuck inside this winter, finishing Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Tomb Raider, and playing many levels of Orcs Must Die 2 with Erin (my wife). When it warms up, the workshop will be aired out, and I can continue on the secret project. Until then, I am endeavoring to not distract myself from writing and editing the writing I have done. It’s a losing battle right now, but I hope for at least a Pyrrhic victory over my procrastination.

Erin hasn’t seen the Avengers movie yet, and I am making sure that she is fixing that gap in her knowledge now. So until next time, stay warm.

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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Flex and ColdFusion 101 – Jeff Tapper – Flex Camp Chicago 2009

In the spirit of getting these out to you faster, but still much slower than I want to, here is the fifth session of Flex Camp Chicago 2009. It is Flex and Cold Fusion 101 with Jeff Tapper.