Monthly Archives: April 2009

Yesterday’s BarCamp NewsInnovation Philly

Yesterday afternoon, encouraged by Roz, I found a way to attend BarCamp NewsInnovation Philly. I’m happy I listened to her. It was a great event.

I was late, but in time for four discussions, the biggest highglight of those was TechnicallyPhilly. They gave an enthusiastic, concise description of what they do, how central community and chosen niche were to it, and even had some hints on how to earn a living doing it. Other interesting discussions included Scott Karp’s presentation on Publish2 and collaborative news rooms, and the folks behind copress.org, who while working to solve problems commonly found in college online news organizations, are inadvertently addressing many of the problems found in large mainstream online news organizations. There is another presentation, on how to make money on the Internet, that was infuriating for how it looked down on people. As Chris Krewson ponintedly asked, “The take away seems to be that the public is stupid and so are your advertisers”.

Biggest highlight for me was getting to meet Amy Z. Quinn after all these years. Amy is someone I “met” online via Philly Future more than three years ago. As were meeting Howard Weaver and Scott Karp for the first time and getting a chance to hang out and catch up with Wendy Warren, Chris Krewson, Aaron Couch, and Chris Anderson.

BTW, if you want a terrific summary of how news gets chosen for Philly.com’s (and more than likely the majority of news orgs) home page, the tensions present in its production and what drives it, Chris’s research paper: “Web Production, News Judgment, and Emerging Categories of Online Newswork in Metropolitan Journalism” is where you want to go.

Yesterday’s Comcast Cares

Yesterday was quite a day. In the morning I went out with fellow co-workers to Hunting Park to help do some clean up and planting for Comcast Cares Day. It was a small personal victory for me. Previous two years I haven’t been able to attend due to the back pain issue. This year, not only could I attend, but I was able to assist for a few hours. There are pictures up on Flickr. Felt great to go out and lend a helping hand with fellow friends.

Programming and Project Management Links for April 16, 2009

danieltenner.com – Dealing with impossible crises – Absolutely terrific advice for participating in group problem solving (something that many have trouble with).

The Buzz Bin – The Cultural Challenge to Integration – about breaking down silo walls.

Beth’s Blog – Silos Culture Inside the Walls of Nonprofits Prevent Effective Social Media Use – yep – they exist in non-profits as well.

Lessons Learned: Five Whys – great technique to drill down to root causes.

scottberkun.com – Top ten reasons managers become great

Matt Jones: Data as Seductive Material

Wolfram|Alpha: Searching for Truth

Artima: What I learned at Java Posse Roundup ’09 – some good advice here.

Netbeans.org: NetBeans Platform – some nice inspiration here among those using the Netbeans platform.

Hacker News: Ask HN: Is it worth a back-end developer’s time to get into web-design and HTML/CSS (yes!)

WikiWikiWeb: Specialization Is For Insects

Computerworld: Researchers: Databases still beat Google’s MapReduce

SmoothSpan Blog: AmazonFail Shows Data Matters Too

imagine27: 2009-04-09 live lisp art opengl synth sound – wow – slow build – but that’s part of why its worth it.

grok2.com: quoting Fred Brooks – Why is programming fun?

SEOmoz: How Google’s Rankings Algorithm Has Changed Over Time

Bb RealTech: My Abbreviated Self – thoughts on the evolving HTML5 spec.

CSSquirrel: Comic Update: Madness? This is HTML5!

rc3.org: Do what you can’t not do:

So my suggestion would be find a way to get paid to do the thing you can’t stop yourself from doing. The best programmers are people who can’t stop programming. The best writers are people who find themselves wanting to write when they’re doing other things. Do what comes naturally.

btw – I’m posting regular links at del.icio.us again – here’s my programming link stream.

Richelle’s grandfather passed away in his sleep yesterday morning

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, especially Emma. She got to know grandpop over the past couple months and she liked him very much.

She is blissfully unaware right now, but the questions will come. They can’t be blown off – she simply doesn’t fall for distractions so easily anymore.

How deep you explain death to a three year old – one that is intellectually curious and has the smarts to handle it – will be hard. Even if it is the simple, “he’s in heaven, with mom-mom Rita and God”.