Another week I can’t publish the weeknote on time… apparently the planned re-scheduling to thursdays was a easier to think than to implement. Anyway, here is a short description of the past usual-but-mildly-less-stressing week:
- Work in PayPal and Facebook features in Verkami. I’m always sadly surprise by the incompetence and negligence of the technical and commercial departments in PayPal… horrible communication.
- Development in Bazaar and its different parts (specially the first shop) keeps going.
- Support, small fixes and some features in Stage.
This week one of my favorites conference has been celebrated in Geneva: Lift. They always pick a nice mix of topics (Democracy in Distress, Resilience and Resistance, Adult entertainment, etc.) and speaker’s quality is very good (Bruce Sterling, Oliver Reichenstein, Kate Darling…).
Additionally they live broadcast all the conference and that means you can virtually attend it and that right now you can already see all the talks here. I want to specially recommend the talks of the previous mentioned speakers:
- The charming Kate Darling talking about IP on the adult entertainment industry.
- Olivier Reichenstein (of iA Writer fame) on craftsmanship in a digital era.
- Mind-blowing Bruce Sterling on design fiction.
Enjoy the weekend, be happy.
The first week of the year in Spain is, unlike other countries, a very slow week. On Jan 6th, most families celebrate the visit of the Three Wise Men to Jesus after his birth. It’s a national holiday and many people is still on holidays -or recovering from the massive New Year’s Eve hangovers- so it feels like the end of the party more than the beginning of a new cycle.
Anyway, I found the way to do a few things last week:
I sent the proposal “Tap to write History” to MMConf and got accepted. My attendance is still not confirmed since they don’t know if the conference can cover the traveling costs, we’ll see. If your company is looking for a good talk to sponsor, send them my way :).
Exchanged a few emails about new projects/estimations; nothing confirmed yet but some things keep appearing on the horizon.
I went to Madrid for a physical meeting with our friends of the Bazaar project, and enjoyed a lovely lunch with some of the friends living abroad that were, like me, at home for Christmas.
My recommendation today is a bunch of great talks. XOXO organizers just published all the talks of the last edition and there is a lot of inspiring bits: Makerbot, Etsy, Indie game developers, small artisans… You can feel the tons of love and caring passion they put in their respective companies. Find all the videos here.
2012 is basically done, finished… exactly what has happened to the week #405.
In this last week of the year we’ve been working with our friends of verkami on small features, like copy/UI improvements and polishing the Open Graph tags we use, for improved rendering in Facebook. Verkami is working at full speed now, just two years after the launch and I’m meeting them in the beginning of the year for another highly focused workday on the next milestones.
I spent the rest of the week answering requests for a few project’s estimates, Stage’s support tickets and in meetings with different clients like our friends of La Personnalité and Steel Stock Exchange. Recover from the -delicious- food blitzkrieg my mother perpetrated on Christmas Eve was another not negligible task.
We’re still reviewing projects, events and small incidents of the year to create a mental image of how good/bad has been this year. It has been better than 2011 for sure (professionally the hardest year of my life) but there are a lot of shadows on it too. I’ll try to write a wrapping post for the year next monday but I don’t know if it’s realistic to expect I’ll succeed given it’s Dec 31st.
My recommendation for this weekend: relax, think and meditate. Take your time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished in 2012, but more importantly on the goals for 2013. Do it thoughtfully and it’d be the best investment you’ve done in months.
Have a great end of year.
Hard week… I’m broken. I’ve been fighting like a dog to ship stuff and, at the end of the week, the effort is taking its toll.
In the Verkami front, I’ve deployed multiple improvements to the project submission process. Given the stateless nature of the web, multi-step workflows are always more painful that they should be. Additionally Verkami is experimenting with different UI elements to promote the multi-language features authors have to internationalize their projects. In Stage, multiple support tickets and some development sums up my work. Finally, a review of the company’s yearly figures -not very good- added extra weight and fatigue to the week. Alberto had a meeting with Bazaar’s founders and kept working in the project.
Well, enough with all this talking about we. What do you want? Some inspiring link? Here we go: this teenager from Sierra Leone really kicks ass!.
He is a self-taught hacker that creates useful tools with electronics founded in the wastelands of one of the poorest countries in the world. I can not help but feel ashamed of myself when I see how little I do with all the opportunities that life has given to me, when there are people like Kevin that are incredible enough to accept their situation with a smile and become a role model for others. Rock on Kevin!
Have a great weekend!
Four hundred. Twenty times twenty. Almost eight years that look like a whole life. Sometimes an exciting adventure, sometimes a heavy burden, just like life, Linking Paths has endured this round, magical, stunning number of weeks. Phew.
In a nice coincidence Alberto’s birthday is today too: happy birthday! He has been slightly disconnected this week (a time without contact lenses following medical advice) but still he found the way to make some commits to Bazaar. In Verkami I’ve been quite busy extending a calendar view I introduced a few weeks ago as part of the scheduler to include more business related events (start, ending, funding status, etc…) and implementing a few other small features. Stage support and research for a new, responsive design for our product filled up the rest of my time.
The link for this weekend is multimedia: Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong, text and video. The reason I find Chomsky and this interview interesting is the same one that motivated the conversation between him and Yarden Katz:
The motivation for the interview was in part that Chomsky is rarely asked about scientific topics nowadays. Journalists are too occupied with getting his views on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, the Obama administration and other standard topics. Another reason was that Chomsky belongs to a rare and special breed of intellectuals, one that is quickly becoming extinct. Ever since Isaiah Berlin’s famous essay, it has become a favorite pastime of academics to place various thinkers and scientists on the “Hedgehog-Fox” continuum: the Hedgehog, a meticulous and specialized worker, driven by incremental progress in a clearly defined field versus the Fox, a flashier, ideas-driven thinker who jumps from question to question, ignoring field boundaries and applying his or her skills where they seem applicable. Chomsky is special because he makes this distinction seem like a tired old cliche. Chomsky’s depth doesn’t come at the expense of versatility or breadth, yet for the most part, he devoted his entire scientific career to the study of defined topics in linguistics and cognitive science.
Enjoy the interview and have a superb weekend.
This week Alberto has been working in Bazaar and in the last steps of the selling process of Qstion. Additionally he keeps talking with providers in the payment processing industry.
I’ve been working in the redesign of one the main features Verkami’s authors have, image/video manamagent. The implementation of the new design has been quite straightforward but includes a migration that affects all the projects (current and past) in the platform and dozens of thousands of S3 files.
We take availability of our products and projects very seriously. Accordingly we’ve put extra effort (the reason for this weeknote being published late) to run a multi-step migration without a single second of service interruption. For good or for bad, that is the way we made software.
This week I’m giving you not one but 150 awesome links: The Electric Typewriter’s 150 Essential Science & Tech Reads list. In the list you can find some of my favourite essays like Mother Earth Mother Board, The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race and Atoms Are the New Bits or just-discovered interesting articles like A Physicist Solves the City or In Defense of Distraction that I’m really looking forward to read.
Be happy, make love and enjoy the weekend in all the possible ways you can.