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Drupal has passionate coders. We need more passionate users.

on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 22:20

I just took 30+ minutes to watch Kathy Sierra speaking at a WordCamp SF event. It's worth listening to.

The Drupal community could certainly stand to take some of these principles to heart. Particularly what she says from 7:50 - 8:30. To date, most Drupal technology has not enabled end users to get above the "Suck threshhold" - much less the Passionate User level. We've done a great job getting programmers there - even novice programmers; but that's not enough.

The redesign looks like it's beginning to take the step to helping end-users get there.

Sign ... I need to take some time

on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 03:50

The thoughts of the aged.... The video below makes me wish I were 28, could live on a few spare bucks, and go live the cycling racer life for at least a couple of years. Spending my days training. Living for the next race, the camraderie of my racing buddies, the wins, and the losses.

I'll have to settle for hoping my body doesn't rebel so much on me that I can't at least go here (Tenerefe) and do the rides.

Kashmir Kalifornia Videoclip Competition! Cycling in Tenerife:

My next open source "want"

on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 20:56

In the mid-1990's I ran engineering at ON Technology. One of our most profitable products was MeetingMaker, an enterprise-grade calendaring system. It was a much loved - and equally despised - product among companies that (for whatever reason) weren't running Microsoft Exchange but needed a "real" calendaring system to run their company. Faithful customers included Cisco, Apple, Kaiser-Permanente, Boeing, and many other large companies. From what I hear, a number of these companies still use (and hate) MeetingMaker to this day.

Today, calendaring is in a sorry state.

A typical day at Acquia

on Wed, 09/24/2008 - 18:11

Lots of video conversations. Jay gets goofy occasionally. Jeff runs a timer to keep us (me) from going down too many rabbit holes. Dries wears headphones to keep from driving Karlijn nuts.

Solving the problems of the world....

What do we use to accomplish this? Acrobat connect. Couldn't live without it. (Unsolicited ad for Adobe. Send endorsement checks to Acquia, Adobe....)


Amazon, and his dream health club

on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 15:02

Drupalcon Szeged 2008. Kieran and I are walking to meet some Drupalers at a patio bar, and I spot a sign for a fitness studio.

Just. Too. Hard. To. Resist.

(Note: the sign is real; the photo of Kieran under it is real. What's not real is the time each photo was taken. The photo of Kieran was taken at midnight, and the sign just didn't have enough light to photograph without a flash (on my iPhone.) So I came back the next day and took a fresh photo of the sign, and Photoshopped the daytime sign in at the position the sign is in the nighttime picture. So yes, this photo is real. Ish.)

(Oh, it