I thought 2008 would be the year of output, and it may have
been that, under some measurements anyway. I certainly blogged
less than in prior years, but twittered quite a bit more, so there you go.
Over the course of late 2007 and early
2008, Erin and I became
regulars at Stout.
It's there we spent Paddy's Day, and
later in the year I built their website with Django and Google App Engine.
In February I kicked off Django San Diego, our
local Django user group. The inaugural
meeting was allegedly a big
success—I was snowed in at
Kirkwood and missed it.
In April we kicked off the San Diego Web
Standards Group with an epic session at the office of SuggestionBox in Solana
Beach. I gave
a talk about HTML5.
In March I met Derek Featherstone, Jeremy Keith, Anne van
Kesteren, and Keith Robinson at a microformats dinner,
during which we hatched the plan for the ultimate rickroll.
In October I spoke at MerbCamp (slides).
In December several of us launched a
design blog, 50ft.
In May I took on a contract with Teradata, which in February
2009 turned into a full-time position. What does the job entail?
I spend my days slinging jQuery.
We visited Matt and Lindsay in Seattle twice
(photos from the first
time and the second
We were back in Massachusetts for Jerod's wedding in July, after which we headed north through
Vermont and Quebec and spent time in Montreal. (Erin's
In September I attended
the first DjangoCon up at
Google, which doubled as a great excuse to see all of my SF Bay
Area people. Later that month we went down Cape for Kathleen's
In November we went
camping at Joshua Tree with Mel, Reed, and the rest of the
December saw us embarking on the 12
Pubs of Christmas before heading back to Boston
for the holidays.