Ch..Ch..Ch..Changes

Some of you may have heard already…. So, uhm… yeah… I’m moving… Not just out of Winnipeg, not just out of the Province, not just out of the Country, but out of the Continent.

Some of you may have heard already…. So, uhm… yeah… I’m moving… Not just out of Winnipeg, not just out of the Province, not just out of the Country, but out of the Continent.

So it is with great regret, and sadness that I announce I am separating myself from the most awesome group of developers I’ve ever known.

The group of people that Rod and Joel have assembled at Imaginet is truly awe inspiring and I’m glad to have counted many of them as my friends as well as colleagues. My time at Imaginet, right from the get-go when someone (who shall remain anonymous) live blogged my gauntlet interview (don’t worry, the post has long since been removed), to my last day here and beyond have been enriched by my experiences with some of the best programmers not just in Winnipeg, but anywhere. Their brightness has reflected upon me and hopefully I’m better for it.

So it will pass that at next year’s Christmas party no one will be required to recognize me at the door, and Harris will have to find some one new to pillory at great length during the after dinner entertainment, but know I leave Imaginet with nothing but good memories, and fond recollections. (In fact I was going to try and re-edit the “King Cam” – seriously that’s what Harris called it – video from the Xmas party as my goodbye announcement, but it just wasn’t meant to be).

At the end of April I’ll be leaving Imaginet, and by May 3rd I’ll be leaving Winnipeg, to start on a bit of an adventure that will (hopefully) leave me in Australia at the end of it. I’ll be taking my time getting there, with several stops along the way – oh and I’ll be doing so without any fixed plan once I get off the ship, so like any plan, it is subject to change (But the target is Brisbane, in 3-4 months time).

I’ll be on Facebook, twitter, msn, skype, email, and here at my blog so you can all follow along (provided I update). But I promise I’ll update here and the places above when I come to my final destination, and if any of you end up in the same neighborhood as I end up in, don’t be afraid to contact me and we’ll go for a beer or something. Preferably on a beach in December, and +30 degree heat, so we can reminisce about all the other people who aren’t so lucky.

This little piggy…

Seeing how as I’ve been horrible at posting lately…
Here’s a recap of personal news of late:

  • Bye bye toenail.
  • Posting via iPhone.
  • Slept through olympics, with the exception of Michael Phelps.
  • Amoxicillan crevilan bad for sleep cycle/mood.
  • Jumping out of planes not nearly as exciting as expected.
  • Note for future reference: backup terra byte drives.
  • Geek score ++: playing a Tiefling warlock

Montreal F1 Pit Lane



Montreal F1 Pit Lane, originally uploaded by cambo_prime.

Summer vacation picture that’s more trouble than anticpated…. it’s too big for most image editing applications..

I want to create a combined one, but ended up making 3 ‘strips’ that I hope to combine later.

(I’ve figured out how to stitch the image in photoshop, but not how to export it properly… I’ll send the 1.4 Gig PSD to whoever asks for it)

A life’s work…

What were you doing 20 year’s ago… and where will you be 20 years from now… and how is what you’re doing today going to get you there?

It’s not often you can see a direct line between aspects of your past with aspects of your present, and if you can, it’s not usually a direct “golden path”, more a meandering curve perturbed by major random events of one’s life.  Looking at the ‘biographies’ of great people it’s also rare to find such direct callings.  But recently I’ve seen video of such a journey.

Recently I’ve become obsessed with the TED videos.  Great talks by great people, which will leave you inspired…  The range of topics covered is amazing, as are the presentations themselves.  Microsoft unveiled it’s Photosynth (seadragon) technologies at one such talk, and if you look at a talk from a few years ago you can see where Microsoft’s Surface technologies came from, but Microsoft is just a minor player in the history of TED talks.  Other amazing ones include talks that introduce string theory, chronicling the spread of aids in Africa – and making remarkable predictions as to the epidemic’s future, coverage of news coverage, how to inspire creativity, amazing presentations on statistics of world economies- and how we can eliminate poverty with them.  One of the most thought provoking ones I’ve seen recently was about how the US needs to re-structure it’s military to handle situations like Iraq. (Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth supposedly came from his TED presentation)

So it was with some interest that I watched a video of a TED talk from 1984, by the the guy who would later create the One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC).  The OLPC project has recently become mired in infighting and bickering, but they’ve also recently unveiled plans for version 2.0.  The goal is to produce a small computer for children, that can replace Text books in remote and developing countries, as well as connect to the Internet so people from around the world can self teach… all for a budget of at or under $100 USD… Considering that countries like China and Brazil now spend on the order of ~$50 per child  for text books for children, this meta text book would be not that unfeasible.   Think of a hitchhiker’s guide but for school children.

 

Think about what’s being shown in this video, and when it was created.  In 1984 Steve Jobs introduced the world to the Macintosh.  A revolutionary computer that showed the world how to use a mouse, and the beginnings of digital video on a computer (the Mac’s famous Welcome screen), and really- it was most people’s introduction to a computer that could fit inside your house, let alone one that could fit on your desk.   The Internet, world wide web, and wikipedia weren’t even conceived of yet, but looking at that video we can see the start of hyer-linking, interactive learning, and touch based computing.  Don’t forget the touch based surface that that Microsoft Surface is based on was shown at TED in 2006… Yet here its shown in a video from 25 years ago!

Snakes… In my appartment!

So I’m on the phone to my parents, in a delayed Mother’s Day call, when I notice something moving by my feet…..

Turns out it was a snake!
Copperhead
a juvenile copper head perhaps…. looked like this but a lot skinnier! (still not sure)

Would have taken my own picture, but i was a little preoccupied.

Called the Sup, incase someone has a pet that got loose, and he… ahem… disposed of it.

A love story….

I blame my addiction interest in photography on my parents.

It’s as good an excuse as any, and fits into the standard blame game stereotypically associated with therapists.  Though there is some reason behind my fascinations.

My mom had a SLR of some glorious make (I don’t know the model, it got stolen when I was about 13) and all I remember about it was “Cameron, Don’t Touch!”.    That being said it was a wondrously heavy piece of glass and metal, that was so much more interesting than using binoculars.  You could twist the huge barrel tele-zoom lens and see things (usually birds) that were almost too small to see with the naked eye.  “Oh look at the XXXXXX” with a finger pointed at some spec in a tree somewhere… only to be shown a huge difference though the camera.  Add the Flash with that stereotypical sound of the flash and subsequent capacitor charging, or the mechanical click of the shutter release on an old analogue SLR and it was quite the experience using it.

Apparently the camera also had a somewhat storied history behind it…  Purchased for $100 with the trade in of my mother’s existing camera at Expo ’67 on a cross country road trip by my mother, and her sister.

My dad (the Zoologist) however had something that was just as incriminating.  Every year my grandmother would give my father a yearly subscription to National Geographic for Christmas.  It would seem that the stack of National Geographic’s my dad had stacked throughout the house would always be taller than I was. But within were amazing photos from around the world.  Pictures of Africa, or the Outback (along with stories my dad told of his childhood in the Australia), or amazing shots from the bottom of the oceans.

I still distinctly remember shots of lightning on the African plains on the glossy pages of National Geographic.   (It’s something I’ve tried to replicate before.. at least the prairie version).

Anyways this story brought it all back…

 

chilevolcano

No it’s not a photoshoped image….probably just a significantly long exposure…