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Parallax visit summer 2010

Thursday morning. Wow! Mecca, Nirvana the Holy grail. OK well microprocessors rule! I’m in Rocklin near Sacramento California visiting parallax to attend some training on Friday and the propeller Expo on the weekend. I’m continuing with my Summer of Nerd 2010 see Redmond Web Camp and my tdlMySummerToDoList(); Since I’m here a bit early I stopped by Parallax to say hi and volunteer for some setup, to find out if I could park my camper over night. I guess the volunteer coordinator :-) is out right now. The front desk has my cell phone number if something comes up. Meanwhile I’ve setup Sampson in the parking lot at the largest bowling alley I’ve ever been to. and set myself up an office in the sports bar attached to the alley. They agreed to let me hang out and use the WiFi if I purchase a meal or two! I don’t know if you make out the title on the book I’m reading: “Jquery Novice to Ninja” That’s it for now more as the training and nerd fest continue on through the weekend.   Thursday night quarter ‘till nine I’m sitting outside of Parallax at the picnic table. What a nerd! I’m using windows live writer to compose this blog offline. And as I finish up with some actual words after inserting the pictures I have about 78% battery left. I better post this while I have signal strength on the wireless and some battery. Back at Parallax now. Hey what’s with these signs? Pretty moon with bird in flight. Sampson wasn’t holding still but I like the picture overall. Employee entrance with Sampson and my reflection in the door taking the picture. OK one more of the moon. 9PM 72% battery.   OK it’s 9:30pm now with 39% battery. Andy Lindsay was just checking all the doors from the inside and opened up for a moment to say hi. Training on Friday This is our Propeller Education class presented by Andy and Stephanie Lindsay Check out this robot The propane isn’t hooked up right now! Saturday – Unofficial Propeller Expo day one Check out the paint ball mini-gun. Robots!   Sunday Free stuff!   ...

Summer to do list

ToDoList tdlMySummerToDoList = new ToDoList(); Nerding Necessary reading for FlashMobMashUp http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa479332.aspx http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ExtendingNerdDinnerExploringDifferentDatabaseOptions.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/data/ff707264.aspx http://www.tellingmachine.com/post/Getting-a-Wordpress-blog-installed-in-a-jiffy-on-Windows-7-using-the-Web-Platform-Installer.aspx http://blogs.msdn.com/b/efdesign/archive/2010/06/21/productivity-improvements-for-the-entity-framework.aspx http://www.lacsharp.org/Home/tabid/98/ctl/Details/Mid/523/ItemID/173/Default.aspx?selecteddate=7/6/2010 attend http://bayarea.startupweekend.org/ July 23,24 and 25. Ceramics Read “The Kiln Book: Materials, Specifications & Construction” Meet the author Develop a Parallax propeller based project for Kiln control Attempt to do some Slump...

Ceramics Stuff

I’m not ready to call this a portfolio, still some people were interested in seeing some of my work… Click on an image to display larger version....

Redmond Web Camp 2010

Day one I’m here! with at least 100 other folks. click image for larger view Slept here last night. Woke up with bunches of cars here already…. Wonder if I’ll get away with it tomorrow? Cool. Wireless internet. My VLAN to home comes up but connectivity is ‘odd’ Not getting my sql server. Twitter Hashtag: #webcamps looks like it’s been down since about 3am. Facebook bit.ly/webcampsfb Stuff that caught my eye: I want to check out Dynamic data. Save HOURS. I’ll investigate for some administrative pages first ?Intelitrace? Apparently only available in vs Ultimate. Websitespark and bizspark What is a db or sql project in the higher end VS versions? Support for migrations? MVC sitemap on codeplex kuler?? theme generator site http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/rating?time=30 MVC contrib?? http://mvccontrib.codeplex.com/ http://mvccontrib.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Grid tailspin travel   stuff I’m learning: In visual studio you can use intelisense by camel case likeWeCouldFindThis with WCFT. Also you can type in the first couple letters of a control, then tab through available matches.   Interesting art work in lobby Hey Lee! Check this out Bean Finneran born 1947. This work is “Chartreuse Cone” 1997 Ceramics with glaze from the Microsoft art Collection # 1997131 Day 2   These folks showed up on day two, formed groups and are coding on eight different projects. It’s so cool to be around all these resources! I’ve learned a lot already, found some new resources and had a couple problems solved already. As I write this it is 10am. It’s over about 6 pm tonight. click image for larger...

Richard Shaw Spring 2010 ceramics presentation

Jeff Albrecht Like can you say Wow! ?? Richard Shaw is a master of trompe-l’oeil sculpture.  trompe-l’oeil is french for “trick the eye” (see this Wikipedia entry) Check out this very cool video from KQED a PBS television station in San Francisco on Richard. Did you see all those molds? I tried a mold this quarter wrote a bit about it here. While attempting to find the dimensions of the couch pictured below I ran across this article about an art dealer, Ruth Braunstein, in San Francisco you may find interesting. I never could find those dimensions. I might have to try the Library Lee! :-) Hopefully this summer I’ll have a chance to write about the benefit of having made a quantity of the same object and how that process refined the finished object and eased the production burden in time and effort. But I digress… Well just a second now, as long as I’m digressing as I mentioned in my verbal presentation I’m looking for an artist with digital skills to concept logo and other site images and themes for a new web presence I’m developing: “FlashMobMashUp” (see this post about Microsoft Web camp and my pitch) I’m a  Entrepreneur software developer (www.iea-software.com) and am expanding and diversifying our product range. I’ve just begun an intern program at IEA to develop web sites. This program is open to not only student computer programmers but writers and artists as well. Please email jeffa at iea-software dot com or a comment on this blog if interested.   Last quarter I made an apple pie glazed with Waxy Oatmeal, this quarter some spaghetti   by extruding clay onto a pie plate made from a mold found at the SFCC ceramics studio. The spaghetti was Carbon trap chino. I don’t think I quite got the Trompe-l’oeil as they don’t look specifically like the real thing. For instance here are a few from Richard Shaw. Note the political comment in the plate. Art – ya gota love it! Often so much more you can say with art than with words. Sailing West Awards 1988    Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, San Francisco Art Institute 1987    Visiting Artist...

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