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Looking Back on 2014

on Thu, 01/01/2015 - 18:56

On New Year's Eve my wife asked what was your favorite memory from 2014. My older daughter immediately replied Watkins Glen.

(Alexa, Corey, and Olivia in the garage at Watkins Glen)

She was probably right, but I felt there were too many good memories to pick only one.

In hindsight, Watkins Glen means more to me now than it did then. Our good friend was racing sports car and Watkins Glen was the closest event of the season. My parents offered to rent a lakeside home and join us. We enjoyed the race and I was surprised by the beauty of the State Park.

 

(Watkins Glen State Park)

I even

The Bibliophile in Me

on Sun, 12/28/2014 - 19:54

I've always loved reading and collecting books. This holiday season, I put a lot of books on my gift list. As a result, I got several new ones and realized I needed to reorganize my bookshelves.

My den has two bookshelves on a wall, along with a five row bookshelf. For me, this is limited space so I shelved the closet in that room. 

The exercise undertaken resulted in having to move books out of the closet to the garage either to be donated to the library or stored if I couldn't give them up.

Now I have a shelf for Math/Science (top) and History (bottom):

A shelf for Religion:

One

My Dad, Ray Nunamaker

on Wed, 12/24/2014 - 16:18

We recently had an alumni night for wrestlers at my high school. Our school, Nazareth, is located in eastern PA and is known as the 'hot-bed' of high school wrestling. Our team is one of the 'big-three' along with Northampton and Easton, at least in the modern era (roughly post 1970s). Dad coached (middle in photo), and my brother Ryan (right) and I (left) wrestled for him.

My dad, Ray Nunamaker, came to Nazareth as a teacher and coach having traveled from Pittsburgh where he was born and raised to Penn State where he attended college and wrestled under legendary coach Charlie Speidel and

Bad Things, Good People, and Being Appreciative

on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:34

There are many questions we have. Some we struggle with more than others. Some are important, some not so much.

The one that I think I struggle the most with is why do bad things happen to good people?

On Saturday, my wife and I attended a memorial service for a friend and neighbor. She was 45 when she passed away on December 9 following a four year battle with cancer. Married for 19 years and the mother of two children, she was as good a person as you could hope to have as a friend and neighbor.

For Thanksgiving, she willed herself to have a 'normal' holiday, leaving hospice care and

Acquia Engage Keynote: Kristina Halvorson

on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 16:58

Kristina Halvorson, Brain Traffic, presented a keynote address on Content Strategy for the Web (she also has a book by the same title. [my notes and summaries, any errors or omissions are my own]

 

She opened noting that the dream is that your content can go everywhere. But cautioned that brand, social, marketing, search, user experience and technology selection are all required to make this work. As a result large companies have large content problems.

 

Kristina asked a question, "What if we took 90 days, stopped everything, thought about our priorities and focused on what needed to be

Acquia Engage: 800 Sites, Thousands of Updates, One Big Pharma

on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 16:15

Chris Desiano, Director of Digital Marketing for Pfizer, presented the breakout session, "800 Sites, Thousands of Updates, One Big Pharma." [as always my notes and summaries, errors are my own]

He noted that Pfizer is in 80 countries with 77,000 employees and lots of products. Supporting the sales and marketing effort Pfizer had hundreds of agencies creating digital content in all kinds of formats.

In 2012 they made the decision to move everything to Drupal and standardize around the platform.

They wanted to create a controlled development environment focused on compliance and security

Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris

on Sat, 11/15/2014 - 15:11

Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I knew nothing about Joanne Harris or the book Gentlemen and Players as I picked this up during a library book sale fundraiser and tossed it into my $5 take as many books as you can fit in a paperbag option. My daughter also had a bag so we grabbed about 40 books that day and took the approach of grab anything of interested there is nothing to lose.

I started this book, stopped and read another one, then returned and finished it.

For me, this book was good, not bad or great, just good.

The story is set at a private school in England

Acquia Engage: Driving Innovation through APIs and Agile Best Practices

on Fri, 11/14/2014 - 21:17

The first breakout session I attended was "Driving Innovation through APIs and Agile Best Practices". Taking part in the panel were Chris Stone, Acquia; Mark Kramer, Pac-12 Network; Ganesh Iyer, Tesla; and Steven Hildebrand, NBC Sports. [As always, any errors, omissions, or inacurracies are on me]

Chris opened with a high level overview of agile and listed out some API best practices:

  • automatically generate public facing documentation
  • standardized resful interfaces - consider Heroku’s API guidelines
  • use predicatable namespaces
  • monitor and maintain sla’s for internal and external customers

Key

Acquia Engage Keynote: Simon Mainwaring

on Sat, 11/08/2014 - 21:33

On day one Simon Mainwaring of WeFirst presented a keynote, "the Future of Digital Storytelling" (again, my summary, errors, omissions, not Simon's).

Simon opened with the idea that we maintain one significant relationship in our life, but in business we are trying to manage thousands or maybe millions.

We are faced with the challenge of scaling intimacy.

In the enterprise we are also faced with the challenge that companies change "arithmetically" while digital disruption is "exponential' and this quickly creates a gap if not a divide.

Today, consumers don't simply consume, but they are

Acquia Engage: Opening Session

on Sat, 11/08/2014 - 13:28

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson opened the conference with a brief address setting the tone for the upcoming two days (my summary of Tom's remarks, any errors or unintended misrepresentations are due to my note-taking and summarization).

He noted that the goal for Acquia all along was to see what Drupal could do for the enterprise that wasn't previously possible. He explained that the message they were receiving from customers was the understanding that it was mission critical to have digital at their core in order to not be overtaken in their respective market.

Tom further explained that digital

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