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Jaws & the 4th of July

on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 04:35

Every year when the Fourth of July rolls around I feel compelled to watch Jaws. The movie was released in 1975 and it was originally written by Peter Benchley (didn't read this book, but have read other Benchley novels).

Regardless of the challenges in 1975 of attempting to implement special effects, compared to today, Jaws does its job.

There are many scenes I love, repeat, and laugh at on a regular basis.

I also am very interested in ensuring these sharks are taken care of and protected.

To that end, I've become somewhat obsessed with OCEARCH in the same way my daughter got me involved

DrupalCon Austin, Day 1 Keynote

on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 16:31

About a month later and I'm finally getting back to my notes from DrupalCon Austin.

Author's note: This is my summary of presentations and I can't 100% guarantee accuracy, so misinformation of any kind is unintentional and all my fault for not having done this when the presentation were fresher in my head!

Day 1 kicked off with the Drupal Association's Executive Director, Holly Ross, welcoming everyone to Drupalcon and announced that she made her first contribution to D8.

She talked about the many camps taking place, all the new Drupal sites and companies, and how amazing the personal

Watching Sunrise on Seneca Lake

on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 20:29

Do you remember the last time you sat down to watch the sunrise?

I couldn't. 

So last week while we were vacationing at Watkins Glen, I decided I'd get up early one morning and watch the sun rise over Lake Seneca.

It was definitely worthwhile!

A Wonderful Surprise in Watkins Glen

on Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:12

This past week we spent an extended weekend in Watkins Glen, NY. I hadn't been there before and we were pleasantly surprised by the range of activities. We were there primarily to see a very good, as close as family, friend, compete in the IMSA Continental Tire Challenge Series, but as we were making this a family vacation, I did a little research on what else was around.

It goes without saying that there are wineries throughout the Finger Lake region. In doing a little research about the town, I kept hearing about the Watkins Glen State Park and how amazing it was.

I offered to take my

How Others Respond to Adversity is as Important as How You Do

on Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:57

I still fully plan to post notes from the other sessions I attended at Drupalcon Austin, but have had a lot going on in the past few weeks and simply haven't had a chance to catch my breath.

This extended weekend we planned a family vacation to Watkins Glen, NY to watch and support a friend, Corey Lewis, who is one of two drivers for the Rebel Rock Racing #88, Ingersal Rand, Monticello Motor Club's Porsche in the IMSA Continental Tire Series Challenge. In the last race in Kansas, he put the car on Pole and the team finished on the podium in 3rd place.

Drupal Implementation Success Webinar

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 19:23

Last week Ray Saltini of Blink Reaction and I presented a webinar via Acquia on "How to Maximize Drupal Implementation Success with Lifecycle Adoption Strategies" and the presentation is now available.

Feedback would be much appreciated!

Controversy at Drupalcon Austin

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 01:54

Once I returned from Austin and began to debrief myself on all my experiences, I started getting caught up on my feeds and came across a controversy I missed.

On June 13, the Drupal Association announced the resignation of a Board Member.

In the post it linked to a post by Moretendk, "Language, Twitter, Misunderstanding & Drupal Community".

Then I felt compelled to view Moretendk's account on the Drupal Association.

Super quick summary of his profile, Morten is a hugely passionate Drupalist, who has been very active and it is quickly understood why he would have been a member of the

Large Scale Drupal

on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:32

On Monday, in addition to Professional Agile Project Management for Drupal I attended Large Scale Drupal presented by Acquia.

While our business is large scale, our Drupal implementation is not, but I was very interested in learning more about how some of the biggest sites on the web are using Drupal. Michael Myers and Ankit Shah hosted the Large Scale Drupal event and noted it was being broadcast.

I didn't take notes on every session, but did include several of them. Any errors in summary are my own not the presenters.
To open the program Michael discussed the background of the Large

Professional Agile Project Management - Training Session

on Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:35

Last Monday at Drupalcon Austin, I took a training session presented by Wunderkraut/WunderRoot, on Professional Agile Project Management for Drupal.

Steve Parks and Joonas Kiminki led the session.

The room was full and most of the people indicated that they did not have a lot of familiarity with the agile approach other than the fact that they knew the term and that it was different than waterfall.

From the outset it was noted that agile was not a miracle pill that would solve all your project management ailments, but it was a toolset that would help you solve problems as they arise.

The next

Reflections from My First Drupalcon

on Fri, 06/06/2014 - 21:51

On the flight home from Austin I decided to begin editing my posts about the Drupalcon sessions I attended and realized I really ought to first provide some reflections on the event.

Drupalcon Austin in 2014 was my first con. While I’ve been to several camps over the past two years and really enjoyed them, I realized this event was different.

I guess I expected this to be a bigger camp, and it was, but it is also something more.

With Drupal the word “community” comes up alot. I experienced “community” in a way unlike I’ve never experienced it before while at Drupalcon.

Drupalists are smart