Jul 29 2010

ColdFusionCon

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Spending most of my day yesterday and today at CFUnited, which is one of the major get-togethers for ColdFusion developers. This is my third, but alas also my last, because it’s everyone’s last. They’ve opted not to do any more after this one, which is a major bummer. As much as I gripe about my specific job, I really like ColdFusion in general, and always learn interesting and exciting things at CFUnited.

If nothing else, my take-away from CFUnited this year is that I’ve got to get more involved in the CF community, particularly locally. There used to be a monthly CFUG (ColdFusion User Group) at the Center for Innovative Technology at Dulles (a.k.a., the Darth Vader Building), but sometime back it moved downtown to the Figleaf facility at DuPont Circle, which is considerably harder to get to. So one of my co-workers and I discussed yesterday the possibility of setting up an alternate CFUG out here again, which is something I’m going to be looking into in the upcoming weeks.

Of course, CF users are net-savvy folks and so most of the CF community is actually net-based (via blogs or Twitter); I don’t have the programming chops to do a technical blog — but if there’s one thing I’m good at it’s talkin’ about stuff! So I’m going to start looking at ways I can combine my communication skills with my interest in CF, whether or not the alt-CFUG idea comes to fruition. My recent experience creating and teaching an HTML course suggests a direction that’s worth investigating. Teaching low-level CF concepts could allow me to get into the CF community, as well as helping me develop more advanced skills of my own.

-The Gneech

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Jul 27 2010

Fictionlet

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Greg emerged from the hallway to find his Uncle Bob in the living room, which was not particularly a surprise, splayed on the couch nude except for a pair of flip-flops, which was. Greg’s mother’s brother was watching what appeared to be a morning talkshow on the television, while drinking a beer and digging into a bag of potato chips.

After a brief, inarticulate cry of horror and a judicious repositioning to limit his field of view, Greg said, “Um, Uncle Bob, what are you doing here?”

“Washing machine’s out,” said Uncle Bob, not turning away from the television. “So I came to use yours. You don’t mind.”

Greg frowned. “How did you get in?”

“Brigid let me in before she went off to work.”

“I assume you weren’t dressed like that at the time,” Greg said.

“Don’t be stupid, boy, of course not,” said Bob. “I don’t lounge around naked in front of women. That would be weird.”

“Uh huh,” said Greg. “You do know that I work in the living room, right?”

“Go right ahead,” said Bob. “Doesn’t bother me.” Then, shaking his head at the television, said, “These dumb broads. First they run a segment about how fat women all are and how they need to go on diets, then ten minutes later they’re showing off a cupcake recipe.”

Greg shook his own head, then said, “You know, Uncle Bob, I have a bathrobe you could borrow.”

“That’s very thoughtful, my boy,” said Uncle Bob. “But I’m fine. Oh damn, out of chips. You don’t have any more, do you?” He stood and flip-flopped his way to the kitchen cupboard.

“Gaah!” said Greg, scooped up his laptop in a frenzy, and retreated to his room for the rest of the day.

-The Gneech

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Jul 26 2010

Hey, You!

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Yes, you! The person reading this post! I’m curious — how are you coming to it? Could you leave a comment and let me know? The ways I can think of are…

  1. Just going to gneech.com
  2. Consuming the RSS feed
  3. Via my LiveJournal
  4. Via the Facebook fan page
  5. Via my Twitter feed
  6. Some other way I don’t know about or have forgotten?

What interests you here? What would you like to see more of? How would you suggest I make gneech.com more awesome generally? Inquiring Gneeches want to know!

-The Gneech

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Jul 25 2010

A Good Review! I Love Good Reviews!

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Graveyard Greg posted a nice review of Fictionlets, Vol. I at Smashwords. Thanks, GG!

I also notice that he’s totally stolen the term “fictionlet” and using it on his own website, the cad! Curse you, GG!

Man, I can’t take these love/hate relationships.

-The Gneech

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Jul 22 2010

Fictionlet

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“It is one of the great tragedies of my life,” Greg announced, “that nobody has ever asked me, ‘Would you do it for a Scooby-Snack?’.”

“Well what do you expect?” said Brigid. “Anybody who knows you would realize you wouldn’t do it without at least flowers, dinner, and two excruciating weeks of romantic poetry back and forth.”

Greg blinked. “I think we may be talking about different things,” he said.

-The Gneech

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Jul 19 2010

I’m Up Way, Way Too Late

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But before I sleep, I must point at this!

-The Gneech

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