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Since You've Been Gone

All Gone

To everyone who now has Kelly Clarkson stuck in your head, you're welcome. (I know what it is you see, for it is in my mind also.)

Thanks largely to last year's 365 project, I posted a record 382 entries here on the old blog in 2012. So it feels strange that this is only my third post for 2013--and I missed February entirely!

What the heck happened to me? Life!

  • The first half of January was dominated by CodeMash and the eight-hour Django tutorial that I helped put on.
  • Mid-January through mid-March were consumed by preparations for the half-day web app security tutorial that I presented at PyCon.
  • I've also been crazy-busy preparing for and running our company's annual Hack Day event. We did a whole secret agent theme, going so far as to produce some extremely low-budget but nonetheless epic video segments in the style of the Bond films. Our audio team even made us a theme song, which I'm not ashamed to admit I enjoyed playing on a loop on my phone while I walked around the office in a tuxedo during the event.
  • I've been building lots of Legos with my daughter! She rocks the Lego Friends sets on her own, and helps me with my Star Wars and Lord of the Rings sets.
  • Speaking of Lego Lord of the Rings, I kind of got hooked playing the Xbox version. So good...
  • I got a RaspberryPi at PyCon! So the kiddo and I have built a case for it out of her spare Legos, and I've shown her a little bit of Python and Scratch. Now we need to find a project, because she's really excited about building something with it. (Thanks, PyCon!)
  • I made a little URL shortener for my pirn.at domain before I realized that bit.ly does it all for free and then some. That's okay. It gave me a chance to learn about Flask. I'll probably write a little bit more about it at some point later.
  • I made a little RSS-to-Twitter gizmo to automatically tweet links to my blog, using my pirn.at shortener for links. I'll probably write a little bit about it too.
  • I got all excited at PyCon and made PythonIpsum, a lorem ipsum generator with a Python-flavored vocabulary. Patches welcome!
  • I've been bitten by the site refresh bug and have started tinkering on a responsive-ish layout so that this place won't look so daft on a phone.
  • I've got a photography backlog from CodeMash and PyCon that I hope to address shortly. And then I want to get back to shooting regularly (though I've got a case of gear fever, so right now I'm mostly obsessing about which lens I'd like to pick up).
  • The kiddo and I have been watching Clone Wars and Dr. Who together. She's been really enjoying watching them with me, and I've really enjoyed helping to counter the influence of the Princess Industrial Complex.

In short--death by bullet points! Hopefully with the big conference season behind me, I'll get back into the swing of things shortly and won't be quite so much of a stranger here.

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320/365: Ain't No Party Like a Hobbit Party

320/365: Ain't No Party Like a Hobbit Party

I've been meaning to shoot this ever since the Series 8 Lego minifigs brought us Lederhosen Guy and a LotR cellopack provided the keg. But now that I have tickets to see The Hobbit, I figured it was finally time to celebrate!

This was originally set up with just Frodo and Lederhosen Guy, but then I decided to invite a few more friends over and throw a proper hobbit party... Because there ain't no party like a hobbit party, 'cuz a hobbit party don't stop (don't stop). (audio)

45 days to go!

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295/365: Brictober's End

295/365: Brictober's End

Lego and Toys 'R' Us totally suckered me this month with their "Brictober" offerings, seducing me with the siren call of vintage minifigure sets that harken back to my youth. Let's just say that I've spent too much time (and probably too much money) in this aisle lately and leave it at that.

70 days to go...

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293/365: Pirate Plank

293/365: Pirate Plank

I picked up the Lego Pirate Plank game last weekend and it's proven to be a huge, huge hit at our house. Claire has a surprisingly good grasp of the strategy, which mixes personal survival with finding the best ways to screw up your opponents. For what seems like a simple game, the gameplay is really quite rich!

72 days to go...

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285/365: Object of Worship

285/365: Object of Worship

I had planned on doing the obligatory "new lens photo" a week ago when the 35mm L prime arrived, and then life got in the way. And I had a better idea anyway. Since I had the night to myself, I figured today was the day to make it happen...

Here we find a host of Lego people praising the magical object. Yes, the gorilla is a 2001 reference.

Just 80 days to go--it feels like another big milestone today!

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253/365: Friendsplosion

253/365: Friendsplosion

Claire's Lego Friends-themed party was a smashing success, and with a little bit of exchange-of-duplicates magic, she ended up scoring a significant influx of new Friends kits. Which she has apparently decided that I am going to need to stay home from work and build for her, as fast as I possibly can.

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247/365: Lego Bonanza

247/365: Lego Bonanza

After a brutally long night of being Very Very Upset with iPhoto '11 (the single worst software upgrade mistake of my entire life), my family amazed me by:

  1. Letting me sleep in
  2. Waking me up by telling me that Lego Series 8 had arrived at the local toy store and asking if I'd like to go get the complete set

I don't have words to express how perfect a way this was to start the day.

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246/365: First Pass Pink

246/365: First Pass Pink

In the wake of shooting two thousand photos in two days (thanks a lot, Cleveland Air Show and North Coast Challenge), I aimed a little more modestly today and only shot a handful of things. Here we find a craft project in progress--Liz's conversion of a Fat Heads box into a hot pink Lego brick piñata for Claire's birthday party. A coat of primer probably would have been a good idea...

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242/365: Two By Twos

242/365: Two By Twos

Liz scored a few grab bags of leftover Lego bricks from recent building event at the Lego Store and we spent an hour or so pouring them out onto the floor and sorting them by shape to see what all we'd gotten. Some will likely be used for the kiddo's birthday party craft activities, and the rest will end up as a surprise for Christmas.

This shot speaks to the overwhelming volume of new bricks that we rooted through last night.

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