Meanwhile, in Mozlandia…

Almost every employee and a good amount of volunteers flew into Portland past week for a sort of “coincidental work week” which also included a few common events, the “All hands”. Since it was held in Portland, home to “Portlandia“, someone started calling this week “Mozlandia” and the name stuck.

I knew it was going to be chaotic and busy and so I not only didn’t make any effort to meet with non-Mozilla-related Portlanders, but actively avoided that. When the day has been all about socialising from breakfast to afternoon, the last thing you want is to speak to more people. Also, I am not sure how to put this, but the fact that I visit some acquaintance’s town doesn’t mean that I am under any obligation to meet them. Sometimes people get angry that I didn’t tell them I was visiting and that’s not cool 🙁

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Speaking at CascadiaJS 2014

The news is finally out of the box! I’m speaking again at CascadiaJS!

I had a blast–no, make it A BLASTpast year when speaking there. I got super good feedback and lots of ideas after my talk, and the community was really welcoming and nice. I met tons of people who I have stayed in touch with since then, and whom I am totally looking forward to meet again! 🙂

So I am super thrilled to be there again. There, but not quite there–because they make it happen on a different city from Cascadia each year. First year was Seattle, past year Vancouver and this year it’s Portland. (Maybe I’ll have the chance to play with those sweet arcade machines again…!)

I will be doing something different this time and not giving a purely technical talk. I’m going to talk about making the most of your failures (and turning them to your advantage!). Not sure how it’ll turn out, but if doesn’t go well, we’ll just embrace the failure 😉

Edit: apparently it turned out quite OK! Here’s the recording:

What have I been working on? (2014/02)

Looking at my todo.txt file, February has pretty much been my speaking-to-everyone month. I spoke to a lot of people from many different teams in Mozilla, and to a lot of people outside of Mozilla for interviews and conferences. Thankfully I also managed to sneak some coding time in it, and even some documenting time!
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Meatspaces, decentralisation and miniAPIs

2013 Realtime Conf. – Jen Fong-Adwent from &yet on Vimeo.

My colleague Jen gave this quick talk at Realtime Conf on Saturday in her new hipstown, Portland. She explains her approach to programming, and how she’s building small pieces of software that interoperate together at API-level to create larger projects that interoperate together at message-level. This translates in federated blogs, chats and even some crazy WebRTC/GIF chat that I helped a little bit with and everybody loves. And all this because Yahoo! bought Tumblr!

Jen’s modular/federated philosophy has been a great source inspiration for me lately, and I was thrilled when I listened to Mitchell Baker defend a similar approach in her Summit keynote.