A beautiful sunset as seen from Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland, Washington.
The view over Dallas as we approach our landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The Aria Hotel & Casino as seen from behind at night.
A collection of masks on the wall, as seen outside Distrito in the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The scuba divers and awesome wood wall at Noni’s in Atlanta, Georgia.
Earlier this year, I had the privilege of attending the 2nd annual WordCamp Baroda, in Baroda (Vadodara), India, with Siobhan. The trip was my second to India, having traveled throughout Rajasthan and a few other places with a friend back in 2010.
WordCamp Baroda was my first time speaking at a conference. I was asked by Rahul, the organizer, to speak for thirty minutes on Contributing to WordPress. In reality, I probably spoke for forty or longer, but went through a full range of ways to contribute.
The video hasn’t made it up on WordPress.tv yet, but here’s a quick overview of ways to contribute (all of them are listed on make.wordpress.org), along with a link to my slides:
- Code / Programming, including Google Summer of Code
- Meetups & WordCamps
- Theme Review
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Overall, it was great meeting all of the local community, especially Rahul Banker (the WordCamp Baroda organizer) and Alexander Gounder, the lead organizer of WordCamp Mumbai this year. Seeing the work the Indian community is doing to grow is inspiring. I only wish I could have made it to WordCamp Mumbai this past weekend! (Next year; promise!)
Edit: There’s also this great highlight video of WordCamp Baroda 2014. If only it included less of me… 😉
I love Indian food. It’s one of my favorite cuisines. Naturally, I ate as much Indian food as I could. Everything from the airplane food to the street food to the fancy hotel restaurant was delicious – seriously, some of the best airplane food I’ve had. Some of my favorites included the speakers’ dinner at Hotel Express Baroda – especially the “coffeee chicken” and the laughs it provided – the ice cream we had after the speaker’s dinner, and both lunches at the WordCamp.
The highlight, however, happened at the very end of our trip, as we were headed to the airport. We made a quick stop for some street food at a place that is quite famous in Baroda: Raju’s Omelet Centre. Prior to this, I had never actually had an Indian egg dish. I’ve been missing out. The flavors were completely overwhelming (in a good way!) and was some of the best Indian food I’ve ever tasted. By far, these egg dishes were the best food of the trip. We had three different ones, all served with bread: butter bhurji, crushed bhurji, and the butter masala half fry. Unfortunately, it was dark and my photos didn’t quite come out very well (the butter bhurji is pictured), but the flavors were unbelievable.
Here’s a ton of pictures from before and after the event.
Incredible sunset at SeaTac airport on March 13, 2014. This picture can’t do justice to the vibrant neon colors.
Some interesting lighting inside the Aria Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
An airplant, given to me as a gift from a recent couchsurfer.
Absolutely incredible work from Disney Research. DuctTake is the Photoshop of the video world.
Today we updated Camino’s website to note that the browser is no longer under development and has thus reached the end of its life. We’re encouraging all of our users to switch to Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Of course, anyone observing Camino will note that it’s not a surprising change given we last released an update in March 2012. Our previous attempts to breathe life into the project and switch to Webkit didn’t succeed.
It was back in February 2005 that I first started helping the Camino project, first setting up a domain, then working to get their new website published. Camino got me involved in the Mozilla community, which eventually got me my job at Mozilla.
It’s sad to think this browser that gave me so much is finally being laid to rest. But here we are, more than a decade after it was first created, saying goodbye.
Goodbye old friend, rest in digital peace.
Pretty raw footage though. He needs a producer to shine things up.
I love it when I find viral videos after the fact. Roger Federer hitting a can off some guy’s head? Perfection.
Might even be better than Bill Clinton playing Daft Punk on his sax…
Nothing like Big Gas Savings…
A lot harder than I’d imagined.
The Glossary put David Foster Wallace’s Kenyon College commencement speech to video, adding in quite a bit of context. It uses an abridged version of the audio recording, but is well worth watching.
Be sure to read the entire 2005 commencement speech.
From the Hotpipes’ album “Dust.”
From Cassandra Brooks, a five minute video of her two month trip in the Ross Sea of Antarctica on an ice breaker. Not footage you get to see very often.
A Spock-based Audi commercial.