January 30, 2009

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Monthly review: January 2009

What an wonderful start to 2009!

Despite the economic challenges, there have been many small things to be happy about. I started the year with two things I wanted to learn more about: organizing events and thinking visually.

Well, you get what you ask for! <laugh>

Event organizing:

I hosted the first Web 2.0 for Business community call with Amy Shuen as our external speaker. She spoke about the ROI for Web 2.0 at work, and people really enjoyed the interactive discussion. I wish I’d figured out how to record it on the teleconference before the call, instead of after! Next time, I’ll get that all sorted out.

I’ve also volunteered to help out with some real-life events. I’m organizing LifeCampTO tomorrow. It’s an interesting experiment because people shared what they’re looking for and what they can help with beforehand, and this allows everyone to do that kind of face-to-face facilitation I did at the Greater IBM Connection party. It’ll also be an interesting experiment in using the sound and video system at a venue. Fortunately, the Linux Caffe folks are nice people, and the people who’ve signed up for the event can help me figure all of this out too. =)

And then there’s DrupalCampTO, too. That’s going to teach me about asking people for money. =) And figuring out swag that makes people smile and helps people connect while not being a waste of the planet’s resources. =)

As for visual thinking:

I started playing with numbers in calculating my personal ROI on shared talks, and then I played with drawing it. I also played with jazzing up an otherwise bullet-y presentation. That was fun.

Other highlights:

  • Quinn visited, yay!
  • Had a great Skype party with my family and friends in the Philippines. We had so much fun laughing and sharing YouTube videos!
  • Lots of good stuff happened at work, even though it was mixed with many of my friends and role models scrambling for opportunities.
  • Baked awesomes
  • LEGO laughter

Next month:

  • Whole bunch of talks and lectures =)
  • Getting into lots more Drupal development
  • Fixing up that conference site
  • Maybe making more baked awesomes?
  • and learning a whole bunch more about events, and visual thinking, and connecting, and wonderful things

Weekly review: Week ending January 30, 2009

From last week’s plans:

  • More Drupal awesomeness for Transition2 <laugh> There was a bit of confusion. Apparently, they wanted my help in design, and the estimates weren’t implementation estimates! =) So I worked on low-level design documents, and I’m looking forward to figuring out more when I start implementing things.
  • I need to finish the paperwork for qualifying for the next band level at work Submitted before the deadline, yay!
  • I need to prepare for my upcoming presentations and lectures – February is going to be crazy again I started thinking about what I’d like to put in the MBA lecture
  • I would like to bake something new I’m going to make apple pie tomorrow!
  • I’d like to start making a red knee-length coat (hello, Carmen Sandiego!), but I wonder if I should get a red fedora first, so I can color-match. Hmm…. I couldn’t find any ready-made coats I liked in the stores, but eBay has a few that look interesting. =) It’d be nice to wear a bit of color in the gray winter. And it’s even cheaper than buying red Melton wool and making the coat myself… =)

In addition:

  • My session on Totally Rocking Your Development Environment was accepted to DrupalCon09, hooray!
  • I showed the IBM Web 2.0 Summit organizers the little conference abstract submission system I’m building. =) I got plenty of great suggestions for making it even better.
  • I read a lot of books and returned them to the library. Yay!
  • I wrote lots of people testimonials because they’re looking for work =|
  • I helped think about Enterprise 2.0 at work
  • I volunteered to help with finding sponsors and organizing swag for DrupalCampTO
  • I volunteered to help with registration at Mesh Conference – that had been so much fun last time!
  • I braindumped a lot of conference networking tips

Next week:

  • This Saturday – LifeCampTO and a dinner party, oh my! LifeCampTO will be a good experiment in facilitating many-to-many networking, and the dinner party will be a good experiment in chili + fruits / salad potluck
  • I’m going to bake a pie =)
  • I’ll review all the use cases for work and ask lots and lots of questions
  • I’ll improve the abstract submission process for my conference system