Life is an optimization issue
After a week with the Google tech elite today was a day dedicated to fun, curiosity and fascination. Callie brought Devin down Yesterday so we could spend today experiencing the inventions of the Bay Area's eccentric, creative, technology minds.
I'm not sure how to describe Maker Faire. There are vendors selling everything from small CNC machines to youth groups with kits. There were more 3D printers than I could count including one about 20 feet tall that could print some truely monumental sculptures.
There were classes on how to grow from mushrooms and a truck converted into a mobile green house. There were sculptures that spewed fire, a Tesla with panels that lit up like a zebra and a giant forest of lit up inflatable astro-flower things. It was pretty cool.
There was a StrandBeest which is amazing to see in person:
The R2D2 club was on hand to ...Continue Reading →
The last day of Google I/O. I go directly to the ATAP line and I'm lucky enough to get in.
The project formerly known as Abacus becomes the Trust API. The purpose is to eliminate the hassles of passwords an mult-factor authentication. It will be available to developers in the Fall if I remember right. It's a subtle but complex project that if it works will change the way we deal with authentication. That's a good thing. There's a reason every login form has a "forgot your password" link. A lot also have a "forgot your username" link. We need something better.
Last year they introduced project Jacquard and project Soli. This year they showed them off again with the promise of getting the technology into the hands of customers. Jacquard will find its way into a Levi commuter jacket in spring 2017. That's cool, but I'm hopeful Google will expand its partnerships. I don't bike with a L...Continue Reading →
Commuted to Google IO via the Bay Area Bike share program again. Since there's only one bike share station near my hotel and only one near Google and there are 7000 developers here I was worried there wouldn't be any bikes. Nothing to worry about. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one using the bike share. Getting a bike isn't a problem. They are garabage, but they are a bike. I'm guessing no one uses it because there are Google bikes everywhere. If I was a bit braver I would have just 'borrowed' one got get around, but old guys obey the rules so Bike Share it is.
Jacob Wenger (@_jwngr)
I made it to the Firebase Security talk. Not a lot of people here but so far this is one of my favorite presentation because it is code heavy and because Firebase security can be a bit complicated. Everyone using Firebase needs this. T...Continue Reading →
Google IO day one is over and my feet are killing me. Here are my key take aways for the day:
Firebase has become a key component in the Google ecosystem. What was once a real time database is now a platform for your entire infrastructure and application business development needs. Today there were plenty of comparisons to Parse, Facebook's ill-fated application platform. Since I'm at Google IO I didn't hear many comparisons to Amazon's ecosystem of products, but I'm sure others will make the comparison. Amazon does offer more in technical functionality but at the cost of complexity. Though AWS offers an inexpensive and powerful compute platform they won't be winning any awards for developer experience. Google has done a great job considering not just the technical but also the business requirements for the entire application lifecycle. Developers still have the same powerful real time database as a service that they've had for a long ti...Continue Reading →
Our first day we leave Las Vegas (doesn't everyone?) and head out to Hoover Dam to take the Dam tour. It's a really big dam. We pay our dam money, ask a few dam questions and wait in a dam line to watch a dam movie. We know this will be a dam fun time. We watch an old dam movie about building the dam, carving giant tunnels, and cooling dam concrete. We finish the dam movie and wait in another dam line while we wait to take the dam elevator. We descend in the heart of the dam and visit one of the massive dam tunnels carrying a lot of dam water. We behold a marvel of engineering and the fruits of the labor of a generation a hundred years old. Next we visit the dam building and view the dam turbines that provide power to the southwest United States. The floors are marble with intricate designs by master craftsman. We don't build industrial facilities like this anymore. We exit the dam and walk the road that caps millions of tons of concrete. The ...Continue Reading →
Both I and my wife reached a certain life milestone this last year that involved the number 4 and determined that it was time we started acting our age. Of the options available we chose a cruise and so it would seem we are at "that" age.
I have been known at times to require Dramamine and a vomit bag when riding in the rear seat of a car. To mimimize the threat of spending a week unable to stand up and wanting to die I pushed for us to sail on the largest ship in the world - The Oasis of the Seas. As it turns out even the largest of man-made objects are subject to the whims of enourmous bodies of water, but the worst side effect we experienced was the inability to walk a straight line a few times. Most people on board exhibited the same symptom most of the vacation whether the sea was upset or smooth. 21 bars in a contained location has that effect.
##Day 1 at sea. On any normal voyage a day at sea might involve reading a book or, staring at the water, or picking your nose. ...Continue Reading →
(NASA has an Open API)[https://api.nasa.gov/] that lists near earth objects. Since it's important to know if you are going to die by astroid at any given moment we put it all together and now we have SpaceBall. Just have Alexa 'ask SpaceBall if we're all going to die and you'll get a list of objects near the earth on any given day.
If you're interested here's the code on (Github)[https://gi...Continue Reading →
The traffic is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous. My tummy's turnin' and I'm feelin' kinda sick. Too much pressure and I'm nervous. That's when we turn on the radio and they're playing something vaguely familiar.
We sit, we drive, we sit, we drive in LA traffic. 15 miles is a short distance on the map. It's a short distance if you are in Utah. It's an hour and a half "drive" in Los Angeles. We arrive at our destination - the Walt Disney Concert hall. The architecture is jaw dropping. The parking lightens your wallet balancing out the effect. A quick scan of Google maps show the Griffith observatory is a only short distance. We are technical sort of peo...Continue Reading →
Over the past few days I've been tracking down a nasty bug in a React application. It's the kind of bug that manifests rarely in development but shows up enough on production that users hate you for it. At first we couldn't reproduce it which means we couldn't fix it. Then by luck and frustration I was typing as quickly as I could to run the 400th test and found that typing a new url really fast caused the browser to reload new content before it was finished loading previous content and boom everything broke. Specifically in this application the login is not handled by React. I would log in and before the browser had a chance to render the resulting page I typed in the url of the React application. This combination was enough to result in a console filled with these errors:
This error shows up once:
Warning: render(): Target node has markup rendered by React, but there are unrelated nodes as well. This is most commonly caused by white-space inserted around server-rend...Continue Reading →
From my presentation at InstructureCon 2015:
We're Atomic Jolt. We build cool stuff. We built some of the very first Canvas integrations using LTI and the Canvas API. We've been doing this as long as Canvas has been around. Anything you want Canvas to do that it doesn't already do we'll make it do it.
Demo Arigato simplifies the repetitive task of setting up the same courses, users, discussions etc. We created it for the sales team at Instructure, but you can use it in your Canvas instance as well.