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Sasquatch 2012

This Memorial Day weekend I experienced the Sasquatch 2012 music festival at the Gorge Amphitheater near Quincy, Washington. What a stellar event! I had such an amazing weekend with some truly amazing people. I experienced so many new things, lost something that broke my heart, and enjoyed some fantastic music.

I’m so glad I took the opportunity to come to this event. I went up with my girlfriend Cassie and my friend Dan and went back with my friends Dan and Cassie, and spent most of the weekend with them and a number of new and old friends.

This weekend definitely gave me a lot to think about and also gave me a good chance to think about things that were bothering me. Hopefully I can resolve a number of issues i’m dealing with over the next few weeks, especially with Florida coming up on the 17th of June.

Here’s a listing of some of the performers I had the chance to see live:

  • Tenacious D
  • Beck
  • Jack White
  • Bon Iver
  • Pretty Lights
  • The Shins
  • Beirut
  • Girl Talk
  • The Head & The Heart
  • Feist
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Metric
  • Nero
  • Wolfgang Gartner
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Little Dragon
  • tUnE-yArDs
  • Beats Antique
  • fun.
  • Little People
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Gardens & Villa
  • Sol
  • John C. Reilly
  • and many many more

I had such a great time that i’m definitely planning to go next year if things line up to do so.

Hopefully you can go and enjoy it too!


What about you? – What music festivals are the best that you’ve been to see?

–Jason Read the rest of this entry

World Domination Summit 2011

The first weekend of this month I, along with 500 other highly motivated individuals, attended the World Domination Summit put on by Chris Guillebeau and a number of volunteers.

This unconvential convention was very inspirational and one of the best networking experiences I’ve ever had.  To sum things up, the weekend was a blast; full of material about traveling, working remotely, making the most of life and other jots of info that I’ve been trying to understand.  I met a number of bloggers whose works I’ve read and so many more that I’ll look into.

Big thanks to Chris Guillebeau and the rest of the team who put this summit together.

For more info about this summit, go here.


This last week I had the awesome opportunity to attend Google I/O at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  The event was a two-day Google technology conference showing off some of their newest creations they’ve come up with along with some new gadgets other companies have made using their technologies.  One of the largest components to the conference was the discussion of Android on phones, tablets, and TVs.  Second to this was the exciting updates their doing with Chrome; including their new “Chromebooks” which are notebooks running their Chrome OS.  The exciting new technologies Google is coming out with and making possible is the reason for this con and a reason I wanted to attend.  On top of this though, they awarded all attendees the first day with Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets.  The second day they gave everyone not only a Samsung 4g MIFI device which runs on Verizon with a three-month contract, they also announced that on June 15th all attendees will be getting a Chromebook.  What an awesome and unexpected award for just going to an event I wanted to attend anyways.  All in all, the conference was not only fun and exciting, but also informational.

Every hour or so the conference had a bunch of “break out” sessions.   During each of these times there were a number I wanted to attend, but since I don’t have a clone or time machine, I was only able to attend one during each.  My big interests going into the con involved finding technologies that could be used for Viewpoint Construction Software, but also my own personal growth.  The con didn’t go in detail during the sessions, but I did get some good points on where to start developing in the different areas.

Android Development

I didn’t get a ton of info specific to android development, but what I did get was a large interest in creating mobile applications.  I think creating some mobile applications would be fun, interesting, and useful.  Android development is primarily done using Java, but there are those who are allowing development to be done using C# or other languages that are similar.  This is great for me since I haven’t really touched Java for over five years.  C# though I use almost daily.  Unlike an iPhone, to create an application for an Android, it just takes having an environment like Eclipse to create the Java app and to compile and build the APK to be installed.  Once this is done it is just a matter of running it on an android device.  The idea of this is that it allows for anyone to really pickup on developing for Android.

Google APIs

On top of just creating an Android app, Google has a number of APIs that developers are able to use to create their applications; allowing for developers to use the Android contact list, phone dialer, system resources, Google Maps, docs, etc.   The list really goes on and on.  There are new APIs created all the time for developers to apply to their system.  This again is a huge resource which allows for quick application creation without a ton of rewritten code.  And of course, there are lots of examples out there on the interwebs.


NFC, or Near Field Communication, is a set of short-range wireless technologies allowing for Android devices (or others) to be placed on other NFC devices (even stickers) and allow the user to get whatever is stored or being shared.  Unlike QR tags which only store one piece of info, these can be reprogrammed allowing for a breadth of application.  Thought it was very cool and excited to see what people decide to invent using this technology.

Coding for the Cloud

Cloud computing is something that a number of companies are getting into.  This new technology allows for tons of data to be stored over the cloud (or a bunch of computers with storage) and be leveraged for application development.  The idea behind the “Chromebook” is to use the cloud to store all the users’ data allowing for the hardware to be changed without having to worry about reinstalling since it is all out of the users worry.  My big concern for the cloud is security of people’s data and also persistency.  Is the data backed up?  If it is, how often is it backed up?  Are users able to put important documents into the cloud and not have to worry about someone else hacking into their private data.  What about companies that use this and the private data they have.

Either way, cloud computing sounds very exciting and creating apps that work with the cloud sounds like a lot of fun.


At VCS, we have some software that is quite complicated and narrowing down an application for mobile is going to be difficult.  However, I am certain we will be able to find something that allows us to stand above the rest.  I’m not whether it’ll be built for Android, iPhone, Blackberry or any other, but what I do know is that we need something that’ll allow us to compete with our competitors and a mobile app is something that I see our customers wanting, if not now, very soon.


For more info, check out the following presentations:

Android Development Tools

Best Practices for Accessing Google APIs on Android

Accelerated Android Rendering

Life of a Google API Developer

How to NFC

Coding for the Cloud

For many more sessions from the conference, head over to the Google I/O site here.


Here are some pictures and video from the conference:

PAX 2010 is coming soon!

It’s that time of year again!  I’m going to PAX 2010 this year (September 3rd – 5th), and am looking to see who is going with me?  I’m doing group registration again (Which means 3-day passes for $50 instead of $5 – nothing huge, but it adds up).

If you want to be on the list, then let me know soon.  My deadline for getting this list together is going to be June 1st at 10am PST.

Let me know soon if you’re planning on going to PAX and want to do group tickets.

On top of this is the decision on how people want to congregate.  Whether we all want to share a room, multiple rooms, or even if the interest is there, a house in the area!

Same time frame on this too so that I can get the reservation into the hotels or house in time!

Thanks guys and gals!


Portland Code Camp

Portland Code Camp

This weekend I went to Portland Code Camp, and I am so glad I did.  This years FREE event, hosted at the University of Portland, had over a thousand people in its attendance, nearly fifty plus speakers, and seven sessions with a dozen or more topics in each to attend.  I ended up attending a number of different session topics ranging from mobile phone development to parallel programming; all of which were quite stellar.  On top of the sessions there were prizes that could be won by the different sponsors at the event (one being a 320GB SSD Hard Drive, WOW!!!)  There was food and snacks provided throughout the day with the dinner including complimentary been and wine.  I didn’t stay for the final session (after dinner), but either way I had a blast and learned quite a bit while also filling my belly!

Be sure to follow the site for next years event schedule, for it will be even bigger than this one!

– Jason