By bytor on Jun 24, 2008
Use nicks from pesudo-tech movies... even if Angelina is in them!
It's been a while since blogging! A lot has changed since late 2007 :) I have moved to the Portal group, working on Sun's next generation portal technology, providing lightweight widget aggregation and presentation, multi-language widget communication, and a host of other enterprise features.
Today I am at CommunityOne, Sun's free-to-attend conference the day before JavaOne. I did a presentation at 11am on "Breaking Down Barriers: Widgets, Mashups, and WOA for the Enterprise" where I did a general overview of the technology used to create "Web 2.0" widgets using web APIs made available by the likes of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Flikr, and others. It was the first time doing this presentation, so there were the usual flubs, "uh's" and uncomfortable pauses but generally it went well, with some excellent post-preso questions from the audience. I'll post the video as soon as it hits the CommunityOne/JavaOne site. Thanks to all those who attended. I also showed a demo of Project WebSynergy, the moniker we've attached to the future of middleware widget aggregation platforms. Thanks to all who attended. There will be additional press releases on Wednesday associated with this new project. More to follow...
Just a quickie today. I am merging some work I did from a really old Mercurial repository, into a much more recent repository. Because of the big changes that have gone in, I am hand-merging. I needed a way to easily browse diffs from the old work, so that I can manually cut/paste as needed into the new repository. Here is a short script I wrote which uses Zenity to show a list of files with diffs, and when I double-click on the file, it brings up the diffs in tkdiff.
So yesterday I finally got the courage enough to try a full-on "snatch movement"using my new bumper plates (a.k.a. solid rubber weights, so I could throw them down if I got into trouble during the lift). I had been practicing the movement with an unloaded PVC pipe for several weeks, and then an unloaded olympic bar (45 lbs.) and yesterday was the first time I tried it with any significant weight, 115 lbs. It felt great to have the confidence that I could bail out at any moment. And the snatch is a full body movement, so you really feel it all over (as opposed to those who like to do endless sets of "concentration curls on a swiss ball".
There's just something about heaving heavy stuff overhead using a very efficient form. The development of balance, speed, power, strength beats the hell out of endless hours on a recumbant bike and you feel very beat but very rewarded after doing them successfully (or even mildly successfully!) Now I just need to find a local coach who can tell me all of the bad stuff I'm doing.