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Notes from An Event Apart Boston 2012 I had a great time at An Event Apart Boston, 2012. Ill post some photos soon. The conference avoided deep dives into code in favor of showing WHY you would do reactive design. As Eric Meyer said "My...

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Judging the CT Student Innovation Exposition (E-Commerce)... Want to know what the next 10 years will look like? Ask a high school student. Their creativity isnt limited by their knowledge of what we currently call technological limitations. They have a vision of...

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The Value of Feeling Appreciated as an Employee in... Whether you’re a new employee or the vice president of the company, everyone wants to feel valued, even appreciated, in the workplace. Not only does it improve morale and make the workplace a more pleasant...

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The difference between classic and motion tweens in... Here it is: If you're used to doing things "the cs3 way" then you can continue to do so with the classic tween tool. It works the same way as you remember, using key frames as normal, but you cannot...

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Launched TheHOTSpace.com

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Technology, Web Launches

The HOTSpace.com is the temporary name and home for The Hartford Open Technology Space, a Hartford Hacker and Maker Space.This site will be the best way to get a view of whats going on within the space as it will warehouse all the links, documents, and discussions we have had about the space.

Key resources at this point are the Mailing List, Blog, and Forum.
Eventually I would like to see meetup and class schedules, list of equipment / wishlist, member or project bios and other fun content, but first I suppose we should finish setting up the space.

The beginning of The hotSpace (Hartford Open Technology Space)

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Social, Technology

After a great Open Studio weekend I’ve decided that I want to look into making a Hartford Hackerspace.

The tech & entrepreneurial communities within Hartford have grown considerably in the last few years and I think a Critical Mass has been struck. Now, we need a space.

The goal of this venture will be to create an “open” technology working space for the downtown area of Hartford. This space will rent out private work stations and offer many of the amenities of working within a larger community such as office resources and hardware, meeting spaces and technical support, receptive community members, classes and events, and of course, gourmet coffee.

A facebook group has been created:  http://www.facebook.com/groups/429751137090798/
Other documents will be made available as they are ready for public consumption.

Open for Open Studio 2013

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Art & Design, Art Event, Social

My studio will be open on November 10th and 11th for Hartford Open Studio 2013.
Please come up to the 4th floor of ArtSpace Hartford and visit me in studio #413.

I’ll be showing pieces from my newest series “Primal Colors” and expect to have between 15 – 20 pieces for sale.

Judging the CT Student Innovation Exposition (E-Commerce)

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Featured, Social

Want to know what the next 10 years will look like? Ask a high school student. Their creativity isnt limited by their knowledge of what we currently call technological limitations. They have a vision of how it should work in their world. Eventually, it will be their world.

Im glad to say that I’ll be a judge at the Connecticut Student Innovation Exposition, held this year on May 19th, 2012, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. This convention is the culminating event for more than 1,200 middle and high school students engaged in cutting edge science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education programs.

Good luck! I cant wait to see the projects and ideas.

Open Studio Group Show Opens Tonight in the Gallery of ArtSpace.

Category : Around West Hartford, Art Event, Social

This is the first event of Open Studio Hartford. Over 160 artists are showing their work in the next two weeks and most of them will be at this event tonight. Get your first glimpse at each artist’s work and style. This is sure to be a smashing event.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152717564761248

Hartford Open Studio Weekend Nov 13th and 14th

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Social

Hattersworkshop is pleased and honored to be a part of the 21st annual Hartford Open Studio exhibit. Please stop by the studio on the fourth floor of ArtSpace at 555 Asylum st in downtown Hartford. Guests will not be allowed to park in the back lot, but parking is available at a discounted rate across the street.

Click here to download the full Event Brochure for location and event details as well as more some visual information about each artist.

Every year I have come to OpenStudio I have had a great time. The art is amazing; the people are incredible and interesting. Being a part of OpenStudio this year is already thrilling and I look forward to meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces.
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“So What!” Opening a great success!

Category : Around West Hartford, Art Event, Social

Thank you to all the people who came out to the “So What!” art show at Hartford ArtSpace on October 23ed. I should also like to say thank you to Dan Small and Arturo Rosa for bringing me into the show and letting me have a section of wall to display my art. Nothing like impending deadlines to spur the creation of new art!

Prints of the work will be available for purchase during Open Studio.

The after party was also a great success and to all those who came: Im glad you had a good time. Music provided by Torrential , MisEyesis, and Dj Slav. I’d also like to thank my bartenders for keeping some semblance of law and order, or what passes for law and order in these parts anyway. Last, but not least, big ups to Andre and the other writers who created some awesome backgrounds for us to use in the gallery of some bonafied street art.

The next show is Open Studio and I hope to see you all there as well. I should have at least one new piece on display by then.

Guest Host on WWUH 91.3 – Dawn of Chaos

Category : Around West Hartford, Politics, Social

I got to guest host on Dawn of Chaos, a weekly radio show on 91.3 WWUH. We had a great time talking about politics (Piracy & the British TV tax). I shit you not; its illegal to watch TV it Briton without a license – how sick is that? I have to pay someone for the privilege to watch ads? The real winner this week though was a story about how the French are kidnapping their bosses if they threaten to ship jobs over seas. THATS A UNION IN ACTION!

From there the conversation digressed into Ultimate Warrior – a show I’ve never seen from beginning to end. It pits fighters from all around the world against each other in mock battles that would never happen (Pirate vs French Knight). I’ve seen clips from it – but I never get through the whole thing. The scripting seems lame and the match ups moronic. (Ninja vs Spartan? Ninja would never fight a spartan head on… kill him in his sleep. Done.)

Anyway, I was happy to get some good ol punk into the mix. Most of the time the show plays metal but I brought in some T.S.O.L. Decedents, Exploited, and the Necromantics and we had a ball…

Ill be back next week Tuesday 12-3am on 91.3 WWUH with more political discourse, ramblings and rants.

Last Week of Classes – Message to Students

Category : Around West Hartford, Social, Teaching

To all my students: Thank you for all your hard work this semester. I hope you got as much out of the classes as you could. If you have any questions in the future – please dont hesitate to ask me. Just because you’re no longer in my class does not mean my door is closed.

Reflections:
Im only going to teach one class a semester from now on. I wanted to able to go in deeper with both classes and I think I could have if I was clearer about the class objectives and what I was expecting. This was my mistake. A demo reel of examples I had found to go with each assignment would have been instrumental in achieving this.

I’m glad I did it though, I learned Flash CS 4 in 5 days and met some new people who I hope to be working with int he future. Actionscript 3 is still greek, but I’ll have to learn it evenutally to begin working with
AIR.

The easy road isn’t rewarding… It’s easy.

Who blogs near you? Find out with Placeblogger

Category : Around The Office, Around West Hartford, Cool Web Programs

This is a neat concept. You enter a location and it displays a list of blogs that are published in that area. You can also cue the blogs into a single feed and get all the selected posts from a given area.

I can see this as having a professional use for journalists, politically minded people, law enforcement, marketing/PR peopl, and anyone who wants to keep tabs on the pulse of a geographic community. The main drawback being that some people simply wont post their blog because they enjoy the curtain of privacy the internet provides.

On the otherhand, if I was going on vacation in Tokyo and wanted to find some really cool clubs, I could do a survey of blogs in Tokyo and see what the people are saying without ever going there. As an added plus, Id avoid the “top 10″ clubs in the city and hopefully find a comfy dive within walking distance of my hotel.

http://www.placeblogger.com/