Bruce's Blog

Toastmasters for Techies

About a month ago I started attending a new group forming now in Grand Rapids called “ Toastmasters for Techies”.  I had heard of “Toastmasters” many times in the past as a group that had been around for a long long time to help people get better at speaking in...

Candyland, LCR, and Warstorm

If “Candyland, LCR, and Warstorm” was a Jeopardy answer, my question of the day would be “Name three games that seem really fun when you start playing them, but quickly fade when you start thinking about them.” Candyland is a game that probably everyone has heard...

Book Review: Think and Make It Happen

Think and Make it Happen, by Dr. Augsto Cury, caught my eye because of the catchy title, interesting premise, and seemingly lofty claims. Who doesn't want to eliminate their fears, master emotions, release creativity and even "reinvent your entire life"....

One Month of No Fast Food or Drive Thru

I tweeted earlier that I had now officially gone one month without fast food or drive thru, and that my goal is to keep this up.  I “went public” with this achievement and goal for a couple reasons.  The first is the most obvious, and selfish, reason – I...

What is hypervideo anyway?

If you know me or follow this blog at all you will probably know a few things about me: 1) I really like working with the latest technology and 2) I have a long history with Education and Learning.  It just so happens that a project I am working on now, that is...

How I broke my arm and will now set off every metal detector

This will be brief, it is my first attempt at typing in 4 days or so, but I wanted to get a quick post out to give anyone who wanted more details on my "adventure" some info, and to practice using my left hand more because that will be key to me getting back to a...

Silverlight Kata: IFS Fractals: Full Solution

If you have been following along with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, then you know we have described basically what the IFS Fractal “quest” is, how we did the rotatation/translation/scale transforms, and how we wired up the MessageBus to send our messages. Complete Code...

Silverlight Kata: IFS Fractals: The MessageBus

We are almost done with this application.  What started with Part 1 (intro to Fractals and the Silverlight experiment) and continued with Part 2 (creating the IFSContentControl) now gets a MessageBus to help communicate to and from the different controls The...

Silverlight Kata: IFS Fractals: Automating the Transforms

Now that we have the idea of what IFS Fractals are from Part 1, we can move on to automating these iterations via code.  Our first step is to encapsulate what an IFS Transform is. public class IFSTransform { public double ScaleX { get; set; } public double ScaleY...

Evaluating the iPad: Consumer vs. Creator vs. Cross Platform

So there have been a few days since the iPad announcement and it is a lot of what people are talking about right now.  Several people are wanting to be first in line to get one of the new iPads.  Others have a lot of questions and criticisms of the unit that...

CodeMash Apps for iPhone

The CodeMash conference is next week – it is a regional “software developer smörgåsbord” covering topics on a wide variety of technologies, patterns and processes.  There are times when all 650ish attendees are together for keynotes and meals, but at other times...

What I Learned at the Silverlight Partner Summit 2009

Last Thursday and Friday I attended the Microsoft Silverlight Partner Summit.  This is our second year as a Silverlight Partner, but our first time attending the summit, and it was well worth the trip to Redmond.  I am still really processing all that was...

Confusion and FUD around Silverlight PDC Announcements

Anytime I answer a question from three or more different sources, I want to write it up and refer the next people to this (and update as necessary). There are two myths/exaggerations/tall tales surrounding announcements related to Silverlight last week at the PDC. 1)...

Continuous Learning Lessons from Leaf Blowing

Funny how something as simple as teaching your daughter to use a leaf blower can reinforce and confirm ideas about learning any new skill.  This last week my daughter saw me “playing” with a leaf blower and showed some real interest in trying it out...

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