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RailsConf Europe, day zero

Posted by Thu, 14 Sep 2006 03:33:00 GMT

Arrived in London yesterday after ~13 hours of flying from Portland to Chicago to London. It seems that sleeping on planes (or trains) is not something that my body does well… so I am pretty tired. That mixed with general jet lag due to an eight hour time zone change… my body is feeling pretty confused. In fact, I am typing this from my hotel lobby at 5am.

Yesterday, I was wandering around London, seeking a new UK/US power adapter (thought I blew the one that I brought… long story) and was taking a picture, when I heard a familiar voice say, “Robby?” Go figure… travel across the world and some Canadian (david goodlad) spots you in downtown London. He was walking with Luke Redpath and Jarkko Laine to PizzaOnRails. It’s a good thing that I bumped into them because I thought it was in the complete opposite direction!

Here are a few pictures that I snapped…

David Goodlad

Jarkko takes pictures

The pictures that I took at the pizza & beer party didn’t come out so well… but here is one of James Adam. I was really looking forward to getting to spend some time with him again. We’re both speaking at the Ruby on Rails Seminar in California in a few weeks as well. That’ll make four conferences in six months that we’ve both been to together. :-)

James Adam

Thanks again to everyone who has sent me links to veggie-friendly places to eat at in London.

Quotes from RailsConf Europe

The only one worth mentioning so far was…

“This is definitely the first time that I have eaten pizza while walking in the rain.” -drblack

Buzz in the Rails community

  • The RadRails guys are up to no good. Kyle Shank gave us a quick overview of a Rails project that they are working on called HedgeHog. The project is definitely something that I’ll be looking forward to trying when it’s available. :-)
  • Everybody is extremely busy with client work. By the way, we are hiring.
  • A Dublin Ruby User Group is in the works… would they be called DRUG? ;-)
  • Everybody is really excited about BDD!

I’ll try to post entries throughout the day and will be taking lots of notes today.

If you’re in London for RailsConf Europe, stop by #railsconf on freenode.


The Technology of Dialogue

Posted by Tue, 12 Sep 2006 18:30:00 GMT

In the essay, Dialogue and Organizational Transformation, Glenna Gerard and Linda Teurfs outline the the building blocks of THE TECHNOLOGY OF DIALOGUE, which they suggests consists of:

  • Suspension of Judgment
  • Identification of Assumptions
  • Listening
  • Inquiry and Reflection

What makes dialogue different than conversation? According to David Gurteen, “dialogue is a disciplined form of conversation.”

Gurteen says that within dialogue1:

  • You prefer a certain position but do not cling to it.
  • You are ready to listen to others.
  • Your mindset is not one of ‘convincing others that your way is right’ but of asking what you can learn from them.
  • It is recognizing that other people‚Äôs input will help you refine your own ideas or reveal your misconceptions.
  • It is not argument or debate. It is not win-lose. In dialogue all sides win by coming up with a more appropriate solution than a single person could ever have. It is win-win.

When we first introduced Dialogue-Driven Development, Ryan Allen responded with a brief overview of how you might go about defining a failed project. His first bullet was, “Miscommunication can lead to the implementation of the wrong solutions.”

It is our opinion that many of the problems that lead to failed projects can be solved through consistent and cooperative discourse. Much of this relies on each of us taking ownership of our commitment to encouraging healthy collaboration between developers, clients, and users.

Wikipedia currently describes dialogue as, “a reciprocal conversation between two or more persons.”


What are some of the obstacles that you face when interacting with a diverse set of developers, clients, and users?

1 The Discipline of Dialogue by David Gurteen

Using Gravatar

Posted by Tue, 12 Sep 2006 18:18:00 GMT

In the past few days… a few people have asked how people include their picture when they post their comment.

The answer? They are using Gravatar, which many blogs will automatically try to find your avatar for and display next to your comments.

I’m also looking to modify typo to try look your icon up from flickr too.

Meeting up in London

Posted by Tue, 12 Sep 2006 01:09:00 GMT

I’m leaving for London tomorrow. Thank you all for your responses to my travel security questions. I really appreciate it. :-)

I’m going to be getting in on Wednesday afternoon and am going to try to meet up with people at PizzaOnRails.

Thurs-Fri is RailsConf fun… but I haven’t figured out what I will be doing over the weekend. I’m leaving for New York on Tuesday.

Does anybody know of any good vegetarian places that I should go out of my way to try in London? Interested in hanging out and talking shop? Email me! :-)

New Business Card

Posted by Mon, 11 Sep 2006 14:51:00 GMT

Figured that I might as well follow in the footsteps of Luke Redpath and show you my new business cards.

New business cards

Our Creative Direcrtor, Allison Beckwith felt that it was time for a redesign. I should try to snap a shot of all the past PLANET ARGON cards. We have them up on a wall in chronological order… dating back four years ago this month.

Since we were doing double-sided this time I wanted to be sure that there was enough space for writing on the back… which helps with writing down a note, giving someone a coupon code for hosting, or my cell phone number if they are special enough. :-)

kill -9 zed

Posted by Sun, 10 Sep 2006 17:38:00 GMT

Oveheard in #caboose.

< imajes> where's zed when you need him
< court3nay> zed's dead
< court3nay>
< quellhorst> zed was attacked by a cluster of mean mongrels

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