February 2009

Today: Coffee and Code, and Other Geeky get-Togethers

by Joey deVilla on February 24, 2009

This article originally appeared in Coffee and Code.

The cast of "Hackers"

Coffee and Code is happening today, Tuesday, February 24th, from about 1:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. at Le Gourmand, (152 Spadina, on the west side, south of Queen and north of Richmond).

It’s not the only geeky get-together in Toronto today:

  • The Developer Lunch (the 10th so far!) takes place today at Noon at Sky Dragon restaurant, on the top floor of Dragon City mall, at the southwest corner of Spadina and Dundas.
  • Later this evening, I’ll be at HacklabTO’s open lab, which takes place every Tuesday night. I’m bringing the Xbox 360 with me, although the Rock Band kit will have to wait for some other night.
  • Also tonight is FacebookCamp 5, a.k.a. Facebook Developer Garage. It’s at MaRS and starts at starts at 6:30. Admission is free.
  • UX Book Club Toronto is meeting tonight at C’est What at 6:30 p.m.. Tonight’s book: user experience guru Bill Buxton’s Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design.

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And on the Third Day, He Carved Some Serious Powder

by Joey deVilla on February 23, 2009

Gotta love Jesus – not only could they fail to kill him, they couldn’t even ruin his vacation! Jayme sent me this photo, which she took on College near Dovercourt.

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Personally, I think Jesus would’ve preferred a snowboard.

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Future Man Tried to Warn Us

by Joey deVilla on February 23, 2009

This article originally appeared in Global Nerdy.

Early 1960s businessmen talking to man in astronaut suit: "So you're saying people will 'tweet' what they're eating for breakfast?" "And 'upload' pictures of their breakfasts to a 'Facebook'?" "And other people will look at the breakfasts and make comments?" "No offense, future man, but is everyone in your time retarded?" "Sorry to burst your bubble, dudes, but you asked. Yes, that's the future."
Click the photo to see its source.

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Coffee and Code: This Tuesday Afternoon at Le Gourmand

by Joey deVilla on February 23, 2009

This article was originally posted on the Coffee and Code blog.

Here’s a picture of where this week’s Coffee and Code will take place:

Le Gourmand: Best damned chocolate chip cookie in the city

On Tuesday, February 24th, from about 1:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m., I’ll be at Le Gourmand, which is located at 152 Spadina (on the west side, south of Queen and north of Richmond). If you’ve ever gone walking around Paris looking for a quick bite to eat, it’ll give you a sense of deja vu. It’s a cafe that doubles as a somewhat pricey mini-grocery that carries gourmet food. They make excellent coffee and hot chocolate (you even get a choice of two of French chocolate mixes), delicious sandwiches, a nice bowl of steel-cut oatmeal with fruit, but most importantly, cookies to die for. Hell, they’re cookies to kill for.

As with all Coffee and Code events, I’ll be working there instead of at my home office or the Microsoft offices so that it’s dead simple for you to walk up to me to talk about anything – Microsoft, our tools, tech and platforms, the industry, whatever!

(Prior to Coffee and Code, I’m going to be at the Developer Lunch at the nearby Sky Dragon restaurant. If you’ve got the time, you might want to check that out too.)

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The Crisis of Credit, Visualized

by Joey deVilla on February 22, 2009

Last year, I posted an article titled The Credit Crisis, Illustrated, which attempted to provide an easier-to-understand explanation of how we got into this mess in the first place. I now present to you a much slicker graphic explanation called The Crisis of Credit Visualized, a gorgeously-designed video by Jonathan Jarvis that does a great job of illustrating the background behind the current economic situation.


The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

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The First “Coffee and Code” Day

by Joey deVilla on February 21, 2009

Montage of photos from "Coffee and Code"

My first Coffee and Code day – a day when I work at a wifi-equipped cafe rather than my home office or the Microsoft offices in order to be very accessible – was a success. For more, check out my article on the Coffee and Code blog.

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How Bailouts Work: A Photo Editorial

by Joey deVilla on February 20, 2009

My friend Eldon sent me the following photo editorial, which illustrates its author’s view of TARP:

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