April 2011

It’s the Final Countdown, Day 2

by Joey deVilla on April 21, 2011

Officially, my last day as a Microsoft employee is tomorrow, Friday, April 22nd, 2011. However, that’s Good Friday, which means that today is effectively my last day on the job. After that, well…I’ll tell that story later.

I’m headed over to the Meadowvale office later this afternoon to meet with my fellow evangelist and Master of all Hardware Damir and drop off my Microsoft-assigned equipment, and wow, is there a lot of it! I’ll make sure to get a photo of it all and post it here for you to see.

I’ve been posting videos of various versions of Europe’s The Final Countdown all week in honour of my departure. Today’s version features a solo performer on the kazookeylele, a Frankenstein instrument that combines a toy piano, ukelele and kazoo. Enjoy!

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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It’s the Final Countdown, Day 3

by Joey deVilla on April 20, 2011

It’s “Hump Day” in my final week at Microsoft, and in honour of these last days, I’m posting a different version of Europe’s classic ‘80s hair-rock hit, The Final Countdown, on each day. Hump Day calls for a hump-tastic cover of the song, and there isn’t a more hump-tastic one than this classic version by Deep Sunshine. You will not be able to un-hear it once heard.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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Have a Good Passover!

by Joey deVilla on April 19, 2011

Passover reminds me of a time when getting rid of crazy Egyptian dictators took a lot more creativity.

This one goes out to all my Jewish pals. Click on the card above to send it to a friend!

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It’s the Final Countdown, Day 4

by Joey deVilla on April 19, 2011

This is my final week in my biggest, most influential, broadest-reaching job to date, and in its honour, I’m marking my last days with a different version of Europe’s classic ‘80s hair-rock hit, The Final Countdown. Today’s rendition: an orchestral version led by three cellos performed by an orchestra from Liepaja, Latvia, still with the head-bangin’.

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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That’s Not a Proverb; That’s a LIE!

by Joey deVilla on April 18, 2011

weird al accordion proverbClick the photo to see the dirty, dirty lie at full size.

Don’t just stand there, Weird Al! Smash that window! WITH YOUR ACCORDION!

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Where to Stay in Minneapolis (May 6th–8th)?

by Joey deVilla on April 18, 2011

minneapolisCreative Commons photo courtesy of Sri Dhanush.

I’m helping out with BarCamp Minneapolis, a.k.a. MinneBar, which takes place on May 7th. The event takes place at Best Buy’s headquarters out in Richfield, and we out-of-towner helper-outers are staying downtown. If you know any good and reasonably-priced hotels in an interesting but not sketchy part of downtown, please let me know in the comments or drop me an email!

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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It’s the Final Countdown, Day 5

by Joey deVilla on April 18, 2011

Being a developer evangelist at Microsoft was my biggest, most influential, broadest-reaching job ever, and as this is my final week working for The Empire, I though it would be fitting to mark it with a different version of Europe’s classic ‘80s hair-rock hit, The Final Countdown. To kick it off, I give you the original version in all its mulleted Reagan-era glory. Crank up your speakers, bang your head, throw the horns and enjoy!

This article also appears in Global Nerdy.

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