1. Ideas of March

    Around two weeks ago, Chris wrote a blog post that I responded to, and I was reminded of some of the great conversations that helped build our community. Many of these took place on the blogs of the aughts.

    Like Chris, I think we've lost a bit of that. I've seen what feels like hundreds of conversations fly by on Twitter, 140 characters at a time: incomplete thoughts crammed into a package that's simply too small for detailed and deep expression. Don't get me wrong—a stream like Twitter (or maybe not Twitter itself) is valuable for quick thoughts and light conversation, but we often need more than that.

    Thus, like others, I am pledging to do more blogging this year than last, starting now.

    I recently spoke at ConFoo, and I intend to turn my Fifty Things talk into a series of short blog posts. I've also been mulling over a post on how and why we ported Gimme Bar from CouchDB to MongoDB. Those will hopefully pave the way and form a habit and personal culture of blogging. Please feel free to hold me to this intent, and if you have a blog, I hope you'll join this effort of creating a blogging revival (and if you don't yet have a blog, check out Habari).

    See you soon.

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    • Hey Sean! I'm that annoying guy that mentioned sudo !! for your 50 Things talk. =) Part of my Ideas of March post was to get more involved with the local developer community. Considering your local, and a PHP developer, I was wondering if you knew of local groups beyond PHP Quebec that met up and shared knowledge? One of the things ConFoo reminded me of was the value in sharing knowledge, but waiting for conferences to come around seems like an awful way to share that knowledge. And being able to sit down and hack out something with other people is fun, and you can learn so much more.

      Anyways, was wondering if you knew of local groups, hack weekends, etc?

    • Hi Jason.

      Yeah, I remember you. I also remember you working with us at Paysystems for one day in ~2002 (-:

      Anyway, there are a couple local events. I don't get to very many of them. I've been to http://www.mtlnewtech.com/ a few times, and http://js-montreal.org/ too.

      There's also a listing here: http://techentreprise.com/Montreal


    • Ahh Payvision. =) That makes for an interesting story. Let's just say I never worked there, never signed anything, and at the time "couldn't" work there. But that's why you always looked familiar.

      Eric Hogue recommended http://devlabmtl.org/2011/03/meetups/devlab-weekly-meetup-10-confoo-aftermath as well.

      Thanks for the other links. Will check them out.

    • That should say Paysystems, not Payvision.

      To many Paycompanies! >_

    • What was the "(or maybe not Twitter itself)" link referencing? The link seems to be broken now.

    • Richard: basically that Twitter is alienating developers right now, and there's a (small) movement away from Twitter because of this.


    • Okay up to speed on the issue then, was wondering if they had done something new on top of all the other stuff.

      I know there is status.net but any other things people are looking at moving too, especially the PHP community people cause that's mainly who I follow anyways?