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Sweden Adventure Day #1

June 4, 2013

Today was strange… spending 9 hours and 23 minutes on an airplane, followed by a 60 minutes to run from one end of the airport (Gate E) to the other (literally Gate B35) at AMS, and clear Customs.  It was a challenge, made it with about seven minutes to spare.

Then a two hour flight from AMS to ARN and we were finally on the ground at Arlanda International Airport in Sweden.  After picking up our bags we stepped outside to meet Madeleine Randquist.


Madeleine Randquist and my Dad in front of the Arlanda Terminal 2 just after our arrival in Sweden.

From we we went and picked up the rental car a 2013 Volvo X70 (I think…)


Our rental car for our time in Sweden – a 2013 Volvo X70

My Dad rode with Madeline into the city and I followed in the rental car.  We checked in at the hotel and freshened up.


Our hotel in Stockholm – Mercure

Madeleine came back an hour or so latter and picked us up for a wonderful dinner of beef stew at her place.

After dinner and much conversation we returned to our hotel room about 11:30 PM in time to rest.  We’ll be meeting Madeleine in the morning for breakfast and start our first day touring the old inner city of Stockholm.

It does not get very dark at night here sunset was 9:53 pm and sunrise is at 3:30 am.



Sweden Adventure Day #0

June 3, 2013

Today started a bit early, got up finished packing clothes, make final gear decisions, get that packed up.

Went and had breakfast with my Dad at Jake’s Diner in Bend – they have an awesome Country Biscuit breakfast, then we headed back to the house.  Bend Cab company showed up 10 minutes early at 9:50 and we put our luggage in the cab and headed off.

Got out to RDM, you’ve seen a couple pictures on FB from their and we caught our flight to SEA.  Got in about 1:00 PM, been here for the last four hours or so.  Spent a bit of time on the phone / LogMe In with Cindy making sure the livestream is configured properly for Goruco in New York.  She’ll be recording and live streaming that event on Saturday June 8, while I’m galavanting around Sweden.

We had lunch at Anthony’s at SEA – Dungenous Crab Toast and a caesar salad, it was good, compared to my last experience at Anthony’s in Bend.

So we are preparing to board the flight from SEA to AMS about a 9 hour and 50 minutes flight, I think we land in Amsterdam about 1:00 PM local time on June 4.  Then a 90 minute layover and a 2 hour flight to ARN.

Madeleine Randquist is going to meet us at ARN and we’ll grab the rental car and head in to Stockholm proper.  Get checked into our hotel and then have dinner with Madeleine.  So next post will be sometime tomorrow evening.

Here’s to an uneventful flight!


Sweden Adventure Day # -1

June 2, 2013 2:41 PM Pacific Time

Another fairly relaxed day.  Dad has been doing genealogical research on Kelli’s family line.  I’ve started to pack up my backpack with all of my electronics and photo/video gear.  Pictures to follow latter today, once everything is packed and ready to go.  We made a trip out to Best Buy to pick up a few missing cables  and a power converter so for Dad’s CPap machine as well as making sure I had the right electrical adapters for my laptop.

I have a power european power strip from the last time I was in Oslo, Norway for Confreaks and am taking that, because hotel rooms never have enough outlets.

We are getting ready to grill hotdogs and veggies here, I’ll update with more photos latter.

If you are wondering why I’m putting this on my blog instead of Facebook, the reason is simple.  Here I control the data, and the backups and know that I have a copy of it, and that it won’t disappear into the vastness of Facebook’s data centers 🙂



Sweden adventure about to begin

June 1, 2013

My parents arrived at RDM yesterday I picked them up about noon, returned home, finished out the workday with my team.

Today I’ve booked a Volvo S80 or similar car for the 4th to the 14th, picking it up at the Arlanda airport near Stockholm.  I also booked our hotel (my father and I are making the trip).  We’ll be staying at the Mercure Hotel Stockholm South for Tuesday and Wednesday night.

We’ll be meeting up with Madeleine Randquist to explore Stockholm.

June 6 is the national holiday for Sweden so it should be interesting to observe the celebrations.

Looking forward to the trip.  We depart on Monday June 3 about 11:45 am, fly from RDM to SEA to AMS to ARN.  The SEA to AMS flight is about 9 hours and 50 minutes.

I’m still debating on whether I should take one or two laptops.  Just my MBP 13r or also take my MBP 17.  The 17″ is self contained (more internal storage), but only lasts about 2 to 3 hours on battery power.  My MBP13 only has 128gb flash, but will run for 6+ hours on battery.  I do have a thunderbolt 1TB external for it configured with my stuff.

I’m also taking my iPad mini, and my iPhone 4s, will be turning off data on the iPhone and picking up a prepaid SIM card for the iPad.

For photography gear I’m taking my Sony Alpha 58 with a 55-300 lens, the stock lens, and a telephoto lens.

So this is probably it for the day, but I’m going to maintain a daily log of our adventures as we go.


2013 – woo hoo!

Looking back I did a pretty poor job of blogging in 2012.

So 2013 is now a week in and things are heating up.

We just closed the CFP for Ruby on Ales.  I’m actively working on getting registration open for the Los Angeles Ruby Conference.  We are recording HTML 5.tx in Austin, Texas on February 2, 2013.  It’s a single day three track conference.  Cindy Denison, James Bachman, and Joey Sisk will be recording the event, because I will be busy elsewhere…

Elsewhere…  My oldest Daughter Wendy Elizabeth Randquist is getting married on February 2, 2013 in Athens, OH.  So that’s where I’ll be, and with any luck all of my girls will be there!

In June of 2013 my father and I are taking a journey to back to Sweden.  The land of my ancestry, my Great Grandfather immigrated to the United States from Sweden.  I will also be attending the Nordic Ruby conference while we are there!

Things at AT&T are going great, I have the fortune of working with an incredible team of software engineers, most of which I’ve had the pleasure of working with before.  I’ll be expanding my team(s) in 2013 we’re doing some really cool work with OpenStack and are contributing to the OpenStack implementation in Fog.

Rapid Rhino RC is growing slowly, I’ve managed to get 84 subscribers so far, it will be fun to see what kind of base I can increase to in 2013.

I put together a a little app I call “By The Numbers” inspired by as kind of a personal glimpse into some details from 2012.  I figure I’ll work on it over the next 12 months and see what I can do to make it more automated.  Currently only the checkin information is data driven.

2013 promises to be a great year.  I’m truly looking forward to it!

Ruby/Rails Conferences I know of between now and EOY

So between now and the end of the year this is the list of conferences that I’m relatively sure are happening.  If I missed any please let me know.

06/23 – 06/23 (Sat): Gotham Ruby Conference (New York, NY)

06/29 – 06/30 (Fri-Sat): Scottish Ruby Conference (Edinburgh, Scotland)

08/03 – 08/04 (Fri-Sat): Cascadia Ruby (Seattle, WA)

08/03 – 08/04 (Fri-Sat): Steel City Ruby Conference (Pittsburgh, PA)

08/09 – 08/11 (Thu-Sat): Lone Star Ruby Conference (Austin, TX)

08/23 – 08/25 (Thu-Sat): Madison Ruby Conference (Madison, WI)

09/07 – 09/07 (Thu-Fri): Windy City Rails (Chicago, IL)

09/14 – 09/15 (Fri-Sat): Golden Gate RubyConf (San Francisco, CA)

09/14 – 09/16 (Fri-Sun): Sapporo RubyKaigi (Sapporo, Japan)

09/19 – 09/21 (Wed-Fri): Rocky Mountain Ruby  (Boulder, CO)

09/20 – 09/21 (Thu-Fri): Frozen Rails (Helsinki, Finland)

09/28 – 09/30 (Fri-Sun): Ruby DCamp (Prince Williams National Forest, VA)
09/23 – 09/25 (Sun-Tue): Strange Loop (St. Louis, MO)
10/05 – 10/06 (Fri-Sat): MagicRuby 2012 (Orlando, FL)
10/08 – 10/09 (Mon-Tues): Aloha Ruby Conf (Honolulu, HI)
11/01 – 11/03 (Thurs-Sat): RubyConf (Denver, CO)

Two spaces after a period is wrong ?

So today i just unlearned something – or learned the reason I have been doing something for ever that is no longer appropriate.

When typing there should only be a single space after a period. Really? A single space? Even as I’m typing this my right thumb automatically double spaces after a punctuation mark. This is actually going to take thought and effort to change. Read the artical below and see who and why the two space rule came into existence and why it no longer applies.

Moving on…

Yesterday was my last day as VP of Engineering for G5, I was able to transition the team over to my new Director of Engineering, Brian Ricker, who started in January. I spent 16 months at G5 building up a team, and then having a chunk of it scatter to the winds. It was a very good experience in both management and self discovery.

For the moment I am currently “unemployed”. It’s a short moment, and it’s not really accurate, in addition to my full-time work I also have significant involvement with the following companies:

  • Confreaks, LLC – Founder, Principal – Conference recording services
  • TechConf, LLC – Founder, Partner – Organizers of the Los Angeles Ruby Conference, and with any luck another conference latter this year, watch for an announcement.
  • NW Ruby, Inc – Founder, Director – Organizers of Ruby on Ales

So March is still going to be a busy month, on the 1st and 2nd is our 2nd annual Ruby on Ales conference in Bend, Oregon.  March 14th and 15th I’ll be in Salt Lake City, Utah recording Mountain West Ruby Conference, and at the end of the month Kelli and I are headed to New York City for some vacation time and to go to Oprah’s recording of her “Life Class” with Depak Chapra.

In the mean time I’m finishing up the courting process with AT&T and should be joining a group there in the near future, more on that as we get it solidified.

Looking forward to 2012 (although we are 1/5 the way through it) is going to be an incredible year.  O’Reilly dropped out of the RailsConf organization, so Confreaks will be working with Ruby Central in April to record RailsConf for first time.  In May we’ll be returning to Los Angeles for @veganstraightedge’s second run of FarmHouse Conf.  I have three outstanding proposals for conferences in June, and if they come through I’ll be bringing someone on full-time to run the operational aspects of Confreaks.  July is clean, August will start up with Cascadia Ruby Conference in Seattle followed by Madison Ruby Conference in Wisconson, that’s about as far out as I have clear vision on.  With the exception of Ruby Conference in October.

At TechConf, LLC we are investigating doing another conference in November, but the details are still being worked out.

I’ve also started and am toying with ideas on how to make my RC hobby fund itself.  I’ve started a youtube channel for Rapid Rhino RC and am playing with some other ideas as well.

My flight is going to be boarding soon, headed to Seattle for the 10th Anniversary party of Seattle.rb, a group I’ve been fortunate enough to have some ties and involvement with for the last three years or so.

For those I worked with at G5 it’s been a good experience, and I look forward to continuing to work with many of you in different roles and projects over time.

On the family front my fourth daughter will be graduating from High School this spring, meaning four girls in college in the fall.  It’s extremely fun to see each of my daughters continue to grow and develop.  My grandsons are getting older, if you’ve watched my youtube channel you’ve seen a few of them pop up in videos here and there, it has been fantastic living in Oregon and being just 3 or 4 hours away from them.

Now I’m out of time, thanks for reading, and good luck with the balance of 2012.

    Los Angeles Ruby Conference 2012

    Well we are at the end of the 2012 Los Angeles Ruby Conference, it has been a great event! Two days of workshops, followed by a single track conference with 190+ attendees.

    This year I handled the introduction of each of our speakers as we went through the day. About half way through I realized just how much I personally have gotten out of my efforts with TechConf, the company that JR Fent and I formed to run the LA Ruby Conference and out of my efforts with Confreaks.

    We have an amazing group of people in the Los Angeles area and the ruby community at large, and I’m proud to be an active member of them both.

    Business Reflections

    For those of you who accidentally find my blog or get linked to it from a tweet or some other means, you’ll find that this post is a rather radical departure from the things I’ve written about in quite some time. ie. I’m not talking about Radio Controlled Rock Crawlers. I am going to talk about my professional life.

    This morning in our weekly Executive Team meeting we were discussing the value and appropriate use of a new information collaboration tool that we have adopted at the office – Jive. Specifically we were talking about the Executive Team ‘Space’ and what content was appropriate. My take was it should be a single space that employees could follow that allow them to see the thoughts and values of the individuals who make up the Executive Team. This is the group that is leading the company, why not provide insight into the individuals that are moving the company forward? The general consensus of the team was that it should be a unified voice of the team, not that information which helps define the individuals who are part of it.

    It was not without dissension, but overall we decided to move forward with the unified voice…

    Note: There is nothing restricting any of us from posting our thoughts and comments in our own blogs (personal) or our individual blogs in the corporate space, the decision was simply that the collaboration for the Exec Team should be unified, and that our non-aligned thoughts, comments, etc… Should be done in other sections of the tool.

    What do you look for in your business leaders? A unified voice at all times , or strong individuals who achieve just in time agreement?