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Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

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Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Sessioning 🎶🎻☘️ — with Jessica, Remy, Jake

Friday, December 31st, 2021

Checked in at Tucson International Airport (TUS). Beginning the journey home — with Jessica map

Checked in at Tucson International Airport (TUS). Beginning the journey home — with Jessica

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Checked in at Urbano Coffee House. with Jessica map

Checked in at Urbano Coffee House. with Jessica

Friday, December 17th, 2021

Checked in at Grand Hyatt DFW Airport. Overnight stopover in Dallas on the way to Tucson — with Jessica map

Checked in at Grand Hyatt DFW Airport. Overnight stopover in Dallas on the way to Tucson — with Jessica

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Session night — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Session night — with Jessica

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

Checked in at Fox On the Downs. Monday night session — with Jessica map

Checked in at Fox On the Downs. Monday night session — with Jessica

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. A blasht of tyoons! — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. A blasht of tyoons! — with Jessica

Monday, November 15th, 2021

Checked in at Fox On the Downs. Session 🎶☘️🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Fox On the Downs. Session 🎶☘️🎻 — with Jessica

Sunday, November 14th, 2021

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Checked in at The Bugle Inn. Return of the session ☘️🎶🎻

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Memories of Ajax

I just finished watching The Billion Dollar Code, a German language miniseries on Netflix. It’s no Halt and Catch Fire, but it combines ’90s nostalgia, early web tech, and an opportunity for me to exercise my German comprehension.

It’s based on a true story, but with amalgamated characters. The plot, which centres around the preparation for a court case, inevitably invites comparison to The Social Network, although this time the viewpoint is from that of the underdogs trying to take on the incumbent. The incumbent is Google. The underdogs are ART+COM, artist-hackers who created the technology later used by Google Earth.

Early on, one of the characters says something about creating a one-to-one model of the whole world. That phrase struck me as familiar…

I remember being at the inaugural Future Of Web Apps conference in London back in 2006. Discussing the talks with friends afterwards, we all got a kick out of the speaker from Google, who happened to be German. His content and delivery was like a wonderfully Stranglovesque mad scientist. I’m sure I remember him saying something like “vee made a vun-to-vun model of the vurld.”

His name was Steffen Meschkat. I liveblogged the talk at the time. Turns out he was indeed on the team at ART+COM when they created Terravision, the technology later appropriated by Google (he ended up working at Google, which doesn’t make for as exciting a story as the TV show).

His 2006 talk was all about Ajax, something he was very familiar with, being on the Google Maps team. The Internet Archive even has a copy of the original audio!

It’s easy to forget now just how much hype there was around Ajax back then. It prompted me to write a book about combining Ajax and progressive enhancement.

These days, no one talks about Ajax. But that’s not because the technology went away. Quite the opposite. The technology became so ubiquituous that it no longer even needs a label.

A web developer today might ask “what’s Ajax?” in the same way that a fish might ask “what’s water?”

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Tunes! — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. Tunes! — with Jessica

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

Checked in at Fox On the Downs. Sunday roast — with Jessica map

Checked in at Fox On the Downs. Sunday roast — with Jessica

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. It’s been quite a while since we last had a session here! — with Jessica map

Checked in at Jolly Brewer. It’s been quite a while since we last had a session here! — with Jessica

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Checked in at Clayton Crown Hotel. Afternoon session 🎶☘️ map

Checked in at Clayton Crown Hotel. Afternoon session 🎶☘️

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Checked in at Clayton Crown Hotel. Matt Molloy and Sean Keane 🎶 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Clayton Crown Hotel. Matt Molloy and Sean Keane 🎶 — with Jessica

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Checked in at Clayton Crown Hotel. Return To London Town 🎶🎻 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Clayton Crown Hotel. Return To London Town 🎶🎻 — with Jessica

Checked in at ODEON BFI IMAX for Dune: The IMAX 2D Experience. D U N E — with Jessica map

Checked in at ODEON BFI IMAX for Dune: The IMAX 2D Experience. D U N E — with Jessica

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Checked in at Royal Opera House. Ballet time! — with Jessica map

Checked in at Royal Opera House. Ballet time! — with Jessica

Sunday, October 17th, 2021

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Checked in at Pinóquio. Seafood feast — with Jessica

Checked in at Ginjinha sem Rival. Ginjinha — with Jessica map

Checked in at Ginjinha sem Rival. Ginjinha — with Jessica