CodePaLULza Caption Contest Winner!

§ March 26, 2012 11:40 by beefarino |

imageWell, I left the caption contest up for a week, and as promised I’ve chosen a winner.  The choice was hard, not because y’all are terribly funny but because most of you chose to go the obvious route and focus on my hair or make some off-hand reference to illicit substances.  No offense, but after 25+ years of looking like a ragamuffin I’ve heard ‘em all.

And the winning caption <drumroll />:

"OK, on to your code review...Oleg and Dimitri here are about to gang audit your code."

The winning caption was supplied by Marc Lyon, who wanted me to link to the website for his employer.  Congrats Marc!


§ March 19, 2012 12:57 by beefarino |

CODEPALOUSASo I get back from CodePaLOUsa with a full head and abused liver to find that the Louisville Courier Journal decided to use my ugly mug in their article on the conference (they managed to misspell my name though – can’t win ‘em all). This picture was taken during an open space on raising geeks.

We’ve already had some fun with this on twitter, but I wanted to make sure everyone has their chance to poke some fun at me. So I’m having a caption contest!

If you want to participate, go here and enter a caption you think is funny. At the end of the week I’ll look over the entries and pick a winner based on lulz. I’ll announce the winner early next week.

Rules: your caption must be publishable on my blog. This basically means that if I consider the language or content of your caption inappropriate it’ll get nixed.

First and only prize: link to your blog from mine. Hey, it’s not as lame as it sounds, I get around 6K unique visitors a month...

So get crackin…

Recap of the MVP Summit

§ March 5, 2012 12:33 by beefarino |

Now that I’m home from the 2012 MVP summit,  I thought I’d jot down a few notes about the experience. 

The first two days were full up with details about the new version of PowerShell shipping in Windows 8.  I’m not going to dive into any kind of detail about it here since the bits are publicly available and you should really start playing with it instead of reading about it.  Suffice it to say:

  • the surface area exposed to devops in PowerShell & Windows 8 is immense;
  • automation of administrative tasks on Windows 8 will be a pleasure.

I did a lot of listening on the first day, trying to take in the dynamics between the MVPs and the ‘softies.  By the second day I had put on my big boy pants and introduced myself to Jeffrey Snover and the members of the PowerShell team.  Once I started talking I found it difficult to stop.  They asked pointed questions and outright begged for feedback on the new V3 features, but having the ear of someone who wants to hear about the shell is not a common occurrence for me.  Or at least, not common enough apparently.  Hopefully their ears have recovered by now.

Which brings me to the PowerShell MVPs.  I’ve interacted with all of them digitally for the past year, some of them for far longer; that time pales to getting a week of face time with them.  It’s a scattologically interesting bunch comprised of developers, devops, and IT pros from … well, at least eight countries.  The banter was fast and positive, the humor never-ending; ideas were exchanged, and projects started.  More on that last one later…

And no mention of the summit would be complete without sharing this little gem: the PowerShell MVPs singing Highway to PowerShell at the live karaoke during the attendee party.  This pretty much sums up the experience of hanging out with this bunch of misfits.  Enjoy!