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  • Blog Post: Heading to Texas and South by Southwest, but leaving the black Stetson behind

    Last time I was in Texas, I bought a cowboy hat outside of San Antonio. It was a real Stetson, would keep the rain off, and of course to work with my urban wardrobe, I bought it in black. I think I made Paul Tidwell on the XNA team wear it once or twice, but there was a Viking helmet they used for "dude...
  • Blog Post: Paid to tweet, like I was paid to blog

    So, I've done many awkward things in my bespeckled and bespectacled community career. I've worn speaker Oxford after speaker Oxford - and you tech geeks know the ones. The ones that have embroidery that say "Speaker - Teched Amsterdam 2005" and you feel you can't give them away, yet you can't wear...
  • Blog Post: Leaving Xbox ...going to Live Search and MSN (Online Services)

    A job where they had free beer on Fridays. Free video games handed out by our administrative assistant. A job where a person can be "working" by playing with a big Xbox and TV sitting on their desk. Yep, the days (daze?) of XNA Community Games are behind me. I've gone over to the Dark Side. I work...
  • Blog Post: I leave for a week and what happens?

    I get some much-needed sleep and sun. Google answers goes kaput. A moment of silence in respect for those guys' efforts and early-to-market presence. Seattle gets buried in snow. Buried meaning any amount of it; we can't take it, we can't drive in it, and the whining starts forthwith. My whine...
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