OK, I know I don’t update this blog nearly as much as I should. To the point where it can barely be considered a “log” of anything. It could be because of my insecurities that I will write about something that is new and challenging to me, that the rest of the world thinks is archaic and easy as pie. Or it could be because nobody actually reads this, but I digress 🙂
Then again, there are nights like this one, nights before CodeMash, where I am yet again rejuvenated. As you recall, my first real post ever (CodeMash 2009, the Hands of Fate)…or you can just scroll down, there isn’t that much content on here, I’ll wait. OK, as you recall in that post, I chronicled my last trip to CodeMash and it was the lone catalyst for me to start this blog. Not only because it is a super conference, but I get to meet people from all expertise levels, talk to them, learn from them, learn what not to do from them, network with them, teach them. These conferences aren’t as much about the content (which is top notch, don’t get me wrong) for me as it is about the people.
On that note, I was packing my bag tonight and I thought of something. A topic that came across the Google Group today was, “Dress Code for CodeMash, what should I wear?”. Now, I am no fashionista, actually I am the exact opposite, so this isn’t that kind of advice. As my wife says, “how is it that you can be a snob about everything but clothes???”. Anyway, one thing that I like to keep in mind when I am going to be in a large group of people is, wear a conversation starter. Wear something that represents you. It could be a hat from your home team to a t-shirt of your alma mater to short sleeves that expose your Horde tattoo (no Alliance please). Remember CodeMash 2008 when Brian Prince dyed his hair blue? I’m guessing he was thinking of the same concept.
Let me give you an example from my own experience. When I know I am going to be in an airport I always like to wear a hat that has my fraternity letters on it (Sigma Tau Gamma, Alpha Alpha, Miami University if you were wondering). One day, low and behold, a fellow Sig Tau from Texas walked up to me and introduced himself. Those of you that partook in the Greek system know that if you were in the same fraternity you were family, and that was pretty cool to find one from halfway across the country. We chatted for a few minutes and we were on our way. Not that this had any major impact on my life, but that would have never happened if I hadn’t decided to put that particular hat on for that exact reason. Plus, there is nothing better than living in Brownstown and hearing someone yell “WHO DEY!!!” (I know, they lost, I don’t want to talk about it) across the grocery store because they saw your Chad “pre-Ochocinco” Johnson jersey you were wearing.
So, for the same reason I stared this, ehem, “blog”, I write again in anticipation for CodeMash 2010 (and hopefully I can put away my insecurities and keep it going for a little longer this time).
I am likely to be wearing a blue BMW hat or a Bengals hat, so come up and say hello. See you there!!!