FITC Toronto Dead Drop Explained

FITC Toronto is done for another year and it was again a great event. This year there seemed to be a lot more students and the turnout in general was fantastic. During the conference I did a dead drop for Master Collection CS5, an unlocked Google Nexus One, and admission onto the AIR for Android private beta. Due to my schedule at the conference, this one only consisted of three steps, but it still gave people plenty of trouble. Below are the solutions.

The Good Shepherd

The first clue was fairly straightforward. The image on the left is of Matt Damon from the movie The Good Shepherd. In addition to that you can see the word street on the handrail. A quick look of the streets around the Hilton would reveal Edward street. Edward was the name of the character played by Damon. On Edward street you will find the billboard shown in the image at the right. Comparing the actual location to the photo would reveal that the numbers were removed from the photo. Putting those numbers into the form will get you to the next step. Several people did not recognize Matt Damon and at least one person thought it was Johnny Depp. One person solved this by finding a map of all of the ad locations in the city and somehow they got the correct number.

Japanese Subway

The next step consisted of a photograph taken from the Flickr feed of Mike Chambers. Everyone was definitely over thinking on this one as all you needed to do was to take the image into Photoshop and zoom in on it. Many people were printing out maps of the Tokyo subway and trying to determine the station shown in the photo. If you adjusted the levels of the photo you would see the answer (WH975) printed on the back of a lady’s leg.

The Finish

The last step consisted of the photo above with the text Hilton 31. This was quite easy as you only needed to go to the 31st floor and retrieve the dead drop coin from the pillow shown in the photo. There were several teams that were close to winning, but the prize went to Raz Peel. This was actually great because Raz came in second last year and he worked his ass off on that one. Congratulations Raz!


Win An Ultimate Android Developer Kit At FITC Toronto

I leave tomorrow for FITC Toronto and this is looking to again be a great conference. Luckily the volcano cleared up just in time so the European crew should make it. As part of the conference I am going to be doing another dead drop. If you’re familiar with the dead drops you know that you can expect anything. The prize for winning for the dead drop is a complete development kit for building AIR applications for Android. First you will get a copy of Master Collection CS5 as soon as it hits the streets in a couple of weeks. In addition to that you will also receive a brand new, unlocked, Google Nexus One phone so you can start building apps right away. The final part of the prize is the most important as you will be added to the AIR for Android private beta program.


Mini Flex 4 User Group Tour

I will be presenting at a couple of user groups as part of the Flex 4 launch. First I will be presenting to the great folks at FlashCodersNY on Thursday, April 1st. The second will be a Flex 4 Happy Hour at the Las Vegas Flash User Group that I will be co-presenting with Kevin Hoyt. This event is at an Irish pub so the beer will flow. Both of these sessions will cover all of the new features that are in the Flex 4 framework as well as in Flash Builder 4. I will also be raffling several copies of Flash Builder as well. The event details are below.

When: Thursday, April 01, 2010 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: 770 Broadway (Register now)

Las Vegas Flex 4 Happy Hour
When: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: 4650 West Tropicana Avenue (Register now)


Flash Camp Asia Tour Recapped

I finally back in San Mateo after an awesome two-week Flash Camp tour of Asia. This was one of the best trips that I have taken while at Adobe and it just reinforced how strong the community is over there. Mike Chambers and I had the great pleasure of traveling with a literal Flash dream team consisting of Erik Ribbon Natzke, Mario Cleaning Man Klingemann, Ralph Milky Balls Hauwert, and a host of local talent.

Our first stop was in Tokyo, which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite cities in the world. We had a packed house of 500 Flashers who stayed the entire day and were a great crowd. The second stop was in Seoul, Korea and it was an equally impressive event. Below are some random thoughts from the tour.

Adobe Japan rocks
The event in Tokyo was flawless thanks to the efforts of the Adobe Japan team. Sho Nishiyama did an amazing job coordinating the event that included live streaming and lots of social media integration. Mariko Nishimura once again proved to be the ultimate tour guide, translator, and community representative for our trip. We had lots of fun exploring the city and meeting with the community. Shawn Pucknell and FITC organized the Seoul event and it was also a rousing success.

Karaoke gone wild
I knew that karaoke was big in Asia so it was no surprise when it was decided to go on our first night in Tokyo. This was one of the wilder nights on the tour with lots of drinking and bad crooning. Mario clearly had the best skills amongst the foreigners but the local Japanese all stayed easily in tune. For some reason I threw a glass of beer on Mario but from my memory, it was somehow because of Ralph. Some of us also went to karaoke in Seoul which was also a memorable experience to say the least.

The ultimate lineup
I thought this tour was particularly effective because of the speaker lineup. Mike and I both presented on all the new features coming in Flash CS5 and Flash Builder 4. These concrete sessions were followed by the incredibly inspiring work of Ralph, Mario, and Erik. Ralph’s session went deep into his amazing 3D work and other skunkwork projects that he is working on. I learn something new every time I watch Ralph. Mario delivered a very funny and inspiring session and was my favorite of the tour. My favorite quote had to be “well people on the beach must have thought I was the cleaning man, but actually I am the Klingemann.” Erik finished off the event with his Art of Play presentation that blew away the crowd in both cities. He swarmed by fans after his presentation and was clearly the fan favorite. The highlight had to be when he started having fun with the translators in Seoul during his session.

Photography tour
One thing all the tour members have in common is a love of photography. We spent a lot of time exploring the cities and snapping photos. In my case I was recording video with my amazing new EOS 7D. I recorded everything I need for the 3rd issue of Flasher Magazine. Check out the Flickr sites of Mike, Ralph, Mario, and Erik to see some of the shots from the tour.

Random memories without explanation
TFS, edIT, bip and bop, Kill Bill steakhouse, chicken cartilage, breakfast, randomness connoisseur, Natzke F*ck Yeah!, Quasimondo feels good in your mouth, bite bye, soju pounding, and the Gap model.

Hopefully we will do this again next year!

Upcoming Presos: Flash Camp Chicago, Devnexus & Flex on the Cloud in Atlanta, Java Posse Roundup, and TSSJS Las Vegas

I’ll be attending and presenting at a number of great events over the next few weeks:

February 26 Flash Camp Chicago
March 8 – 9 Devnexus in Atlanta
March 10 Flex in the Cloud in Atlanta
March 16 – 19 Java Posse Roundup in Crested Butte, Colorado
March 17 – 19 The Server Side Java Symposium in Las Vegas

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FITC Amsterdam : Building High Performance iPhone Applications with ActionScript 3

Sorry for the two month hiatus on posting. I was on a sabbatical and vacation from work for the last 6 weeks of 2009, and have spent the first couple of weeks of 2010 busy working on code, and preparing some events for the spring (more on that in another post).
Some of the stuff […]