So, how did this blog get here?

There was a time when I knew and spoke with many developers across my region (FL, GA, TN, OH, MI) who weren’t very connected to one another’s efforts and successes – and lessons learned. So, for the Florida-based coders I was thinking how cool it would be to have a Florida Coders United blogging area, or portal.  I started with that idea on Blogspot over a decade ago and ended up here, and took the handle of “onefloridacoder”, that’s where my handle came from.

Blogging about my own lessons learned, tips, tricks, and efforts was just “ok”, but getting up in front of a group of people at a talk, or sitting around a table full of beverages (beer, coffee, water, soda, etc.) was much more powerful.

Still, I find through a lot of conversation over the years that my fellow developers that do blog a bit, do it for the sake of “OH!  I figured it out! Let me leave a trail of bread crumbs so I can find this in the future.”  Some developers blog about other things going on in their lives, not much, but some do here and there.

So, the logo for Florida Coders United would have looked something like “FcU” – yeah, there’s a subtle pun in there but it wasn’t the intent.  At any rate – I migrated from Blogspot, to GeeksWithBlogs, to a Microsoft hosted blog – then finally had that converted it to a WordPress blog as “john@scale”.

This is why, and how, this blog got started in case you were interested.

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A Chrome Mass

Usually on Sunday’s some folks head to a brick and mortar  place where they have mass, or some type of church.  Last Sunday I went to a Chrome Mass in Leesburg, Florida for their 18th annual Bike Fest ( leesburgbikefest.com ). I’ve visited a similar event Roar On The Shore ( roarontheshore.com)  in Erie, Pennsylvania and it was much the same but at a slightly bigger scale.  If someone needed anything for their motorcycles, you’d have no problem finding it – like most events I’d imagine it’s this way as well, this was only my second Chrome Mass to date.

The main idea for visiting this event was to get the dust off my camera and get behind it again.  I didn’t take as many as I had wanted to, but between texting a few pictures to my girlfriend and taking more with my Canon 60D, I did get a few interesting pictures.  I realized very quickly that most folks are “ok” with a picture taken with a smart phone, while have a lens pointed in their direction was a bit unsettling.  I learned from this event of what to take, when to take it, and what to take it with – this isn’t a crowd you’d want to look peculiar in snapping lots of pictures with a camera.  Moving on.

Following are some pictures that I snapped at the event.   Most notable were the red Ford trike and the gold custom-built by West Coast Choppers.  So many bikes to photograph, but I saved my SD card for the ones that stood at to me.   There some pink in here two, I’m always on the lookout for pink stuff that might make my girlfriend say “hmm, that’s kinda cute…”  Sadly she wasn’t there, but hopefully for the next bike fest she will be.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy looking at these as much as I did taking them.

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Say Your Name…

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If you watched this series, you know everything starts to unfold and come a bit unglued when Walter (White) asks the person on the other side of this scene to “say my name…”  This blog probably won’t be nearly as exciting at this scene was, but hopefully a few tweaks will help ease the reader’s eyes.

This week in the blogging courses I’m going through we were challenged to change the title and tag lines of our blogs.  I did change my title from “onefloridacoder’s bit bag” to “john@Scale” – however my muse took a break when I started playing around with the tagline.

I read the advice from other bloggers but it didn’t get the muse off his coffee (or whatever he drinks) break.  Still, I think it should change it and I will.  I’m sure one day or evening when I’m riding my bike to or from home – it’ll hit me like a bug on my visor.  Stay tuned.

More Signal. Less Noise.

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I’ve been pushing a lot of content to this blog for a while, off and on. And I don’t have a big habit of blogging much but when I do, it’s something that’s jumped out at me while.

That would be the “why” of sharing on a blog. Not a chatty blogger either, I usually try to get the point w/o rambling too much and lose a reader in mesh of “whos-a-whats-it?”

I’ve got a few hobbies: my Harley, photography, cooking, painting, and technology to blog about for the moment. I’m trying to find a way to get food into my blog more – not a yelp.com approach, but more about why and what food. And not some half-baked (pun intended) post that’s just noise.

So my goal for the year (and blog), and onward is to provide more signal than noise to readers by use of pictures, links, quotes, and how they relate to my interests, but more specifically about the topics I mentioned.

Ok – that’s a wrap!