# Sunday, 04 October 2015

Today I am grateful for time spent yesterday with friends at the MSU football game  and dinner afterward in downtown East Lansing.

Today I am grateful for 1500 Twitter followers.

Today I am grateful for a chance to spend an afternoon with Bill Fink and his family yesterday.

Today I am grateful for my first tech presentation at the University of Illinois and the premiere of a new talk last night.

Today I am grateful for a chance to meet up with local MVPs last night.

Today I am grateful the 3 cloud camps are successfully behind me.

Today I am grateful for -A call from my brother yesterday -A chance to see the super blood moon last night from my roof

Today I am grateful for a good night sleep 3 nights i a row.

Today I am grateful that I did not gain weight while traveling the last 3 weeks.

Today I am grateful for dinner last night with Jason Fox.

Today I am grateful for Texas barbecue.

Today I am grateful to Eric, Michael, and Randy for helping make the first cloud camp a success yesterday.

Today I am grateful for a chance to visit my mother this past weekend.

Today I am grateful for John and Kim's wedding celebration yesterday.

Today I am grateful for: -The MDOT worker who rescued me when my car died on the freeway yesterday. -Dinner & drinks with college friends last night.

Today I am grateful for: -A week in San Diego -Dinner with Nick last night -A place to stay this weekend, thanks to my sister and her family -A good night sleep (finally)

Today I am grateful for yesterday's events: -Improv training -An afternoon at a San Diego beach -A party on the USS Midway

Today I am grateful for time with the DX team from all across the country this week.

Today I am grateful for a chance to learn about Azure Machine Learning at yesterday's hackathon.

Today I am grateful for a chance to visit yesterday with Steve for the first time in years.

Today I am grateful for my first trip to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego to watch the Chargers-Lions game yesterday.

Today I am grateful to watch a huge Spartan victory from the um campus. #GoGreen

Today I am grateful my son stopped by to visit yesterday while I was in town working the hackathon.

Today I am grateful for a full room last night for my first time speaking at the ACM Chicago chapter.

Today I am grateful I was able to make it to Purdue yesterday in spite of a driving rain storm.

Today I am grateful to spend time with WhatsThe BigIt yesterday for the first time in months.

Today I am grateful for my first game at the current version of Busch Stadium last night.

Sunday, 04 October 2015 15:27:06 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, 03 October 2015

Earlier this week, I interviewed John Brengman of Radication Games. He and a group of students have created applications that teach about diseases and their treatments while playing games.

DevRadio | Games | Video
Saturday, 03 October 2015 03:19:09 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 28 September 2015
# Thursday, 24 September 2015

zure storage includes built-in redundancy by default. In this screencast, I explain the Replication options that allow you to configure how many copies of your data are created, where they are created, and how they can be accessed.

Azure | GCast | Video
Thursday, 24 September 2015 13:04:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Earlier this week, dozens of technologists from the Microsoft DX Team met in San Diego for a team hackathon.

Some brought projects they started back home; some brought hardware with them to control via Bluetooth or USB cable or through the Internet; some brought an idea for a software project; some for a hardware project.

I came with a desire to learn more about Azure Machine Learning. I was inspired by the work that my teammate Jennifer Marsman was doing analyzing EEG data with AML. (link)

I began by walking through a couple tutorials: here and here.

Then I tried it myself. AML provides some sample data sources, so I imported the xxx data. I cleaned the data and applied a Category algorithm.

Machine Learning seems complex and the AML tools are not all intuitive when you first begin working with them; but they are not difficult to master. And the graphical interface of ML Studio lowers the learning curve considerably.

I'll provide more details and instructions about this project in a future blog post.

For now, my message is that building something yourself is the best way to learn any technology. Pick a project, set aside some time, and build it. I know that not every company invests in a day of hacking like mine did, so many of you will need to invest your own time in order to get this benefit. But it’s worth it.

My project wasn't nearly as sexy as some created by my colleagues. But my knowledge of Machine Learning is an order of magnitude greater than it was a week ago.

My Machine Learning experiment

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 22:48:13 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A few weeks ago, Seth Juarez of Channel 9 invited me to be his guest for an interview. We talked about Microsoft's support for open source software and Azure's support of non-Microsoft technologies. You can view this interview below.

Azure | Channel9 | OSS | Video
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:09:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 21 September 2015
Monday, 21 September 2015 13:02:31 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Recently, I interviewed technologist Andy Abbott about his startup BookdeOut, the technologies involved, and how he and his team leveraged the cloud to build the application.


Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:18:00 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 14 September 2015
Monday, 14 September 2015 23:08:54 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 11 September 2015

At That Conference last month, Jason and Carl of the MS Dev Show set up a small recording studio in the middle of a hallway and interviewed speakers, organizers, and interesting people. I was fortunate to be included in this list. The show is below and my part is at the end

Friday, 11 September 2015 14:53:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)