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Speaking at 360|Flex San Jose 2010

So if you haven’t seen my fun badge there on the right side of my blog… —>

I will be speaking at 360|Flex San Jose.

If you haven’t attended a 360|Flex conference before, you really should. In my opinion, 360|Flex is the best conference out there for Flex developers. It’s put on by developers for developers.

It is a very focused conference, where you can really get into the nitty gritty of Flex and geek out with other members of the community. Plus the food isn’t half bad.

When are you speaking?

I’ll be speaking on Wednesday, March 10th (my birthday) from 1:00 pm – 2:20 pm.

What will you be speaking about?

Session Title: Flexible Games… game development with stuff you already know.

Session Level: Intermediate

Description: I don’t know about you… but as an enterprise software developer, sometimes I need to take a break from the corporate world and want to develop something fun. In this session Nate Beck will take you through the basics of game development using the Flex SDK you know and love.

Nate will walk you through setting up your development environment, the basics of game development, using the open source PushButton game engine and building a functioning game.

What will Doug McCune do for revenge?

For those of you who weren’t at 360|Flex in Indianapolis, there was an incident… You can read about it in my Punking Doug McCune post.

Since the incident, Doug has vowed to get payback. And if you don’t know Doug, he is a scary creative guy. So we’ll have to see what he comes up with. Find out, along with me at my session.

Alright I’m convinced, where do I sign up?

Either click here or click the 360|Flex San Jose badge on the top right of my blog.

More information about travel and the conference in general can be found on the 360|Flex Website.


Punking Doug McCune

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Identites have been protected in this blog post by means of Doug’s Safe Sexting application. Any resemblance to persons living or dead should be obvious to them. (You know who you are)
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So a fortnight (I wait two weeks to tell anyone anything… so I can use the word fortnight) ago, I had the opportunity, nay the privilege, to attend Doug McCune’s “Cool Shit” session at 360|Flex. As many of you may heard, read or watched, there was an… incident that occurred during Doug’s session.

Apparently, I have been thrown under the bus as the co-conspirator of said incident.

So let us take a journey… starting two nights prior to Doug’s session.

Monday Night

A couple friends and I were hanging around the hotel after partying at the Rock Bottom. We weren’t ready to call it a night. So we decided to see what else Indianapolis could offer us and we hit the streets. We quickly found ourselves at Monument Circle. That’s when one of my colleagues remembered that there was some sort of crazy bowling in Indy.

We had no idea where to go until we ran into Tanner (a horse) and Sky (a man… I think). He gave us directions to duckpin bowling. However, It was too far to walk, so we went back to the hotel where we ran into some other “accomplices”. After a few minutes of trying to figure out what time the duckpin bowling alley closed, one of the Crowne Plaza employees informed us that Jillians had bowling.

We headed over there with the crew. Unfortunately, the bowling alley was full. Undeterred, we went down to the video arcade. We enjoyed Hyper Bowling, Super Shot Deluxe Basketball and Ski Ball. The party came crashing down when a Jillians employee informed us that they will be closing in 30 minutes. With thousands of credits still left on our cards, we decided to see how many tickets we could win before they kicked us to the curb.

So I went to the game that gave us the greatest chance of winning loads of tickets… I’m not sure what it’s called. It’s the dome game with the circle of lights… Well wouldn’t you know it… the first time I hit the button… I hit the jackpot of 375 tickets! I have ninja-like reflexes.

Here is a picture of one of my accomplices with a handful of tickets.

We were able to accrue around 645 tickets in less than 30 minutes, but what do you do with all of those tickets? Well, we decided to cash them out in bouncy balls… all bouncy balls (with the exception of one paratrooper).

Tuesday Night

After a great day at 360|Flex Indy. A group of us decided to try our luck at the bowling alley.

While bowling, we discussed the countless applications of 42 multi-colored, rubber bouncy balls.

Someone mentioned that Doug McCune had tweeted about shaving his chest for his session, and the ideas started flowing. Now as much as I’d love to claim that the brilliant idea of throwing bouncy balls at Doug during his session was all mine… it was truly a group effort.

Wednesday Morning

Wednesday morning rolled around, and I loaded the cup of bouncy balls into my backpack and made my way to the final keynote. We knew Doug’s session would be crowded, so we were sure to sit near the stairs that led up to the room where his session would be held.

After the keynote was finished, we rushed up the stairs to Doug’s room. It was already packed… people had camped out up there during the keynote.

Luckily, I was able to grab a seat in the front row. As soon as I sat down, I noticed that Doug had left the room, probably to refill his glass with water… or vodka. I quickly grabbed a handful of bouncy balls and went to work. Handing them out to the first few rows and giving them the simple instructions of.. “When Doug takes his shirt off, throw the ball at him”.

I wasn’t able to hand out all of the bouncy balls, as Doug re-entered the room and made his way to the front.

Then as the story goes… Doug took his shirt off…

There was a visual hesitation the moment Doug took off his shirt. Nobody was going to throw their ball… and it wasn’t me… but to whomever threw their ball first… bravo!

And finally… the video speaks for itself…

And there you have it… consider yourself in the know.

I also wanted to thank Doug for being such a great sport about the whole thing. You my friend are a rockstar… Keep up the great work!