Apache FLEX processing sketches

I did these Processing sketches while I was working the final 360 Flex conference back in May 2012.  A certain person who I will call Wilkero said I would win some software if I submitted something to the logo contest.  All I won was unlimited bottled water while working the volunteer table.  It was a good conference.

So here you go Flexers.  Hope somebody likes these.









Right shoulder-cam at two skateparks

Ever wonder what my shoulder looks like when I skateboard?  Today is your lucky day.  I took my ReplayXD to the skateparks this weekend and came home with some great shoulder footage.  I’m trying to find a good downward angle to capture my feet and board.

Here is my shoulder at Discovery Park in Wheat Ridge.

Here is my shoulder at the new Northglenn Skatepark

#360flexlogo ideas

Hey John,

I threw together a few ideas for the Apache Flex Lightroom logo contest.

Do it Dot.  #360flexlogo

It’s time for Ignite Denver 9, get your tickets now

UPDATE : here I am talking crazy at Ignite Denver 9

This Tuesday, June 21st is Ignite Denver 9, and I was selected to speak!.  My talks is a ten point list of things to help you stop being dumb at computers.  This Ignite Denver is going to be a lot of fun.  It was our first time having a practice run prior to the big event.  I’m excited to see how this practice effects the talks.  I’ll tell you my final slide deck is much better than the one I took to practice.

Here is an image and video I found while putting my talk together.  Hope to see you Tuedsay at Ignite Denver.

Far out solid and right on Bob

McDonalds’ Chicken Nuggets are NOT boneless

UPDATE 3.24.11- The owner of the McDonalds called and sounded very sincere on the phone, while having no idea how his restaraunt was being run. We were offered more free food, but politely declined. McDonalds’ insurance has now served Tyson Foods Inc with a bone notice.

Tyson Foods Inc bone notice

Tyson Foods make McDonalds Chicken McNuggets, and some have bones

“The chicken mcnuggets already come packaged and prepared to our insured location and they are not altered in any way; therefore Tyson Foods Inc. may be liable for said incident.”

Wow, my image of McDonalds is going right down the tubes. They don’t actually make their food, they just heat it up and put it in a bag? I’m loving it!


I’m not a litigious guy, but I feel like something needs to be said about McDonalds and the bones in their Chicken McNuggets. Tonight is Friday, so the wife and I took the kids to McDonalds so they could play with their friends on the playground. Tonight was mostly like every other Friday, except that Fletch received two surprises in his happy meal.

  1. A Superman action figure ( nicely packed in it’s own plastic bag )
  2. A chicken bone ( hidden inside of a nugget )

The chicken bone came as quite a shocker. Fletch was eating slow as usual and got really weird, then started spitting out his nugget onto the bench. At first I thought he had a cough and was trying not to choke. After I cleaned all the mush off the bench I found this CHICKEN BONE!!!

This bone is on a nugget only for size reference

Holding the chicken bone from Fletch's Chicken McNugget

The manager of this location showed zero sympathy that my three year old just bit into a chicken bone and said we have to fill out an incident report. Notice the form is folded in half. The manager gave my wife Jenn the form folded in half and said to fill out our name and phone number. He will fill out the remainder of the form. He also said this isn’t the first time this has happened, and that McDonalds will just recall the batch of chicken that our bone filled McNugget came from.

Jenn filling out the McDonalds incident report for finding a chicken bone in a Chicken McNugget

Something else I’d like to point out is McDonalds says on their website their chicken McNuggets are boneless.

McDonalds lies about their Chicken McNuggets being boneless. My son bit into a chicken bone in a Chicken McNugget 2 hours ago, they are not boneless

While most chicken McNuggets are probably boneless, I consider this a straight up lie. How can big corporations like McDonalds get away with bold face lies and nobody does anything about it? In the past I didn’t care because I knew their food was shit, so I didn’t eat there ( even though I did grow up on McDonalds ). Now that I’m a parent, my wife and I are no match for the marketing power of McDonalds, their toys, and their Playplaces.

So, that’s all I know to do right now, make some noise. McDonalds will continue selling their mostly boneless chicken McNuggets and silencing anybody who finds the golden nuggets with bones.

If you think I’m crazy, you can ask Google about bones in Chicken McNuggets. If you’re into Facebook, there is a group you can join called Mc Donalds chicken nuggets DO contain bones!!

EMERGENT COLLECTIVE released, the community rejoices!

I’m happy to announce my band The Compilers have been included on the new EMERGENT COLLECTIVE ONE cd. This compilation is made up of developers in the Adobe community who are also involved with making music.  Go download it now, it’s free for all!

11 tracks from Adobe community members who also make music

Download this free album now!

A huge thanks goes out to creator of this compilation Joseph Labrecque.  Thank you for making this compilation and thank you for letting The Compilers submit our song ‘Sleep Tick v2’.  Be sure to read Joseph’s comments about the compilation he so graciously put out for all to enjoy.

It’s official, The Flash Platform rocks!

* UPDATE : all the videos were originally made and hosted at http://screentoaster.com which is now defunct.  I will get these videos updated someday.  Sorry for the loss.

In case you missed the June RMAUG meeting, my band The Compilers played our first hybrid concert and presentation show. Who are The Compilers? As far as I know, we’re Denver CO’s only Tech Funk Fusion trio that use internet technology along with analog instruments. By day we’re internet programmers, and by night we’re rockers. Right now majority of our software revolves around the Flash Platform, so it was only natural that we play at RMAUG.

Below is a recap of our setlist, and notes about the technology we presented on. When you see mentions of a Flash movie, these are not run as standalone SWF files. They are actually played by our Flex based Compilers Live Player. This application runs on our guitarist Jun Heider’s laptop, and the entire app is controlled over MIDI, via a Behringer FCB1010 Foot Controller, MMJ, and MERAPI.

Intro Song

For the first song of our set we decided to use a funny and informative Flash movie to give the audience a hint at what they’re about to see. For the June RMAUG show, this movie was updated to include spoken thank you slides for the companies that make our technology, and special shout outs to all the people who help us put on a great show.

Watch Flash Intro Movie

I want an iPhone

For our iPhone song we have another entertaining Flash movie that gets played during my iPhone solo part. Both this song, and the Flash movie where updated a bit for RMAUG. Unfortunately Soundbooth crashed on us when saving the recording of our live set, so I can’t play a clip for the remixed iPhone song, but you can watch the updated iPhone Flash movie.

Watch Flash iPhone Movie

All your base, are belong to us

This song is pretty straight forward when it comes to technology. We have a backing Flash movie that plays scenes from the ZeroWing video game, as well as the ‘All Your Base’ iPhone app for ZeroWing audio samples. I’m not including anything for this song besides, if you’ve seen us play before, this song now has a reggae feel to it. Prior to this show, ‘All Your Base’ was a hard driving all your punk are belong to us.

Sleep Tick

This is one of our original rock tunes which has been given a minor touch of technology. There is a middle part that I now break out into an iPhone solo, and we also have an AIR 2 powered audio visualizer. This particular app is one of the most exciting for me because I’ve been waiting for the day when we can use getMicrophone to pull raw data. Instead of explaining this one, you can watch it instead.

Tweet Jam v2

I’m happy to report our crown jewel of internet technology and audience interaction mashup “Tweet Jam”, has reached version 2. Both the song and the application have been rewritten especially for the RMAUG show. TweetJam is an instrumental jam song where the audience tweets at @thecompilers during our show, then our Roboreader application imports the @mentions and reads them back to the crowd via robot voice. Since our application reads the live Twitter feed, you don’t have to be at our shows to participate! A final point of interest for this application is that I run this on my laptop and control it using a wired XBOX 360 controller. There’s not much more to explain, but there is a video showing it in action.


James vs. Rick

Our final song of the night uses two applications. One is a game for the audience, and the other is a simple audio app. The game is an AIR application that connects to the ‘phone game company’ MegaPhone service and displays a specially assigned 888 telephone number, and a range of numbers to press in order to vote for James Brown ( 0 – 4 ) or Rick James ( 5 – 9 ). When a player calls in and presses a number from a specific range, our AIR app will play an appropriate audio sample while we’re playing. Our AIR app keeps track and displays the running vote count, then at the end of the song we fade and play a funny video from the winner.
The second application ‘Funky Funky’ is a simple AIR2 application that uses NativeProcess to say “Funky Funky”. While this doesn’t sound like anything noteworthy, it’s a perfect application for this particular jam because OSX’s SAY command has a voice called “Bells” that speaks in a melody that matches the song we’re playing. Of course this doesn’t make much sense not knowing what the song sounds like, so here’s the actual application for you download and try out. Note, this is an AIR2 app that uses NativeProcess, so this is an OSX only application.
Funky Funky! A text to speech OSX application by The Compilers
For your entertainment, here are two funny videos from James Brown and Rick James.

The Flash Platform Rocks!

So there you go, proof that the Flash Platform rocks! I haven’t thought of any rocking ending other than, go check out AIR2. The Flash Platform is no longer restricted to the browser. Let all the HTML heads keep the browser, I want to rock on stage with Flash.


We didn’t get a recording of the show, but we do have a photo album of the June RMAUG on Facebook.

The Compilers Next Show

If you missed The Compilers at RMAUG, we are playing at Ignite Denver 7 on July 27th. If you can’t make that show, be sure to at least tweet @thecompilers on July 27th to get yourself heard.
Be sure to check out The Compilers World for information from the future of the internet rock trenches.