A Sith Lord at Sourcetoad [updated]

Now witness the power of this fully-operational Darth Vader statue
by clicking on it to see it at full size.

Someone gave an old Darth Vader statue to one of my co-workers’ toddlers, and it didn’t work out so well. That’s how it came into my possession, and I plan to make the most of it. It’s now standing proudly beside my desk at the Sourcetoad office, awaiting amusing photo opportunities.

Update: Banana for scale

George “@gortok” Stocker suggested that I include a banana in the photo for scale, and I’m more than happy to oblige:

Click the photo to see it at full size.


Tonight: Chatting live with the Thunder Nerds about DevFest Florida!

I’m chatting live tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern on YouTube with the folks from the Thunder Nerds podcast about the upcoming DevFest Florida conference, which takes place on Saturday, January 19th at the Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World.

You can watch it below:

The Thunder Nerds describe their podcast as “A conversation with the people behind the technology, that love what they do… and do tech good.” I had the privilege of doing an interview with them at last year’s DevFest Florida…

…and I’m looking forward to chatting with them both tonight and at this year’s conference.

The Thunder Nerds, who have over 160 podcasts under their collective belt, are Jenell Pizarro:

Brian Hinton:

…and Frederick Philip von Weiss:

They’ll be talking with a number of people who’ll be speaking at DevFest Florida 2019, including Yours Truly, who’ll be presenting to attendees who want to get in on one of the hottest fields’ (data science) hottest tools (Jupyter notebooks)…

Betty Pierce, who’ll talk about React Native Up and Running:

Eva Sofianos, who will present Nailing the Tech Interview:

Michael Prentice, whose presentation will be Composing Accessible UIs With Angular Material Components,

Santosh Hari, whose talk will be Intro to NoSQL and how to pick a cloud based NoSQL provider:

…and Siva Kumar, whose presentation will be AI Adventures with AutoML:

If you want to find out more about DevFest Florida, or if you simply want to see what’s new in the tech world, tune in tonight to this live chat!

Current Events Tampa Bay Uncategorized

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, January 7, 2019)

Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week (especially Wednesday, which has a whopping 22 events), and here they are!

This weekly list is posted as a voluntary service to the Tampa tech community. With the notable exception of Tampa iOS Meetup, which I run, most of this information comes from, EventBrite, and other local event announcement sites. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the dates and times listed here; if you want to be absolutely sure that the event you’re interested in is actually taking place, please contact the organizers!

Monday, January 7

Tuesday, January 8

Wednesday, January 9

Thursday, January 10

Friday, January 11

Saturday, January 12

Sunday, January 13