Birthday Clusters and Code Camps

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Well today I turn old. 33 years old to be exact. A day after Hanselman turns really old. It seems I’m always following in that guy’s footsteps doesn’t it?

Oh look, Hanselman gets a blue badge so Phil has to go and get a blue badge. Hanselman has a birthday and Phil has to go and have a birthday on the next day. What a pathetic follower!

What’s interesting is that Rob Conery’s birthday was just a few days ago and we’re all recent hires and involved in MVC in some way. Ok, maybe that isn’t all that interesting after all as it is statistically insignificant, but I thought I’d mention it anyways.

Clustering is a natural occurrence in random sequences. In fact, when looking at a sequence in which there is no clustering, you’d pretty much know it wasn’t random. That’s often what happens when a human tries to make a sequence look random. The person will tend to spread things evenly out. But randomness typically forms clusters. Not only that, but people have a natural tendency to find patterns in sequences and phenomena that don’t exist. But I digress.

Code Camp Seattle

If you’re in the Seattle area this weekend, I’ll be speaking at the Seattle Code Camp. There are several speakers covering various aspects of ASP.NET MVC so I thought I would try not to overlap and maybe cover a bit of an introduction, a few techniques, and some Q & A.

In other words, I’m woefully unprepared because I’ve been so slammed trying to get a plan finalized for MVC that we can talk about. But I’m enlisting Rob’s help to put together some hopefully worthwhile demos. All I really need to do is get a designer involved to make something shiny. ;)

In any case, it’s 2 AM, I need to retire for the evening. I leave you with this photo of my son after he got ahold of a pen while my wife wasn’t looking. It was a brief moment, but that’s all he needed to change his look.

Cody Pen

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17 responses

  1. Avatar for alberto
    alberto January 22nd, 2008

    Well, last saturday was my birthday too. Maybe I should send my CV to Redmond...

  2. Avatar for Keyvan Nayyeri
    Keyvan Nayyeri January 22nd, 2008

    Well, happy birthday, Phil :-) You're 10 years older then me! I feel younger now :-P

  3. Avatar for Eric
    Eric January 22nd, 2008

    If I had kids, I'd draw cool mustaches on them too, and tell my wife that they "must have got a hold of a pen while I wasn't looking?".
    Draw one of those Rollie Fingers mustaches next! :)

  4. Avatar for DarronJ
    DarronJ January 22nd, 2008

    Hey, take heart... 33 is only 21 in hex :)

  5. Avatar for Steven Harman
    Steven Harman January 22nd, 2008

    Happy birthday, you old coot!

  6. Avatar for Dimitri Glazkov
    Dimitri Glazkov January 22nd, 2008

    Old?! I'll turn 36 this year, and my "old" doesn't begin until 54! :)
    Is it just me, or does the 'stash look very Salvador Dali?

  7. Avatar for Adam Dempsey
    Adam Dempsey January 22nd, 2008

    Happy Birthday :)

  8. Avatar for Joe Brinkman
    Joe Brinkman January 22nd, 2008

    Happy Birthday. Your son has a nice moustache. Someday when you get a bit older you'll be able to grow one that thick as well ;-)

  9. Avatar for Jon Sagara
    Jon Sagara January 22nd, 2008

    You, too? Sheesh, all you 'softies are getting old! ;)
    Well, happy birthday, anyway!

  10. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked January 22nd, 2008

    @Joe Nah man. The only way the Haack boys will grow a mustache is to draw one on. My son has the right idea. Facial hair is not one of our core competencies. ;)
    @DarronJ Right! 21 in hex means I can drink hex.

  11. Avatar for Skippy
    Skippy January 23rd, 2008

    Have a Hoegaarden White. It is to be imbibed from a hexagonal glass.

  12. Avatar for Filini
    Filini January 23rd, 2008

    Happy Birthday :-)

  13. Avatar for alberto
    alberto January 23rd, 2008
    21 in hex means I can drink hex

    lol. Waiter! Gimmie A beers!
    BTW, I forgot in the first post. Happy Birthday!

  14. Avatar for Karthik Hariharan
    Karthik Hariharan January 24th, 2008

    Happy b-day Phil! You neglected to mention that you beat Scott in the dev face off too.
    Cody might be taking this world domination thing too seriously...that's definitely a good look for a future overlord ;)

  15. Avatar for ses5909
    ses5909 January 26th, 2008

    Happy belated birthday!Glad to see you're older than me... if even if it is only 8 months. I'll take it!

  16. Avatar for Software Mechanics
    Software Mechanics January 28th, 2008

    Lamenting the passage of a misspent youth

  17. Avatar for Cole Haan
    Cole Haan February 15th, 2008

    Aww soo cute, I'm expecting my first baby this year-mid. I hope he/she is as cute as your child :D