Freelancing Gods 2014

God
22 Apr 2009

A Visit to Vegas

In case you’ve not booked your ticket yet, but were considering coming and needed one more reason: I’ll be giving a tutorial on Sphinx at RailsConf in Las Vegas next month. To get 15% discount, use the code ‘RC09FOS’. (O’Reilly seem to hand out codes everywhere. If you paid full price this time, keep that in mind for next year.)

If you will be there, I’m more than happy to have a chat – about Sphinx or anything else – so let me know if you want to meet up.

Crowdsourced Research

For those of you who know Sphinx and Thinking Sphinx already, I’d love to hear about the things you found a bit difficult when learning. What are the topics I should make sure I cover in my tutorial, that are maybe lacking in documentation?

07 Sep 2008

RejectConf: Coders Kicking Arse

One of the highlights from RailsConf EU last week was RejectConf – even if it was a bit smaller than last year (going by what I’ve heard, anyway).

I reprised my So You’re A Kick-Arse Coder talk for it – since it was a rejected talk from the main event – and Geoffrey Grosenbach managed to get an audio recording, so I’ve put that together with the slides and onto Viddler. Keep in mind the following caveats:

  • I’m pretty happy with this talk – but I realise I’m not that great a speaker. Imagine what I’d be like on a bad day ;)
  • Geoff didn’t catch the very start of the talk, which went something along the lines of “Hi, my name’s Pat, and I’m Australian [Cheers from Audience] I want to start of with some flattery, because I want to get on your good side.”
  • Geoff’s also the heckler about two-thirds of the way though.

Links to the sites I mention:

XKCD Comics featured:

Photos used thanks to either permission or permissive licences:

28 May 2008

RailsConf 2008

I’ve just started my round-the-world conferences-and-holiday adventure, and the first stop is RailsConf in Portland – so if you’re in town and see me wandering around looking rather cluelessly, please say hi.

Also, in case you’re on the Twitter bandwagon, you’ll find me with the creative nickname of pat.

RssSubscribe to the RSS feed

About Freelancing Gods

Freelancing Gods is written by , who works on the web as a web developer in Melbourne, Australia, specialising in Ruby on Rails.

In case you're wondering what the likely content here will be about (besides code), keep in mind that Pat is passionate about the internet, music, politics, comedy, bringing people together, and making a difference. And pancakes.

His ego isn't as bad as you may think. Honest.

Here's more than you ever wanted to know.

Ruby on Rails Projects

Other Sites

Creative Commons Logo All original content on this site is available through a Creative Commons by-nc-sa licence.