Lanny McNie

As the dev mgr, Lanny oversees the technical day-to-day details of production and makes sure things get out the door.

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Great Pumpkin Showdown 2016

It has been a few years since we did it, but this year we decided to spend an afternoon carving some pumpkins.

Last week, our newest team members Chris and Matthew found some time in their very busy schedules to build a voting app. You can check out the app at pumpkin.gskinner.com/2016/.

Please jump in and vote for best pumpkin! Instead of the usual “select your favorite”, this app uses a face-off model. If you don’t like where you end up, start again. We will cut off voting on Friday at 5pm.

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Upcoming Talks

I’m excited to be doing talks all over the world in the next couple of months, focusing on two related topics: CreateJS, and the Atari Arcade.

Create The Web, San Francisco, London, Tokyo, & Sydney (Sep & Oct)
I’ll be on an around the world tour with a group of Adobe evangelists (I’m the only non-Adobe presenter), talking about the open source CreateJS libraries, and how to get started creating rich content in HTML5. Adobe is the primary sponsor of the libraries, and is a great partner in helping to actively promote them.

The SF event is full, but you can still sign up free for the other locations here.

Screens, Toronto (Sep 26-28)
Screens focuses on multi-screen content, and I’ll be presenting on the HTML5 Atari Arcade project and some of the challenges we had in making it work well with both desktop and multitouch tablets. You can get more info on the conference here.

FITC Vancouver (Nov 17-18)
Once again, I’ll be talking about the Atari Arcade, and our continuing experiences building games and rich content in HTML5. Despite my (relative) proximity, this will be my first time speaking in Vancouver, and I’m really looking forward to it. More info here.

In addition to the above, I will also likely be hanging out at the MS Build conference Oct 30-Nov 2. I’m pretty excited to see first hand what’s announced with respect to Windows 8, Windows Phone, IE10, and Surface.

It’s going to be a busy autumn, but it should be a lot of fun!

Great Pumpkin Showdown 2011 Results

I am proud to announce the winner of this year’s pumpkin contest!

“Kill All Pumpkins”, Ryan and Lanny’s homage to Futurama brings home the gold, narrowly edging out Grant and Wes’ “2001, a Squash Odyssey”, and “The Angry Pumpkin” by Sebastian and Chris, which kept up until the last few days of the race. There were some great entries this year, and I think it was one of the best contests yet.

Thanks to everyone that voted!

Why I’m Excited About FITC Toronto

I try not to spam my blog with posts about every conference I’m involved with, but I’m genuinely excited about FITC Toronto this year. Beyond the usual collection of reasons I like this conference (great speakers, awesome people, good vibe, etc), there’s a list of reasons that are specific to this event:

  1. It’s the 10th anniversary of the conference, and I imagine Shawn (the organizer) has some cool things planned to celebrate it.
  2. It’s being held in the Guvernment, which is a cool space & the first venue I ever spoke in, way back during Flash In The Can 2003 (before it became just “FITC”).
  3. It will be the 20th FITC conference I’ve spoken at, including events in: Toronto (x9), Edmonton (x2), Ottawa, Montreal, Tokyo, Amsterdam (x3), Hollywood, SF, & Chicago. Scary!
  4. I’m going to be super involved. I’m doing 4 separate talks, including my main talk (see #5), a retrospective panel (for us old coots), a Voodoo lounge talk on HTML5 & Flash, and one on one Q&A at the Get A Job event.
  5. I’m switching out the talk I originally planned to do (“ADHD FTW, LOL!!”) for a new talk that I put together quite recently (“The Art of Being Inspired”). In some respects, it’s similar content, but presented in a way that better reflects my current creative optimism and showing some stuff I’ve been playing with recently. Don’t tell Shawn – he hates when I change sessions last minute!
  6. I think it’s a very dynamic time in the industry, and I’m genuinely excited to see what people are working on and thinking about. There’s so much change and that’s bringing so much new opportunity – it’s just a great time to be exposed to other people’s thoughts and inspiration.

Anyway, I know this is pretty last minute, but if you’re in the area, and not going you might want to consider it. I’m not trying to sell tickets, but I think it’ll be a great event. I hope to see some of you there!

Upcoming Events in 2011

2011 is looking to be a busy year already! I’m honored to be speaking at the following events in the first half of the year:

FITC Amsterdam, March 8-9 (link)
Always a crazy-fun event, with awesome people and a fantastic vibe! And hey, it’s Amsterdam.

Geeky By Nature, NYC, March 31-April 1 (link)
Hosted by the same amazing folk who put on FlashOnTheBeach, this conference is guaranteed to be a good one, as long as it can get some momentum (New Yorkers, spread the word!).

Flash Camp Brasil, Maceió, April 8-9 (link)
I heard great things about the event this year, and am really excited to check it out in 2011. It’ll be my first time to Brazil, and the host city Maceió looks absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to hanging out with some old friends in the area, and getting to meet with the local community.

Microsoft MIX, Las Vegas, April 12-14 (link)
I’m not sure yet if I’ll be speaking at MIX, but I plan to be there regardless. I’m looking forward to hanging out with Microsoft folk, seeing what they are working on with Silverlight/WP7/HTML5, and geeking out in Vegas.

FITC Toronto, May 2-4 (link)
This is the tenth year of FITC Toronto. It’ll be ninth time I’ve spoken there, and the twentieth (yikes!!!) FITC event I’ve spoken at. I’m not sure if I think that’s cool, or if it just makes me feel like an old, grizzled veteran (not as old as Keith Peters though). You know Shawn is going to pull out all the stops for the big one-oh – I’m betting on a truly scrumpulicious event (running out of positive adjectives here).

It’s a time of wide sweeping change in the industry. There’s tons of cool work being done, and lots of new things to learn. This is really a great year to hit up a conference or two to make sure you’re keeping in touch with the tech, and the community. Hope to see you there!

FITC San Francisco

I have to admit, I’m excited about FITC San Francisco on August 17-19. The conference has an amazing line up, including my personal Flash hero, Yugo Nakamura. It’s also in an awesome location. SF is the heart of the Flash world, and there’s lots of cool innovation happening in the interactive space. I’m looking forward to hanging out with friends in the area, and catching up with clients.

I’ll also be debuting a brand new talk, titled “ADHD FTW, LOL!!”. It’s a (hopefully) fun talk about the random experiments, applications, and libraries I build while I’m procrastinating or bored. It’s basically about how to turn your distractibility into a strength. I’ll be showing work from roughly the last year, including some stuff I’ve never really shared before. After a couple of years of technical sessions on topics like code optimization, development process, and code standards, it’ll be kind of nice to present an inspirational talk!

If you’re thinking of going, and haven’t bought tickets yet, you can get a 10% discount using the code “gskinner” on the FITC website. Hope to see you there!