Grant Skinner

The "g" in gskinner. Also the "skinner".


Honeymoon in Southern Europe.

I’d love to say that following our wedding in June, Bobi and I rushed off to a romantic honeymoon – but we didn’t. Instead we rushed off to a couple of Flash conferences – FlashForward NYC, and Flash’n’Splash at the Banff Centre. Yes, I am a nerd.

These were both fun – NYC was a great chance to catch up with all our friends in the Flash world, and we went horseback riding and white water rafting in Banff – but they weren’t exactly a relaxing, or romantic.

Three months later, and I’m finally going to take my wonderful wife on the trip she deserves for putting up with me (grin). We’re going to be spending 3 weeks in September traveling along the Mediterranean through Spain, France and Italy. I’m a little stressed about leaving the business alone for that long, but I completely trust the the awesome people on my team, and have no doubts that they will keep everything rolling smoothly in my absence. Thanks guys! This will be my first trip in 3.5 years that is not business related, and that I won’t have my laptop with me – I’m betting on withdrawal symptoms within a week.

We will be stopping in Barcelona, Aix-En-Provence, Nice, Monaco, Venice and Florence. If you have any suggestions for things to see or do, cool restaurants, bars, etc to visit we’d love to hear them. It should be a wonderful break prior to speaking at MAX, and rolling out my Flash 8 workshop.

I’m a Married Man

Bobi and I were finally (9 years together) married on Saturday in the presence of our family and friends. It was a fun (though very tiring) day. The weather was even nice enough to clear up for the photos and the outdoor ceremony (which was lucky given the amount of rain we’ve had in the last week). I’ll be sure to post a few pictures when we get them from the photographer (could be a while).

Things are finally starting to settle down again, and I’m looking forward to married life. I certainly couldn’t ask for a better person to share it with.

Here’s a picture of the big honking man-ring I’m now lugging around.

Next post: glic update.

Dominatrix Girl Guides

Does your mother know you click on links with titles like “Dominatrix Girl Guides”? Sicko. 🙂

Just some unintentional porn my girlfriend dug up while looking through her old Girl Guide stuff for costume materials. At first glance, it looks like a pretty interesting handbook…

Man, I can’t wait to see my search engine referral logs for this post. 😛

A big sloppy thank you!

I just wanted to wish the whole Flash community a great big sloppy thank you for all the support and interest I’ve received over the past year. I looked over my long term web stats for the first time in months today, and realized my humble home on the web has had over 200,000 visitors, 5 million hits, and 2000 referring URLs in one year – I find that astounding!

Combine that with the wonderful response I’ve received to starting this blog (thank you fellow bloggers), and the 40,000 accesses to the gModeler application to date and I’m veritably giddy. 🙂

Keep on being wicked-cool everyone,


PS. Stay-tuned… starting Monday I will be blogging some great serial content on FlashMX 2004 and ActionScript 2.0.

Is there room for one more?

Well, due to urgings of friends/colleagues and my own interest in giving this blogging craze a try I have decided to join the plethora of Flash blogs. I won’t promise scintillating new content, but I will try to maintain an up-to-date, easy to read log of my thoughts and ideas regarding Flash, internet technology, and my own work (conferences, projects, articles, etc). I’ve also tried to create an aesthetically pleasing blog – hopefully I haven’t failed too miserably.

I’d certainly welcome input on this new endeavour – critiques of the design, thoughts on content, and ideas for growth are all welcome.

I hope this blog is useful to many, but most importantly I hope it serves as a place to preserve my thoughts (and my writing skills).