Back from FOTB and beyond - personal post
It's hard to believe that it was just two weeks, because it feels like a much longer journey. After the magic of Flash on the Beach (which I'll write more about later), I headed off to Lisbon for a short visit with my college room-mate, and then returned to London for a few days.
Flash on the Beach was amazing. The talks were all inspiring and everybody seemed so happy to be there. It was a joyful conference. So many wonderful people. Between a bad cough and jet-lag, I wasn't at my best. But I would go back in a heartbeat, if I could.
Because of FOTB, I've decided to develop a new approach to giving talks. I missed the mark, on my audience, and made my talk a little too simplistic. But often, my talks at Flash conferences are not simple enough. So, I'm thinking of developing a more dynamic talk...where audience input determines the path the talk takes. Maybe I'll even create a run-time visualization of this, so that audience can see how they vary from others.
Next came a personal journey, which took me to Lisbon, Portugal.
The best friends, are those who know all your dirt and still love you. In fact, they love you even more. I've been very lucky in life, to have friends like this. They see through my many flaws and help me see my own inner glow. Jen is one of these friends, and it was wonderful to see her again. To meet her children! We went back to those wonderful days in college, through my sister's illness, and on through today. All with the ease of an old friendship. It's left me feeling very centered.
After the intense social aspect of FOTB and personal time-machine of Lisbon, I really enjoyed my solitude in London. For the first time in years, I had the luxury of passing several days alone with my own thoughts. I walked through Hyde park several times, and marveled at the exposed beauty of the naked trees.
Combined with the inspiration of FOTB, I'm now thinking a lot about the fluidity of systems...particle systems and fluid dynamics. At one point, I noticed that if I had chosen to walk down the other side of the street, I would have seen the signs that indicated a path I wanted, but missed the first time through. Instead, I followed along with the tide of people, through the channels of London's streets. I'm not sure what this means to my work yet, but I'm sure it will.