And another year passes me by

I turned 24 yesterday.  It was pretty uneventful since I took the day off of work and just bummed around the house.  All of the celebration happened during the weekend.  Saturday, my wife and I met her family in Des Moines and we celebrated at the Cracker Barrel there.  On Sunday, we went over to my parents’ house for another party.  It wasn’t too bad turning 24… I came out with the new Underøath and Project 86 CD’s, the book Dreamer of Dune, a new shirt, and Home Movies seasons 3 and 4.  My wife is also taking me to the mewithoutYou concert at Gabe’s Oasis tonight.  Still no iPod, though…


Last night saw my wife’s and my first try at Capoeira.  The Capoeira Angola Palmares school down in Iowa City welcomed us and we started right in by learning to ginga (the basic capoeira move).  We also learned esquiva lateral (lateral escape) and (a trimmed down cartwheel).  After two hours, my legs were tired, my feet blistered, and my clothes drenched, but it was a blast.  We got to watch a roda and meet some really cool people.  All in all, it was a good night.  I can’t wait until next monday.

And life keeps flying by

It’s been almost a month and a half and my blogging has been quite absent. Here’s what has been happening…

Our trip to San Jose (last month) went great. We had 4 days to bum around Silicon Valley and the surrounding areas. Since this was a vacation, we decided not to do too much and really only did one touristy thing: we went down to Carmel and 17 mile drive for a day. It was fun and it was a really beautiful area. And the driving out there wasn’t too bad. The Dojo Developer Day (which is what I went out there for in the first place) went great as well.

Dojo has been taking off recently. Last month, we released 0.3.0 and about a week ago we released 0.3.1. For the 0.3.0 release, I refactored/rewrote the effects portion, James Burke wrote a cross-domain loader, Tom Trenka added a Google and Yahoo! maps interface, and Torrey Rice added the new widget theme. There was more, but those are the ones that stick out in my mind. We had about 50k downloads in the month that 0.3.0 was out. For 0.3.1, the cross-domain loading has been improved and we have a cross-domain package now, plus AOL is now hosting Dojo on their CDN, IBM is actively helping with a11y, and Sun just announced they are going to start developing widgets for Dojo. All-in-all, it’s been a good month.