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Homes, BADCamp, and the Drupal Association

Submitted by matthew on Thu, 2013-10-17 23:59

What do these three things have in common? Not much it would seem, however currently they are three things that are in the forefront of my mind.

The last two months has had the Saunders looking for, making an offer on, and buying a house about 25 miles away from where we had lived for about 13 years. At that time wireless networking wasn't as prevalent (or cheap) as it is these days. Back in my graduate school days, I had helped network the dormitories with fibre, coaxial, and CAT5. We threw away long runs of cable that weren't any good for large school buildings, but I thought would be useful when I had a home of my own. I collected roughly a spool worth. I used that to wire our house. Part of what happened this last month was dismantling that network and setting up a wireless network in the new house.

Anybody need half a dozen lightly used switches?

Moving, in the best of times, dominates your life. But we are now getting the old house cleaned up, walls repaired, and painted. We're getting it ready for market. This isn't without a certain amount of sadness as I bought this house on the onset of my professional career as a technologist and ultimately a Drupaler. Joining the Drupal community brought me to...

Last year I wrote my Top 10 Reasons BADCamp should be GLADCamp. I'll be going again this year representing Aten Design Group from Denver. This year I'll be presenting Herding the Cats, Keep the Focus, a session on effective communication with internal and external stakeholders. Last year at this time, I was running for the...

Drupal Association Elections 2014 - A Quick Note

Submitted by matthew on Wed, 2013-09-25 07:04

drupal election 2014At about 4:30 am local time I had a flurry of SMS messages that came from Prague - THANK YOU Mike Meyers, you were the first to send me a note. An official announcement had been made at the open board meeting that I had been elected last week to the Drupal Board as an At Large Member. I guess my time zones were a little off - I had set my alarm to go off at 5:00 am to jump into the meeting by telecon to listen in.

Twittering, both Direct and Public, began with posts like:

Drupal Association Elections are OPEN!

Submitted by matthew on Sun, 2013-09-15 23:38

Election 2014Today the "polls" opened to elect two At Large board members to the Drupal Association. I'm hoping to serve the community for the next year in that capacity. I need your help.

Who Can Vote?
Anyone with an account on (D.O), who has been active in the past 12 months, and created that account before 31 August is eligible to vote.

Today's Drupal Association Call - Meet the Candidates

Submitted by matthew on Thu, 2013-09-12 23:41

Election 2014I'm running for the Drupal Association Board and today was the second day for "Meet the Candidates". I took part in the that call and the meeting was great. The thoughts and ideas being shared underlined how many terrific options, as a community, have to choose from. We were asked to talk a little bit about ourselves - who we are and why we want to serve. I wrote a bit about this a few days ago.

I'm Director of Client Services at Aten Design Group. I have been working in/with/for the nonprofit sector since 1995 in Canada and the United States. This has included board work on both sides (as staff and board member). I have been working in technology sector since 1999 and with Drupal since 2007. I'm a process geek. I'm personally invested in the Drupal community and have helped organize Drupalcamps in Colorado, I've presented at many camps and cons including keynoting for Drupalcamp Austin, and I helped organize Drupalcon Denver.

How Should a Board Interface with a Non-Profit?

Drupal Association Elections 2014

Submitted by matthew on Mon, 2013-09-09 20:06

Election 2014About a year ago I threw my hat into the ring to serve as an At Large Board member at the Association. Immediately after the election ended last year, I had several people ask me to run again. There were inquiries, after Holly made the call for 2014 nominations, if I would be running. My desire to serve has not diminished in the least. If anything, the last year has increased my respect and connection to the community as a whole.

This past year has brought a lot of change to my professional life. I worked as an independent Project and Process Management consultant and was incredibly grateful to all my clients who really made that eight months meaningful and kept my family well taken care of. I'm also pleased to have joined Aten Design Group as the Director of Client Services. This shift in my career has truly allowed me to flex my process and project management muscles.

Why does this matter? It speaks to my motives for running for the Association Board.

Drupalcamp Colorado 2013 Wrapup

Submitted by matthew on Sun, 2013-06-30 22:08

Drupalcamp Colorado has wrapped up for another year. This year's event was a little more intimate than recent Colorado and took place in an awesome location in Boulder Colorado. While I don't think in previous years (due to the number of attendees) it would have worked - for this year, the space was awesome. Power at every seat, great space for the keynote, and nice restaurants within walking distance. Aten colleagues', "No Taco Bell is NOT my idea of a good Mexican Restaurant" ;) .

13 Years of Cancer Survival

Submitted by matthew on Mon, 2013-06-24 21:22

testicular cancerThirteen years ago I had just wrapped up surgery, a groshon catheter being implanted, foley catheterization, bleomycin, etoposide, platinol, zofran, and compazine. I had gone through an immensely stressful time that transformed the way I look at the world.

Even so, I was lucky. Embroynal Carcinoma is very treatable in its early stages. In fact, it is reckoned to be one of the more treatable cancers and can be cured if it is caught early enough. That said, untreated it is deadly and the treatment is pretty miserable. Really there are two routes you can take after having the offending fellow removed. First, you can have an RPLND - in which you are opened from your neck to your pubic bone and all your lymph nodes are dissected from your body. This lays folks up for months. The second route is chemotherapy which makes you feel very sick.

I opted for the chemotherapy.

Every year I look back at the previous 12 months to reflect. Some years I choose to write about the year through the lens of a survivor. Some years I just quietly reflect on my own. I never cease to be grateful, humbled, and amazed at how awesome my life has been since finding that traitorous lump. I have an amazing wife. I have a daughter who stuns me with her intelligence and fortitude. I've had really interesting work and joined the supportive and nurturing Drupal community. I've travelled most of the United States and to many places in Canada, Europe, and even time in Australia.

Drupalcamp Colorado

Submitted by matthew on Tue, 2013-05-28 21:53

It is that time of year. Everything is getting a little greener. The days are warming up. Drupalcamp Colorado is almost upon us! Last year the local community in Colorado decided to skip hosting what is one of the best Drupalcamps around. Why? Because we put on Drupalcon and there was a fair bit of fatigue following the event. Well, not so this year. The camp site is up and running! It is ready for registrations, session proposals, and payments!

Keynotes will be Jeff Eaton (Senior Drupal Architect at Lullabot) and Felicia Pride (Media Strategist, Content Producer, and Educator from Pride Collaborative).

Registration is a mere $10 - and is well worth it!

So Long Neil and Marta and Thanks for All the Fish

Submitted by matthew on Mon, 2013-03-04 22:41

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The Departure

A small portion of my world was shaken by The Drupal Association's announcement about Neil and Marta today. Neil had some rocky times with the community, but Drupalcon Denver really changed all of that. As he came to understand the community and how passionate we all are about what we do and how tight a community we all are he became one of us. I would hazard to say there are a significant number of us that don't just think of him as the con's organizer but also a close friend. I got to know Neil well during Drupalcon Denver and can honestly say that his grounded down-to-earth nature, his skills as an organizer, and his willingness to listen and adapt to how we do things was a real boon to the community. You will be missed.

I don't know Marta as well as Neil, but I've very much enjoyed my visits with her.


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