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by mkeefe on Jan 3rd, 2011

A look back on 2010

Just as soon as it began 2010 is now in the history books. Let me take a moment to reflect on some notable things that took place in 2010, both professional and personal.

It technically began in 2009 but on New Years eve I went to a Dane Cook show with my now girlfriend and what a show it was.

Fast forward to February which included a vacation to the Caribbean with family and friends where I was unaware at the time I would be doing the majority of my photography for the year. Overall the cruise was a great start to the New Year! I highly recommend you go on one at least once in your life.

The majority of Spring I spent working on various freelance projects and with awesome teams around the world. One notable project I got the opportunity to work on in the Spring was an interactive training module for an oil company, though I can’t speak any specifics on that project I can say it was fun!

Towards the start of summer I was invited to a Red Sox game where i’m almost certain no one remembers the score, but thats how you know it was a great time. As summer marched on I took a small break to Florida to see family and friends for a few days but ended up working on a bunch of projects while there.. kind of typical in the life of a freelancer.

When I returned home in late July I started officially working as a Flash developer with Litl in Boston where I had the opportunity to work on awesome Flash projects for their Litl webbook and other upcoming hardware. This was also the first time I had responded to a cold call from a talent agent, but something about Aquent (their parent) struck me right. I am still enrolled with Aquent and highly recommend them to professionals looking for new work or a new career.

In the Fall I flew out to Vegas for the annual PhotoshopWorld and got to meet a bunch of great people, including some I had spoke with via email/chat for the last few years. Rather than flying back home from Vegas I decided to make a stop in Colorado and spent some time with friends roughing it in the woods and shooting guns, two hobbies of mine.

When I finally returned home from my Vegas/Colorado travels I only had a few short weeks before I was on a plane to attend Adobe MAX for the first time in my life. Looking back I can’t believe I waited so long but I certainly picked the right MAX to attend with all the goodies given away by Google, Motorola, Adobe and even Blackberry. While in LA I also got the opportunity to speak at a mini conference on the subject of Flash mobile, which was a great time and can’t wait to speak again.

After returning home from MAX I decided to work on a few personal goals and in doing so I got my motorcycle permit, took a class and ended up receiving my motorcycle license. I also obtained (after much hoop jumping) my LTC gun permit. Don’t be concerned though, I am not running off to join a motorcycle club/gang.. I just love guns and bikes.

On a strictly personal topic I also celebrated 6 months with my girlfriend, got to spend the holidays together and even celebrated the arrival of 2011 on the Boston waterfront with friends this past weekend.

I also took a 13 day vacation to where else? Florida! I imagine one day I will move there, I guess we’ll see.

In all 2010 was a great year, I progressed my business towards bigger and better projects, checked off personal achievements and got to travel around the country. This of course only means 2011 will be even bigger and I am not wasting any time either. In early 2011 I am launching a bunch of website applications, mobile apps/updates and opening a new company with my good friend Phil whose graphics work you have seen in much of my client work for many years now.

So there you have it, how was your 2010? Lets hear it.. and on to 2011 and all it has in store for us all.

As mentioned a few days ago I had the opportunity to speak at MiniMAX in Santa Monica last Wednesday evening. Well I have posted the slides (not sure how useful they are) and all of the source code from the talk. I have also posted the slide app (written in Flash) and slide controller (AIR/Android app) source code for you to learn from and use on your own.

Soon I will be posting tutorials on Scriptplayground covering AIR/Android and other Flash mobile topics, along with a full site rollout in the near future.

Enjoy, comment, share and most of all, happy coding!

The final day at Adobe MAX, or day 3 recap. This day started off with another quick breakfast in the community pavilion. I then headed up to the Adobe AIR for TV class which was just a taste of future AIR uses. I will try to post more about this in the future though I am bound by NDA for the most part!

Day 3 did not have a keynote, and was instead a full day of sessions and labs. You know the original reason I attended MAX :). The speakers at MAX are unique in their own way, but overall the information you walk away with more than justifies the cost of the conference. I know personally I got more out of MAX in one year than I have at the past 4 other conferences I attended.

Most of the attendees of MAX end Day 3 with a goodbye to the LA Live Convention Center and a flight home or a free evening. For me Wednesday evening was a little different. I was asked to speak at MiniMAX in Santa Monica at the Coloft. I presented on Flash for Mobile without realizing I couldn’t have picked a more fitting topic considering MAX 2010 was all about mobile devices. Originally I was suppose to speak for 15 minutes, but once I got rolling I spoke for just over 30, with the audiences approval to do so. Overall the speaking opportunity was awesome for me and I can’t wait to speak again. Who knows, maybe I will speak at the Boston Flash Platform User Group, which I am now Co-Manager of!

For those that heard my presentation or would like to know more about it I will be posting the slides, code and further information on Scriptplayground very soon (this weekend).

by mkeefe on Oct 8th, 2010

AIR for Android now on Android Marketplace

Thats right, I just noticed AIR for Android is available on the Marketplace.

Simply type “adobe air” and you’ll be welcomed with a quick and free download. Not sure if this means AIR/Android is coming out soon for developers but its pretty damn exciting.

On a related note my talk on Flash Mobile that i’ll be presenting at MiniMax is really starting to kick ass. I have some cross device workflows, tips, tricks and sample code. All materials and code will be provided to attendees of my talk for free, with some bonuses. If you are going to be around, please stop on by.

More about this AIR/Android topic soon. As always keep a watch on Scriptplayground for new tutorials, especially on Flash mobile, in the coming weeks! 😉

by mkeefe on Sep 21st, 2010

Attending MAX & speaking at miniMAX 2010

I will be at MAX this year, finally! Its been a long time trying to plan this trip out to LA and this year I actually get to attend. I’ll be sure to post my thoughts/comments about the sessions when I return.

Oh and on the topic of sessions, I have been invited to speak at MiniMax in Santa Monica on October 27th. If you are going to be in the area for Adobe MAX or just live in the area do stop by. While I can’t speak about specifics on my session I can say it will be all about Flash mobile development.

This will be my first time speaking so of course i’m going crazy planning and double-checking my material. I have to give great credit to speakers that have done this whole process for many years. I am told it actually does get easier on the mind… we shall see.

Speaking has of course been an interest of mine for some time and being invited is always a confidence boost.

Special thanks to Adam Bell of LAdobe for the opportunity.

Once I complete my session I will post the slides and source code for those that can’t attend. If its recorded (audio/video) i’ll be sure to provide a link as well.