our posts tagged “passions”
At Infinity, we’ve been a fully remote, on-shore tech consultancy and
custom software development company since 2005 (founded in 1998), so a
lot of our friends and contacts have been asking us for advice on
effectively managing remote co-working. We thought it would be helpful
to share some of our tips and tricks from both the leadership and
About seven months ago, I started practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a grappling
art founded in Brazil. Immediately after, I began comparing everything to it.
My kids started making fun of me: “Everything is Jiu-Jitsu for you, Dada.” And,
they were right. If I was reading, I’d say, “I’m grappling with the book.” If I
was cooking, I’d say, “I’m Jiu-Jitsuing food.” If my five-year-old daughter
asked me to help her cut her food during dinner, I’d say, “Just Jiu-Jitsu it.
Pin it down with your fork so it won’t move. Then, cut it.”
Yesterday marked our 20th anniversary.
It’s been an awesome ride and we’re grateful for the opportunity to
have enjoyed every moment with so many wonderful partners, clients,
and colleagues. This weekend, I had an opportunity to spend a few
minutes to sit back and reflect on the experiences of the past twenty
years as well as the path forward to the next twenty.
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to represent Infinity and
speak at a number of conferences. Earlier in the year I was doing a
much better job of keeping up with writing up my experiences at each
conference soon after it happened, but as things got busy over the
summer, I got behind. Below the fold, I’ll do a brief recap of each
of the five (yes, five!) conferences I’ve spoken at and not yet
This past weekend I visited Grand Rapids, Michigan for the first
ever Beer City Code on the campus of
Calvin College. I took a class on how to write .NET applications on a
Mac, saw some great talks, presented a
talk on JSON Web Tokens,
and more. My full wrap up is below the fold.
The first weekend in May, I had a chance to attend
LinuxFest Northwest in
Bellingham, WA. I also got to present a couple talks. I had a great
time --- read on for all the details!
I recently had the opportunity to attend and speak at
SCaLE 15x in Pasadena, and
it was an awesome experience. Read on for an overview of all the great
talks I got a chance to see!
Some of the folks here at Infinity Interactive are avid players of
fantasy sports, and
this year, they convinced me to join their Fantasy Football league.
Two months into the season, what started as a casual game has turned
into a trip through a data analytics wonderland as well as what will
hopefully be a recurring series of posts here looking at various
aspects of the data analysis that I've been doing.
I originally bought my iPad back when tablets were becoming a fad. I
had expected to use it for everything from reading ebooks to playing
elaborate new games. But no, it has been sitting idle, collecting
dust, for years. Even the promise of a shared, coffee-table web
browser has fallen flat. Whenever there's a task to be done, I instead
reach for my laptop or my phone. After all, as phones get larger and
more capable, and laptops get lighter and extend their battery life,
the sweet spot that tablets offer gets squeezed out from both above
and below. So for the past year or so, my usage has been limited to
ordering food online with friends, passing the iPad down the couch.
But now I've finally figured out the perfect job for it. I've mounted
it right next to my front door. My previously-unused iPad now serves
as a dashboard and control panel for my apartment.
I want to create a fountain that can entertain guests. Namely, I want
to be able to control the flow of the fountain with my hand. Recently,
at our last summit, Jay Hannah
introduced me to the Leap Motion, which
is basically a Kinect for the hands. A little research introduced me
to Arduino, an open source solution for
The fountain will be built using base electrical components. The
actual physical basins for the water may be taken from an existing
fountain, but I plan on making that decision later. This post details
my initial goals for the project, as well as the first steps I took
towards a side-project, and the coding hurdles I had to overcome to
complete the side-project.
Editor's Note: The picture below, and this article in general, may
seem like unusual content to find on the blog of a technical company
like Infinity Interactive, but one of our goals here is to give you a
full picture of Infinity and our employees, and we think this article
by Paul Zolnierczyk, a member of our .NET/Java team, has some
important things to say.
Before I joined Infinity Interactive, I worked in typical IT work
environments. I can go on about how much better the water cooler talk
is over in our '#General' IRC channel but that can be saved for
another post. What I'd like to talk about is how working at Infinity
Interactive allows me to live my life and truly achieve a healthy
Editor's note: Infinity's Notebook isn't just about our technical
prowess. We also showcase some of the amazing things our team members
do away from the keyboard. This week, one of our .NET developers, Alex
Sparkman, writes about scuba diving in Las Vegas immediately after our
I joined Infinity a little over two years ago. Came from a much more
traditional corporate culture. A culture contained in traditional
brick-and-mortar buildings. You could stop by a coworker’s cube and
bump into folks in the lunchroom. Infinity has no brick-and-mortar
home. We’re a distributed workforce with our ~25 people spread out all
across the US. Each of us works from our home. Our water cooler is an
IRC channel called #general.