1. 2011: Remembering, Reflecting, And Appreciating

    2011 has been quite the year. It's been a year of both meeting incredible people, and unfortunately losing some as well.

    I feel fortunate for having friends old and new. A full year working with and now at Mozilla and the numerous smart and passionate folks there. The broader open web, open source, and indie web communities. And lastly and most lovingly my girlfriend Erin.

    We lost far too many greats in the tech world this year. Steve Jobs. Dennis Ritchie. John McCarthy. And lastly and most tragically, Ilya Zhitomirskiy.

    I briefly met Steve Jobs over ten years ago in an Apple Retailer in Palo Alto, but it was the Apple ][ that changed my life. Never met Dennis Ritchie but I've coded in C and its derivates most of my professional career. A.I. was one of my first passions in Computer Science, though I only met John McCarthy once at Stanford. Ilya I met last year and was instantly taken with his optimism and passion for making a difference in the world.

    Of all of them, I wished I'd spent more time with Ilya, appreciated the time I did spend with him, and felt his loss the most. Suffice it to say, that loss made me pullback from a lot and spend more time reflecting instead. What should I have done differently, what could I have done differently.

    I've spent a lot of time the past few years on focus, and directing my focus. Despite that, losing Ilya made me reconsider, how many things did he invite me to that I didn't make it to because I was busy with something less important, or being distracted by obligations I shouldn't have been.

    It's that lesson that I'm taking into 2012. That despite all the focus I thought I'd achieved, there was more to work on.

    So I'm taking this brief break from merriment to post an update, wishing each of you a Happy New Year in 2012. And more importantly the willpower and clarity of focus to spend with not those that demand your attention and the real-time distractions that surround us, but with those that you care for and those that care for you.

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  2. also @ #W3Conf: fight "delayed open" tactics per Eran's post: Open vs. Fast, Good vs. Evil, Google vs. Facebook: http://hueniverse.com/2010/05/open-vs-fast-good-vs-evil-google-vs-facebook/

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  3. asks @JMDugan: videos/teaching materials for people who use (x)html4 but don't know html5? @HTML5Now video+book: http://tantek.com/html5now

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  4. mentioned #SOPA at #W3Conf. Stop internet censorship: mozilla.org/sopa #IlyaZ would have wanted us to slay this dragon

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  5. Ilya on #privacy #identity aspects sharing http://youtu.be/3QwvlnhpDSo Remember #IlyaZ and keep his ideas in mind. #indieweb

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  6. double MacBook Airing it among a sea of Windows laptops at #ACCELERATE #measure. #stranger in a strange conference.

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  7. super first ever #W3Conf. Thanks @shepazu for having me. Next time, put @fantasai on the Browser Panel for Mozilla. :)

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  8. that's why you can't just drop URL trailing /s. #W3Conf #HTML5 TRON Legacy demo: disneydigitalbooks.go.com/tron/ already fixed on my site but Twitter and FB copies can't be edited. #ownyourdata

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  9. awesome #HTML5 demos by @gisardo at #W3Conf. My favorite: TRON Legacy comicbook: http://disneydigitalbooks.go.com/tron

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  10. last saw Ilya @ZhitomirskiyI @W3C TPAC FSWIG mtg 2011-11-01. Shocked, saddened. Will miss his energy and enthusiasm :(

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  11. watch #sciencehackday SF demos and presentations live (NOW) at: http://justin.tv/drkiki (needs Flash)

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  12. won a Jawbone Up jawbone.com/up in a raffle at #RoadMapConf after coincidentally asking if they have an API (supposedly yes, but apparently unsearchable except for an unanswered (at time of post) forum request: forums.jawbone.com/t5/Product-Support/Developer-API/td-p/17280)

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  13. If you have a camera with timezone support (e.g. a Canon S90/S95), remember to turn "Daylight Saving Time: Off".

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  14. "If you don't like free speech you should move to another country." http://j.mp/frespch Happy #Nov5. longURL: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/02/1032624/-He-has-a-right-to-speak,-said-the-cop-to-the-banker via @chrisblizzard.

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  15. #TPAC2011 last day: <time> sync with @Hixie; with @annevk on Fullscreen+CC0+OWFa, proposed using @W3C CG for HTML.next

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  16. #TPAC2011 HTML WG day 1: good face-to-face discussions, <time> is back, and we're working on improving it.

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  17. #TPAC2011 minutes of <time>11:30</time> HTML WG session where we discussed an enhanced time element: http://www.w3.org/2011/11/03-html-wg-minutes.html#item03

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  18. #TPAC2011: and HTML WG chairs decided to revert adding <data> and dropping of <time> & pubdate: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Nov/0011.html

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  19. #TPAC2011: iterating on an HTML working group change proposal for an enhanced #HTML5 <time> element: http://www.w3.org/wiki/User:Tantekelik/time_element

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  20. @brucel <time datetime=-0700>Pacific Daylight</time>. @jmspool <time datetime=P1H>1 hour</time>.

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  21. #HTML5 time element discussion <time>11:30</time> <time datetime=2011-11-03>today</time>: http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/TPAC2011#Day_1

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  22. Happy 6th bim of the year! http://newcal.org (was indirectly reminded via site bug report (now fixed) from @theory).

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  23. "But then if we do not ever make <time>, how can we ever have <time>?" #Merovingian #HTML5 #TPAC #TPAC2011

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  24. proposed a "<time> element" session for the HTML Working Group meeting. #TPAC #HTML5 irc://irc.w3.org:6665/html-wg

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  25. another #barcamp, another Fight Club paraphrase: On a long enough timeline, every domain is a porn site. #tpac #dns #p

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  26. wrapping up first #barcamp style @W3C #TPAC day with 2 min summaries of sessions: w3.org/wiki/TPAC2011#Session_Grid #TPAC2011

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