This is another speech I’ve given at Valley Toastmasters, and it’s part of Competent Communicator manual, project #8: “Get Comfortable with Visual Aids“.
(The speech is actually based on Michael Wolfe‘s answer to a question on Quora: “Engineering Management: Why are software development tasks estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3?”. I have taken the liberty of adapting his answer and transforming it into a speech as well as borrowing the images he uploaded to support his answer. So kudos for all of this to Michael.)
As a reminder, the objectives of the project are:
With that in mind, here is the speech I delivered:
In case you didn’t know, ICanHaz.js is a library for easy templating on the client side — it allows for you to define a script block which contains your template, place a few markers inside it then render it via a simple call to the library where you pass in the object which contains the data to be filled in. Here’s a short example — which by the way uses both JQuery and ICanHaz.js (which is allowed by the way):
This is another speech I’ve given at Valley Toastmasters, and it’s part of Competent Communicator manual, project #5: “Your Body Speaks“.
As a reminder, the objective of the project are:
With that in mind, here’s the speech:
I have attended the other week a very interesting meetup – part of the “Scale Warriors of Silicon Valley” series (which by the way I highly recommend if you’re into that sort of “thing” – and chances are if you’re a developer in the Valley you are! ) – and as with everything I see and listen to, it can’t go un-blogged! Even more so, this talk was not just about scale, but about scaling an online advertising architecture – and since I eat advertising and everything related for breakfast, I couldn’t miss it. This particular meetup saw John Krystynak, AppLovin co-founder and VP of Engineering taking the stage and giving us an insight into how to scale up an advertising solution – with real-world examples from his company, AppLovin, which boasts nowadays about 15 billion ad impressions per day.
Just so my ramblings in this post make more sense, it is worth mentioning here that AppLovin came out of stealth mode rather recently with their mobile marketing platform that acquires and re-engages customers and they’re already boasting a huge amount of traffic through their platform (some 15 bilion ad impressions per day according to the talk). Also, the event was a joint-venture in between AppLovin and Aerospike who was kind enough to allow us to crowd up their (sweet!) office as well as provide the drinks and food – oh yes, and the bottles The other interesting side of this joint-venture is that of course, as John revealed in his talk, they use Aerospike’s solution in AppLovin. Aerospike, for those of you unaware of this, provides an open-source NoSQL database combining both transactions and analytics with ACID principles.
Finally got off my lazy bum and went to watch San Jose Earthquakes play their football at home for the first time. To be honest, it was rather good — the Santa Clara stadium is quite small and intimate and they won against Chicago FC 5-1 — woohoo!
This is another speech I’ve given in Toastmasters, and it’s part of Competent Communicator manual, Project #7: “Research Your Topic“.
As a reminder, the objectives of the project are:
With that in mind, here is the speech I gave:
I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Silicon Valley Storytellers Toastmasters group’s 1 Year anniversary this week — and we got a treat with a few inspiring speeches as well as some wicked impromptu ones, as you might see from the attached agenda for the night (below).
The new officers of the club have been also confirmed at this meeting — and I particularly enjoyed the moment with each one of them being confirmed and passing the gavel around
I’m still trying to decide whether the cakes were better than the speeches or the other way around — close one !
I have been a big fan of American Express for years, both in the UK and USA — without singing their praises too much, I love the customer service they provide and I love the facilities that they offer if you are an Amex Platinum cardholder.
I love all the customer rewards points (yup, you can redeem these into things like airmiles, or SPG points or simply vouchers at some high-end shops!), access to things like airport lounges and all sorts of other travel-related facilities an Amex Platinum card offers. I love that they cover all of my health insurance when I travel abroad. I love the car rental insurance they offer too — that in itself makes it so much easier and cheaper to rent a car when traveling!
And more than anything else I love their 24/7 concierge service! Maybe I am just a sucker for good service, but as I find myself most of the times making plans late at night. And it’s so good being able to call someone late at night to confirm services or make reservations and plans!
“-Amex, I want two tickets to Iron Maiden next month!”
“-Amex, can you sort out my flight to London in 2 weeks time?”
Thank you, Airbnb!