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Kevin Nilson
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UFO sighting!!! Andy made me take a picture.
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How I proposed using the Chomecast:

So I decided I was going to propose to my girlfriend, but I wanted an innovative and original idea. I always wanted to do the whole football stadium on the big screen "Will you marry me?" thing. However, neither of us are big sports fans (and she especially doesn't like them). So dragging her to some type of game didn't seem like a good idea. I also wanted to do something that had seemingly never been done before.

I am an application developer by day, and am a very passionate mobile developer. I have worked in the mobile industry for a long time now building everything from iOS apps to web apps and almost everything in between. 

I had purchased the ring a while ago, but did not know how I wanted to propose. When the Chromecast came out and I saw the peer-to-peer connectivity it provided, my eyes lit up. I thought to myself "THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I WANTED TO DO THIS." It gives me the ability to propose using the "look up at the big screen" approach (and I do mean big screen, we have a 60 inch Sharp Aquos TV). All in the comfort of our own home. 

Once I got the Chromecast I went to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1E-vka5QP8LkF0nbfz-omN1DjNSX1uLGyqHdbpEFh6zg/viewform and whitelisted my Chromecast.

Then I dug into how to build an app for the Chromecast. I actually decided to use the tic-tac-toe sample as the base code for my app.

On Friday night after work, I hijacked the living room and started coding up the changes I needed to make the app work for my needs. I made the iOS client display a message saying "I couldn't ask for anything better than to lose to my beauty! look up at the screen". So it was very important that she won the game of tic tac toe we were going to play later (Its also a good idea for all men to learn who are planning on being in a long term relationship, that sometimes your gonna lose, and most of the time, it will be on purpose…).

Then I set up the server code hooked up to appFog using node js (also uses express and and ejs). Inside the server code I made a change to add a hidden DOM element that contained the message "I love you now and forever.  Will you marry me?". Then I wrote the css needed to center it (still black and white, and could be improved). When my girlfriend won the game of tic-tac-toe, the new message was displayed and the tic-tac-toe board was dismissed. It then showed the black screen with white lettering below. At 2am on Saturday, I was done with the changes and had her come downstairs and test out the app (She had no idea what I was working on, just that it was for the Chromecast). She of course said yes, and we are planning to get married sometime next year.

Both modified projects are now available from github
iOS https://github.com/tobyglenn/cast-ios-tictactoe
Server https://github.com/tobyglenn/tictactoe-merry-server
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Enjoy the best the Bay Area has to offer by riding a bicycle across the Golden Gate Bridge.
We'll meet at Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf and ride across the bridge and down into Sausalito, and then take a ferry back to the city. This is a beginner/intermediate ride, roughly 8 miles and takes 1.5 hours to ride. I expect we'll have several photograph stops, and we'll stop for a treat in Sausalito. There are three big hills (two steep ones going up Fort Mason and the approach to the bridge, and one fun downhill into Sausalito), but (obviously) the bridge is flat and easy. The hardest part may be dodging pedestrians on the bridge! 
All geeks and their friends are invited. Meet at Blazing Saddles bikes at:
Pier 41 in Fisherman's Wharf at the Blue & Gold Fleet Sausalito/Tiburon Ferry Terminal. 
http://blazingsaddles.com/san-francisco/locations-/pier-41.aspx  
If you want to reserve a particular bike, you can reserve it in advance online.
Bike rental is $30-$40 USD, there's a 10% discount if you reserve online.
The ferry is $10.50 USD.
You can also get a 10% discount using the coupon at
http://blazingsaddles.com/display.aspx?pageid=8
Bring your Java Geek bike jersey if you have one!
Follow #geekbikeride for updates. 

If you would like to attend, please email mailto:mailto:kevin@javaclimber.com and I will invite you.  The event is free and open to all.
Geek Bike Ride JavaOne 2013
Sat, September 21, 2013, 11:00 AM PDT
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Education
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Computer Science, 1997 - 2001
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Computer Science, 2002 - 2004
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November 1
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Married
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Software Engineer
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  • Google
    Developer Advocate, 2013 - present
  • just.me
    VP of Engineering, 2011 - 2013
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