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DrupalCamp Chattanooga is this coming Saturday, November 9th, for anyone interested in the are or interested in making the drive. It's great city and I'm looking forward to the event. I'll be there tomorrow evening and having a beer with whoever wishes to meetup at the The Terminal Brewhouse (beside the Chatta Choo Choo).

I'm doing a Drush session which I'll be polishing up tonight. I just don't have the knack for finding humorous images but I'll try to make it somewhat amusing.

#drupalcamps   #drupal   #chattanooga  
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My Day in Hell

Since I'm being pinged about this a lot here's a synopsis of what happened to me yesterday.

The very abbreviated version is that either through an egregious clerical screwup or via identity theft I was actually arrested yesterday morning and kept in jail all day.

This started with a routine traffic stop about 1/4 mile from a client office I was heading to. The officer ran my license as is typical and then tells me I have a warrant against me since Jan 2012. It was from a county I had never heard of and for check fraud of all things (haven't written a check since internet banking was available) so confused would be an understatement. I was cuffed and arrested there on the spot and I spent the entire day in jail from 9:30am - 7pm last night. Thankfully I have a close friend who is a lawyer and he saved me from spending possibly 3 - 5 days in jail by getting it sorted out throughout the afternoon.

Because of some recent issues with my grandmother's health it appeared that I had left town unexpectedly to visit her and no one realized anything was wrong (other than I left without calling in). I was finally allowed to make a call about 3 hours after I was checked into the Cobb county jail for processing which is when I'm told I'm being held until this other county picks me up and then I would have to be processed there before anything could be done.

I called my girlfriend, Marisa, and she was able to reach my aforementioned lawyer friend, Jacob, and he was able to start looking into this WTF? mess. In the end I am Christopher "W" Hales and the warrant on file I was arrested for was for Christopher "M" Hales from a county about an hour outside Atlanta. Despite the different full name and registered home address the warrant was attached to my DMV record by this other county. If not for Jacob I would have had to stay in jail for at least 2 days before the transfer to the other county, then stay there until I was processed and in front of someone to get it sorted out which would likely have been after the weekend from what I was told during all of this.

If you think this sounds ridiculous just from that synopsis the full story is far worse. My car was impounded, I was held all day to be transferred to the other county, work was in a bit of a panic, and I'm now dealing with the possibility of identity theft or  worse in my eyes, which is the real likelihood that the screwup was the sherif's department just randomly picking a close sounding name to apply the warrant to.

I'll be happy to give the full story, while having a beer (or 2), at DrupalCamp if anyone wants it. I'm pissed off and confused but in a surprisingly good mood today.
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Btw, it occurs to me, if you have a witness that heard the Halloween murders thing, you probably could actually do it and the that witness could say what he heard and you could get away with it and at the same time bring down the whole Cobb County police department. Just something to think about. Greater good and all.
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The next Drupal Coffee Club meetup is next Tuesday, September 24th.

We meet at Mozart Bakery on Buford Highway near 285. Come join us!
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Nice!
 
#Drupal running a kiosk! Content management!
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lol. Since I have to switch profiles it's pain to comment back quickly.

I haven't seen an e-billboard crashed yet but I have seen a number of kiosks and displays. I wonder if it's planned that way by the marketing department.
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I've been thinking about how I feel about this DrupalCon a good bit and I'm still having a hard time deciding. The event itself really does seem to be fantastic, well organized, and generally a high end event. I feel like the Drupal Association and everyone that put effort into the event should get a pat on the back for making it happen and really making it a fantastic conference.

Juggling the event and work however has been a serious drag. I haven't made it to but a few sessions because of obligations. All the sessions I did hit were in the DevOps track and they have been great but a little too niche in some cases. That just happens though and is likely the case across all tracks. I'll be spending this weekend and next week playing though all the sessions on my TV, oh how my girlfriend will love that. Because now the recordings are done so viewing at home is great so I don't feel like I have really missed anything.

So what I've gotten out of the con more than anything is a rejuvenating shot of Drupal Serum. I didn't get to go to DrupalCon Denver and I think I really missed the energy recharge that comes from the event. It really comes to mind like drinking from the fountain that can only appear at a DrupalCon. The vibe is uplifting and contagious and damned near a religious experience. You just get caught up in it and feel like you should start proselytizing to everyone you know--which I already do.

The bonding time with my teammates has been the real boon for me all week. As a distributed company that is growing fast we have (IMO) some difficulties in keeping a team culture. Several of my coworkers live close by but due to various factors we rarely ever see each other and we dont talk unless we end up on the same project together. Most of us have been loner freelancer types so we're just use to doing our own thing most of the time anyway but I've been feeling that I need to start some initiative to kick up the communication level between all of us be it a hangout, IRC, forum or whatever. Just something where we can at least chat about what we've been doing or anything cool or interesting.

Having time this week with eleven of all together for the con has reinforced that. I've had a ridiculously fun time hanging out and in general getting to have a bit of team camaraderie going with everyone. I've never been blessed to work with such a great group of people and getting together for a week where we are a team has actually made me feel a little competitive in an us versus them kind of way. I want to do more to help everyone be better equipped for their work, make their lives easier and make my company into something even better than it already is.

So yeah, DrupalCon rocked.

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I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to hearing from my team-mates that attended.
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Day 1 video from the team.
 
Please check out our daily recap #drupalcon  video!
Drupalcon Portland Day 1 Recap #drupal
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By line 3 it flows for me.
 
Guyz....will u read dz.....!!!!
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pretty much the same here - I got it on line 2, and started flowing easily on 3.
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Have you registered for Drupal Camp Atlanta yet?
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I've had a chance to actually watch a botnet attack in progress for a couple of days. Luckily Varnish is simply laughing at it now but I'd like to be able to actually analyze things, or better yet pass the logs on to someone far more qualified to do so.

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Coyote, you know us too well :-)
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Good thoughts when comparing open source Vs proprietary software security.

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Working on some late evening client work for a launch and playing DrupalCon sessions in the background to catch some I missed during the convention.

This is a great session on centralized logging which has distracted me a lot so I plan to watch it again. This is something +Andy Thornton and I have been pretty passionate about so this vid is good inspiration for me to start putting together a solution and I think Andy will find it a good fit for a client he's working with now. 

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DrupalCon Portland Video Recap - Day 2 http://youtu.be/Ds9KbHOkNhw

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