Happy New Year: 2014 Edition (Posted on January 1st, 2014)
2013 has come and gone and a new year is in it's place. It's been quite a while since I've updated this blog, though I have been trying to actively respond to comments and emails. I think this is also my first post not published on a Saturday. What a way to start 2014!
I have a few unfinished blog posts that I'd like to get out there soon along with a wealth of new post ideas sitting on my phone. Before I do that, here's a quick recap of the past 6 months or so:
Made it through in 4 years!
Started a New Job
I'm currently working at Riptide Software here in bright and sunny Orlando, FL
Presented at Djangocon
The Github repo for this talk contains all the code that I went over. I've also got an unfinished post in the queue on some things I learned about presenting at tech conferences as well as how to get your submission accepted.
Also got my first pull request merged into Django! https://github.com/django/django/pull/1575
Lots of Deliciousness
So originally I had an idea for a programming meets baking blog post but then I got hungry...
5 layer chocolate chip cookie cake with Snickers, extra chocolate chips, homemade buttercream icing, m&ms, marshmallows, and supported by graham crackers.
Homemade chocolate chip and nutella blondes.
17 pounds of candy...because why not?
I've been in to music producing off and on again for quite some time. I recently decided to take the plunge and go all in. I picked up a Novation Launchpad and a M-Audio Keystation 49 to get me going. I luckily already had the Beyerdynamic DT770s (my headphones). So perhaps in the future you'll be seeing some music production tutorials up on here. If anyone is well versed in producing I'd love to bounce some ideas off of you.
Top Pages of 2013
Just a quick look back at the top most visited pages on here for the 2013 year.
On to 2014
Life can change in a moment. Sometimes for the best, sometimes for the worst. Unfortunately you can't change the past, but you can change the future. Here's to a happy and healthy new year!
My name is Max Burstein and I am a graduate of the University of Central Florida and creator of Problem of the Day and Live Dota. I enjoy developing large, scalable web applications and I seek to change the world.