And if that short 1.5 minute teaser left you wanting more, then you’re in luck! You can also watch a 23 minute detailed walk-through version where I spend time explaining and playing each of the 6 games!
Here’s the classic Merlin commercial from 1978! If you were alive then, you will surely remember it! Good luck getting this ear-worm of a jingle out of your head!
“Merlin is a computer with personality! Plays 6 different games! Talks with 20 sounds!” I love the marketing creativity!
And here is commercial number 2 from 1980! They used the same ear-worm of a jingle with different lyrics.
Last week I had the honor of giving the opening keynote presentation at the Delivery of Things World enterprise software developer conference in BerlinGermany! Enterprise software is just another way to say business software.
Delivery of Things World is a 2 day conference for enterprise software developers. During those 2 days, Delivery of Things World packed in 7 separate keynotes, 27 technical sessions, and many interactive and intimate group workshop sessions! It was a pretty great event and the organizers were very professional and they did a wonderful job!
The Delivery of Things World organizers feel strongly enough about using only live speakers, that they pay for their airfare, hotel, and food.
My keynote presentation is story-based and it is called “Pioneering Mars!” It presents the story of how we will get to Mars in the year 2034. It describes all the missions that will pave the way and all the technologies that have to be invented first.
My keynote presentation was very well received and I got a ton of compliments and attendees lined up afterwards to talk to me and to ask me more questions.
Science Center & Planetarium
While I was in Berlin, I also gave two other shorter presentations on the topic of NASA’s plans to live off the land on Mars. I gave the first presentation to a small audience of about 20 junior high and high school aged students at the Science Center Spectrum. The students in attendance were very interested in the topic and they asked a lot of great questions afterwards.
I gave the second presentation to an audience of about 100 members of the general public at the Planetarium am Insulaner. It’s pretty cool to give a presentation inside the large dome of a planetarium! It was kinda dark in there, so I don’t have any photos. But it was a pretty great experience! This particular audience asked so many great questions that we went way past our scheduled time of one hour and had to actually cut off questions after more than 2 hours had elapsed!
Öredev is a 3 day conference for software developers with an attendance of a maximum of 1200 developers. It is pretty popular in Scandinavia and has sold out for the past several years now. During those 3 days, Öredev packed in 8 separate keynotes and a total of 140 separate technical sessions! The schedule each day was jam packed with 7 simultaneous speakers every hour all day long with no scheduled breaks! It was a pretty great event and the organizers did a wonderful job!
The Öredev organizers feel strongly enough about using only live speakers, that they pay for their airfare, hotel, and food. The venue for the conference is an old slaughterhouse that has been cleaned up and converted into a performance theater and meeting place. The theater seats 900, I believe.
My keynote presentation is story-based and it is called “Pioneering Mars!” It presents the story of how we will get to Mars in the year 2034. It describes all the missions that will pave the way and all the technologies that have to be invented first. This version of my presentation is nearly an hour long, but I plan to create several versions of various lengths that I can pull out and present to various audience types.
Here is the official Öredev 2017 video of my 60 minute keynote on Vimeo:
My keynote presentation was very well received and I got a ton of compliments from both attendees and from other speakers!
I also gave a 40 minute technical presentation called “Writing Apps For Mars” which compares common mobile apps to the software running onboard the Mars rovers. It was a very fun talk to create and to present.
Here is the official Öredev 2017 video of my 40 minute technical presentation on Vimeo:
Full videos of all the keynotes and talks, are posted on the Öredev Vimeo channel. And if you’re really into it, you can even scroll through and watch keynotes and technical talks from prior years!
Also, this was only the second time I’d ever left the United States. I had a really great experience! Tomorrow I’ll publish a blog post about a children’s activity center that I got to visit and speak at while I was in Malmo.
Google Analytics is really awesome! It tracks all the visitors to my website and gives me nice reports about the audience, the pages they are viewing, and the means they used to get to my site. It’s completely invaluable for website owners and administrators!
BUT … the pageview data is not normalized. Google lets me choose the date range and then it shows me all pageviews for that entire date range. Even for pages and blog posts that didn’t exist during part of the date range. This un-normalized pageview data is totally unfair to the newer content! It’s not fair to compare 1,000 pageviews for a page that’s been around for 5 years to 1,000 pageviews for a second page that’s only been around for 5 months! But this is how Google Analytics displays the data.
While looking at the all-time top content on my personal leucht.com website recently, these were the all-time top pages or posts:
My Yard Shed (static page) (3.1 views per day since created)
I’m not surprised by the VOB blog post being in the number one spot. I get a lot of feedback and people thanking me for posting that one. But I’m really stoked about the Batmobile Pinewood Derby post being my 2nd most popular post! That one was not on the radar in the initial Google Analytics report!
So please, Google … please figure out a way to decide when each page got created (by looking at the first hit, maybe?) and then show me the pageviews per day over the life of each page. That way, I can see the all-time velocity or all-time popularity of each and every page on my site as a fair comparison regardless of the age of the content.
Thanks for listening,
Thanks for visiting, Kurt & Sam Leucht Titusville, FL