Monday, February 21, 2011

One week to go...

I learned something today: putting on a show, even just a little corner of a show like Google Developer Days at GDC, is really hard. Combine that with the fact that I somehow volunteered to give two talks, and write a bunch of content for our new website, and I'm just about worn out.

I've definitely learned my lesson about the talks: next time I'll either volunteer to organize things or to develop original material, but not both. It's not that either one is difficult, or that I didn't have time for both; it's that the two activities are very different and trying to juggle both was mentally exhausting. Not to mention that it put me in the position of being both boss and worker--I was developing my own material (and blowing deadlines, natch) as I was also trying to crack the whip on other developers and try and get them to meet the same deadlines I was having trouble with. I've gotten better at the management gig over the last twenty years, but it's still really hard to push people to do something I'd have a hard time doing myself.

But my slides are done (well, almost--a little extra polish never hurts), and rehearsals are almost over, and in a week we're going to put on a great show. And then I am going to go hide in a corner and write code for a couple of months. :-)

Sunday, February 13, 2011


If you've been following my twitter feed--or any of my coworkers' feeds--you've probably heard that we launched a GDC microsite a few days ago. This was my first experience launching a site at Google, and overall it wasn't bad. We got Ryan Thomas, who designed the Google TV site, to do the layout for us. Ryan is actually working on something a lot bigger for us, which we haven't yet announced, but he agreed to take a little time out of his busy schedule and put this together for us.

If you haven't already, this would be a good time to check out Especially check out the speaker bios--it turns out we have more game developers working for Google than you might have thought! We'll probably be adding some latecomers, too, as some of the talks will have more than one speaker. For instance, Dave Springer is probably going to show up. Who's Dave Springer? Oh, he just founded a little company called Alias. You might have heard of it.

Hope to see you all at GDC. Come check out the Google developer days--I can promise you it will be well worth your time.