@phillip’s Puzzle Page is printed!

May 22nd, 2010

For well over a decade I’ve been producing printed handbills.  Starting with years of the all text, very dense, “The Phillip Newsletter”.  It would have hidden puzzles once in a while but it was very dry overall.  I produced a Wanted Poster a couple years ago as my first venture in graphic color printing.  That was followed by the old timey style true handbill.

Naturally, there’s a good chance you have one or more of these artifacts!

Anyway, that last handbill was never mailed or stacked for people to pick up, but always handed by me personally.  Well, nearly 100% of the 3000 I estimate I handed out.

My latest printed item is the @phillip’s Puzzle Page where you have a chance to win CS5 Master Collection.  (Because of past behaviors I now need to clarify that, in fact, this is a real contest and you really can win your choice of CS5 for mac or windows…. totally legit.)

So, anyway, you can TRY to do the puzzle page from the soft version below.  I really have to be clear that I don’t believe it’s very easy to solve all the questions without having a properly printed version.  However, I will also say the puzzles aren’t terribly difficult and they are all very do-able.  They’re not arbitrary.  And, now that I’ve handed out about 300 I can safely say there’s nothing of significance that I’ve discovered that make these puzzles unclear or unfair. I’m not changing anything if I have to print more.

By the way, thanks to Influxis and for sponsoring my handbill!

>>>> Here’s a PDF if you missed the link above: @phillip’s Puzzle Page

…and, a printing sample:

@phillip's puzzle page print sample

@phillip's puzzle page print sample

How CS5 is affecting video producers

May 4th, 2010

Well, some of them:

2 CEOs, 2 Phones

April 30th, 2010

Can you guess who’s phone is who’s?

link to image!

Draft of Steve Jobs’s “Open Letter” to Flash and Adobe users

April 29th, 2010

link to image!

Flex Poster Boy

January 17th, 2010

In getting ready for Flash and the City, I figured I might want to start using the Flex Framework as a way to simplify the complexity of ActionScript 3.  Little did I know that when printed at about 6 point font, the framework takes 24 square feet!

West Linn Parks

January 17th, 2010

There’s a really nice park down the street and, I swear, if there’s ever anyone at that park it’s “crowded”.  So, one busy Saturday we cranked this out:

Videos to help learn AS3 (and programming) concepts

January 17th, 2010

I’m developing online versions of my ActionScript 3 courses at PCC.  If for no other reason than to provide a distraction that keeps me motivated, I’ve also begun to produce videos to help understand a few concepts.  The first two are linked below–the first should help students break their programming task down into small steps when they answer “What do you want to do and when do you want to do it?”.  The second simply helps you memorize the convention that instance names begin with lowercase and class names begin with uppercase.  More to come!

Adobe MAX 2009 (My session links)

October 9th, 2009

Here are links to my presentation recordings and promised downloads.  It’s also all listed at phillipkerman.com/max09:

AS3: Tastes Good and is Good for You Too!

session recording

session recording (tv.adobe) (and below)

whole thing (presentation, script, and downloads)

Just downloads

Video Production on the Cheap (FITC Unconference):

on youtube (in three parts)


September 28th, 2009

References FITC and Influxis

VIP Ticket Winners of #whymax contest (updated daily for 10 days)

September 18th, 2009

Having awarded the free admission ticket for my contest  now I begin awarding one VIP seating “voucher” meaning you get a reserved seat up close at the Adobe MAX keynotes!  For non-geeks this may seem uninteresting–but based on past MAXs this is really nice.

Reminder: Adobe employees may enter this  contest .  Also consider the fact that in past MAXs such employees were relegated to a closed-circuit feed (and I was once stopped because my badge was misprinted as an Adobe employee).

Anyway, I’ll add one new one every day until all 10 are awarded:

Final update: 10th place mesh2325 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIbTGtfNfZw  )

29 September 9th place radleymarx ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YLbjWbjdlA )

28 September: 8th place  wadearnoldt8 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw1rbewDPqQ )

25 September: 7th place brimelow ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KFdP13v4i0 )

24 September:
6th  abdulqabiz ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iImp5XR71kg )

23 September:
5th  airdeck (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfNme11R6to )
4th  flashbum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI8uRjU_yEM )

21 September:
3rd place:  WeAreAjar  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fxfBZ6B6fs )

Tied for 1st and 2nd: