Thursday, 8 January 2009

BHF - Bournemouth Bay 10K Run 2009

Now I am a little confused as to how I have actually got myself into this but in the whirl wind return to work after a great Christmas and New Year, a colleague at Fitness First decided to send a link around and say that he was taking part in the Bournemouth Bay 10K Run for the British Heart Foundation.

Before I knew it a couple of other colleagues had signed up to it and I compulsively found myself stating something like "...yeah sounds good to me, where to I sign...". So I am firmly signed up to this huge challenge (I am a software developer not a road runner by any means) and so the training has started and the plea for aid and donations has begun.

I've not really done anything like this before but if anybody is interested in helping me raise money for the British Heart Foundation or simply wants to be bet that I cannot do it (should encourage me some more), then please feel free to pop along to My Fundraising Page or use the widget in the side bar and donate as much as you can afford.

Many thanks

The Tricky Design Experience with Dr. Neil Roodyn

Next week on Thursday January 15th we've got Tricky Basset coming to show us the 'Tricky Design Experience' at NxtGenUG Southampton. After seeing Bill Buxton's key note at Remix '08 it became clear that Microsoft is really moving into this design space with some considerable vigour, the concept of people not buying products but buying experiences is something that Microsoft seem to have missed over the years whereas companies like Apple have seemed to excel.

Tricky will talking us through his team's iterative approach to design including Branding, Ideation, Research, Sketching and Conceptualisation and showing off some great WPF and Silverlight projects.

As a special treat Tricky has invited Dr. Neil Roodyn (MVP) to travel all the way from the land of Oz to join him for this exclusive session at NxtGenUG Southampton, together they shall be providing an interactive session with lots of audience interaction.

Design is something that I've always wanted to get a grip on (in that I have no design skills whatsoever) and I personally can't wait for this session it is stacking up to be an awesome experience and one not to be missed.

See you there!