I completely forgot to post here that I've started doing a weekly Facebook Live session on the Ananda Music page, https://www.facebook.com/anandamusic1. Sessions happen Wednesdays, 9am PDT (or PST as soon as it changes). Each week I'm exploring a piece of music written by Swami Kriyananda, which each serve as antidotes to specific negative emotions in the kind of energy and consciousness expressed, and the way the music resonates with the spinal centers of chakras. Something I've been working with for the past 20 years! Find our more on anandamusic.org/antidotes.
On Thursday, Dec 7th, 7:00-8:30pm, I'll be giving an online webinar on my new book Solving Stress: The Power to Remain Cool and Calm Amidst Chaos. Registration is through https://anandauniversity.org/event/2017-12-07-satyaki-kraig-brockschmidt/.
The normal cost for the webinar is $20, but you're invited to attend for free! Just use the coupon code comp-04499-kb at checkout for a 100% discount.
Hope to see you there.
With Solving Stress set to be released on Oct 27th, 2017, we're looking for people who can write a review on Friday or shortly thereafter. Could you help out? Email me via kraig (at) kraigbrockschmidt.com and I'll send you the interior PDF for reference.
My direct team at Microsoft, which owns content for Visual Studio (pretty much everything you see under https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/) has a new opening for a Content Developer! All the details are on the Microsoft Careers site for job ID 286233. This posting is for a junior position, as the experience bar is set at only 2 years of software-related work, even if it's not directly in content.
What is a Content Developer? Well, we are responsible for the Visual Studio documentation, but content also includes working on videos, sample code, and anything else that helps developers understand how to be productive with Visual Studio and other related tools (I handle the NuGet docs too, for example).
Perhaps this doesn't sound as glamorous as writing code, but consider this: the primary factor today in the adoption of a technology is content, not features. Knowing this, us content developers strive to make that content experience the best it can be because it has so much impact on the success of the products. As Miguel de lcaza tweeted, "When I ask myself "what would have the most impact today?" I sit down and write documentation."
So come join us and have that impact yourself. You can apply directly, of course, but also feel free to contact me directly for more, including @kraigbro on Twitter.
Among other extracurricular projects, I'm in the final stages of a new non-tech book called Solving Stress: The Power to Remain Calm and Cool amid Chaos, to be published later this year from Crystal Clarity, Publishers (cover design below). Unlike many books on stress reduction, this one goes to the heart of why were experience stress in the first place and looks at solutions from that standpoint, providing then some very direct and effective exercises—one’s I’ve personally used for many years.
I'm now specifically looking for reviewers who would be willing to write a supportive testimonial. For obvious reasons, I'm especially interested in those of you who have meaningful credentials that look good on the tag line of the testimonial. For example, higher degrees, books that you've authored, some standing in your industry or profession, etc.
If this is something you'd be willing to do, let me know via the Contact page and I'll get a PDF to you. I would need the testimonial by end of June, but don't worry, the book is only 138 pages which includes filler pages and a number of illustrations, so it's a reasonably short read!
And now for something completely different.
I'm pleased to announce that, in contrast to my many appearances at developer events over the years, I'll be speaking at the Conference on Precession and Ancient Knowledge (CPAK), Sept 30-Oct 2 in Palm Springs(Rancho Mirage), CA.
TL;DR – if you have any interest in ancient technologies like the Baghdad Battery and the Antikythera device, or in subjects like non-traditional Egyptology and the 10,000 year-old ruins of Gobekli Tepi in Turkey and throw a wrench into mainstream views of cultural evolution, read on.
I've attended CPAK in the past, and it's full of intriguing research and reports by some real characters, which I guess now includes me. 🙂 But perhaps what attracts me most is this disclaimer on the conference's About page:
Warning: This conference may address untraditional viewpoints subject to prosecution by the paradigm police. If you work in an untenured position in academia or other learning institution where unorthodox thinking is discouraged we advise you to avoid this event.
For the curious, the origins of this conference and its subject matter starts back in the late 1800s, with one Swami Sri Yukteswar, who is known as the guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi–yes, the book that Steve Jobs, among others, rave about. Sri Yukteswar wrote a short book called The Holy Science that, among other things clarified the ancient Vedic tradition of the "yugas" or cycles of time. Based on faulty calculations in that tradition, many believe that the world is heading into a 432,000 dark age within a cycles of millions of years (abandon all hope, ye who enter here). Yukteswar instead wrote that the cycle is more on the order of 24,000-26,000 years, and is related to the astronomical phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes (see Wikipedia). Accordingly, he pointed out that we today are in an ascending arc of an age of energy, which makes a lot of sense looking at the last couple hundred years. Yogananda made note of this in Autobiography of a Yogi (Chapter 16, read online here or here).
Based on Yukteswar's work as well as worldwide traditions about similar cycles–e.g. the Greek traditions of Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Iron ages–a number of historians, scientists, and other researchers have taken an active interest looking for evidence of the cycle within ancient sites and ancient knowledge (e.g. myths and legends). There have been general studies, such as Hamlet's Mill, The Yugas (the author of which is my next door neighbor) and Lost Star of Myth and Time (written by CPAK's organizer), and the DVD The Great Year (narrated by James Earl Jones).
There is also a host of more specific, ongoing research, such as the work of Boston University geologist Robert Schoch and Egyptologist John Anthony West, TV programs like The Pyramid Code (on Netflix), and more. I just recently finished reading two books by software engineer Laird Scranton that analyze ancient creation myths of both the Egyptians and a modern-day tribe in Mali called the Dogon, demonstrating that those myths clearly spell the atomic and subatomic theories of matter along with the fundamental tenants of modern string theory. Go figure.
Like I said, something completely different, and I'm looking forward to participating as a speaker this year. My topic is Participating in the Cycle of the Ages, Today. Should be fun!
Perhaps you might join us! Register at https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1810152.
You can find it all on http://taco.visualstudio.com/, the docs site for the Visual Studio Tools for Apache Cordova, under the "Test" node. Here are the individual topics:
- A primer on unit testing and continuous integration
- Basic unit testing in action with QUnit and Karma
- Using the Chutzpah test runner with a Cordova App project
- Improving the unit tests: an introduction to test-driven development
- Debugging unit tests
- Using mocks for platform APIs, plugins, and other external dependencies
I'd love to know what you think, as this material is easily the basis for a video course with Microsoft Virtual Academy as well.
In January I'll start diving into UI testing for mobile–should be fun!
Microsoft's Developer Division just hosted its second Connect(); event, which I suspect many of you have been following on http://www.visualstudio.com/connect2015.
I got to be in the heart of things this year. I've been temporarily managing the Visual Studio Blog while Radhika Tadinada, the PM who owns it, is out on maternity leave until about March enjoying her adorable little baby girl. For Connect();, this meant two things. First was managing the content for the VS blog itself, which included working closely with John Montgomery on posts like his news/announcement rollup. Second was that I coordinated the efforts of all the other blogs that are represented on the header menu on the blog site…and that was quite a few of them!
Anyway, I compiled a list of all the blogs that went out yesterday for Connect(); and wanted to share that here.
App Insights and HockeyApp
Introducing Mobile DevOps with Visual Studio Team Services and HockeyApp
Deep Diagnostics for Web Apps with Application Insights
Azure Diagnostics Integration with Application Insights
News from Connect(); 2015
Introducing the Microsoft Graph
Visual Studio Code
Announcing Visual Studio Code Beta
Announcing ASP.NET 5 Release Candidate 1
Visual Studio ALM
Getting Started with DevTest Lab for Azure
MacinCloud Visual Studio Team Services Build and Improvements to iOS Build Support
Announcing Public Preview for Visual Studio Team Services Code Search
Announcing the new Release Management service in Visual Studio Team Services
Subversion integration with Visual Studio Team Services
Announcing Public Preview of Visual Studio Marketplace
Announcing easy to use browser-based exploratory testing for Visual Studio Team Services
Git Credential Manager for Mac and Linux
Test Results in Build
Xamarin (I didn't have anything to do with this one, but it's referenced from the VS blog, so I’m including here)
Introducing Xamarin 4
Over the next few weeks I'll be taking over management of the Visual Studio blog on MSDN while Radhika Tadinada, the usual owner, heads off on maternity leave until the spring. I've already done a couple of roll-up posts (Top News for July, and Top Azure News), and am now managing the pipeline of content coming in from the various DevDiv engineering teams. That said, I'm not sure what cycles I'll have for blogging here on my personal site, but I might have some guest posts coming.