Friday, the End of My Work Week links.

Some links from my new desk

  • Mini_Review: I have started using Plurk some. For the most part, I like it, but it needs an API, and other visualization options. Mobile Interface It supports more contact granularity than Twitter, and even groups. Flickr integration is decent, although they don't link to the photo page, just the raw picture.
  • Finished The Yiddish Policemen's Union last night. I was entertained by it, but I guess I don't connect well with Chabon's writing style or something, it was a 3/5 for me.
  • Mac OS X SVN users have a new choice today, Versions is in beta. Looks really nice, I will have to give it a shot this afternoon.
  • Great Tip: Extract Icons using Preview.app

I don't sit at the same desk anymore

So, as I think a lot of people know, Super Deluxe is being "folded into Adult Swim." I feel like Super Deluxe was based on a fundamentally good set of ideas. I also think that we were learning as we went, and had demonstrated a great ability to learn from our audience, and make good decisions from that learning. However, companies as large as Turner make decisions that they have to make, and they make them based on a variety of reasons, not all of which are apparent or logical to someone outside the decision making process. I am sure that, for the senior management team, this was the right decision to make, and that's their job.

I do, however, lament the fact that my amazing team of developers was dissassembled. For those of you who were on that team who might be reading this, you guys/girl were some of the finest people I have worked with in my career. I honestly felt like we could have built anything we were asked to. I wish that the senior management understood the value of keeping a development team intact, regardless of the product that they were working on. This is water under the bridge now, and I can only hope that I might teach my superiors to value development teams more in the future. Building a team, building process, and learning how to work with a large team of bright people is a challenge, and starting from scratch is a little discouraging, but I have so much learning to apply that it is also exciting.

I am working now for Turner Sports. I will be working on technology related to the NBA.com licensing deal. It's a pretty exciting project, with agressive deadlines already, and some new technology that hasn't even been created yet. There are going to be a lot of new faces here in the coming weeks, and I am looking forward to making the most of this opportunity to learn and do more.

Finally, to my Super Deluxe peoples, you folks are really unique interesting people as a group, and I just hope that I get to work with all of you again at some point in the future.