Golf at CFUnited 2010

Posted by Aaron West at 11:21 AM in ColdFusion, CFUnited 2010, Golf

I'm turning what's normally a short two hour flight to D.C. into a two day trek from Nashville to CFUnited by car. I should be arriving at the Lansdowne resort on Monday, July 26 and am interested in playing golf sometime on Tuesday the 27th. I might play an additional round on Saturday too. If you are into golf and you want to play, hit me up by e-mail or post a comment below.


Several weeks ago I was talking with Liz Frederick on Twitter about an extended CFUnited call for women speakers. I had missed the original call for speakers so I made a comment about dressing up as a woman and giving a talk on integrating AIR, BlazeDS, and ColdFusion. Liz asked me to submit my topic but I didn't hold my breath it'd be chosen given how last minute it was. Needless to say I was a little surprised today when I received a DM from Liz stating my talk had been chosen.

My session, AIR Messaging: Integrating AIR, BlazeDS, and ColdFusion, might not be as entertaining without me dressed up as a woman, but I promise you'll have a stellar time if you come. You'll learn about BlazeDS and why you should consider using it in your projects. I'll demonstrate the integration of ColdFusion and BlazeDS and I'll build an application, start to finish, that utilizes the BlazeDS messaging service for real-time business communication.

On a slightly off topic note, I might bring along my sticks and hit the links. If you're into golf and you want to play while at CFUnited, hit the Contact Blog Owner link in the footer and send me a message.


Great Golf Podcasts

Posted by Aaron West at 6:00 PM in Golf

Since getting back into golf, I've been listening to some great golf podcasts that I wanted to tell others about. The first one, Golf Better at Edwin Watts golf is an excellent podcast for the golf technology enthusiast. Fred Greene and company distill golf technology into bite size bits of informative commentary. The second podcast, Golf Smarter, also hosted by Fred Greene is all about making the game of golf more fun by increasing your knowledge about the game. Whether discussing course design, etiquette tips, or shot strategy, there's something for everyone to learn. You can subscribe and/or download these podcasts by clicking the appropriate links below.

Golf Better at Edwin Watts (Web site)
Golf Better at Edwin Watts podcast (iTunes)

Golf Smarter (Web site)
Golf Smarter podcast (iTunes)


After Saturday's trip to the golfing simulator at Dick's Sporting Goods I decided to try the Nike Sumo irons as soon as possible. For this experience, I ventured over to Edwin Watts Golf, a national retailer that's been around since 1968. Before leaving the house I called Edwin Watts to make sure they had the Sumo irons in graphite; Jeff was quick to point out they could accommodate me. He was also extremely helpful in trying to work out the best possible route to the store given some traffic snafu's that had occurred recently. I'm a huge proponent of excellent customer service, and Jeff started things off right before I took the first step into the store.

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Getting Back Into the Game of Golf

Posted by Aaron West at 10:45 AM in Golf, Personal

I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday at Dick's Sporting Goods, trying out all sorts of new iron sets. Getting back into golf, I'm in the market for a new set of clubs. The clubs I have right now are about 13 years old as I used them back when I was in high school. I've grown a bit over the years and the clubs don't fit anymore. Not to mention I paid about a 100 bucks for them at Wal-Mart.

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