Let’s all Flash on the Beach again

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The all-things-Flash conference – Flash on the Beach – returns to Brighton for its third year this year. If last year was anything to go by, then:

  1. It’ll be an excellent three days, full of clever people doing absolutely amazing stuff with what is after all just a glorified internet eye-candy and annoying advert-pushing package.
  2. It’ll sell out out before the day, so don’t dally in getting your tickets.

Flash on the Beach 08 Logo

I have a love-hate with Flash. I hate and despise Flash-only websites and the really annoying Flash-based adverts that the likes of Sky and Channel 4 force upon us. I consider the flashblock add-on for Firefox to be one of the best add-ons ever therefore. Yet at the same time, I’ve spent the last year of my life writing ActionScript code for what will hopefully develop into a brilliant product from Eurotherm, and I’m moving on in a couple of weeks to write Flex code (amongst other things) for Enigma Data Solutions.

Given my position on Flash, I approached last year’s Flash on the Beach with no small degree of trepidation. But I had a great time and learned a hell of a lot from some scarily clever and a little unhinged people doing some of the presentations (I learned humility mainly).

Sadly it looks as if we’ll be denied an Aral Balkan talk this year (I guess he’s a bit wrapped up in planning Singularity). Aral is worth catching doing a speech BTW. Anyone who can spend half of a one hour talk telling us about himself, then spend 10 minutes of it rebooting his MacBook (due to a cock-up with the network, rather than his laptop) and yet still have his audience feel we’d learned some useful stuff is worth listening to. However, despite Aral’s probable absence, the speaker list is still shaping up to be a good one.

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UPDATE
Both John Davies (the FOTB organiser) and Aral himself with his comments below – thanks Aral – have confirmed that the latter will be speaking at this year’s FOTB after all. Here’s hoping it’s a good one…

3 thoughts on “Let’s all Flash on the Beach again

  1. Hey David,

    Thank you for your kind words. Technical difficulties are a fact of life sometimes when giving presentations. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the talk nonetheless.

    Unfortunately, this year I wasn’t asked to speak at Flash on the Beach. I can only speculate whether or not that’s because I’m organizing Singularity. I would like to think not, as I’ve had very positive responses about Singularity from other conference organizers. I did hear from others that John was upset about my organizing Singularity but I can’t understand why he would be. If true, it would be a rather silly stance to take. I’m sure it’s just rumor.

    Regardless, I have to say that I am quite disappointed as I’ve been an ardent supporter of FOTB (and continue to be for other local events and the local community) and I tried to help out as much as I could to make the first FOTB a success by putting John in touch with speakers, acting as an unofficial evangelist, and spending stretches of time on the phone to provide advice. John’s still got me listed on the advisory board for the conference so it’s possible that he’s just after fresh blood for the speaker line-up (which is always good thing.)

  2. Thanks for taking the time to bring us up to date Aral. Sorry to hear you haven’t been invited to speak. Hopefully the rumours are untrue and things get sorted between you and John soon.

  3. Hey David,

    Apparently the rumors _were_ untrue. John contacted me to say that he’s been really busy and was going to get round to contacting me and some other speakers.

    We’re also going to be talking with John to see if we can’t cross-promote the conferences, etc. 🙂

    Hope to see you at Flash on the Beach! I’m looking forward to it 🙂

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