Lick the competition
5 March 2007
After four months of super-secret development, the culmination of Andrew Krespanis's labour was revealed on Thursday, at Webjam 2. Yes, it was Andrew Krespanis who was behind it, not me, so not me ... please don't hurt me Tim.
This turned out to be relatively doable. The only problem was, once I'd got the client-side stuff done, I needed someone to actually get it to work on a server and composite the images for all to see. Normally for server-side stuff I'd get Tim to do it, but ... well ... I think you know why I didn't. So I recruited the uber-skills of Andrew Krespanis, who managed to code it in PHP, then code it in Rails, then code it in PHP again. And finally get it actually working (the day after we presented it). Thanks for putting up with my stupid ideas, K-man.
Webjam was the perfect scene for our reveal – where better to humiliate than on home soil? – and thanks to some canny planning by Lachlan Hardy the running order of presenters managed to get jiggled so that we were last.
Getting to see Tim's reaction when it came up on screen was priceless, but I was astounded when our tequila-fuelled presentation managed to snag us second place.
So now I'm a marked man, and I've cancelled all conference appearances when I know Tim is presenting. But until such time as he sends us a cease and desist letter ...
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