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Drupal Guilds

This is probably late notice for many of you, but I'm going to give a presentation about Drupal Guilds today (Friday, September 10) at 5 GDT (12 EDT), about an hour and a half from this posting. The presentation will be recorded, along with a slide show, and I'll make sure to post about it again after that if you miss the meeting.

Background: Drupal Guilds, a subset of Open Guilds, is a planned organization to foster a grassroots peer review certification system for crafters of Drupal. With its roots in early medieval guilds, particularly in the universitas, it seeks to help create and foster masters of Open Sourcery.

I've been working on-and-off this concept over the past year, which is a culmination stemming largely from both my work with Open Source Software and with Sudbury model schools over the past twelve years.

Please see my post at Drupal Guilds & Open Guilds for more information. Hope to see you soon!

Edit: Here's an embedded slide show of the presentation; video soon!

Embedded Media Field Provider Tutorial

FYI, I'm planning to do a Dojo session (using DimDim) sometime hopefully early this week around Embedded Media Field, with the following goals:

* Create a provider file for Hulu.com: This will cover the basic steps to create an include file for emfield, with a basic video provider who provides an API. As Hulu.com implements oEmbed, this will also give a brief introduction to that standard. As Hulu.com will not be included as part of the package of emfield, this will also show the expected way to provide a file outside of the base module.
* Create a provider file for IMDB. This media provider does not offer an API, so it gives a basic introduction to the difficulties involved in accommodating such a provider. Even though IMDB uses Hulu for its videos, their TOS prohibits page scraping. So any techniques covered in this portion of the demonstration are for instructional purposes only.

This live session will be for intermediate developers. It assumes you know how to build a module, and that you understand Drupal's hook system. It will be recorded for later viewing.

Date/time and more info later.

(Cross-posted at the Drupal Dojo.)

Drupal Dojo: Media Sprint Recap

Here's the DimDim recap of the first Drupal Dojo session of the year, where Arthur Foelsche (arthurf) and I recapped the initial push in the ongoing Media Sprint! You can skip the first few minutes; the action doesn't really begin until 3:50.

See the recap...

Media Sprint Recap on Drupal Dojo! (Forthcoming)

Arthur and I will co-present a recap of last week's exciting Media Code Sprint, held in various offices in NYC! We'll be doing this with the Drupal Dojo, using DimDim.

Media Code Sprint Recap
Tuesday, January 13, 2008 at 3:30 PM (EST)

Why You Want to Be There

  • Because you want to learn about the future of multimedia in Drupal.
  • Because you want to help transform multimedia handling for Drupal.
  • Because everything you thought you knew about Drupal and multimedia is about to be obsolete (and why that's a good thing)...

I'll post a synopsis and schedule in the morning, so stay tuned!

Aaron's Project Plans in June

This list is partly to inform interested others of my personal Drupal plans this month, partly to get feedback, and partly as a reminder for myself when I see my blog. The order is roughly in order of priority for me. We'll see how it actually pans out...

  • Finish writing Drupal Multimedia! (I've finished 10 of 12 chapters, so I'm on the home stretch...)
  • Upgrade Embedded Media Field to Drupal 6. (There are several folks working on this, who have been instrumental in current progress.)
  • Write the engine for 5 Second Game. (Morbus Iff has jumped on board as a co-developer, helping to ensure the highest quality for this fun project!)
  • Expand GetID3 functionality. (Thanks to Rob Loach for his ideas and push to get that going. The next stage of development for this is to create an API to better handle Metatag storage.)
  • Make a tutorial for XSPF Playlist + Views recipe. (I just finished writing an awesome tutorial for this in the book, but want to make a video tutorial available, probably for Drupal Dojo.)

There are other projects on the back-burner I'd like to get to as well, such as upgrading some of the other modules I work on, creating official releases, etc. I plan to revise this list next month, and see where things are.

Map a Video Feed!

Sean Effel from drupaltherapy.com recently created an excellent Feed API + Emfield Recipe video tutorial.

He shows you step-by-step how to take a video feed from Blip.TV (or any other provider supported by Embedded Media Field) and aggregate it on your own site, videos, thumbnails, and all, automatically turning the remote videos into nodes on your site, ready for theming, comments, and anything else you want.


See the Video!

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The Society for Venturism has chosen me as the recipient of its charity for this year, to hopefully offer me cryonic preservation when the time comes. And this month, Longecity, an excellent forum for the discussion of issues related to extending the lifespan of humans, has offered up a matching grant of up to a thousand dollars to help out! So help out! Please.