November 12, 2007
John, You Rock!

When there is one thing I really fear than it's high expectations. Since the more you expect something to become the best and the greatest the bigger will be your disappointment when reality cannot deliver. So I must admit that I saw all the upfront excitement everywhere about Flash on the Beach with a bit of sorrow. The more happy I am now to say that my fears were totally unneccesary. No question - Flash on the Beach 2007 was absolutely fabulous and has surpassed all my expectations. If I had to live on a desert island and could only have one conference there - this would be it.

What's the secret? Is it Brighton? Is it the outstanding mix of speakers? The enthusiastic and communicative audience? Is it the nightly hanging out at the Old Ship's bar? The parties? Or is it the love and passion that John and his team put in every detail? Well - hopefully we will never find out and be able to enjoy this for the next years to come. Thank you so much John for a really wonderful time!

Thanks to everybody who attended my session and stayed to the very end in spite of it being rather on the technical side. Wow - this was the first time that one of my talks was overcrowed and I'm very sorry for those who weren't let in anymore. I have uploaded the session slides for my talk 2D or not 2D that is the question on But please don't expect to learn too much from them especially without explanation. Though I will turn several of the examples shown into handy classes or tutorials and publish them here soon.

Posted at November 12, 2007 02:00 PM | Further reading

Although I wasn't able to attend last year's conference, from the input I got from people who were there, it seems this year's edition was even better. I'm glad I didn't miss this one.

Sadly, I didn't get to attend your session. :( I went to Aral's instead. But I was told it was great. Would really like to learn more about your multitouch implementation.

Loved your Blind Sketchmaker mini-session with Aral and Brendan though. That was awesome!

Posted by: M on November 12, 2007 02:32 PM

Agreed on the expectations thing. I already had expectations from how great it was last year. And then I spent the last 11 months telling everyone how great it was. I was really happy that John managed to not only meet, but exceed my expectations.

And your session was great!

Posted by: Keith Peters on November 12, 2007 02:45 PM

It was great seeing oyou both again. I forgot to tell you how much I enjyed your session. Great mix of inspiration and code.

Posted by: Tink on November 13, 2007 11:23 AM

you might be interested in this:

disappointed in his lack of choreography though, and he mentions how he can't get it to keep track of individual fingers - maybe he should have come to your session

Posted by: Ian Hamilton on November 15, 2007 02:50 PM

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hi! I wanted to add your feed to my daily news reading, but couldn't - with IE 7 got this message:

I'm looking forward to the Flashforum Konferenz 2007 that takes place in September in Cologne. Since I had to cancel my talk last year this time I will appear even twice: I will do a session about my exploration of evolutionary art: "The Blind Sketchmaker" - which will be the one and only time I'll do it in German language. And I will join Andr

Posted by: on December 4, 2007 05:01 PM

Oh - thanks for letting me know. Looks like this old version of MovableType which I'm still running my blog on doesn't escape some special chars correctly in the feeds. That will be difficult to fix since I don't know Perl.

Posted by: Mario Klingemann on December 4, 2007 06:12 PM

Hi Mario

I attended your session quite early and when I saw the crowd of people who came in I was thinking: "Looks like I picked the right session". And, oh boy, did I pick the right session! Even though the technical level was a bit high for me when you explained the fantastic "magic wand" function, it was very well explained and I understood the concept. With the smart (and funny) flash multi-touch part at the end, I definitively put your session as the most memorable at Flash on the Beach. Hope to see you there next year.

Thanks man!

Posted by: Thomas Gabrielsen on December 28, 2007 11:28 PM
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