Concord's Second Most Celebrated Holiday

The town of Concord, Massachusetts was settled about 140 years before the founding of the United States. The citizens take great pride in the town's role towards this country's independence, and the annual Patriot's Day holiday is without question the most celebrated event in the area, comemorating the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, or as Emerson put it, The Shot Heard Round The World.

Yet Concord does make a very good turn out for Independence Day, the national holiday on July 4th. The town shines while stars and stripes abound on door stops, mail boxes, and flag poles.

Share my photo gallery of scenes through out Concord, MA taken during early morning before the town folks turned out.

See also the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Fireworks in the Park, or the largest July 4th parade in Maryland.

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Mike Nimer's Breeze Meeting Presentation: Flex 2 and ColdFusion Integration

The joint meeting of the Boston ColdFusion User Group and the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group has just concluded. If you missed out on the event you can watch the recording. Mike Nimer of Adobe presented Flex 2 and ColdFusion integration to a local and online audience, broadcasting live from the Adobe office in Newton, MA.

Flex 2 and ColdFusion Integration
Mike Nimer, ColdFusion Software Engineer, Adobe
You can read what online guests thought of this presentation.

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Time-lapse video of caterpillar to chrysalis to Monarch butterfly

Captured here is a time-lapse movie of the lifespan of a Monarch butterfly, condensing about two weeks of activity into a short video clip. I kept the caterpillar in a jar supplied with milkweed leaves and ventilation through holes punched in the lid. After days of munching on the leaves, it's interesting to observe the caterpillar 's circling behavior the day before transforming into a chrysalis, although the actual formation of the chryslis occurred at night and is not shown in the video.

When releasing the butterfly into a nearby field, you can see the wings are still damp as it flicks its wings and twitches before resting on leaf to finish drying.

From Monarch Butterfly - USA:
The total time frame for one butterfly's life cycle (one generation) is about 6-8 weeks . . . egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly. It grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar's life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 10 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 - 6 weeks.


Be sure to also check out my photo gallery of the Butterfly Place in nearby Westford, MA.

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Science blog on cloning research at Harvard

Science Blog has a long blog posting today about Harvard's Stem Cell Institute and their initiative to begin human cloning or Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, including thoughts on the work, the history, and the controversy.

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Funny thing happened on the way to work today

... I stopped by a VUE testing center to earn the Advanced Certified ColdFusion MX 7 Developer status. On a whim last night I signed up for a test first thing this morning on my way to work.

In 2001 I read the complete ColdFusion 5 Certification Study Guide and completed all 9 test exams in CF Buster before getting the Adv CF5 Cert Dev, but this time I thought why not just take a whack at it to see how I do cold.

This makes the 4th certification this quarter, also including:

Photographs of the Maine Coast, and My First HDR Image

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My wife and I spent this past Memorial Day weekend driving through mid-coast Maine, stopping in Camden, Rockland, Pemaquid Point, Damriscotta, and South Freeport. The Maine coast incredibly beautiful, and we loved the not only the winding tidal channels that spill out into the rocky shore but the many rolling, green meadows that blanket the horizon with lush grass and wildflowers. We took some time to photograph Camden, which seemed very cozy and friendly, and not much different than Rockport, Massachusetts. The next day we had a photo session at Pemaquid Point, best known for its lighthouse and bell house with its Stephens Striking Machine to sound the bell in foggy conditions.

My Photo Gallery of Coastal Maine

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Archived Recording: Geoff Bowers of Daemon on FarCry CMS 3.0

The combined meeting of the Boston CFUG and the Online CFUG was a fantastic success due to the brilliant demonstration of FarCry CMS from Daemon, presented by Breeze UberGuru Geoff Bowers.

FarCry CMS is Daemon's flagship offering, an intuitive and extensible Content Management System that puts "controlled power" into the hands of the people who own your site content. FarCry is a cutting edge ColdFusion MX application framework for web based content management that blends the very best of open source development with commercial backing and support.


In Boston there were approximately 16 local members attending at the Adobe office, and 55 online members from Norway to Hawaii and then some. The newly announced ColdFusion Product Manager, Jason Delmore, was generous to stop by to introduce himself to the group and stay around for the event.

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Please welcome Jason Delmore, CF Sr Product Manager!

Damon Cooper has just announced the new ColdFusion Senior Product Manager, Jason Delmore.

Welcome Jason!

I've been told that Jason will be attending the Boston CFUG meeting tonight, where we'll have a simultaneous online presention with the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group.

Free Online Java and J2EE Courses from JavaPassion.com

Sang Shin, architect, consultant, and evangelist of Java Technology for Sun Microsystems offers free online courses in Java Programming and J2EE Development. Fortunately for me, Sang is teaching the Introduction to JSP course at Boston University where I've been taking night classes this year towards a Java and J2EE Certificate.

Sang Shin is presently working for Sun Microsystems as a Technology architect, consultant, and evangelist. He speaks on various Java and Solaris related technologies to worldwide developer audience. He is currently based in Boston area and his duties include evangelizing and consulting on important Java technologies such as Java EE (formerly J2EE), Java SE (formerly J2SE), Java ME (formerly J2ME), Web-tier frameworks and technologies such as JavaServer Faces (JSF), Struts and AJAX, and SOA and Web services technologies. He also speaks frequently on NetBeans IDE and platform. He frequently talks on these topics in various technical conferences.


At Java Passion you can find the course material for his online courses, and instructions on how to enroll to receive personal guidance for the courses. Sang has a fantastic teaching style. He's very articulate, adheres to proper Java vocabulary and nomeclature, responds patiently, and of course, teaches passionately. The free, online course material is highly annotated so they could be used as reading material, and they are based on Sun's Java and J2EE tutorials on Sun's website, such as the Java EE 5 Tutorial, J2EE 1.4 Tutorial, and the JSP by Example Tutorial.

Reminder: Boston CFUG and Online CF Meetup to present Geoff Bowers on FarCry

Here's a reminder that Geoff Bowers will present an hour long, indepth presentation this week on the ColdFusion-based CMS from Daemon known as FarCry. This online event will serve as the focal point for a simultaneous meeting of the Boston CFUG, which is to gather at the Adobe office in Newton, MA starting at 6:30, although the online event begins at 7:00PM US/Eastern.

If you're in the Boston area, please check out the details and map when considering coming to the office. If you're too far away, check out the online detail page with a list of timezone conversions to help you plan your participation.

Boston CFUG event listing

Online ColdFusion Meetup Group event listing

UPDATE: This was an excellent demonstration. Get the archived recording of this meeting.

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