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By Megan O. Read | Friday, February 12, 2010

Author dinner: Mordy Golding, Mark Christiansen, James Williamson, and Taz Tally

Taz Tally, author relations manager Megan O. Read, Mordy Golding, Mark Christiansen, James Williamson, supervising training producer Max Smith.

After a long week of recording, Mordy Golding, Mark Christiansen, James Williamson, and Taz Tally were let out of their booths for a little fresh air and a meal.

It’s inevitable, that when you get so many industry power-houses together, they will talk shop, compare histories, and brainstorm upcoming projects. It’s always a treat to hear about conferences from the past, like Mordy Golding recounting the ADIM (costume mandatory!) conferences, or different methods to slow down their speech in the booth (Mordy has a wall of snail images, stop signs, sloths etc.). But it’s also a treat when you find out that authors have crossed paths before, and hadn’t realized it until something triggers them—like Taz Tally (who now lives in Homer, Alaska) remembering James Williamson from a South Carolina service bureau in the late ’80s!

Stay tuned for upcoming training from these greats.

By Megan O. Read | Friday, January 08, 2010

Author spotlight: James Williamson and Simon Allardice

We recently had two new staff authors join lynda.com and would like to introduce them to you. In addition to the talented Garrick Chow, Dave Rivers, and Jan Kabili, who we count on regularly for their expert content, we have just added James Williamson and Simon Allardice to the team. Welcome!

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Left: James Williamson; Right: Simon Allardice.

You might recognize James from any one of his EIGHT Dreamweaver courses already in the lynda.com library. I caught up with James to see what he was most looking forward to.

“I’m really excited to be on board as a full-time author,” James told me. “To be honest, I’m probably most excited about the opportunity to take my titles further and go into projects in more detail.  I’m always very interested in teaching WHY we do things, in addition to HOW. I think understanding the ‘why we do this’ can make people better designers.”

I asked veteran language coder Simon Allardice the same question.

“The feedback from my recent iPhone SDK course has been fantastic—and everyone wants more!” he replied. “So it wouldn’t surprise me if more advanced SDK titles appeared on the horizon. But you won’t see me being just ‘the iPhone SDK guy’; expect a lot of different subjects. Sure, they’ll all skew to the technical side, but I love jumping between technologies. Apple to Microsoft to Linux, iPhone to SharePoint to .NET, it’s all good. I’m a sucker for a new device, piece of software, or system, and always interested in finding the quickest way to learn and teach it. If I’m feeling generous, I’ll say I’m a renaissance geek; it’s entirely possible I just have a really short attention span.”

We look forward to lots of great training from these two valued additions to our team, and hope you all enjoy!

By Megan O. Read | Thursday, October 29, 2009

Authors in the house! A week full of training at lynda.com

This week at lynda.com was wall-to-wall authors! In the booths we had authors recording training on Photoshop, Cinema 4D, Mac OSX Server, audio apps, Dreamweaver, and digital photography. Quite a mix! It’s a great group with some familiar faces, and talented new faces as well. To unwind from recording, and celebrate these inspiring authors, all went out on Wednesday night with Ms. Lynda.

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From left to right: author G.W. Childs, acquisitions manager Joe Randeen, author James Williamson, author relations manager (your's truly) Megan Read, producer Tom Mueller and wife Sally, author Sean Colins, producers Nick Brazzi, Kirk Werner, Max Smith, Senior Director of Education and Content Planning Laurie Burruss, author Ian Robinson, author Chris Orwig, co-owner Lynda Weinman, and author Deke McClelland.

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