I'm leaving for Barcelona (one of my favorite cities!) in a couple of hours to present my session Rediscovering Fun (Let's Talk About SWX, Baby!) at MAX Europe. The session is tomorrow (Monday) from 3.15pm-4.15pm -- don't forget to mark it on your calendar!

Here's a longer description of the session than the one on the MAX Europe web site to give you a better idea of what to expect:

Rediscovering Fun (Let's Talk About SWX, Baby!)

There’s a world of data out there and lots of fun to be had with it. If only working with data in Flash was easier.

How easy?

1. Open the SWX Data Analyzer.

2. Launch Flash, create a movie clip, and give it the instance name loader.

3. Add this code to the frame that loader is on:

loader.serviceClass = "Flickr";
loader.method = "swxPhotosGetRecent";<br> loader.debug = true;<br> loader.loadMovie("", "GET");

Test your movie and look in the SWX Data Analyzer to see the list of the 100 most recent Flickr photographs as they load into Flash. (To see the source URL for the first photo in Flash, just trace out loader.result[0].src once the data has loaded).

That’s four-lines-of-code easy.

You-don’t-have-to-be-a-rocket-scientist easy.

These-instructions-fit-onto-a-moo-card easy!

And that, dear attendee, is SWX (SWF Data Format). SWX is Aral’s new, open, and native data format for Flash that uses simple SWF files to store and exchange data. It’s easy enough for anyone to use!

In this session, Aral Balkan loosens his collar and goes barefoot to share his recent experiences in rediscovering the fun side of Flash with SWX.

Join Aral for an honest, relaxed, and inspirational presentation on letting go and having fun with geekery. Expect Flickr and Twitter mashups, mobile apps with Flash Lite, talking plastic bunnies, and lots of free SWX (that’s with a ‘W’... tsk, tsk!)

Blog, Vlog, Flickr, rinse, repeat!

I realize that although I've been good at uploading videos from FlashForward Boston, Flashforum Konferenz, and MAX Chicago in the past few weeks, my Flickr performance has been less than stellar (I haven't uploaded anything apart from the crappy iPhone pics that iFlickr sent up) so I just purchased the iPhoto Flickr Plugin and I'm going to start uploading pics from those events and from MAX Europe and FITC Hollywood to my Flickr account. Keep an eye on my YouTube account, too, for videos from the event.

If you're going to be at MAX Europe, do come by and say hello. I've refreshed my stocks of SWX Moo cards and stickers so make sure you ask me for some!