On Fire

March 18, 2008

Note: The Pages o’ Peat have moved to http://peat.org/ — please update your bookmarks and references accordingly. Thank you!

My profile is up on Portland On Fire today. I’ve spent the morning reading other profiles .. it’s fun to peruse and get to know other folks in the area.

FOSCON III – Tonight!

July 24, 2007

Get your nerd on!

FOSCON III is upon us — tonight at 7:30 at Holocene.  Prepare yourself for free pizza, lighting talks, and hob-knobbing with Ruby geeks from around the world.

Check out the Upcoming page for more information, including a map and how to hitch a ride from OSCON.

FOSCON III

July 9, 2007

It’s that time of year again!

O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention (OSCON) is coming to Portland, and the Portland Ruby Group is putting on FOSCON, a free event where geeks of all stripes can meet, greet, and get their nerd on. The last two years were standing room only (don’t tell the fire marshal), so we’re movin’ on up to a larger venue!

If you’re coming to OSCON, register today for FOSCON III — it’s free!

http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/216872

PS: If your business is interested in a little attention from an international crowd of alpha-geeks and decision makers, we’d love to talk with you about sponsorship for food, drinks, and other goodies.

The Wii Hours

May 20, 2007

Good times were had on Saturday — I stuffed my Wii in my bag and took it to the RailsConf parties.  We hit Joyent‘s APPyhour first, but the Doubletree‘s hotel TVs didn’t have external inputs.  WTF is up with that?  When someone’s staying in a “presidential” suite, there better be an opportunity to plug in a game console.  Regardless, I did connect with three guys I’ve been talking with for a long time, but hadn’t met in person — Chris Abad and Matt Browne (Integral Impressions), and Tim Trautman (Foorama).

Rails Machine threw down at the Red Lion, giving out heaps of t-shirts and prizes (including some sweet Rails Pimp Cups).  They also had really good meatballs.  But alas, no access to plug in the Wii.

Finally, the Pivotal Labs party at the Rock Bottom proved fruitful — our kind hosts even went as far as to get us an extension cord for the big screen.  Four person drunken bowling and tennis worked out pretty well until 1:00, when everything wrapped up.

Anyhoo.  Good times.  If you’re throwing a party at a nerd conference in Portland, drop me a line and I’ll bring over some hot Wii action.

Wanna Buy a House?

May 20, 2007

7047365-1.jpgWe’re selling our old house — if you’re looking for an opportunity to move to Portland and you’re looking for a cozy house in a friendly neighborhood, check it out.

What the listing doesn’t mention is that it takes 5 minutes to get downtown, has great public transportation (4 bus lines and the Max nearby), is within walking distance to good Mexican, Thai, pizza, cafes, and generally kicks ass. I guess “ass kicking” isn’t something realtors typically like to promote, but this house has it in buckets.

Joyent Party

May 16, 2007

You know you’re having a good time when:

  • Pitchers of beer outnumber the glasses on the tables.
  • It’s standing room only.
  • The accordion player covers Billy Idol and Guns n’ Roses.
  • It’s nerds, nerds, nerds, nerds!

Joyent came to town for RailsConf and put together a “little” get together at the Lucky Lab tonight. It’s a good time reconnecting with friends, meeting new people from around the country, drinking beer, and getting our geek on. So, cheers to Joyent for sponsoring the copious consumption and bringing people together.

A couple unrelated tidbits:  Joyent has some pretty exciting news to be announced at RailsConf … and Grabb.it (“the MP3 eating rabbit”) has made a lot of progress in the last few months — it’s a pretty kick ass way to find and listen to new music. Check it out.

Geek Golf Announcement

April 4, 2007

Well, it looks like enough people were interested in a Geek Golf event, so it’s on!  If you’re in or near Portland, and you like swinging sticks and drinking beer, this is a pretty good opportunity to get together and have some fun with like-minded geeks.

Head on over to http://geekgolf.pbwiki.com/ and RSVP, so that we can make the proper arrangements.

Of course, if you’re not anywhere near Portland, you’re more than welcome to start your own Geek Golf event!

Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.  My address is in the sidebar.

Spotted – $100 Laptop

March 22, 2007

$100 LaptopCheck it out — it’s real, and it works, and it’s very, very cool. This is one of the working prototypes from the One Laptop Per Child project.

Seen at the BarCamp Portland Meetup.

BarCamp Portland Meetup

March 22, 2007

The BarCamp Portland meetup is tonight, from 5:30PM – 8:00PM at Jive Software.

Be sure to RSVP on this page if you plan on attending. I’ve never been, so I’m not sure what to expect, but rumor has it’s a pretty good time.

If you’re in Portland, and you’re hungry, it’s worth checking out Screen Door. Southern style, local ingredients, small mix-n-match dishes, great service, good coffee, deserts, and drinks — it’s a pretty fabulous place to go with a few close friends. It’s not spendy (or dirt cheap), but I’m pretty confident you’ll leave happy.

2337 E. Burnside.

Yum.

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