March 18, 2008
July 24, 2007
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!
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.
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).
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.
May 20, 2007
We’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.
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.
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.
March 22, 2007
March 22, 2007
March 14, 2007
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.