Volunteering Geeky Skills

Yesterday was “a day on, not a day off” for many of us; then, President-elect (today, President) Obama called on Americans to serve their communities on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. A friend of mine here in Portland, Nate Angell, organized a geeky volunteer day, called Day On about a week ago. The twist, this… Read More

WhereCamp PDX Roundup

This weekend was WhereCamp PDX here in Portland. WhereCamp is another Bay Area-born unconference imported here by the great folks at Legion of Tech As you can probably guess, WhereCamp focuses on geo-geeking. It began in 2007 as a way to extend and build on conversations and topics presented at O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference. There’s… Read More

Scariest Ride Ever?

The annual Portland Rose Festival is going on now, although Summer didn’t get the memo. You can see the carnival and rides along the western bank of the Willamette. Chief among the rides is this monster, which looks even more sinister in this picture (courtesy of joshualane on Flickr), than in real life. It’s basically… Read More

My First BarCamp

I spent portions of this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday attending my very first BarCamp, held here in Portland at CubeSpace. The origins of BarCamp are interesting; back in 2005, O’Reilly held a user-generated conference called Foo Camp that was invite only. Lots of people wanted an invite (kind of like Web 2.0 Summit, ahem),… Read More