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May 13, 2005

Weblog Entries + Flickr Photos + Bookmarks

@ 04:28 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

If you read via an RSS newsreader I recommend updating to my FeedBurner powered feed so that you also receive alerts to new flickr photos and bookmarks. The RSS feed that Movable Type outputs still works but you won't see the alerts about new photos and links.

May 04, 2005

Common Sense Networking? Organic Networking? Everyone Has The Capacity To Be Interesting Networking?

@ 06:45 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Earlier this week Shimon Rura and I hosted the second Genius Workshop dinner along with about 30 people who joined us. The idea is to bring tech innovators, creators and thinkers together in a room for dinner to conspire about individual projects and enjoy a good meal. Two people mentioned that we should have a more formal networking structure because they are serious about their business and focused on getting things done. Good for them, eh? The thing is, I think that most anyone you talk to can be of interest to you if you are open to the possibility. My event style for things I host is ideally a combination of networking and community. Many networking events will prepare a spreadsheet of participants' contact information and backgrounds for everyone to review prior to the event so that you can determine who is worthy of your time. Whenever I'm presented with something like that I try to find at least a few people on the list who have absolutely nothing to do with what I am working on or interested in. You just never know. Susan Mernit and I had a related conversation about this during the Mobile Media Conference last weekend in LA and she concurred that she likes to throw in some randomness when inviting people to events. I'm glad I'm not alone!

March 30, 2005

Yahoo!'s 360 Degrees

@ 12:22 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (2) | Cosmos

Jess Barron sent me an invite yesterday to join the Yahoo! 360 network/community/blog thingy. It's been a while since I've logged into Friendster, Orkut and Ryze. It'll be interesting to see if I frequent Yahoo!'s project more consistently. Here's my profile if you'd like to add me as a contact at 360 Degrees.

March 29, 2005

About Sooz, Part II

@ 03:28 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

This is an updated "About Sooz" entry. I need to submit a bio for a panel I'm on next month. So, I thought I'd put up a new "About Sooz" page here at that will help me figure out what to say in that bio. I'm not really fond of talking about myself; but I suppose it might help to give some context to who I am and what I am up to.

Continue reading "About Sooz, Part II"

March 07, 2005

Public Service Announcement: What's In A Name?

@ 04:41 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I go by Susan Kaup or Sooz. There is no Sooz Kaup. Or if there is, it's someone else, not me. Just for fun I've started to tag websites that I come across by other Sooz humans out there. Here's the collection that I've tagged via

February 22, 2005

New home for my event mailing list at WhizSpark

@ 03:51 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t), Events (t), Projects (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I mentioned the other day that I was moving my event mailing list from over to WhizSpark. Mission accomplished! If you were on my list before and you did not receive an email via the WhizSpark system alerting you of the new list, you can sign up via my profile page at WhizSpark. It looks like 50 or so people were not added which was probably a copy/pasting oversight on my part and then a few unsubscriptions, too. If you've never been on my list before and you'd like to be alerted when I've got new events on the horizon, please sign up.

I've been going through old event photos and plan to move them over to my flickr account. Here's one of my favorite sushi fest photos of Mark Bernstein. It was taken with an instant camera that we passed around the table at the sushi fest dinner party in 1999 at Guyuhama on Boylston Street.

Boston Globe Article about the Boston Blog Meetup

@ 12:16 AM | Filed Under: Dossier (t), Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I recently passed on the organizer role for the Boston Blog Meetup to Jack Hodgson. He wasn't able to attend the January meetup at Christopher's Restaurant in Porter Square so I filled in for him at the last minute. A freelance writer for The Boston Globe surprised us with a visit and told us she had an article about the meetup in the works.

The article mixed up a few tidbits. There was some confusion between the meetup and my website. The latter has been around since 2002 and is at the top of the Google results page for "Boston blogs", not the Blog Meetup. It's not a huge deal but would have been an easy enough thing to clarify.

February 14, 2005

New Project: Genius Workshop

@ 05:51 PM | Filed Under: Boston (t), Dossier (t), Projects (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Shimon Rura and I are conspiring on a new project called Genius Workshop. Our first event is a dinner on February 16th.

Genius Workshop is an informal group of internet technologists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and afficionados. Our goal is to bring together smarties for the purpose of mutual enlightenment. Participants include people who are working on technologies ranging from established and successful to innovative and borderline crazy.
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January 30, 2005

Today's Boston Globe Article about the WiFi Meetup I Organize

@ 01:17 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t), Projects (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Today's (front page) print and online editions of The Boston Globe includes an article about by Robert Weisman. The article features two Boston Meetups he attended on January 12th: The WiFi Meetup that I organize and then later that night he checked out the Belly Dance Meetup.

I wish the Globe would use links throughout online articles or include a "related links" section at the end.

January 27, 2005

Current Work Related Projects: Progress!

@ 02:52 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t), Work (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I'm working on taking my 2005 aspirations seriously so towards the end of each month I'm going to post a summary of where I'm at and related thoughts. I'm not really expecting anyone else to find this particular fascinating. ;) (My RSS reader isn't showing up the "continue reading" link for some reason so if you're looking at this from your reader, too, you'll have to visit my site to see the rest of the entry.)

This month I moved into an office/studio in Somerville that I share with two other women: Wendy Constantine (art director and designer) and Jessica Finch (fine art and design). We sublease our space from Wooden Kiwi Productions. They are an entertainment production company. They build things like theater sets and dance floors. I found the space on Craig's List. I don't know what I'd do without that website.

Continue reading "Current Work Related Projects: Progress!"

January 25, 2005

Those Wacky Professional Journalists

@ 03:53 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t), Marqui (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I have no idea how I missed this but I just stumbled across The Gobe and Mail article about Marqui's program to pay bloggers (including me) to write about the company. The article is dated 7 December 2004 on their website and includes a few tidbits about me in the opening paragraph. Marqui has the article archived on their website but without any links. (What's up with that, Marqui?) The odd thing is that no one from The Globe and Mail contacted me to verify details such as my full name. It's true that my name is listed on Marqui's website; but it seems odd that they wouldn't contact me directly.

Their description of this website is funny:

On her personal blog -- "The Life & Times of Sooz" -- Susan Kaup writes regularly about her friends, her Internet radio station and Boston's indie rock scene.

I think they confused the dinner parties and networking events I host as a "friends" thing. Which isn't really all that accurate.

On a somewhat related note, I set up a separate domain for my event planning and consulting work a while ago; but I haven't really done much with it yet. I'm thinking of just keeping everything at and setting up a subdomain for the work related stuff. I like how Molly Holzschlag and Nick Finck have integrated all of their public-facing endeavors on each of their websites: weblog, consulting, etcetera.

January 03, 2005

43 Things

@ 11:49 AM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

43 Things has made a lot of updates since I last checked out the site over a month ago. My list has 18 items so far that are mostly about personal goals: some more tangible than others.

Other people's lists include:

October 15, 2004

Thoughts on Networking, Part 1

@ 06:41 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I dislike the word networking. I dislike this word very, very much. I was telling an aquintance about a new project/biz I'm working on with a friend and his response was "I guess it pays to network." Argh! Anyone who was online before 1996 might remember that before people were "networking" they were making friends, sharing, collaborating and just getting to know other humans around the globe and making connections. I could care less what sort of usefulness another human might provide through "networking." In 2004, I'm starting to feel like this philosophy is in the minority. Now we have all these websites like Ryze, Orkut, Tribe and Friendster who presumably help us "network." Most of the time they seem more like redundant popularity contests. How many times do we need to retype in the same blah blah blah?

I suppose this is a rant. ;) I need to come up with a better way to describe what I do when I get people together for events/gatherings/etc. Or can we reclaim the word networking so it means something other than "what can you do for me"?

October 03, 2004

Online surveillance system via RSS

@ 12:49 AM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

If you'd like to monitor a few of my online activities, here are new RSS feeds for you.

  • Photos added to my flickr account [RSS]
  • Recent tunes I've listened to, tracked via Audioscrobbler [RSS]
  • links [RSS]

September 20, 2004

Blast from the Wild Wild Web Past

@ 03:44 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Six years ago I was part of an online community/zine of writers and designers from around the world called It was a curious bunch of people that ranged in age from teens, 20s and a couple of people in their 30s. I was "old" in the group at 25. One of the best things to come out of that group was meeting Josh Darden who became (and still is) one of my best friends. There was a television show based in Boston called Wild Wild Web who I nagged for several months to do a story about Swanky. They finally agreed so a half dozen of us (from the Midwest and Northeast) descended upon The Someday Cafe in Davis Square to be interviewed by Catherine Burns and her crew at the end of the summer of 1998. Every time I walk past Someday and see the red couch I'm reminded of that funny afternoon. I ended up working for the show in the marketing department a few months after the interview.

I've been wanting to get the interview online for a long time. Steve Garfield is going to help me. So sometime in the next few weeks I'll finally be able to put up a Quicktime video.

July 11, 2004

About Sooz

@ 11:21 PM | Filed Under: Dossier (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The nickname "Sooz" was given to me by a friend in 1997. I've been online since 1993 and made a few attempts to put a personal website together but nothing really stuck until came along in 2001.

I grew up in Nebraska and moved to Boston May 1994. If you ever need to pack your life in three pieces of luggage and need advice on how to do it, let me know! I wanted to live in New England since about the age of 12 though I never actually visited until I was 20 during a spring break trip with a college pal.

I've been hosting social events and gatherings in the Boston area since around 1997 and I also provide event marketing services to clients. If you've got a business or personal event coming up, perhaps I can help! I send out an email newsletter every few weeks listing interesting events and happenings in the Boston area and invites to gatherings I'm hosting. Once or twice a year since 1998 I've hosted a sushi dinner party. Photos from past gatherings are in the photo album. Sometime soon I'll be setting up a website for my event marketing services at

Current Projects

:: Exploit Boston! is a new project featuring interesting art, culture and entertainment events in the greater Boston area. My role: publisher. Officially launching sometime, someday. But probably sooner or later.
:: Free Agent Boston hosts social, educational and networking events for free agents, consultants and freelancers in the greater Boston area. It started out as a small lunch for freelancers December 1999 and has grown a lot since then. My role: host.
:: Boston Blogs has hosted events for web writers in Boston off and on since 2002.