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May 12, 2005

Boston Wi-Fi Summit at the Museum of Science on May 19th

@ 01:06 PM | Filed Under: Events (t), WiFi (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

On May 19th the City of Boston is hosting the Boston Wi-Fi Summit, beginning with remarks from Mayor Menino and culminating in two panel discussions on the ways that the city, businesses, local institutions, and community groups can help to bring high-speed Internet to people throughout the city.

They've sent out an open invitation to anyone interested in this discussion to RSVP and come to the Summit, which is next Thursday at 8:45AM at the Museum of Science. It's open to the public and you do not have to be a Boston resident to attend. There is no fee.

More information and RSVP here:

http://www.bostonwag.org/summit.html

(BostonWAG is an organization for Wireless Advocacy in Boston that I've co-founded.)

May 09, 2005

Event Me

@ 12:43 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

A friend of a friend just got a job working for Event Me in New York City.

For event attendees:

Event Me's free service informs more than 34,000 subscribers about unique professional, cultural, and fun events in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. More cities coming soon.

For event organizers:

To promote events, simply describe your event and desired audience to us. We will then select those subscribers who are most interested in your event and, upon your approval, email them with your invitation. Learn more.
Our promotion fee depends on the number of people being invited and the kind of event. Typically, it breaks down to 3 to 12 cents per email. Of course, you can always adjust the targeting criteria and increase or decrease the list size in order to make our service match your budget and promotional needs.
I checked out one of their sample event invitations that they send out on behalf of event organizers/promoters and it seems like a pretty basic web page with no ticketing or RSVP functionality -- just a link to the event's website. Maybe they should conspire with WhizSpark as a sort of reseller/add-on service for event organizers/promoters who want the sort of event planning tools WhizSpark is working on?

April 15, 2005

Citywide WiFi Forum on Tuesday at the Boston Public Library's Copley Branch

@ 11:23 AM | Filed Under: Events (t), WiFi (t) | Comments (3) | Cosmos

The city of Boston is hosting a WiFi Summmit in May that a group I'm involved in, BostonWAG (wireless advocacy group), is helping organize along with City Councillor John Tobin's office and the WiFi Task Force he's assembled. In advance of the summit, there's a community forum coming up on Tuesday, April 19th at The Boston Public Library's Copley Branch at 7pm in the Johnson Building.

The purpose of the forum is to get community input on the possibility of wireless initiatives in the City of Boston. This includes opinions on how such a network would benefit the residents and what are the populations that would gain the most from a low-cost or free wireless network in parts of the city.

There's a press release about the event if you're curious. BostonWAG is also preparing a "WiFi 101" info sheet that will be online soon and available at the forum.

April 01, 2005

Press Pass for Harvard's "Signal/Noise 2k5" Conference

@ 05:24 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I've got an extra press pass for Harvard's upcoming "Signal/Noise 2k5: creative revolution?" conference. If you'd like to use it compliments of my Exploit Boston! event calendar, let me know. Someone I had in mind will be sitting on a tropical island that day so it's up for grabs to anyone who can help do a couple short audio interviews for a podcast and/or write up a few words and/or take some photos. Let me know if you'd like to conspire. The content will be posted at exploitboston.com but contributors maintain ownership of their own content and can post it immediately to their own blogs, ourmedia.org, etc. The only "requirement" is there's a link back to the archived page at Exploit Boston!. The speakers page lists people we'll be talking to at some point during the conference or shortly afterwards. Good times!

March 31, 2005

Upcoming Conference at Harvard: Signal or Noise 2k5: Creative Revolution?

@ 04:05 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (2) | Cosmos

Meg Smith at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center sent out an email about a conference they are co-hosting on Friday, April 8th called "Signal or Noise 2k5: Creative Revolution?"

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Journal of Law & Technology, and the Committee for Sports & Entertainment Law, all of Harvard Law School, are hosting Signal or Noise 2k5: Creative Revolution? on April 8, 2005, on the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference website can be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sn.

The conference offers an exciting mix of performances, demonstrations and discussions examining how digital technologies are enabling new forms of creativity by a broader group of people. Cultural, business, legal and ethical implications of new genres and new forms of authorship will all be covered along with an artist's interests and rights in downstream uses of original creations.

Scheduled conference participants include New York Times bestselling author Matthew Pearl, copyright scholar Terry Fisher, fanfic author Naomi Novik, David Dixon of Beatallica, innovative musician Dan the Automator, Paul Marino of machinima.org, Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, and Wendy Seltzer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Signal or Noise 2k5 is open to the public but pre-registration is needed: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sn/register. For more information about the conference's location, schedule and participants, please visit http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/sn/schedule. To view a map of the area: http://map.harvard.edu/level2.cfm?mapname=camb_allston.

Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested. We hope to have as engaged and diverse an audience as the group of participants!

March 22, 2005

Entertainment, Advertising & Media Networking Mixer Lands in Boston on March 29th

@ 03:42 PM | Filed Under: Events (t), You're Invited (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos
Eastern MA Entertainment, Advertising and Media Mixer

Pete Caputa and Duncan Arsenault have been hosting a networking mixer in Worcester for the entertainment, advertising and media industries for several months. With 100+ people showing up each month they're now branching out into other cities including Boston on March 29th at the Boston Billiard Club 8-11PM. Anyone working in the entertainment, advertising and media industries is invited to attend:


  • bands, entertainers
  • bar, restaurant, lounge and club managers and owners
  • DJs
  • radio station personalities
  • emcees
  • designers
  • photographers
  • music, media, advertising, promotions and marketing personnel and professionals

I'll be there. Visit the Eastern MA Entertainment, Advertising & Media Networking Mixer event page to learn more and register.

March 02, 2005

Yahoo's Netrospective: 10 Years on the Web

@ 10:29 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Jess Barron, a coworker in 1999 at Wild, Wild Web (and a high school classmate of Michael's -- it's a small, random world!), sent me an email this morning about Yahoo's 10th Anniversary. She's part of the team at Yahoo! who put together a "netrospective" of their first decade on the web called "10 Years, 100 Moments of the Web." Yahoo! is giving away free ice cream today at Baskin Robbin's around the U.S.

Jess also wrote on her website (no permalink for the entry, alas) about her own 10-year anniversary working and writing on the web.

The past 10 years working on the web have kept me experiencing a continuous deja vu. Anyone who has been a web writer, editor or producer since 1995 or 1996 certainly must feel somewhat akin to Bill Murray's character in the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day." For instance, when reading this Christian Science monitor article about Yahoo!'s new media plans in Santa Monica last week, I was struck by the initial thrill about these exciting plans and these exciting times, but a few moments later I had a strong sense of deja vu. Hadn't I already lived in this exciting time? Hadn't I already heard *these* exciting plans? Ah yes, I had. Reading this article brought me back to the spring of 2000, when I worked at Scour.com in Beverly Hills and we had partners like AtomFilms and iFilm and Stephen Spielberg's Dreamworks-backed pop.com was set to launch with an offering of Internet-only programming. This time (five years later) we have seen that the world (well, the U.S. at least) is finally ready for consuming entertainment content on their computers. This time, I am convinced that this stuff can actually be successful. My conviction is so strong that I am leaving San Francisco to move down to Los Angeles again to give it another try.

February 25, 2005

The South by Southwest Interactive Festival : March 11-15 in Austin

@ 02:50 PM | Filed Under: Events (t), South by Southwest Interactive Festival (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Austin's South by Southwest Interactive Festival is coming up in a few weeks: March 11-15, 2005. It's the only web conference I travel to beyond the East Coast. While nagging a friend that he should go, he mentioned that he was concerned it might just be a lot of hype based on an NPR article he read last year that blathered on about participants talking about blogs.

If you do anything on the web: labor of love or commercial, you should be at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. It's been around for over ten years and that includes all those pre-blog years, too. The festival is a few parts spring break, inspiration and fun.

And it's cheap. The walk-up rate for the conference is $275. If you register early during the months leading up to the conference it's as low as $175. I've used hotwire.com for three of my four trips to the festival. This year I'm flying out of Manchester, New Hampshire and staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (where I stayed last year -- they've got free internet in the rooms). The total cost was $425 including fees/taxes, roundtrip airfare and the hotel room for five nights. Amusingly enough, the Crowne Plaza is listed as $139/night on the conference website. I figure that I'm paying about $30/night with the hotwire.com deal. Austin is a very walkable city so you save money not having to take many cabs depending on where your hotel is located.

There's also the SXSW Baby! website for participants to conspire before the festival and post panel notes. Thanks to a post on the site I found out there's a cheap bus from the Austin airport to downtown for 50 cents. Nice!

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 sooz.com 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 bostonblogs.com 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 21, 2005

Bowling Posse on Thursday, 3 March at Sacco's Bowl Haven

@ 02:27 PM | Filed Under: Events (t), Projects (t), You're Invited (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

While growing up in Nebraska, I participated in a youth bowling league at Hilltop Lanes in Dodge, Nebraska. It's unfortunate that I no longer have the patches from my various winnings. I haven't gone tenpin bowling in over a decade and I'd probably not be all that good at it these days. Fortunately, New England has candle pin bowling which is a lot easier. Partly because the balls are not as heavy and you get three turns instead of two.

The next bowling posse outing is on Thursday, March 3rd at Sacco's Bowl Haven in Davis Square at 8:00 PM. If you'd like to join us, you can RSVP at the Bowling Posse event page at WhizSpark. The cost is $10 and that covers two hours of bowling and the shoe rental.

I'm starting to dabble more with WhizSpark's hosted DIY event planning tools -- in particular the ad-free, customizable tools that are under development. Overall, I like what I see. Hopefully the ability to adjust the layout (perhaps similar to how TypePad lets you move content around on the page) and link colors (I had no choice but to use the red links if I wanted a black background) will be a possibility someday. Peter Caputa, the president of WhizSpark, has been generally responsive to my ideas, feedback, nagging and criticisms.

I'm in the process of moving several hundred sooz.com event newsletter subscribers over to WhizSpark. It will be interesting to see what sort of feedback I receive once I start to send out event invites through the WhizSpark system. One thing that is new is that if someone wants to register/reply/RSVP for an event, the person first needs to create a free account. WhizSpark has an anti-spam policy as far as how users can and cannot use data in the system; but the policy does not address how WhizSpark itself will not use contact information in their system. Hopefully that's something they can directly address in their policy soon.

February 17, 2005

Photos From Last Night's Genius Workshop

@ 10:03 AM | Filed Under: Events (t), Projects (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Shimon Rura took a few photos at the Genius Workshop dinner that we hosted last night at Henrietta's Table in Harvard Square. We've been talking about doing this event for a couple months so it was exciting to see the first event actually take place. A few people asked us why the word "genius" is used in the event name. The idea is not to suggest that there is some sort of ego involved. And it is not a MENSA meeting. Our goal is to gather together a small group of smart (or so we think) people who are developing new tech/software/web ideas and the smart people who like to offer feedback. Shimon and I need to work out the ground rules and blog policy. If people are going to feel comfortable talking about new tech projects, they need to know the conversations won't be transcribed for the web and at the same time, we should all feel comfortable writing about it in general on our weblogs.

Peter Caputa wrote a recap of last night's dinner, including this tidbit:

We talked about a lot of stuff with a special emphasis on not talking about blogging. Content management systems, online fake cries for help and deception, each of our projects, how we each got where we are, what we are looking to do next, getting comp'd at big tech events, microsoft's love affair with usenet.

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February 08, 2005

New England Patriots Rolling Rally

@ 01:49 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos
Tom Brady

I was poking around flickr earlier to see if anyone had posted photos from this morning's rally and came across this excellent photo of Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots.

[Originally uploaded by Ol' Mr Boston.]

February 02, 2005

Public Invite-Only Events

@ 10:28 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Peter Caputa at Whizspark is looking for people who organize events that are both available to the public and invite only. He'd like to test out a system that will help manage the registration process for these sorts of events. As I mentioned in the comments area of his weblog, I'm particularly interested in this right now because I'll be modifying the registration process for Free Agent Boston's monthly dinner. The way I've been doing it is I indicate numerous times throughout the body of the event info page that the event is specifically for people working solo or interested in it. More and more I'm finding that people who really don't fit those two qualifiers are showing up for the event. So, I've decided to put the questionaire in front of the registration/payment process so I can weed out the people who really shouldn't be attending.

February 01, 2005

Last Night's Boston Blog Meetup

@ 12:10 PM | Filed Under: Blogs (t), Boston (t), Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Last night's Boston Blog Meetup was at Christopher's in Porter Square. A freelance writer for the Globe surprised us with a visit, too. I posted the list of attendees over at BostonBlogs.com.

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January 25, 2005

Digital Web Magazine's Coverage of Business Blog Summit 05 in Seattle

@ 05:09 PM | Filed Under: Blogs (t), Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Nick Finck at Digital Web Magazine has an excellent collection of notes while attending the Business Blogging Summmit 05 in Seattle.

January 18, 2005

Sharing Another Birthday With A Bush Inauguration

@ 07:52 PM | Filed Under: Boston Bands (t), Events (t), You're Invited (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

As I've mentioned before, on Thursday I share my 32nd birthday with another Bush inauguration. Hopefully, this will be the last time I share it with a member of that family. If you're in the area, friends and conspirators will be getting together for food and drinks at ZuZu at 9:30 PM that night and then a new favorite band, Tom Thumb, plays a free show at 11:00 PM. They've got a couple tunes for download on their website. I particularly recommend "Gracie's Mine." We'll grab tables for however many people are there at 9:30; but if you want to let me know you will be joining us, send me an email.

January 16, 2005

Thanks, Alan

@ 04:11 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The Head Lemur (Alan Herrell), someone from the pre-blog web community, called yesterday from his world headquarters in Arizona about me attending Harvard's Blogging, Journalism and Credibility event that is coming up next weekend. It's very nice of him to put in a good word for me. We should have recorded our conversation. I think it's safe to say his writing style on his weblog matches his speaking style.

January 13, 2005

WiFi and Belly Dancing

@ 10:33 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Last night a reporter and photographer from The Boston Globe sat in on the Boston WiFi Meetup that I help organize. I was impressed that they stayed for most of the event. Amusingly enough, they had to leave so they could get to the belly dance meetup at the Middle East in Central Square. We had a productive meeting at our gathering but I have a feeling the dancing may have been more entertaining.

January 02, 2005

Stitch 'N Bitch at True Grounds

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

I'm at True Grounds doing some work on my computer surrounded by people attending the local gathering of Stitch 'n Bitch, including my roommate Julia. Kathy, one of her knitting conspirators was talking about a baby sweater she knitted with 49,000 stitches. Egads! It's very cute. Check out the photos and her comments about the process.

November 12, 2004

Web Design World in Boston?

@ 12:29 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos

I noticed last night that Web Design World is coming to Boston next month, December 6-8. I have to confess, I'm a little surprised. Not just that there's a web conference in Boston (in 2004) but the price tag is also $1495. If you know anyone who is going, let me know. My freelancer budget doesn't seem to have room for $1495 but considering the speaker roster includes the usual suspects of very smart web people, I'm sure the content will be excellent.

November 07, 2004

Accelerating Change 2004

@ 06:14 PM | Filed Under: Events (t), Favorites (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Gregor attended the Accelerating Change 2004 conference at Stanford this weekend and wrote about several panels extensively on his website. The first entry starts here and there a bunch more including Doug Englebert speaking about large-scale collective IQ, Will Wright (Sims creator) on sculpting possibility space, etcetera.

October 25, 2004

Feedster-inspired dinner in Cambridge at Bombay Club

@ 10:37 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos

Scott Johnson was back in town so he invited people on the Berkman Thursday Weblog Writers Mailing List to get together for dinner at The Bombay Club tonight. Buzz Bruggeman and Tom LeVine were in Cambridge after the Pop!Tech Conference. Buzz told Shimon and I about his company ActiveWords, a Windows application that alas, won't work on Zapata, my iBook. I may have to dust off my old Dell laptop to try it out. (Small detail: the Dell's monitor is mostly detached from the computer. It's not pretty.)

August 16, 2004

Do It Yourself Event Planning

@ 07:36 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos
whizspark_logo.gif

I'm at Tealuxe in Harvard Square conspiring with Peter Caputa of WhizSpark. They've got a web company that helps you publish and promote your own events. Seems nifty. I might use it for the social gatherings I host ala sooz.com, Free Agent Boston events and maybe syndicated events ala Exploit Boston! Here's my WhizSpark profile. Add your email address if you'd like to be notified when I host my next event through their service.

August 12, 2004

Happy 6th Birthday, BunkoSquad.com

@ 12:20 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Six years ago Michael gave into my nagging "You really need a website! Your words! They need a website!" In honor of BunkoSquad.com turning six years old today, August 12th, everyone should buy a BS original "Left Behind" shirt. I insist!

August 11, 2004

Boston Blog Meetup coming up on Wednesday, August 18th at The Trident Booksellers and Cafe

@ 10:38 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos

Last month 23 people showed up at the mostly first ever Boston Blog Meetup. So, we're doing it again on Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 PM. The gathering takes place at Trident Booksellers and Cafe located at 338 Newbury Street in Boston. Good times!

July 24, 2004

Go see The Flying Karamazov Brothers at the American Reperatory Theater in Cambridge (through August 8th)!

@ 06:33 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (1) | Cosmos
The Flying Karamazov Brothers in Life: A Guide for the Perplexed

When a friend suggested we see The Flying Karamazov Brothers at the American Reperatory Theater Thursday night in Harvard Square, the first thing that came to mind was not a whole lot of excitement. Flying? Brothers? Huh? Oh! Those goofy juggling people? Hmm. Curious. The description of the event on the A.R.T. website looked interesting and the company was good. So why not? The title of the show is "Life: A Guide For the Perplexed." It turned out to be outstanding, amazing, wonderful and numerous other assorted adjectives. They managed to combine liberal-infused politics with humor, lessons on life, some music and oh, yeah ... juggling. We were in the front row and at one point during the show, I got a smooch on the cheek from Alexei. (Who, I might add, is much cuter in person than the photo on that page might suggest). They're at A.R.T. through August 8th. Go, go, go. Seriously. It's good stuff.

July 22, 2004

Last night's blog gathering

@ 10:30 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (3) | Cosmos

A bunch of people showed up for last night's Boston Blog Meetup. Quite a few of us had attended the blog meetup in the past and the general consensus seemed to be that nobody else had ever showed up. So it was great to see it come together last night. We had a big room at Marche Movenpick surrounded by glass on all sides overlooking Boylston Street. The free wifi seemed to be working for everyone. Food options are numerous but the quality varies, too. I think if we meet there again we should probably stick to dessert and beverages. I'm on the lookout for other spots in the Boston area (easily T accessible) that can accomodate a group of 25-30 for a social gathering. Wifi would be preferred. Suggestions welcome!

July 20, 2004

Blogs Blogging the Blogging of the Democratic National Convention in Boston

@ 12:05 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Adam Gaffin set up a convention-related page to keep tabs on who is blogging what about the Democratic National Convention happenings in Boston next week. Dave Winer unveiled a new site at Convention Bloggers.com for both DNC credentialed and non-credentialed bloggers alike. The event itself has a blog, too. The best part about bloggers being accepted into the fray is that Michael Feldman will be there as a credentialed blogger. His site will be an essential visit for anyone wanting a more curious (with a pulse) view of the convention.

July 15, 2004

Time to RSVP for the Boston Blog Meetup

@ 11:19 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

We managed to get lots more than the minimum three venue votes needed for the Boston Blog Meetup. Anything less than that and Meetup.com cancels the gathering. Twenty-three people voted. So, now it's time to RSVP. If you'd like to join us, you can RSVP at http://blog.meetup.com. If you'd rather not sign-up at Meetup.com, add a trackback ping or comment on the info about the shindig at Boston Blogs.com.

July 11, 2004

Event Newsletter

@ 10:43 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I host events in Boston and sometimes in other locations where I happen to be. Join one of my event mailing lists at WhizSpark if you'd like to receive updates on social and networking events that I'm hosting in the Boston area. Since 1998 I've hosted an annual sushi party.

July 02, 2004

Boston Weblogger Meetup -- The Revival

@ 03:32 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The Boston area Blog Meetup is coming up on Wednesday, July 21st at 7pm. We're going to try and revive it since it's never really taken off in the Boston area. Marche Movenpick in the Prudential Center has free wifi and is an all around excellent location for group events. They have an ala carte setup so it's easy to spend a lot of money or not much at all. Meetup.com determines the schedule for all the various interest groups that they host and has deemed 7pm on the third Wednesday of every month as International Weblog Meetup Day. Mark your calendars!

June 21, 2004

A dinner party for my Gmail invitees?

@ 07:06 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Since most everyone I know already has a Gmail account, I decided to post an ad on (Boston) Craig's List this morning in the free category to get rid of my 12 lingering invites. Several people are posting ads charging for Gmail account invites. Too funny. I received numerous emails from people delighted that I was giving them away for free. Several people told me their sob stories dealing with Hotmail. Another person turned out to be a friend of the human I more or less moved to Boston for ten years ago. I posted the ad with an anonymous CL email address so it turned out to be an amusing surprise for both of us. Someone else recognized my last name and asked me if I'm from Dracut. I've heard there's another Susan Kaup in the Boston area but we haven't crossed paths yet.

I'm thinking it might be fun to have a dinner party/outing with everyone I've given Gmail invites to. Some people are pals who I sent invites to directly and then the rest are random people who responded to the ad on Craig's List. Might be fun!

Update 6/23/04: I gave away that last batch of invites and now I've got more. So, if you still don't have a Gmail account and you want one, send me a note.

June 08, 2004

Sun viewing tips during the Transit of Venus

@ 01:16 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Shmuel wrote an article about the transit of Venus that is happening right now. He provides some useful (and humorously written) tips regarding what not to do.

We’re putting this before the section on how you can view the transit of Venus, because it’s important. Do not look at the Sun. Repeat: do NOT look at the Sun, whether during the transit of Venus, or at any other time. Do not look at the Sun while wearing sunglasses. Do not look at the Sun through exposed film. (Color film doesn’t protect your eyes. Properly prepared black-and-white film containing silver does, but a lot of modern black-and-white film does not.) Do not, for Pete’s sake, look at the Sun through binoculars or a telescope. Do not look at the Sun through a camera. Do not look at the Sun through polarizing film. Do not look at the Sun through CDs or other computer media. Do not look at the Sun.

April 13, 2004

Dim Sum on Sunday with Jessica Baumgart and other bloggers

@ 02:03 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Jessica Baumgart is organizing a Dim Sum brunch this coming Sunday, April 18th. It's open to BloggerCon attendees and anyone else who wants to show up. The destination is Chau Chow City, 83 Essex Street in Chinatown, Boston (map, review). The group is meeting at 11am to make sure enough tables can be grabbed. For more information and to let Jessica know you'll be there, visit her website with additional tidbits. See you there?

April 01, 2004

March for Web Standards

@ 11:17 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Were you there?

March 26, 2004

BloggerCon II party ... cool venue possibility

@ 01:50 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Last Fall I helped Wendy Koslow at Harvard's Berkman Center find a venue for the Bloggercon pre-conference party. We ended up on the 2nd floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square. Seems like most everyone had a good time. This time around I think it would be fun to have it at 38 Cameron. They've got a really interesting event space in Cambridge (near Davis Square down the bike path and just off of Massachusetts Avenue past Porter Square). And as an added bonus, they're setting up wifi this weekend. They can accomodate up to 150 people. How many people from BloggerCon would show up? Maybe it would be better to have it there on Friday night as a pre-BloggerCon event and not Saturday night (as I was originally going to suggest.) I posted a discussion topic over at the BloggerCon website in case anyone is interested in offering up ideas and suggestions.

March 16, 2004

Audio blog tidbits from the South by Southwest Interactive Festival

@ 10:38 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I didn't do much with the audio blogging thing (1, 2, 3) like I had thought I might do the past few days. A couple people recorded something Monday, late at night on the rainy streets of Austin. I was welcomed back to Boston tonight with a bunch of snow. Makes me look forward to the next SXSWi all over again. Pictures coming soon.

March 11, 2004

SXSW 2004 Community Blog

@ 12:12 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

South by Southwest, host to this month's music, film and interactive festivals in Austin, set up a community blog on March 5th for Interactive Festival participants. It's using the weblog publishing system from InkNoise. There's an RSS feed, too.

March 05, 2004

Magnetic Fields Return From a 2-year Haitus with a Show in Boston May 22

@ 02:19 PM | Filed Under: Boston (t), Events (t), Music (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Mike Yesenosky sent a little dispatch to Boston pals earlier today about the Magnetic Fields (he's their sound guy) show coming up in Boston on May 22nd at the Berklee Performance Center. For two weeks, discounted tickets are available at Musictoday.com. Mike wrote: "Musictoday is a company that was formed by the Dave Matthews Band to combat Ticketmaster and their high service charges. Now lots of artists use it to save their fans from being ripped off. But in this case, they can only sell through Musictoday for 2 weeks, starting today."

If a lot of people buy tickets in the next two weeks they may add another show.

Discounted tickets are on sale at www.magneticfields.musictoday.com. (Registration required.) After March 19th, tickets will be available through Ticketron and the Berklee Performance Center's box office.

You're Invited: Ryze Boston mixer on Tuesday, March 9th

@ 10:14 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The monthly Ryze Boston networking mixer that I help organize is coming up this Tuesday, March 9th at Caveau. I love that place. It's part of Marche Movenpick inside the Prudential Center. They've got a big fireplace towards the middle of the room, good food and an all-around great atmosphere. Andrew Kraft the organizer for Ryze NYC is going to be in town and will lead a 10-minute talk about getting the most out of Ryze (online and at in-person events). The event runs 6-9pm. There's a discounted rate ($12/$15) for Ryze members. Regular Ryze membership is free. You can also show up at the door and pay $20. Along with an assortment of hors'deuves there will be a few drink specials, too.

I've never been a fan of events that call themselves "business networking" events since the atmosphere can be so artificial. Fortunately the Ryze Boston events have been great. There are over 400 people on the network and each event (we've had three so far) has been an interesting mix of humans from all sorts of backgrounds and industries. There's a "networking game" to help facilitate conversations that seems to go over well. It's essentially just an excuse to go up to someone and talk to them. Sometimes that can be helpful when you're in a room full of strangers.

For more info visit the RSVP page at http://bostonevent.ryze.com or let me know if you have any questions.

March 01, 2004

We're Invited: BloggerCon II Registration is Open

@ 03:24 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

BloggerCon II registration opened up today for the one-day event on Saturday, April 17th. The event will be held in Pound Hall at Harvard Law School 8am - 5pm. There's a party that night, too.

How about a gathering the night before on Friday, hosted by Boston webloggers?

February 25, 2004

BloggerCon II in Cambridge on April 17th

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BloggerCon II returns to Pound Hall at Harvard Law School on Saturday, April 17th. Lisa Williams thinks a bunch of female webloggers should conspire on a panel together. I think someone in the Boston area with a big house should host the Saturday night party. I'm settling in at my newish residence so that person won't be me. When my mom would visit she usually stayed at A Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast. It's a nice bed and breakfast at 2218 Massachusetts Avenue near Porter Square in Cambridge. On Wednesday afternoon they still had a few rooms available but they'll probably disappear soon.

February 17, 2004

Aunt Sooz!

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Thanks to my youngest sister Amy and her partner Mike, I'm going to be an aunt this summer! I always figured that if one of us (3) were to have children, it would probably be Amy. I think I'll be a fabulous Aunt. Hopefully I can get back to Nebraska once before and soon after the new human enters the world.

January 12, 2004

Quicklinks of the day

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My favorite shampoo: Phyto (It's fabulous enough to link to, honest.)

Tomorrow's Ryze Boston event: Over 95 RSVPs so far. Hoorah! I think I'll be lingering near the fireplace.

Rock & Roll Library benefit: Saturday, January 17th at the Middle East upstairs featuring Lamont, The Hidden, Shanghai Valentine and Bones Brigade. The show is 18+, $10 and doors open at 9PM. It supports my favorite nonprofit organization.

January 10, 2004

Bloggers dim sum tomorrow/Sunday, January 11th at Chau Chow City

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Jessica, one of the regulars at the Berkman Thursday Weblog Writers Meetings, organized another bloggers dim sum that is happening tomorrow morning at 11am at Chau Chow City in Boston's Chinatown. Maybe some of the people listed over at Boston Blogs.com will feel inspired to show up, too!

January 04, 2004

Upcoming event: Ryze Boston Business Networking Mixer at Caveau

@ 02:21 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Ryze's business networking events are launching in a bunch of new cities this year including Boston. I'm organizing the Ryze Boston mixers and we've got something coming up on Tuesday, January 13th at Caveau (inside Marche Movenpick at the Prudential Center). Looks like it should be a good time and over 65 people have RSVP'd so far. Anyone can attend and the cover charge is reduced for Ryze members.

December 24, 2003

Photos from Sushi Fest #6 at Osushi in Boston

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I'm belatedly posting Sushi Fest #6 photos (thanks in no small part to my upcoming move!). Osushi made a cool printed menu for us, too. I'll try to get that scanned once I'm settled into my new place. We had two sets of tables with twenty people in attendance. I had never been to Osushi but it seemed like a cool place to try out. I was very impressed with the excellent selection and quality of the sushi and appetizers.

December 08, 2003

Pass it on: Gregor's going away (for now) party Sunday night at The Redline in Harvard Square 7pm until whenever

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Gregor is heading back to Zurich with plans to return to Boston eventually, possibly. So, there will be a "Goodbye (for now) Party" held in his honor in the back room at The Redline Restaurant/Bar in Harvard Square at 59 JFK Street this coming Sunday, December 14th at 7pm. It's down a small flight of stairs just up the street from The Bombay Club (same side of the street) and Shay's (across the street).

Join us!

October 31, 2003

Sushi Fest #6 on November 21st

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sushi!

Gregor and I are hosting Sushi Fest #6 on Friday, November 21st in Cambridge. Invitations will go out to past attendees, special guests and people on my events newsletter. Good times!

Photos from a few of the past sushi parties are in the photo album.

October 30, 2003

Cafe Blog, Salon-Style Events for Weblog Writers and Enthusiasts

@ 02:26 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Dave Winer picked up on a salon idea that I suggested at one of the Thursday night weblog writer meetings at Berkman a few weeks ago. Bloggercon is a great event to have once a year, but in the meantime it would be nice to get people together in a mostly informal, conversational setting discussing pre-selected topics. For the Boston salon perhaps Chris Lydon could conduct a 10-15 minute interview wih someone in the room and have it taped for his MP3 archive. The interview would then kick-off the open discussion. Dave mentions that a few people might be flown in to participate. I'm not sure I see the need for this. There are so many people to tap into in the Boston/Cambridge area and I'm sure that is true for the rest of the world whether the salon is in New York City or Sheyboygan. In any event, it should be an interesting adventure to discuss at tonight's weblog writer meeting!

The Annual Spring Pilgrimage to Austin for the SXSW Interactive Festival March 12-16, 2004

@ 08:49 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

"Now in its eleventh year, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival emphasizes cutting-edge, creative thinking as related to the world of websites, interactivity and online technology."

That sums up the official description of the annual South by Southwest Festival but it's also an affordable and inspiring adventure in Austin to get together with other people working in technology/web/Internet worlds. It's also the most exhilarating five days you can spend conspiring with people who are collaborating and creating independent web projects. The deadline to submit your website to the 2004 Web Awards Competition is Friday, December 19th. The walkup rate to register for the conference is $250. You can save $75 if you register by November 14th. And if you have a spare two weeks you could also attend the film and music festivals and absorb everything.

Southwest Airlines is a good option out of Providence for reasonable airfares (as low as $99 each way).

October 17, 2003

Boston World Explorers Foundation, Destination: Fun Spot in New Hampshire

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On Sunday Heath Row's Boston World Explorer's Foundation is going on a trip to Fun Spot in New Hampshire, the second largest arcade in the country. Sounds like an amusing and fun trip. Heath needed RSVPs this morning but there's a mailing list for future events, too. This brings back memories of when my parents owned a bar when I was a kid and I would spend Saturday afternoons taking quarters from the cash register to play Asteroids.

October 11, 2003

One BloggerCon Photo

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I took a few photos at BloggerCon's pre-conference party that I helped organize. Unfortunately most of the photos did not turn out so well. That's what I get for buying cheap film. Next time it's back to the good stuff. One photo I took of Michael Feldman and Adam Curry turned out mostly okay except I didn't realize there would be a reflection from the bar's cash register.

October 05, 2003

These are Days

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These are days you'll remember. Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this. And as you feel it, you'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky. It's true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you. These are days you'll remember. -- "These are Days", 10,000 Maniacs

BloggerCon concluded a few minutes ago after saying goodbyes to dinner companions. It never occurred to me that I should try to get Zippy my notebook computer online at the Harvard Book Store until Gregor and I stopped by after dinner and he turned on his computer to check the bus schedule. Voila! The bookstore is surrounded by Harvard buildings so my connection is probably coming from a student's dorm room or apartment. Photos from the Friday night Hong Kong party will be online tomorrow. I forgot to drop off the film today.

The 10,000 Maniacs' song with the same title as this entry came to mind when I was thinking about the Bloggercon weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to discover on the band's website that they are back together after a two-year break following the death of founding member Robert Buck. Oskar Saville is the new singer (replacing Mary Ramsey who replaced Natalie Merchant in 1994) and they're joined by Jeff Erickson on lead guitar. This band has special significance in my life. Fifteen years ago a coworker at the restaurant I was working at as a teenager gave me a handful of cassette tapes and CDs to listen to after discovering I had 80s hair bands in my collection but no alternative tunes. After listening to "In My Tribe" a few times I was hooked. Now if someone would just convince Edie Brickell to get back on tour with the New Bohemians. Toad the Wet Sprocket, my other favorite band from high school got back together earlier this year.

October 04, 2003

Good Times

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Tonight's BloggerCon pre-party upstairs at The Hong Kong was a good time. A couple weeks ago I offered to find a venue and set up the party to help out the very busy Wendy and Dave. Other than the Geek Pride Festival in 2000, it's been a while since I had anything to do with a conference. I think the last time I had one of my sushi parties during Boston conferences was Miller Freeman's Web99. 1999. Time flies. I took photos tonight with my old manual SLR so it'll be a couple days before I can post anything. After the shindig I walked up the street to the Harvard Book Store to see Michael and his cohorts. I found a computer in the back to check in with pals who weren't able to make it to the party or conference. Michael's co-worker Kari had never been to the famous (around Boston, that is) Kelly's Roast Beef yet (being a recent transplant from Nebraska) so at 12:30 a.m. we embarked on a little journey to Revere. Something tells me I am not going to want to get up in three hours to get ready and take the 77 bus into Cambridge. Mmmm, caffeine.

October 03, 2003

BloggerCon Kickoff Party Tonight Upstairs at The Hong Kong Restaurant's Lounge

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Dave Winer, the host of this weekend's BloggerCon conference, and Adam Curry are sponsoring a kickoff party tonight upstairs at The Hong Kong Restaurant's Lounge in Harvard Square for conference attendees. On Sunday (Day 2), there's an assortment of free panels and discussions open to anyone who wants to participate.

I confess I was a little (OK, a lot) skeptical about the concept behind spending two days blathering on and on about weblogs; but judging from the assortment of presenters and activities that Dave and Wendy have put together, it should be a great time with a mix of fun and learning. And it's always a good sign when you go to a conference that starts off with a party.

October 02, 2003

Sushi for Dean on November 15th

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Howard Dean supporters around the United States are planning events during the weekend of Governor Dean's 55th birthday. I haven't hosted a sushi party in over a year so it seemed like a good idea to have Sushi for Dean on November 15th. I should know in a few days where it is going to be. Fun!

September 09, 2003

BloggerCon at Harvard in October

@ 10:40 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Dave Winer is hosting the upcoming BloggerCon, a conference about weblogs October 4-5 on the campus of Harvard Law School. I'll be there thanks to the random drawing for 25 scholarship passes. So far the only person I know personally who will be there is Shannon. The two-day event costs $250 for students and $500 for everyone else. The event concept and schedule look interesting but that price tag seems high. Maybe everyone who pays the $500 fee should get to be a sponsor, too. Matthew Gross of Howard Dean's campaign weblog will be participating on a panel that aspires to include blogging staff from the other campaigns, too.

August 11, 2003

BunkoSquad.com Fifth Anniversary Party Tuesday 8/12 in Harvard Square

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Michael's BunkoSquad.com website turns five years old this week so he invited everyone to join him on Tuesday, August 12th for a party. Festivities begin at 9pm at Grafton Street Pub & Grille in Harvard Square located at 1230 Massachusetts Avenue.

See you there!

August 08, 2003

Shakespeare and Flashmobs

@ 03:34 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

To the oodles of people who have been visiting sooz.com lately via search engines looking for flashmob info: visit Brad Searle's and Shannon Okey's websites. They attended the Boston flashmob (I wasn't able to make it) and have a lot of photos, commentary and good summaries on the topic.

To the oodles of people who have been visiting sooz.com lately via search engines looking for Free Shakespeare on the Common info: go! There are only a few more performances of Macbeth through Sunday. Go! It's outstanding.

August 06, 2003

Free Wi-Fi and Java on Saturday August 9

@ 02:18 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

I'm experimenting with a new networking+social mixer. If you're around this weekend, join us in my neighborhood of Arlington Heights for free Wi-Fi, beverages and conversation at Panera Bread around 10am on Saturday morning. Along with a relatively new (free!) wireless Internet network, the cafe has a new brunchy menu on the weekends, too. For more information check out the event listing at Exploit Boston!.

July 30, 2003

Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common

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Shannon and I are going to The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's performance of Macbeth on Tuesday, August 5th. You're invited, too! It's hard to pass this up. It's free and the weather might even cooperate. The meeting spot is the fountain near the Park Street MBTA Station across the street from Finagle A Bagle.

July 22, 2003

The Rock & Roll Library's Summer Party Is Coming Up Saturday

@ 11:26 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

The Rock & Roll Library's Summer Party is coming up this Saturday at 7pm. The event takes place downstairs in the private lounge at 33 Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay. It's a great opportunity to support a super cool non-profit organization that is based in Boston. And it will be a fun night with good food and beverages, too. Tickets are available online or you can let me know you'd like to be on the list so you can pay at the door. See you there? (My other entry about this event.)

July 01, 2003

Good food, good drinks and a good cause: Rock & Roll Library Summer Cocktail Reception

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The Rock & Roll Library, a nonprofit based in Boston, is hosting a summer cocktail reception at 33 Restaurant in Boston's Back Bay on Saturday, July 26th from 7-9pm. I've been volunteering for RRL since January and I'm really looking forward to this party. Shannon and I attended a BBQ at 33 Restaurant last month and checked out the private lounge downstairs where RRL's event will be taking place. It's a very cool space. The restaurant is a short walk from the Back Bay T Station around the corner from the Hard Rock Cafe. Tickets are $40 and include complimentary hors d'oeurves and cocktails. See you there?

More information about the event:

media alert : invitation

June 24, 2003

The Unhappy Hour every Monday night at ZuZu in Cambridge

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Tonight Susan C. and I met up for a late dinner and a free music event at ZuZu, the restaurant with beautiful red walls between the Middle East's restaurant and corner. I've walked by it dozens of times but tonight was the first time I went in. We ordered the ZuZu PuPu Platter. It's a lot tastier than it probably sounds. Items on the platter o' pu include spinach dumplings, kebabs, meat pies, grape leaves, chicken brik, kibbeh, hummus, whipped garlic and harrissa. It was a great selection and the whipped garlic was a favorite.

We settled into the last available table, consumed our array of appetizers and then the music started around 10:30. Each Monday night is the Unhappy Hour at ZuZu hosted by Lili. Tonight featured the threesome of Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, Belly) and Chris Toppin (Fuzzy).

It was a magical night! The only thing missing was my digital camera which appears to be broken.

Next up for ZuZu's Unhappy Hour is Blake Hazard on Monday, June 30th. The music starts around 10:30pm.

June 20, 2003

BunkoSquad.com five year anniversary shindig

@ 11:03 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Michael announced plans for a party to celebrate five years of BunkoSquad.com, his home on the web. It seems just like yesterday I was pestering him to get a website. Apparently we're going to party like it's 1998. Hopefully that doesn't involve listening to The Titanic Soundtrack which was #1 (well, not on my list) that year. Schtick.org has a few articles about 1998 including fashion, music, news, movies, television, death and books. CNN's year in review includes the top 10 news stories of 1998.

June 06, 2003

Boston Blogs gathering at Caveau Monday June 9

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Shannon Okey and her Boston Blogs.com project are hosting a social gathering at 7pm on (this coming) Monday, June 9th at Caveau at 7pm. The shindig takes place after the first day of the ClickZ Weblog Business Strategies conference. See ya there!

May 13, 2003

An 80s party sequel

@ 09:49 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Michael and I have been talking about throwing a sequel to the 80s costume party we hosted October 2001. The admission cost will probably be a contribution to the door prize/contest box o' stuff. Hello, eBay! For the last party we went a little nutty spending money on eBay buying all sorts of 80s related merchandise including a Menudo LP (yes, really), posters (Michael Jackson, INXS, The Cure), Garbage Pail Kid Stickers, Mr. T bobblehead doll, Pacman Glass, Wacky Packs and a bunch of other stuff I can't remember. Halloween is on a Friday this year which is rather convenient. This time we'll focus more on the decorations. Especially if we have it at the American Legion in Arlington Center again. It was a great space with our own friendly Legion bartender; but the goofy paintings on the walls show up in all the photographs. Michael has proclaimed that he may not take requests this time since there was a lot of music he didn't get to play last time. He must have every 80s tune on MP3 by now after burning most of our CDs and finding a bunch online.

May 07, 2003

Iceland Airwaves 2003

@ 10:46 PM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

Maybe this could be the year to finally make it to Iceland Airwaves? Reasonable airfares plus a cool place to visit and music! Festivities are schedule for October 15-19, 2003 in Reykjavik.

May 04, 2003

Free agent lunch on the 15th

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I host an event called free agent lunch mostly monthly. The next gathering is coming up on Thursday, May 15th at Bertucci's Restaurant in Cambridge adjacent to the Alewife T station on the red line. Want to join us?

April 21, 2003

Happy Birthday, Michael!

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Visit Michael's website and send him your birthday wishes. And you'll probably want to wander around his site, too, since it's overflowing with great articles, rants, movie reviews, etc.

March 18, 2003

Free Agent Lunch on Thursday at MANTRA Restaurant

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The next free agent lunch is coming up this Thursday, March 20th at MANTRA Restaurant in downtown Boston. We usually meet at Bertucci's but this month we're going to check out MANTRA's new gourmet "express lunch." The event is a mix of networking, socializing plus good food. Afterwards I send out an email with participant's contact information so you can keep in touch. If you're working solo in the metro Boston area, take a look at the Free Agent Boston website and consider joining us if you'll be free from 11:30am-1:30pm on Thursday.

March 01, 2003

Trek to Gnomedex

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Chris Pirillo semi-announced that the next Gnomedex will be in Des Moines, IA the weekend of July 26th, his 30th birthday. A few friends and I are thinking of taking a big road trip from Boston so we can attend Gnomedex and also visit my family and friends in Nebraska (where I am from). It looks like we can start to plan now that there's a date. Ideally we'd like to become pals with a Dodge dealer who will hook us up with a Dodge Sprinter for a couple weeks. It's enormous and even comes in yellow. We could fit our computer gear and whatever else we dream up to bring along for the trip. Inspiration for our adventure comes from the guys who did the "Push" Boston-to-Comdex trip several years ago.

February 12, 2003

Upcoming Event: Free Agent Lunch, Thurs., Febr. 20th

@ 11:02 AM | Filed Under: Events (t) | Comments (0) | Cosmos

For the past few years I've hosted a lunch for people working solo called Free Agent Lunch. If you're working on your own or thinking about it, consider joining us for lunch on February 20th at Bertucci's Restaurant at the Alewife T Station at 11:30am. Informal networking takes place 11:30am-12noon and then lunch and conversations follows at 12noon. We usually wrap up around 1:00pm. The lunch costs $15 if paid in advance through MollyGuard/Paypal and it's $20 cash if you prefer to pay at the door. People from diverse backgrounds attend each lunch and chances are you'll make several really good contacts. Visit the registration page to reserve your seat. If you have questions or comments, get in touch.

February 08, 2003

New monthly event series: Brunch!

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It seems like there are already enough evening events to choose from so I thought I'd try something different ... a monthly brunch in the Boston area. The first brunch will be held at Tea Tray in the Sky in Arlington on Sunday, March 2nd. Individuals pay for their own food and beverages. Each brunch will take place on a Saturday or Sunday. Take a look at Tea Tray in the Sky's brunch menu. It changes regularly but that will at least give you a good idea of the type of food they serve and the prices. If you'd like to join us, subscribe to my email newsletter to receive more information. If you have a restaurant recommendation, let me know!

February 07, 2003

Upcoming Event: Bostonia Gathering

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Wednesday, February 12th @ 7pm, Caveau, Prudential Center, Boston

Mark James is hosting the third Bostonia gathering at Caveau, a wine bistro that is part of the Marche Movenpick compex at the Prudential Center in Boston. The event takes place Wednesday, February 12th at 7pm. I met a lot of interesting people at the previous two events. There is no cost to attend the event. Everyone pays for their own food and drink.

Bostonia is a network at Ryze, a business networking website founded by Adrian Scott. You don't need to be a Ryze member to attend Bostonia events; but it's free to join. The Bostonia Network has over 100 members. If you plan to be at the event but aren't a Ryze member, let me know you'll be there. Otherwise, RSVP on the event info page. You can view my page at Ryze but you'll need to be logged in as a member to see most of the tidbits including guestbook entries.

(Note: This event is an individual Bostonia Network event, and is not officially sponsored by Ryze)

February 04, 2003

The South by Southwest Interactive Festival is Around the Corner!

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During the days and nights of March 7-11, hundreds of web professionals and hobbyists converge in Austin, TX for the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. The festival includes panels, a trade show and evening parties. This will be my third year attending. It's always a mix of fun, learning and inspiration.

Independents Day (a project I help organize) will be co-hosting three panels with Derek Powazek, John (Halcyon) Styn and Jeffrey Zeldman during the festival. ID has been quiet lately but interesting things are stirring and we should have some new things in the works later this year.

Why you need to be there

The South by Southwest Interactive Festival's website lists several good tidbits regarding who should attend and why. Their list focuses on people who work in technology or Internet related careers; but the festival is also great for people with personal websites and labor of love web projects. People who attend the South by Southwest Interactive festival are passionate about the work they do professionally and personally on the Internet and the web. If you're a freelancer, free agent or consultant, SXSW is presenting the second Freelancer Forum on Monday, March 10th, hosted by Pableaux Johnson.

The costs, getting there, etc.

If you think that this conference is too expensive to get to from Boston, think again! The entire conference, which includes a diverse collection of panels and parties, costs $250 for the entire four days plus hotel and airfare. I've been looking into airfares out of Boston, Providence and Manchester. It looks like Hotwire(.com) has the best deals. If you're OK with not knowing what time you're departing until after the ticket is purchased Hotwire is an excellent option. Last time I checked they had fares for $240 roundtrip from Boston to Austin. You can also save on hotel costs when you book through the festival. If you're a bargain fare shopper and you don't stay at The Ritz, you can probably keep the trip under $850. If your job involves technology, the web or Internet, your boss should absolutely pay for this trip! If you need ideas to help inspire them to make that decision, let me know. If you are a freelancer, free agent or consultant and you attend the festival, be sure to save all your receipts so you can write off the trip as a business expense at the end of the year.

See you there?

If you'll be there or just thinking about it, let me know. It would be nice to see more people from New England there. Local Boston guy Ravi Jain is up for a SXSW award for his Three Abreast web sitcom!

Never been to Austin and/or SXSW?

Check out SXSW Blog, a community for South by Southwest Interactive participants. If you've never been to Austin before, visit Denise Czaja's "Guide to Austin."

February 01, 2003

What Boston Blogs Had To Say About Today

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BostonOnline.com posted a collection of excerpts from Boston area weblogs talking about Columbia falling from the sky.

January 18, 2003

A birthday brunch

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Sooz, Margie, Vin

A group of friends joined me to celebrate my 30th birthday a few days early at Henrietta's Table in Harvard Square. It was a very tasty meal shared with friends. Shannon gave me a knitting "starter kit" and a certificate for a complimentary lesson at Mind's Eye in Porter Square. Someday soon I will be knitting my very own socks. Assuming I can figure out how to knit. We'll see how it goes. I added birthday brunch photographs to the photo album.

January 13, 2003

A weekend in NYC: photos!

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I spent Friday through part of Sunday in New York City, visiting friends and seeing the city for the second time (ever). One of the highlights was lunch on Sunday at Zen Palate with Josh, Carrie and Jeffrey. It turned out to be Jeffrey's birthday so we had an unplanned January birthdays lunch (Josh's birthday was a few days ago and mine is on the 20th). Josh and Jeffrey are my favorite online pals and it's always been a wish-of-sorts to be able to spend time with both of them in the same room. Of course, that was a lot easier to see happen since Josh has moved from L.A. to NYC. Check out the photo album.