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The next Freelance Hub lunch

The next Freelance Hub lunch in Cambridge is Thursday, December 13th. I updated the freelance-hub page and added an rsvp form for curious individuals who want to learn more about the lunch and/or RSVP. The photo album has been updated with a blurb and pointer to the rsvp3:the 80s photo album. And if that’s not enough excitement, I also created a discussion thread/area at QuickTopic called “sooz.com irregulars” — the name is borrowed from Keith Dawson’s “TBTF Irregulars” (and whomever he might have borrowed the name from, if anyone). I figured it might be nice for all the people on the mailing list to have a venue to communicate. At least, it seemed like a good idea. We’ll see! If you want to check it out, join the mailing list (see the sign-up box on the right?) or bug me. The nice thing about QuickTopic is that it’s very unobtrusive — you can choose to have replies to your posts emailed to you or just check in on the Web every now and then. And it’s free, too.

Michael and I managed to stay up late last night to watch the Leonids excitement in the sky. Our vantage point was the baseball field next to our apartment complex. After living here three years, I had no idea we had such a great view of the sky. Sure, it doesn’t compare to Nebraska (where I grew up); but a pretty good view overall. If only I could remember more from my college astronomy class.

The Independents Day project joined

The Independents Day project joined forces with the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX March 8-12, 2002! ID is leading three panels on Sunday, March 10th, 2002. The panel I’m moderating is titled “”Building a Buzz with Independent Content” which will be about how independent web creators can (if they should at all) create awareness about their web projects. Jeffrey Zeldman is moderating the “What is Independent Content” panel and Carole Guevin is leading the “Independent Design: Trend-Setting Expression” panel. Panelists for each session will include fellow ID participants. We’re also organizing a social shindig for Saturday night called “Independents Night” — more info on that when the venue is confirmed.

I attended my first SXSW festival March 2001 and thoroughly enjoyed it — a useful, affordable conference plus fun evening events and parties like Fray Cafe. If you’re thinking about attending, get in touch and we can conspire. Also, if you launched (or redesigned) a Web site in 2001, check out SXSW’s web awards — submit your site— the deadline is December 1st!

rsvp3 this weekend + Rose

rsvp3 this weekend + Rose Polenzani + for hire

rsvp3: the 80s is just around the corner — this Saturday to be precise. We lowered the rsvp/ticket fee to $5 in advance and at the door (mostly because we’re generous hosts — something like that). If you plan to join us, how about sending a little email to me at rsvp@sooz.com? There’ll be lots of food, cheap cash bar ($2-5), 80s music dj’d by Michael, lots of door prizes thanks to my crazed Ebay bidding, etc etc etc.

I’ve been a fan of Rose Polenzani’s music for a couple years, ever since a pal in Indiana introduced me to Rose’s music. After exchanging a few emails with Rose the past year, I’m now helping her out by managing her field rep program. She’s playing a bunch of shows with Freedy Johnston throughout the southwest and east coast. Check out her tour schedule and download a few tunes at www.rosepolenzani.com. If you live in one of the cities she’s headed to and you want to put up a few posters, let me know! In an interview a while ago, Rose described her music as “experimental folk.” Did I mention she’s fabulous? Truly.

From the “I probably should do some work for pay, too” department, I’m officially available for web marketing and event planning projects. I quit my fulltime web job at the end of September. It’s a zany time to make such a move; but hey, that’s me: zany. Let me know if you’d like to check out my resume.

Oops, no photos Jeff Veen

Oops, no photos

Jeff Veen and Peter Merholz were in town this week for the UI 6 East conference so Peter and I conspired to get a few folks together for drinks/food/conversation at Underbones last night. I brought my digital camera with me — planning to take a few photos to post in the photo album. It would have helped to remember the flash card. Oops. No photos to show; but a good time was had by all. Julianne Chatelain told us about her newish job at LifeFX. They’re creating “virtual stand-ins” for email and Web sites.