New monthly event series: Brunch!

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!

Upcoming Event: Bostonia Gathering

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)

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.”

A birthday brunch


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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.

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.