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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Event: Chicago Fark Party

Fark is having a little get-together in August over at Lincoln Tap Room. See the Chicago Fark Party Thread.

Hang on to your hats, it's summertime in Chicago and that can mean one thing, time for another huge Chicago Fark Party!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 16th, at THE LINCOLN TAP ROOM for the spot to be for the next huge Windy City blowout! We've had parties here before and it's always been a hit, and we have lined up a ridiculous party package again, so come on out and join us! Here are all the wicked grisly details.

Saturday, August 16th
8pm-12am, or whenever you feel like showing up and leaving

Lincoln Tap Room
3010 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657


Lincoln Tap is a laid back bar with a nice beer selection and full liquor bar. We will have the entire back room reserved for us as well. Lincoln Tap Room is located on the triple intersection of Lincoln, Wellington, and Southport Aves. You can get there by the CTA's Brown Line by getting off at Wellington and walking West the six blocks or so to this intersection.


We've done this before, so it's being lined up again, we've secured a party package for the date of the party. $40 will get you a complete open bar for 4 hours from 8pm to Midnight. That's right, for only $10 an hour, you can choose from any beer bottled or on draft, any mixed drink, any wine on the menu and it is all included! This deal is spectacular and I highly recommend you take advantage of it, but IT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR ENTRY, the special is just there if you wish to partake of it.
(Source: fark)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thoughts on Digg Meetup Chicago

First off, let me say that I enjoy reading some of the articles posted on Digg... well, I want to emphasize some. It's a voting system, so there's a lot of crap stories, and just a few winners here and there. But sometimes those stories are worth it. Sometimes...

Anyway, I went to the Digg Meetup event yesterday with a co-worker and I thought it was just ok. Kevin Rose spoke a little, threw out some free schwag, interacted with the crowd, typical stuff. But the real reason I went was my hopes of hearing something about the Google in final negotiations to acquire Digg for $200 million headline. Which I didn't hear. Oh and the free schwag, which I also didn't get. Although a t-shirt did fly by my head, but Smartbar was so dark I couldn't even see the floor and chair in front of me.

I'm just really curious as to what Google or any Digg staff had to say publicly about this acquisition. Although the digg system is somewhat refreshing, the community and users are not. Too many stories and comments are entered without truly adding to the discussion. There is a way to bury these, which is nice, but again, that is based on their voting system.

Not that I'm saying Digg is like MySpace (which I hate, yes the word is hate). No, in fact I still prefer Digg over the moderated Slashdot.

I just don't see how this adds any value to what Google has. I like Google News as it is (although it could use a bit of a facelift). Is it for the money? I know Google would be good for Digg, but what does Digg do for Google?

Here is the Digg: Digg's Chicago Town Hall Pics.

I think their competitors are worth checking out:

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Event: Digg Meet-Up Chicago

I published this on my other blog, but wanted to post here too. Looks like Digg is coming to Chicago!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008
6-10 pm
3730 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613

Friday, July 18, 2008

Event: Social Dev Camp Chicago

I hope I can make this! From the facebook event link, I found: Chicago Interactive Design/Development Meetup Group. So interesting!

Saturday, August 9th 2008
at Illinois Institute of Technology McCormick Tribune Center (http://www.iit.edu/mtcc/)
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=20586291919
If you are developer in the midwest you might be interested in checking out the upcoming SocialDevCampChicago. SocialDevCampChicago is an unconference for people passionate about social networks, web applications, platform development, new media, and any of the exciting (but messy) topics in-between. This event promises to be a packed day of sharing, learning, coding, and relationship building with thought leaders in the social web landscape! (source: TechCocktail)

Finished reading the Groundswell

I just finished reading Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. Probably one of the best books I've read this year thus far.
What Is Groundswell?
It's a book by two Forrester analysts with practical, data-based strategies for companies that want to harness the power of social technologies like blogs, social networks, and YouTube. (source: Forrester)
I absolutely love reading case studies in these IT Business books. I finished my MS in Information Systems 2 years ago last month. I'm a little disheartened that I have yet to fully utilize my skillset at my current employment. But I am currently writing up a paper on how my company can utilize some of these social trends/methodologies and put them to good use internally.

My plan isn't about using any of these technologies/methodologies for the sake of using something cool, but rather from a problem/solution point-of-view. What is the problem? What is a potential solution?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Reading some Books on Web 2.0 & Generation Y

I want to share some books that I've read or am currently reading. The general theme is Web 2.0 and Generation Y. These topics are so interesting to me because the concepts and the generation behind it is my generation. I barely made it into Gen Y instead of Gen X. Whew!

I just love how my generation likes to solve problems more creatively and more efficiently than previous generations using technology. As more Gen Ys enter the workforce, I think corporate America will need to do some adjusting to how they manage this new breed of workers. I will blog more about the specifics in future posts.

Books I've Read:
Books I'm Reading:
Programming Books I'm using:

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Digg Meet-Up Chicago

Looks like Digg is coming to Chicago!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008
6-10 pm
3730 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613