If I had a baby, I would name it Ignite Boulder.
I would nurture it, sing to it, cradle it in my arms - all the while knowing that it will someday turn on me as a teenager.
Ah, the perils and pitfalls of love.
(P.S. - If you haven't bought your ticket for tomorrow's show, go here. Guaranteed to float your boat and charge your barge.)
(P.S. 2.0 - Want to know more? I'm quoted in an awesome article about Ignite Boulder in today's Colorado Daily. Oh, baby!)
I bought some shoes over the weekend - a green suede pair of Puma Ligas. I'm not sure about the laces, though.
I think the yellow laces might be a little much. People might expect me to be way more jubilant than I actually am. I might swap them out with some black laces that I can pull off an old pair.
What do you think?
I recently joined Coathangr, a social network for fashion. Not elitist fashion, as far as I can tell - I would kick that mess to the curb. It's very laid back and a lot like Twitter, except that instead of asking you what you're up to, it asks what you're wearing. It's a local startup, so I'm happy to be a fashionable guinea pig as they refine the site.
To quote the site itself, users are encouraged to "stream the contents of your closet and fitting room to your friends." That means brief status updates about style, both personal and aspirational. People upload pics of what they're wearing or thinking of buying and their followers reply.
I like it so far, though I confess I haven't updated as much as I should. I'm not as sartorially adventurous as some of the other users - if you've met me, you've probably noticed that I tend to favor a handful of outfits in varying shades of black, grey or olive green.
I think one of the biggest pluses of the site is the willingness of its users to dispense advice and constructive critiques of people's ensembles. I prefer to turn to my friends for clothing queries - not an overpriced glossy mag. Coathangr makes that pretty easy to do.
Give it a shot. You can check out my scant profile under pugofwar. If you join, perhaps you can help me dress better. Or at least have a few laughs at my expense.
In just one week, I have achieved the following:
- Made the front page of the Daily Camera.
- Made the front page of the Colorado Daily.
- Performed live at the Boulder Theater.
The cause? Ignite Boulder, a local event that blends slideshow presentations with humor, social value and geek power. I had the honor of being on the planning committee for our 5th outing and pushed myself to make it our finest effort yet. That included amazing local media coverage, a concerted social media push and enough good ideas to make it work.
In all, 741 people packed into the Boulder Theater last night to hear presentations about corn, bacon, and magic. My contribution was a soaring musical opener that set the tone for the rest of the evening: energy, creativity and luck.
I still haven't come down from the high caused by performing for 741 people. I love Boulder and every single person that made it down to the theater for Ignite. I have seldom been in such a good mood.
Now here's a pic of me dressed as an "Igknight of the Round Table," taken only hours ago from the stage:
(Photo credit: Yann Ropars)
I'm currently taking part in Startup Weekend, a three-day community event where you "get together with local developers, marketers, designers, enthusiasts and do what you do best. Start projects, start companies. No talk, all action."
In our case, that means about 40 people eating pizza, riffing on startup ideas, forming small groups and working toward a goal of having something developed by Sunday night. Maybe a plan, maybe a working demo, maybe something else entirely.
It's my first time, so I'm trying to absorb as much of the energy as possible.
The event's founder, the luminous Andrew Hyde, has stressed the importance of community from the start. Consider this quote: "This is about meeting people, this is about community. If you're not into making friends, you're not going to have a good time here."
I've met some really smart folks so far - developers and programmers, which is quite a change from the PR/mktg folks I normally hang out with. I confess to being intimidated by their ability to actually build the things we are brainstorming, but PR/social media will also play a role - so I'm eager to contribute.
But at the same time, I wish I had their app-building skillz. It's something that I've toyed with but never committed to - learning the languages necessary to build stuff. My career focus thus far has been describing and communicating - it'd be a thrill to construct something from scratch for a change. I'm hoping to pick up some great perspective this weekend.
I'm returning to the fray for Day 2 shortly...
Every Cinco de Mayo, sales of Corona spike. Sales of Tecate spike. Everyone hits the liquor store to stock up on Mexican beer and limes. Little do they know that they have been misled.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo doesn't revolve around drinking Mexican beer.
Real Latinos drink Yoo-Hoo on Cinco de Mayo.
Don't believe me? Check it:
- I'm Latino.
- It's Cinco de Mayo.
- I'm sippin' the 'Hoo.
For realzies. For as long as I can remember, Yoo-Hoo has been a central part of my culture's celebration of the Battle of Puebla. We raised our voices as we raised our glasses [of Yoo-Hoo].
Spread the word to all your socially networked contacts or whatever. We've got to set the record straight.
Cinco de Mayo = Cinco de Yoo-Hoo.
Yes we can. Honest.
I spent Easter Sunday creating a new holiday with a pack of Boulder peeps. It's called Beerster and it will change the way you look at bunnies, beer and holidays.
Here is a pic of me snagging a Peep with my mouth. The point of the game was to do so with only one point of contact on the ground. I totally failed. Click the pic to see others from Beerster taken by @mattgist.
This is the Beerster Beer Hunt in full swing. I found two beers. I am not good at Beerster, apparently.
Some colleagues and I spoke at a social media panel at the Denver Athletic Club late last week. The DAC produced fliers to promote it. The fliers featured a picture of me and my peeps. As we were taking an elevator to the panel itself, we noticed the flier hanging inside.
It was a completely new experience for me. We are now elevator famous.
Here is my buddy Blake (also featured on the flier) posing next to the awesome artifact:
I noticed this as I was posting my last entry. I was verifying Flying Dog's URL when I noticed that their usually awesome homepage had been replaced with this (click for more detail):
It appears to be a Portuguese hacker group. Not sure. Pretty spooky.
I hope Flying Dog gets its site restored soon. They're an awesome brand, and they make very tasty beer.
The first Kegs and Kites took place last weekend and it was a super-delightful success. Kegs and Kites was an idea put together by myself, George G. Smith Jr. and Stepan Mazurov. Essentially, it's a day of kite flying and beer drinking to celebrate nice weather, wind, kites and beer.
In all, about 50 folks came out to drink beer (graciously provided by Flying Dog), fly a kite and get some sun. I also discovered that kites are pretty cheap - my Camp Rock kite was only $3 at Target. It featured a Jonas Brother on it - the non-curly one.
We should be having another Kegs and Kites when the weather clears up. It's pretty snowy right now, but when all that madness is over, expect some kite magic in Boulder.