Ignite Portland 4

November 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Went to Ignite Portland 4 last night. My company was good enough to give some sponsor money to the event. I really love that my company can give some money to support local events where possible. I’m pretty proud that we’ve sponsored all of the events since the first Ignite Portland at Weiden and Kennedy.

Typically each sponsor is given a chance to speak for a short time in front of the audience, but this time the organizers asked for a video. I had a great time pulling together our video for the event. We have a ton of great people Extensis who have a good sense of humor and were willing to hit themselves in the head with a product box for the cause. Here’s the result:

Overall the crowd was very respectful and had a great time with all of the presentations and sponsor videos. To those who cheered our video, and those of other sponsors, thanks! To those who ‘boo-ed’ the Microsoft short recognition, you are disrespectful twats and a pox on your house. They were kind enough to sponsor the event that was FREE to you, so suck it up and act at least a little dignified – no matter what you think of their products. Didn’t your mother tell you that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?


The “big city” of Portland

October 6, 2008 1 comment

When I was coming into the building this morning for work, there was a couple in the parking garage that were all aghast that they had to hand over their car keys to the parking attendant. Giving your keys to the parking attendant is required in my building if you’re blocking someone else in when you park. It’s not a huge deal to most people.

Yet, these folks were from Salem, and seemed to be bound and determined to be afraid of the “big city.” They rode the elevator up with me, and kept repeating their worries and itinerary to everyone in the elevator car.

“Oh, we’re just up here to check out our retirement with the PERS (public retirement plan) people and then we’re leaving right away!”

“I just don’t understand life in the ‘big city,’ that guy could steal everything out of our car while we’re gone!”

Good lord, people. Get over yourselves. I’m sure that you’ve heard all of the “bad” things that happen in Portland from the news, and immediately assume that every single one of them is going to happen to you while you’re up here. It’s a city, period.

As many bad things happen per capita in smaller towns. Heck, Salem is probably more dangerous per capita since the main jail and mental institution is there.

I repeat, get over it and simply relax. People are people everywhere, and those of us who happen to live in the big city aren’t all out to rob you blind, attack your grandmother and steal your organs. It’s your own xenophobia that your should be dealing with. Sheesh.

Categories: Uncategorized

Suitcase Fusion 2 trailer – Bravefont

September 30, 2008 2 comments

So, here’s out newest promo for Extensis Suitcase Fusion 2. It was done for us by CMD right in our own fair city of Portland Oregon. It’s a funny little piece that was mostly created for the Press. We dropped a bit of audio at the end about calling our PR person for interviews, and thought that it would be fun for everyone else to see.

I put it up on both YouTube and competing online video provider, Viddler. I definitely prefer Viddler, but will double-post to YouTube just because they were one of the first on the scene and have an audience. Here is the video as it is posted to both sites. You can see just how much better Viddler’s compression is.

The Viddler version:

The YouTube Version

Though, I do have to say that embedding a Viddler video into a WordPress.com blog is a bit of a pain in the patoot. WordPress.com needs better conversion of the embed code into their proprietary embed string. They do it OK with YouTube, but not so much with Viddler.

Twitter can be entertaining

September 24, 2008 Leave a comment

OK, I’m not enough of a narcissist to believe that everyone wants to know what I’m doing at all times. That being said, I find the micro-blogging service Twitter an interesting avenue for entertainment as well as work.

I use Twitter to track what’s going on in our market and with our customers, as well as an another way of publicizing our blog. It’s pretty handy the way that you can search it for specific keywords, and set up custom RSS feeds for those search terms. I’ve added a slew of them to my Netvibes page.

Entertainment wise, there are a ton of “fake” celebrities out there. In the vein of Fake Steve Jobs, there are a couple of fake microbloggers that can be incredibly funny to read. Here are just a few that I’ve found entertaining:

And here’s one that isn’t fake, but entertaining:

Categories: Uncategorized

IOUSA – YES! let’s talk about this problem

September 15, 2008 Leave a comment

This looks like a good, yet depressing, film. This is one thing that neither of the presidential candidates have talked about much at all. I think that we need to talk more about what things cost when we make decisions in this country.

The old question, “Can we afford our ideology?” is very pertinent these days.

Categories: Uncategorized

Additions to the 100 foods list

August 22, 2008 Leave a comment

So, I love food. Yup, it’s no secret, if you call it food and are willing to eat it yourself, I’ll give it a shot at least once. That being said, there are a number of other foods that I think should be added to the list – adventurous and otherwise. I’ve had them all, and recommend that each be enjoyed at least once.

  1. Bulgogi, Korean BBQ
  2. Taiwanese Hot Pot
  3. Iskender Kebap
  4. Pad Kee Mao
  5. Pad Thai
  6. Thai Green Curry
  7. Green Mango Salad
  8. Hum Bao
  9. Chinese Dim Sum – Ha Gao, Shumai, tofu skin rolls, etc.
  10. Smazeny Syr (Czech fried cheese)
  11. Polish Pierogies – both meat and cheese varieties
  12. Latkes with apple sauce and sour cream
  13. Unagi
  14. Amebi
  15. Bangers and Mash
  16. Scotch egg
  17. Vegetable Pastie
  18. Krakelingen (little Dutch waffles)
  19. Weisswurst
  20. Gelato
  21. German beer with prezels
  22. Jicama salad
  23. Halibut fish tacos made with fresh corn tortillas
  24. Fresh squeezed grape juice from grapes other than concord grapes.
  25. Spanikopita
  26. Pecan Pie
  27. Risotto
Categories: food, fun

100 foods that you should eat

August 21, 2008 1 comment

Found this list of items on another Portlander’s blog.

Items in bold are things that I’ve eaten. I’m up to 75/100. Of course, it’s a bit embarrassing that I don’t remember ever having a hot dog from a street vendor.

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi (mango lassi and sweet lassi)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (not intentionally though)
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare

87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

Categories: food, fun Tags: , , ,