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Headlines for Saturday:
Work on research
|A||C||James Iveniuk: birthday/sendoff|
|B||X||Remember elevator pitch for Orange and Bronze : E-Mail from Calen Martin D. Legaspi|
|B||X||Talk to new Microsoft evangelist : E-Mail from Rodney Buike|
|B||X||Download Orange and Bronze logo and lay it out : E-Mail from Matt Mullenweg|
|B||X||Download Wordpress logo and lay it out : E-Mail from Matt Mullenweg|
(* 2 (* 6.694 2.083 4)) = 111.55 USD Orange and Bronze (* 2 (* 6.682 1.736 4)) = 92.80 USD Wordpress
Remember my crazy idea to sell advertising space on my laptop during BarCampEarthToronto? Well, Matt Mullenweg of Wordpress.org - *WORDPRESS.ORG!* My favorite blogging platform! (Okay, my *second-favorite* - nothing beats Emacs Planner)
They are *uber*cool. Another thing I really, really, really, really like. Whenever I need to set up a blog for someone else, the very first thing I do is download the latest version of Wordpress, unpack it, and set it up. I like it a lot.
I'll blog more from BarCamp tomorrow, and I'll post my D*I*Y tutorial on Sunday. =) Or today, if I feel particularly diligent...
Anyway. Wordpress.org. They are totally, totally cool.
All you need to transform your laptop lid into a reusable surface where you can display your latest doodles are: one photo album with self-adhesive pages, a knife, and double-sided tape. Get a photo album that uses plastic and a sticky(ish) surface. Life is easier and neater if the strip that keeps the plastic attached to the book is on the outside edge. You'll see what I mean.
Step 1. Position the laptop face-down on one page of the photo album so that the strip that keeps the plastic attached to the book is along the top edge of the laptop lid. Trace laptop outline onto one page of the photo album. (If you feel particularly diligent, you can measure it instead.)
Step 2. Cut the photo album page to size. Trim a bit off the bottom part to avoid hitting the laptop hinge.
Step 3. Attach double-sided adhesive tape to the laptop.
Step 4. Mount photo album piece on laptop.
Step 5. Peel back plastic and put in stuff.
I like this approach because it doesn't require me to bring any special supplies in order to add to the display. For example, I can add fortunes from fortune cookies, Post-it notes, or even business cards.
This is handy for my wild idea about selling advertising on laptop. This laptop hack's primarily about creatively expressing yourself, though. =)
I came up with a terrific plan B: a whiteboard with a plastic protector to keep it from being erased in one's backpack. That one's pretty cool, too. I'll blog about it more on Sunday, Aug 27. In the meantime... enjoy!
I ran a terrific session on networking for introverts at BarCampEarthToronto. I shared a few stories about blogging and conversation-starting pins, and then asked people to save me from having to talk for an entire hour by myself. People shared tips and asked questions, and we had a wonderful, wonderful conversation.
We talked about why connecting with people is important: it opens up new possibilities and helps us learn more about ourselves. People shared many tips for how to network, from initiating conversations to developing friendships.
One of the useful tips I heard was to practice talking to people by asking strangers for the time or for directions to a place. Hmm, might try that. Another was to physically open the circle of conversation in order to invite people in. Yet another was to keep track of people's interests and wants, and this gives you an excuse to get back in touch with them.
Someone suggested using breaks to invite more introverts into the conversation. I'll facilitate the next session better. It was a great session! =)
@BarCampEarthToronto: Search engine optimization
I'm learning a lot from the session. Some points:
The problem with conferences is that I always, always run into scheduling conflicts. I really, really wanted to go to the two talks about communities, the two talks about culture, one talk about perception, and of course I have another session to run on information overload.
Six sessions, three time slots. Aiyah. You don't need a CS degree to know that's a problem.
So I convinced Mike and Quinn to merge their talks on culture. Then I looked for the people responsible for the meta-community talk and asked if they could merge with Ryan's talk about building communities. They agreed!
I couldn't merge with Mike's talk - thematically different, and I'd probably run a long conversation - but hey, that was a great win. All the people who merged said it would be a good idea because they needed less than an hour. Everyone else gets a nice panel. And I learned that if you ask, people will probably say yes.
@BarCampEarthToronto: Search engine optimization
Terrific idea! Ryan
Random notes: Alan Hietala talked about bridging multiple communities in World of Warcraft. Event planning for MMORPG. Heatware - independent reputation system. Jason: no one makes the first post, so you seed.. but dependency? .. Also, start with existing communities.
@BarCampEarthToronto, Brooke Gordon, serial entrepreneur
Know what your value is. Know what your customer looks like. Create scenarios. Find out what a typical customer looks like, so you can tell other people what you look like. Make sure that you get involved in networking. Get those government resources.