Announcing PDX Devival

cyclon of slack

After EsoZone, enjoy the Cyclone of Slack!



With the Musical Stylings of:



an utter lack of NENSLO!

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Craig’s List Portland: Who wants to manage a Fairy Store?

This post, formerly found here, has been removed. But it’s a classic Portland job ad so I’m reproducing it here for posterity:

Successful entrepreneur is wanting to start a new concept in Portland.

I am looking for the one special person that I can count on to manage a store in happening Northeast Portland specializing in Fairies! We will have all things related to Fairies and perhaps even elementals.

The right person will:

Have retail management experience
Be mature
Have a successful background in retail
Be able to prove volunteer or community service work.
Be able to handle stress and boredom.
Believe in Fairies
Be able to work any days/hours.
Be able to lift 50 pounds.
Be knowledgeable in MS Office applications.
Have a fantastic personality.
Believe in the Secret.
Have a relaxed professional appearance.
Operate the store as their own without direct guidance from me.

The right person will not:

Have visible body modifications.
Have emotional baggage.
Need time off to go to Burning Man.
Depend on this opportunity to survive.
Use any drugs.

IF interested please:

Respond with a Resume
Tell me what “The Secret” means to you.
Tell me why you would make the perfect manager.
Tell me what you need or expect for a salary.

Ignite Portland 6 (July 16) lineup announced

  • 10 Vegetables that Could Improve Your Sex Life by Jeanne Turner
  • Critical life lessons learned from my four years as a hooker by James Keller
  • Derailing the Train: How to stop Ignite Portland in its tracks by Reid Beels and Amye Scarvada
  • DIY Healthcare in Portland by Sandra Clark
  • Everyone needs a little space by Noel Franus
  • How to build and program a multitouch display by Todd Greco
  • It’s the End of the World As We Know It, and It’s About %#$@& Time! by Uriah Zebadiah
  • Massage 2.0: Myofascia-The Real Interweb by Megan Bradley
  • My Updated and Revised Commencement Speech to the Graduating Class of 1989 by Andrew Berkowitz
  • Sauna Etiquette: Proper Decorum Amongst Naked, Sweaty Strangers by Miki Tokola
  • Seven lessons learned while trying to reinvent television news by Aaron Weiss
  • The death of authority: a kind of elegy by Eva Miller
  • The History of Magic and Technology by Seth Raphael
  • The Scandalous Lies I’ve Told My Children by Michael Buffington
  • The Webcomic Age or, A Young Geek’s Illustrated Primer by Ben Bleything
  • Tips on How to Be a Gentleman From a Guy Wearing Jeans and a Tee Shirt by Chris Alan
  • You can stop S#$%#y Little Dog Syndrome by Bridget Pilloud
  • Ignite Portland 6 Lineup (Includes more info about specific talks and speakers)

    You’ll note that frequent Renegade Futurist commenter (and round-table participant) Uriah Zebadiah is giving the talk “It’s the End of the World As We Know It, and It’s About %#$@& Time!”:

    Yes, the world is coming to an end. You know it, I know it, we all know it. But rather than get down in the dumps about it, here’s five fast-paced minutes of good reasons we should all be happy about it. We’ll cover why the world sucks, why the people running the world suck, what you can reasonably expect to come out of all this, why the future will kick ass, and above all, what you can do to live fat, free and happy throughout the transition.

    More info: “It’s the End of the World As We Know It, and It’s About %#$@& Time!”

    Portland tech entrepreneurs defy recession

    Even as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Tektronix and other Oregon tech stalwarts are slashing jobs, new companies are springing up by the bushel in Old Town, the Pearl and Portland’s inner eastside.

    These startups are taking advantage of the social media craze to invent new Web tools that broadcast a user’s location online, for example, or stream advertising onto MySpace and other online communities.

    But stalwarts they are not, and may never be, even as the state looks for ways out of its deepening recession. […]

    Oregon has long lacked the money, scale and leadership to be a great incubator for tech startups. Those weaknesses are less important these days, as the recession humbles big cities and mega-companies. The trend toward grass-roots technology and collaboration plays to Portland’s strengths.

    Oregon Live: Tech entrepreneurs defy recession

    (via Fast Wonder)

    Internal Fascism vs. Radical Psychology – session notes from PDX Barcamp 3

    A discussion on the feedback loops between psychological repression or internalized fascism and social conditions and control structures. Delved into the work of Wilhelm Reich and the Brazilian Somatherapy Group and the difficulties of restructuring organizations as diverse as corporations and social movements, an example of which being Hacking Business Models..

    From: Portland Barcamp 2009

    Oregon tech companies better off now than during dot-com bust. Plus: Oregon companies bucking the trend

    In relative terms, this recession has been much less hard on Oregon’s high-tech industries than the dot-com and telecom busts were early this decade. And though the state’s technology manufacturing base continues to erode, a new cluster of Web services companies have sprung up and created a vibrant culture around social-networking technology.

    Hopes are high they could lead Oregon technology out of this latest downturn, though their economic impact is muted.

    Many of these small companies have set up shop in previously rundown buildings downtown or on Portland’s inner east side. They share a passion for social media, which connects people online through a series of tools including wikis, blogs and the instant-messaging service Twitter.

    Prominent examples include Jive Software, AboutUs and SplashCast. Dozens, maybe hundreds, of even smaller companies are bootstrapping themselves with just a handful of employees and their laptops, using low-cost open-source software to launch their businesses with a minimum of startup costs.

    OregonLive: Oregon’s high-tech better off now than in dot-com bust

    The article’s side panel lists a few companies that are “bucking the trend” during the recession:

    Ensequence Inc.

    Jive Software

    TriQuint Semiconductor Inc.

    Alex and Allyson Grey and more in Portland May 22nd

    alex and allyson grey portland may 22nd

    Tickets and further information

    (Thanks Trevor)

    April Springboard Social Innovation Forum

    I went to the Springboard Social Innovation Forum last night and watched presentations on some awesome sounding web projects:

    Bright Neighbord – a Portland community site, broken up by neighborhood.

    MiroMentor – a site connecting small business with volunteer mentors.

    ChangeXChange – like Kiva, but for local businesses.

    Cargo delivery by bicycle in Portland

    The idea is simple: Use specially modified cargo bikes to deliver goods in Portland’s urban core. In the process, they’ll spare downtown streets from large delivery trucks (which, Franklin pointed out to me, are usually only partially loaded), and provide a more earth-friendly method to go the “last mile” in a company’s distribution chain. […]

    In the past two weeks alone, Franklin estimates they’ve delivered 5,000 pounds of produce for their first customer (a Eugene-based distributor). The produce is dropped in bulk at the B-Line headquarters and then Franklin and Kathryn deliver the goods into Portland’s urban core to restaurants like Bijou Cafe and Higgins. Besides the obvious savings in carbon emissions, Franklin says he has saved the city 27 trips taken by large delivery trucks (which means less wear-and-tear on streets, less congestion, and less safety risks to other road users).

    Bike Portland: New company takes pedal-powered delivery to the next level

    See also Metro Pedal Power in Boston.

    (via Thiebes)

    Shizzow’s Social Location Service Marries ‘Where’ With ‘What’

    Shizzow encourages users to accompany each location update with a short message describing their current activity. The added context is super helpful in real life social applications, and it elevates Shizzow above a simpler service like Fire Eagle, which just provides location data, and Brightkite, which is being used more like Twitter with location attached. By contrast, Shizzow puts location at the fore.

    Full Story: Wired

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