Podcasting Intro: Podcasting for Social Change

Here's an event budding podcasters might be interested in:

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What: Net Tuesday4 - Podcasting for Social Change

When: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 5:30 PM!

Where: WorkSpace
400, 21 Water St.
Vancouver BC
V6B 1A1

More: Meetup, Facebook Event

Sponsors: Communicopia, Social Signal, and WorkSpace

Topic: Ways Non-profits/Social Change orgs can use podcasts to spread their message

Three ways:
1) publishing conferences and repurposing stuff you are already making
2) event and campaign crowd coverage (including micro podcasting i.e. utterz)
3) special reports interviews etc.

To make it easy, we’ll cover:
1) planning
2) producing tips (with toys to demo)
3) publishing/promoting

Panel:
dave olson - moderator/podcaster
john bollwitt - podcaster and audio engineer
rob cottingham - social change technologist
roland tanglao - mobile pundit and tech-evangelist

Cross-posted at Digital Doodles
iPod Graphic by ~deleket

Surrey Drupal Users Group

Greater Vancouver now boasts 2 Drupal groups!

Thanks to the efforts of Katy at SeascapeWebDesign.com there's a Surrey Drupal Users Group. Greater Vancouver encompasses 2900 square kilometers (1100 square miles) and more than 21 jurisdictions, with the namesake, City of Vancouver, being the largest and on the western edge. It's not only awesome seeing a second option for people who can't get to downtown Vancouver, but seeing interest in Drupal grow to supporting 2 groups.

I was at the inaugural meeting but forgot my camera. Fortunately Ryan Demsey Dempsey had his cell camera and our server obliged us with a group shot:

Surrey Drupal User Group 1st Meeting

Surrey Drupal User Group meetings are currently being posted on G.D.O. Vancouver, along with the Vancouver meetings. Next meeting is July 10, details here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/12795.

Drupal Camp Vancouver Wrap

DCV08 Logo on t-shirtDrupal Camp Vancouver 2008 (DCV08) was a month ago and I haven't posted a wrap up. It's almost moot at this point, but it seems weird to have blog posts saying DCV08 is coming and have no wrap up post. So instead of moot, let's say better late than never.

The stand out session for me was Greg Dunlap's deployment module session. He's making headway on a problem the community really needs to solve. Kat Bailey's jQuery session was also a winner.

Biggest WTF moment was one of our speakers flying in from Lethbridge, Alberta getting delayed by snow! It was May, damn it!

Though I've been involved in the organizing of many conferences this was the first I've held a primary role. The work isn't hard but the details sure eat up a LOT of time. When Dave, Ariane and I kicked this off with the blessing of the local community and a short organizing period I didn't realize how much responsibility would fall on our shoulders. There was simply no time to build out a committee and spread the responsibility (Thank goodness I didn't have an active contract at the onset). It was phenomenally gratifying when the call for volunteers, sponsors and speakers was answered so generously.

A very big personal thank you to everyone who had anything to do with making DCV08 happen.

Drupal Camp Vancouver Call for Speakers

Drupal Camp VancouverThe team has been working hard on Drupal Camp Vancouver:

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Registration has been open less than a week and we're already 33% booked!

Our next big goal is getting a great line-up of speakers. We're looking for presentations on anything Drupal from beginner to advanced. Please check out our Call for Speakers page and become a part of Vancouver's premier Drupal event!

Pachyderms, PHP and Podcasts

Open Web Vancouver StuffThe Open Web Vancouver Conference, sponsored by the Vancouver PHP User Association, has wrapped up. And we have it on tape! And hard drive. And SD Card. And burned to DVD.

A team of volunteers (volunteers and organizers were designated with happy faces on their badges ... We few, we happy few, we band of brothers) lead by yours truly recorded the conference and we now have around 32 hours of audio and video to process! Barring unforeseen circumstances they'll be coming to a podcast near you very soon.

The only downside to the conference was getting up so early in the morning to get there! I've never exactly been a morning person, and working from home has taken me out of the early morning habit. It's not that late and my brain is shutting down. I've been sitting here for the last thirty or minutes trying to put together some coherent thoughts about the conference and failing miserably. So I'm going to point you to the much superior live blogging of the keynotes from Vancouver's Miss 604, Rebecca Bolwitt, in her mild mannered work disguise:

Added conference bonus, I got to bring home a PHP elephant mascot. Not that I need another plush toy, but how could I resist?!

Custom Label Your Flashdrive

directory pictureHere's a cool idea from Life Hacker to custom label your flash drive with a custom label and graphic icon. I have flash drive for articles so I can move easily between my desktop and notebook. I choose a pencil cause, like, it contains my writing in progress.

Instructions at: Label a Flash Drive with Your Name and Number

Open Web Vancouver 2008

Open Web Vancouver BadgeWe've been mentioning the Open Web Vancouver 2008 conference at our Vancouver League of Drupallers meetings, but I realized I haven't blogged about it. If you're in Vancouver April 14/15 you'll want to take a look.

Zak Greant said it quite eloquently: For Geeks, by Geeks: The Open Web Conference.

For us Drupal types, there's one Drupal presentation by the Donat Group titled, A Social Intranet with Drupal: Case Study. The Donat folks do interesting and cool stuff, as they demonstrated at the August 2007 League of Drupallers meeting.

The First 14 Programs I Needed

A little while ago my Windows computer became unusable and it was time to reformat and reinstall. The sordid tale is even documented: Hi Ho, Oh No, Installing I Must Go.

Like most people, I'd collected a variety of programs that were used seldom or not at all. Starting over with a clean desktop, it was fascinating to watch which programs I installed because of immediate need. Here are the first fourteen.

Happy Retirement Lionel!

Lionel TolanMy first job in my chosen career was technologist in the Technical Support Workshop of the Computer Services department at Simon Fraser University. I worked there for almost five years in the early 80s. It was a great starting job, a great place to work, and I made some life-long friends. And there's even a few people up there who remember me, though now there's one less.

Lionel Tolan ran the Operations section when I started at SFU. He was extremely personable and boy could he tell a story. And he had ideas. He was one of a handful of people there that made a big impression on me, though at the time I wasn't quite sure what to make of him. Little did I know then I was talking to a future mover and shaker in the SFU community. I moved on to a better job and Lionel ultimately became Director of University Computing Services. After 38 years at SFU Lionel decided to retire.

It was with pleasure I was able to attend Lionel's farewell reception last Wednesday. It was clear from the testimonials he's extremely well respected by both the people working for him and the academic community. An incredible feat, especially if you know any of the history of computing at SFU. And he still has the same spark that impressed me 25 years ago.

Once again, all the best Lionel! I'm sure this isn't so much retirement as a career change. Best of luck in what ever you do next.

Photo by Grant Dimock

Drupal Camp Vancouver is a Go!

Shuttle Launch

On the eve of DrupalCon – Boston, a Drupal Camp in Vancouver finally became a reality. I'm very excited!

We Vancouver Drupalites had elevated talk of a Vancouver Drupal Camp to that of discussing the weather (Canadians talk about the weather a lot, eh). Nice day, wouldn't a Drupal Camp be a good idea. It's raining, something indoors like a Drupal Camp would be nice. Smells like cannabis, oh, wait, wrong kind of cloudy day. Anyway.

Dave O started turning the talk a bit more serious a bunch of months ago and even took notes. We were on the verge, all it took was: Vancouver DrupalCamp this summer?. Ariane has secured her place in history as Vancouver Drupal Camp's catalyst. Or maybe Godmother.

The post resulted in a meeting last night and the talk turned into action: Drupal Camp Vancouver the first week of May. We have everything left to do, but we've started.

Way more to come. If you're interested in helping out please join the discussions at http://groups.drupal.org/vancouver.

Shuttle photo by p_c_w

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