Just one geek's opinions and epiphanies

Ignite SLC 4 -- Be There!


Ignite is an experience that everyone should have, at least once.

What is Ignite?

Brady Forrest and Bre Pettis, some of O'Reilly's best, dreamed up an event where people could share their ideas over beer, and sent word out through their network.

The even is described best as:

Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global—Ignite is all of these and more. It's a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown crowd. Run by local volunteers who are connected through the global Ignite network, Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city.  And, via streaming and archived videos of local talks, local Ignites share all that knowledge and passion with the world.

Is it a bunch of nerds?

No! Normal everyday people have been known, and are encouraged, to attend the event. There is no basis for the information share at the event. At Ignite SLC 3 we had topics ranging from food co-ops, open source technology, surfing vs. snowboarding, politics, and even beards!

The format is fast paced and keep things exciting, in most cases you can even bring kids (probably best if they are 13+) update: The State Room is a 21+ club, sorry kids!

What about Zombies?

Glad you asked! Zombies are a growing concern for many, and maybe you were wondering if the Zombie Apocolypse will have an impact on your dating regiment? Guess what, there is an Ignite presentation for that!

Jason Vance will be presenting "15 things to remember when dating in a post Apocalyptic Zombie Environment" -- I personally am looking forward to this presentation!

Is it all about zombies?

Don't appreciate zombies? That is ok, it will only be for 5 minutes and then you can move on to other great topics including:

  • Deb Henry - Does Widening Roads Cause Congestion?
  • Kellen McAffee - How to tell your friends that you've seen a sasquatch.
  • DJ Waldow - Dude

and one that look particularly awesome:

  • Matthias Shapiro and Jason Alderman - Mobile App Dev RAP BATTLE

because geeks and rap go hand-in-hand!

Cost?

As with most of the awesome things in this world there is NO COST!! My list of awesome things includes, but is not limited to:

  • Linux
  • Free Money
  • Firefox
  • Free Toys
  • Pidgin
  • Free Time
  • Irssi
  • Free Tibet!

I hope to see you all there!

T minus 13


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So with my birthday approaching I know people are asking "What do I get him?"

For all those who follow my blog and want to know what to get me for my birthday, here is a short list of things I would love to have this year:

  • The Facial Hair Handbook -- I am looking forward to growing out my beard in support of awesome facial hair everywhere, so you can chip in $15 to make sure my beard stays looking semi-professional.
  • NewEgg.com Certificates -- I am looking at upgrading the old computer situation at home this year, and any little bit helps.
  • ThinkGeek.com Certificates -- If there is anything a geek loves, it is geek toys, geek clothing, and geek swag. Some how true geeks can never get enough, and ThinkGeek helps by bringing to market some of the geekiest of toys, clothes and swag.
  • WalMart Cards -- I shop there, alot. The only thing better would maybe be shares of WalMart stock.
  • Knitted Goods -- I love the scarf (pictured above) my sister Angela made for me.
  • Music -- Can never have enough good music. Please do not give me iTunes cards though, maybe an Amazon card?
  • Clothing -- I am man enough to rock that pink t-shirt you have been eyeballing for me.

I look forward to seeing (or hearing from) you all at my B-day party, no I don't know what we are doing, talk to my social secretary.

Book Review: Pomodoro Technique Illustrated


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Today I am reviewing Pomodoro Technique Illustrated: The Easy Way to Do More in Less Time which is best summed up by the books official website on The Pragmatic Bookshelf site:

Do you ever look at the clock and wonder where the day went? You spent all this time at work and didn’t come close to getting everything done. Tomorrow, try something new. Use the Pomodoro Technique, originally developed by Francesco Cirillo, to work in focused sprints throughout the day. In Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, Staffan Nöteberg shows you how to organize your work to accomplish more in less time. There’s no need for expensive software or fancy planners. You can get started with nothing more than a piece of paper, a pencil, and a kitchen timer.

The best part of the above statement is that it is 100% true. I haven't had enough time to really evaluate the use of the Pomodoro Technique, but the book really lays it out in a clean an easy to understand way.

Author Staffan Nöteberg has really written a quick read about the Pomodoro Technique, that will allow you to breeze through the book, learning the technique as you go.

The book is short, approx 200 pages total, with each page being an indepenent thought or section. You literally could read a single page each time you sat down and feel good about stopping in the middle of a chapter. The thoughts are clear and expressed in a clean format that really makes the things stick.

The technique itself is really simple. And Staffan's style of writing only makes it even easier to pick up and use.

I would strongly suggest getting Pomodoro Technique Illustrated: The Easy Way to Do More in Less Time if you plan to learn or at least try the Pomodoro Technique, even more so if you plan for the year is to be more productive!

Looks like I wasn't the only one to write a review on this book today either.

My kids are geeks!


You know you wish your kids were sporting Fedora tats!

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