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A few weeks of forethought

Geeks unite! What a couple of weeks we have coming up, and things are going to be awesome! Here are some events I will be attending and I hope to see you all there!

Ignite Salt Lake

March 4th will mark the 4th Ignite event in Salt Lake City, at the State Room (21+). The event opens at 6:00PM.

As is tradition with Ignite there will be a building activity to start things off, this time the construction materials include twisty ties and 5,000 little green army men, that sounds like fun :D

Following the build they are going to have two session of 9 talks each, each talk lasting only 5 minutes.

The pace is fast and the talks sound interesting this go round:

  • James Young - You sunk my Battleship!
  • Jason Vance - 15 things to remember when dating in a post Apocalyptic Zombie Environment
  • Matthias Shapiro & Jason Alderman - Mobile App Dev RAP BATTLE (this should be awesome!)
  • DJ Waldo - Dude
  • Kellen McAffee - How to tell your friends that you've seen a sasquatch

The event is free, and really fun. I encourage all (over 21) to attend this event, you will not be sorry.

Hostlers Model Train Festival

March 5th through the 7th will be the dates for the Hostlers Festival where over 8000 people will come to see the finest in model train setups.

The Hostlers were formed in 1988 and by 2004 had over 180 members! They specialize in all scale modeling, and love to spread the joy of model trains to all.

The event is $5 at the Union Station in Ogden. Hours are posted at http://www.hostlers.info/

Last year they had some really impressive setups and some excellent vendors. This show is a great one for taking the little ones too, they will love all the working models.

Also take time to go through the Utah State Railroad Museum while you are there.

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!


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!