Good morning, Twincy’nam!


Hello greater St. Paul and beyond. Thanks for having me to this bLog. I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany. You might recognize me (or my dog) from Twitter. Maybe you’ve seen my bike in your rear view mirror, or pulled over on the side of the road. Maybe we’ve raised a glass of Surly Furious at the Tap. In all likelihood, none of the above are true, but at the very least, I hope you caught the Anchorman reference. I’m not very important, but…

A few minutes ago, I had what I thought to be a witty introductory post. The interwebs conspired against me and dumped it, so you’re stuck with this: I grew up in Michigan, moved to California at 18, snowboard bum for 5 years in Lake Tahoe, 3 years in Oakland/San Francisco, and now St. Paul/Minneapolis/Twincy. My background is in interactive web strategererery and analytics, I’m a retired geek, and I’ve got a degree in Entrepreneurship. I’m part of The Nerdery at Sierra Bravo, and I go to some of the social media support groups for the free coffee. Or, if so inclined, check out my author bio (or stalking made easy via extendr). I’m trying to give you an idea of where my posts are coming from / heading to, but that’s never going to work out. I’m all over the place, but you’ll probably find me under the Rants category thanks to the incredible Minnesota drivers. Is driver’s training an optional part of the licensing process?

Okay, but seriously. This post is to brag about what a rad internets-web-o-sphere community we’ve got here in the Cities. Work brings me to Chicago, and I got to peer into their groups. If you’re active in that space, we’re lucky to be here. Really, really lucky. Groups like MIMA, Social Media Breakfast, Likemind, MinneBar/MinneDemo, Ruby.MN, on about a bajillion others push the envelope on a regular basis. There’s some really thought provoking topics and even better work coming out of these groups. I can back that up, too. Last week, Minneapolis’ own Zeusjones and Sierra Bravo won the national Microsoft design challenge, Phizzpop. They beat out teams from the west coast, the east coast, and everywhere inbetween. Sure, I work there, but I’ve been a fan for longer. And the finished product is rad.

So what’s coming up in the geek community? A lot. Warning: high volumes of nerd.

  • iPhone Pub Night
    7pm March 23, Uptown Bar, Minneapolis
    This is a social get together for iPhone application developers. Please RSVP to Dan Grigsby ( if you are planning on coming.
  • Tech Karaoke
    9pm March 27, Otter Stop, Minneapolis
    Do you have what it takes to rock the mic? Who cares, join us anyway. We’ll be holding the bar up with plenty of cheap beer, loud music and more OHs than you can shake a Tweet at. More @
  • Twin Cities Code Camp
    April 4, University of Minnesota
    A free one day conference for developers. RSVP at
  • Ignite Minneapolis
    6pm April 22, Solera, Minneapolis
    The popular Ignite event is coming to Minneapolis! Watch presenters give 6 minute presentations with exactly 20 slides…that auto-advance. RSVP at
  • Cloud Camp
    9am-3:30pm April 18th, University of Minnesota
    CloudCamp is an unconference where early adapters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas. Limited tickets @
  • Social Media Breakfast
    8am-10am April 29, Allianz, Minneapolis
    Come discuss personal branding – how are you being portrayed online? Do you have a Facebook account and looking for work? You should be here. Those pictures of you passed out with a Sharpie mustache isn’t doing your job outlook much good. More at

Until the next time, stay in the right lane if you’re going to drive 10 under the posted speed limit. Thanks.

1 Comment so far

  1. Liz (lizgiel) on March 24th, 2009 @ 10:43 am

    Well look at what we have here. Aren’t you a nice little surprise on the Metblog!

    "social media support groups" <– LOVE it. Welcome aboard, buddy.

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