Chris Pirillo says TechMeme has been hacked

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/30

Chris Pirillo says TechMeme has been hacked.

Who knew?



Interviewed on blogs and podcasting in the corporate environment

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/14

Caught up with Stuart Maxwell of the Seattle Podcasting Network (SPN) a few weeks ago at the Seattle TechCrunch party.

We talked about the challenges of using blogs, podcasting and new media tools in the corporate environment — great chat.

I cover some of the ins and outs of spreading the vision for these types of projects in healthcare (and other non-tech-industry) organizations (like the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford where I currently work).

Stuart recorded our conversation and has posted it to the as ‘SPN Podcast – TechCrunch Party Interviews: Part Two’.

Part 1 is also available from the SPN site.



Drupal Camp Seattle June 28-29

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/13

Two independent notes came in the other day noting that Drupal Camp will be here in Seattle on June 28-29. Sign-up is here are the bottom of the page (kinda hard to find, but it’s there).

May swing by for a bit if I have time before Gnomedex.

Thanks for the alerts go to Nancy White and Samantha Moscheck (whose DigitalAid design firm did the Drupal powered site for the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center where Mind Camp 2.0 was hosted).



Amnesty International: “It’s not happening here but it’s happening now”

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/13

Posting this here because it is such a great combination of design that provokes me beyond complacency. Caught this reference on 37 signals the other day to a new ad campaign Amnesty International is running in Switzerland.

Amnesty International it's not happening here but it's happening now example

Series is titled “It’s not happening here but it’s happening now”

wow.

Images are close-ups of currently occurring tortures and violence with transparent backgrounds that are inserted into bus/strain stop shelters.

Effect brings the given event right there to your doorstep so to speak — very engaging.



University of Calgary chooses Drupal as CMS

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/12

The University of Calgary chose Drupal last week as their CMS. Details are on D’Arcy Norman’s blog.

One reason?? —

The longer term goal is to take advantage of some of the more social/community-oriented features, and open it up to individuals on campus.

I think we’re going to continue to see decisions like this as folks from all sorts of enterprise organizations realize the economic and productivity benefits that social and community features bring.



Blessings on this new Scoble chapter

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/11

Woke up this AM to the news that Scoble is leaving Microsoft.

Wow — bummer and cool development all at the same time.

Robert gave me my very first external link last year — to my very first non-hello-world post. He didn’t know who I was. I actually had no idea how he found me.

My friend Gernot Ross over at Boeing emailed me an rss feed of Robert’s post, saying, “Is this you?”

I say, “How did you find that? I haven’t even told anyone I started a blog.”

Gernot says, “It’s on Scoble.”

I say, “What the…!!”


Since then I’ve gotten to talk with Robert a few times and have found him to be really smart and generous.

At the book release party for “Naked Conversations” my wife Jen and I also met his lovely wife Maryam.

Since the party Maryam invited Jen to her Diva’s book club and it’s been a joy to babysit whenever the ladies get together to talk about how to keep their geek husbands in line (I’m sure they talk about other stuff as well).


I just want to say that both Robert and Maryam will be missed up here in Seattle — many blessings at this fork in the road.



Pandora TechCrunch Seattle

Posted by bryanzug - 2006/06/01

Dropped in on a couple of very cool back to back geek events in Seattle last night. First was a Pandora town hall at the EMP — hosted by Pandora founder Tim Westergren.

Met my friend Steve Kaiser from QPass at the EMP and we enjoyed a nice 2 hour forum with Tim as he told the story of Pandora’s start and path toward innovation along the way.

Didn’t realize how lo-fi their engine really is — they use much less ‘wisdom of crowds’ data than I would have suspected — most of the genome is a strict taxonomy of 400 musical traits that trained musicians fill out for each song — at about 20 minutes per song.

Other interesting thing was the feature request QA with 150 very passionate users — lots of feature set requests that only a geek would love — all seemed to center around ‘I want to know why you recommended that song to me’ — which, is kinda their trade secret — interesting.

Definitely left with even more respect for their product than I had before — hard to imagine, but true.

Tim is really personable and has a compelling vision for using Pandora’s technology to create a “musician middle class” to help more folks make a living wage as musicians.

Also didn’t realize that their project is over 6 years old — he had some very seasoned startup stories.


At 9, we headed over to the Seattle TechCrunch meetup — what a blast.

Ran into a bunch of geek friends from around town —

Keith Robinson and Brian Fling from Blue Flavor both used to work at Children’s Hospital in Seattle (my old stomping ground) — was good to hear about their design firm taking off — sounds like lots of interesting work is in the que.

Then chatted with Brian Dorsey of Vulcan who I knew indirectly from Seattle Mind Camp — was great to get to know him a bit better (never had time at Mind Camp) — he ran sets of 5 minute lightning rounds as a session at Mind Camp 2.0 that was similar to the session Scott Berkun and I facilitated — both were really well received in the camp debriefs

Brian introduced me to Lars Liden of TeachTown — they make software that helps kids with autism (and similar special needs) – it connects kids, their families, and their doctors with one another — touches on everything from teaching to data collection for treatment and research — very cool.

Finally got to meet the legendary Ryan Stewart (now blogging on Flex and RIA for ZDnet) — we missed each other at Mind Camp 2.0 but got connected last night — talked Flex, flash, and Seattle tech with him and Hans Omli (who recently evoked a “one-click” response out of non-other than Tim O’Reilly himself on the whole ‘Web 2.0’ is mine fiasco) – great conversation

Last, but not least, I got to catch up with Stuart Maxwell of the Seattle Podcasting Network (yes, another Mind camp connection — can you sense a theme — he’s one of the Mind Camp organizers).

Stuart was grabbing audio interviews all night for a podcast of the event.

We ended up in a cool conversation about shared interest in getting blog/screencast/podcast types of projects going inside the firewall of non-tech centric companies — ways to champion the cause, etc. — lots of fun.

Here’s a photo of my namebadge (on my Hawaiian shirt, thank you very much)

techcrunch-name-tag-bryan-zug



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