What does it take to get a technical user group started and then sustained? We started with bribery (free books!) and a great talk from a local expert, followed with many pitchers of good beer. And lots of home-baked cookies. Now we have a group that meets every month and always has interesting things to talk about.
I’d like to present a case-study that describes my experience with the Portland PostgreSQL Users Group. I’ll list our starting ingredients and motivation, describe the methods we used to get people to the meeting, and the tactics to keep people coming back. I’ll draw on some popular books (i.e. _The Tipping Point_, Martha Stewart’s _Entertaining_, Douglas’ _PostgreSQL_), feedback from our members and members of other successful user groups, and maybe an academic paper or two on community building.
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I guess I should have read the whole article first. There are plenty of fun wording issues to ridicule…
U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Slowly Begin to Drop
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2007 — In the EPA’s annual national greenhouse gas inventory, the agency has found that overall emissions during 2005 increased by less than one percent from the previous year.
The drop follows a steady increase over the last 15 years, when greenhouse gases climbed 16 percent between 1990 and 2005.
The Department of Energy reports that greenhouse gas emissions have risen an average of 1.2 percent per year each year.
From a thread that came up today on ‘post-mortems’:
I’ve been searching around for a replacement term for a long time:
After Action Reviews
Neither really roll off the tongue, but they feel a little better than post-mortem.
But really – the questions to ask are the most important:
What did we learn?
What are we going to do better next time?
What are we going to do?
If there’s a problem, what changes will solve it?
And what is the commitment to make that change?
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Don’t know if you’ve heard of Miranda July, but I thought her new site was pretty neat.
== â— No One Belongs Here More Than You ==
Miranda July, who you might remember from her film Me and You and Everyone We Know, has a book coming out in May, a collection of stories called No One Belongs Here More Than You. The book has a web site that’s one of the most effective and creative I’ve seen in a long time. Here’s a screenshot of one of my favorite pages, just to give you a taste:
Don’t know if you’ve seen this guy before – but I thought you might be interested in these. They’re a series of paintings on glass.
And there’s another artist who does similar work -
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There are other free 411 services out there, but I thought I’d share this one:
Google threw a new product called Goog-411 into Google Labs today – a free telephone based information service that could replace toll 411 calls. About 2.6 billion 411 calls are made in the U.S. each year, and it is a $7 billion/year market.
Goog-411 can be accessed by dialing 1-800-GOOG-411. The product is completely automated and there is no way to talk to a human for additional or clarifying information. You tell it your city and state, and then ask for a specific business or business category.
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There are a couple nice pages in this link.. original link below.
== 150 Best Apartment Ideas ==
(from MoCo Loco)
150 apartments from all over the world, â€œThis compilation expresses the diversity of current trends in apartment design and provides an inspirational source of ideas for those active in the field of design or interested in catching up on the latest in contemporary residential architecture.â€. Lots of ideas for small spaces (here are some pages from the book). Hardcover, 600 pages, well illustrated, $19.77 at Amazon.
+ 150 Best Apartment Ideas at Amazon
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