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Are you the mutant savior? The Church of Robotron needs you. Because 2084 will be here before you know it.

Post # 4066 by Beau Buck on October 1st, 2014 ~ 09:36:18 PM
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October 1st, 2014

Are you the mutant savior? The Church of Robotron needs you. Because 2084 will be here before you know it.

Are you the mutant savior? The Church of Robotron needs you. Because 2084 will be here before you know it.

Startups tend to revel in a world of procrastination. As if they didn’t have enough stress. So it’s always nice to see someone planning for the future. Even if it’s a distant—and likely apocalyptic—future. And that’s just what the Church of Robotron is doing.

Church of Robotron, Window Altar at Diode Gallery in Downtown Portland, OR from Brian Richardson on Vimeo.

With only 70 years remaining until the robot uprising crisis of 2084, The Church of Robotron desperately announces that it will be conducting testing and training operations at the Diode Gallery, 514 NW Couch, Portland, OR 97209. Window altar services will be available starting Sept. 14th, 2104. Mutant liturgy will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 2014 and (First) Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 2014, both at 7 p.m. Other times by appointment.

The installation centers around three (3) altars that will test and train the public by subjecting them to a multitude of environmental discomforts while playing augmented versions of the 1982 8-bit twitch arcade game Roboton 2084. Participants will take up the two (2) eight-way joysticks to battle both on-screen Robotrons and real-world stimuli manifested from in-game events.

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Meet & Geek (After-hours tour of Free Geek)

Post # 4065 by Beau Buck on October 1st, 2014 ~ 09:36:17 PM
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What? Free snacks, beer/wine, tours, and conversation. Connect with staff, volunteers and other community members to get a special after-hours behind the scenes look at Free Geek.

When? Thursday, October 2nd 5:30-7:30pm. We’re offering casual tours at 6 and 6:30.

Why? Why not! We’re want to show off what we’ve been up to lately (did you know we’re going for Responsible Recycler certification?) and hear your ideas about what we can do to better serve you and our community.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467066

Making "Smart Information" Real with Mike Pell

Post # 4064 by Beau Buck on October 1st, 2014 ~ 09:36:11 PM
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We can no longer afford to produce dead pixels. People’s expectations are already set – every piece of data, every visualization, every we put on any display needs to be alive, deeply connected, and able to surface its true value on demand. Fundamental change is needed, and it all starts with you. Join Mike to see the vision, discuss the realities, and jumpstart the ‘Smart Information’ revolution together.

Mike Pell is a bold, insightful, and uncompromising Senior Designer at Microsoft, focused on next gen information exploration and interaction. Having designed for the Cloud, Search, Modern Datacenter, Office, Windows and Mobile over the years has given him a unique perspective on how to communicate clearly through dynamic visualization. Read more at www.futuristic.com

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Robot Startup Founders

Post # 4063 by Beau Buck on October 1st, 2014 ~ 09:36:10 PM
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Vivek Mano – wiglbot.com – Wigl is an educational interactive toy robot with a musical ear. Children are rewarded for combining right brain creativity with left brain logic, and makes practicing their musical instrument fun!

Tara Jason O’Mara – In the quest to improve the lives of pets everywhere, Tara Jason are creating the next generation of pet entertainment. Their first product, SHRU – the intelligent cat companion, mimics and responds like a living animal, keeping kitties active and engaged while you’re out. Learn more at getshru.com.

Emcee Christian Perry is Founder of Beta Productions, a startup that produces events for other startups. He lives in Portland with lots of roommates and a kitten named Gabby who is currently vying for early access to a SHRU.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467065

Five Tips for Experience Designers Working to Improve Healthcare Innovation

Post # 4062 by Beau Buck on October 1st, 2014 ~ 09:36:09 PM
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Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work within an innovation lab called The Digital Innovation group (DIG), created as a collaboration between DigitasLBi and Astrazeneca to allow small, multi-disciplined teams the freedom to rapidly prototype and test new ideas for solving a variety of healthcare issues. I got to focus on two big problems: how to help doctors around the world cope with their continual medical education (CME) needs and also how to solve the unique problems doctors and patients faced in the Chinese healthcare system.

The ability to contribute impactful solutions to such complex problems invigorated my faith in the role of experience design and reminded me of how many opportunities there are for us to make a very real contribution to the world. What I learned was that even the biggest challenges—ones that have been plaguing the smartest medical professionals from all over the world—can possibly be solved by the humble experience designer. But by “experience designer” I mean people with multi-disciplinary backgrounds (technologists, designers, strategists) who can understand and meet deeper user needs by creating a uniquely useful product or service.

I also realized that innovation must always solve a real problem, but sometimes the output might fall under the category of “things you never knew you needed.” For very literal UXers who look to primary research to find the problem, that is a challenge, because users can’t always tell us what they don’t know they need. By using design thinking, and following some simple

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New Jersey man shoots neighbor’s drone with shotgun after it flies over home

Post # 4061 by Beau Buck on October 1st, 2014 ~ 09:36:06 PM
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Drone. Photo via Chase Jarvis
Drone. Photo via Chase Jarvis

What do you do if you see your neighbor’s camera-equipped drone hovering above you house?

Practice skeet shooting, perhaps?

One New Jersey man took justice into his own hands this week, peppering a robotic drone device over his home with blasts from a shotgun.

Gigaom has details on this bizarre story, noting that it represents a complex issue of “how to balance the rights of drone owners against people’s rights to privacy and self-defense.”

It is a timely incident, since drones will be one of the key topics we discuss at Thursday’s GeekWire Summit, featuring drone entrepreneur Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics and National Geographic photographer Chad Copeland.

Drones aren’t just used for spying, though public perception sure has been shaped in the past few months via some high-profile incidents in the media. The unmanned aircraft systems also have probably not been helped with military uses of drones, equipment with menacing names such as Predator, Raven and Global Hawk.

CBS Philly has more on the New Jersey story, noting that the man was arrested for criminal mischief and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. From the report:

Investigators say the resident was taking aerial photographs of his friend’s home, which is under construction. While doing so, the resident told police he heard several gunshots as he simultaneously lost control of the drone. After retrieving the drone, the resident observed multiple holes in it that were consistent with

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New York state of mind: AppNexus and Squarespace both host Portland meet ups, tonight

Post # 4060 by Beau Buck on September 30th, 2014 ~ 09:31:01 PM
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September 30th, 2014

New York state of mind: AppNexus and Squarespace both host Portland meet ups, tonight

New York state of mind: AppNexus and Squarespace both host Portland meet ups, tonight

[Editor: File under "Better late warning about upcoming events than never." Apologies.] It’s no secret that Portland is managing to attract its own fair share of regional offices. And while the bulk of those offices tend to outposts for our Bay Area friends, we’re also getting offices from other cities. Like New York.

And tonight, Tuesday, September 30—as luck would have it—two of the more prominent New York companies with Portland offices—AppNexus and Squarespace—will be holding meet ups. One to talk development; the other to talk jobs.

AppNexus Tech Talks: Tools Useful Techniques for Javascript, 6PM

Join us on Tuesday, September 30 for this special tech talk and QA with AppNexus software engineers Joel Griffith and Tim Santeford, as they take a deep dive into JavaScript tools and techniques. In “Using JavaScript to write JavaScript” Joel will discuss the tools used to build the front-end portion of an application. Tim will focus on writing large command line tools in Node in a talk titled “Conquering with Commander.js.”

Squarespace Portland Meetup, 6:30PM

Attention Portland: Squarespace is looking for great talent to join our Customer Care team, and we’ve organized

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Inside the Developer’s Studio, with Jonan Scheffler of New Relic

Post # 4059 by Beau Buck on September 30th, 2014 ~ 09:30:59 PM
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“Inside the Developer’s Studio” is a series where Cris Kelly, Director of Portland Code School, interviews a dev, or someone in the tech scene, to get to know the guest both personally and professionally. Through the interview, we hear their stories and experiences; we learn from their mistakes and successes; and we learn more about ourselves and our community, as we discover how they arrived in Portland’s rousing tech arena, and how they’re contributing to it.

Invite your friends and colleagues! Bring your questions and your lunch into our spacious classroom over Wednesday’s lunch hour, Noon to 1pm. QA opportunities at the end of the interview.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467074

OSGeo Spatio-Temporal Web Visualizations, MapTimeStJohns

Post # 4058 by Beau Buck on September 30th, 2014 ~ 09:30:58 PM
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OSGeo Spatio-Temporal Web Visualizations, Tuesday, September 30, 7:30pm to 9, Anna Bananas, 8716 N. Lombard, Portland

This month at MaptimeStJohns, we will be to continue programming web spatio-temporal visualizations, bring a computer if you have one. If you have not come before, that is alright because we will step through each visualization. I’ll bring the js library files for leaflet and the various plugins we will be using. Let’s create some cool web map visualizations! please RSVP

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467071

Talk type and fonts

Post # 4057 by Beau Buck on September 30th, 2014 ~ 09:30:58 PM
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Let’s hang out, have a drink, a bite, and chat about fonts and typography and whatever else comes up.

Everyone is welcome to bring things for show-and-tell or feedback, but it is definitely not required!

Sorry for the hiatus on the meetups—I was away for the summer, plus TypeCon (DC) and ATypI (Barcelona).

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