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Geek Chic in Music City – PodCamp Nashville

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Geeks. Hundreds of geeks. Little glowing apples littered the landscape, and plaid loafers were all but required. I’m beginning to really enjoy these gatherings of the Greater Nashville Geeks. This is my second “unconference,” each lending something special to take away. Everyone enjoys panels and seminars in a different way, with a variety of deliveries really speaking to them. For me, it’s content-heavy, tutorial lectures that really strikes my fancy. I want to see pages of code, demos of active media editing and any other true “meat and potatoes” that the speaker can bring to the table. Because of that, a couple panels that I was fortunate enough to catch really stood out.

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The Ultimate WordPress Experience by Mitch Canter. Mitch Canter - Studio NashvegasThis was the first mini-seminar that I caught during PodCamp Nashville 2011, and it kicked the party off with a bang. It was exactly what I wanted. I came to PCN11 looking for ways to improve the look, feel and design of my personal site. I came to PCN11 looking for heavy, beginner-to-expert content. I came to PCN11 looking to find the pulse on designers around to community. Mitch delivered. Mitch was a great speaker with an equally engaging subject, and he really covered all of the bases from how to begin, what’s new and trending now and how to implement all of it. As an added bonus, he openly welcomed all who would come to pick his brain at the event, or later through a plethora of social outlets. To be honest, you would have to truly put effort into avoiding Mr. Canter’s help with all of the ways he made it clear he was available and how to reach out. After being privileged to learn from Mitch during PCN11, I cannot wait to catch every event he hosts going forward!

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Jake Jorgovan - Rabbit Hole CreativeThere’s something to be said for someone who can field every single question thrown at him or her. During his presentation on How to Effectively Utilize YouTube, Jake Jorgovan flaunted this skill. A lot of presenters are good at what they do. A lot are good at public speaking. However, not many are flawless in their subject matter. Jake really seemed impossible to stump when asked everything from YouTube Terms of Use questions to how to substitute in auto-fill music using the new YouTube editor, and even a curve-ball about the pros and cons of Vimeo versus YouTube. I also saw more than one technological guffaw during PCN11, not many of which could really be blamed on the presenter. Jake’s presentation fell victim as well, suffering from trying to siphon bandwidth off of the over-tasked wireless network attempting to host every smartphone, tablet, laptop and portable gaming device in the 37201 ZIP code. But in life, as in panels, it’s not how far you fall but how high you bounce back up. Jake shrugged off the missed opportunity to show a video demonstration he had prepared and took the session to a Q&A segment. Not only is this gutsy with such a knowledgeable crowd, but he had quite a lot of sand left in the top-half of the hourglass. Nonetheless, he finished with one of my favourite panels of the event. Kudos to Jake for great preparation, and great resolve despite the misfortune.

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All around, PCN11 was a great experience. You can expect an overhaul on the good ol’ site (read as: you can expect this blog to become a site that also happens to have a blog, along with other content!) If you’d like to expand your knowledge as well, you can find Mitch Canter on Twitter as @studionashvegas or on his business website: Studio Nashvegas. You can also find Jake Jorgovan on Twitter as @JakeJorgovan or on his business website: Rabbit Hole Creative. PodCamp Nashville also has their own spiffy website. Check it out for examples of sessions you may see in the future if you decide to attend, and make sure to check out the sponsors’ pages so they can keep it free in the future! Lastly, a special thanks to my partner-in-crime during the day of solid geekery: Kasey Lawrence. Kasey can be stalked on Twitter through @pumilio and you can get his impressions of PCN11 through his blog: OpenKase. Thanks for the read, everyone! Remember to comment, like, share and subscribe! Cheers!

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Friday: A Baristo’s Half-Day with a Dash of Quantum Physics

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Ah, Friday. Even though I have a little work on Friday, I still think they’re my favourite day of the week. The early call to work makes sure I’m up-and-going at a productive time, but the short ending time keeps the morale up in lieu of the daily drudge. On top of that, cutting out of work at noon gives me the bonus of a nigh full week day to either get important, responsible activities handled or contribute absolutely nothing to legitimate society and focus my time on the quibbles of the post-apocalyptic Mojave Wasteland. Further than that, the cherry on top is the lack of that drag-down “Gaaaaaaah….it’s almost Monday” feeling. Yep, Friday is fantastic. As such, I’m going to sip on my delicious coffee and relax a bit. If you prefer the audio tour, feel free to throw on some headphones and follow the links inside the appropriately emoticon-laden bumps.

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Have you ever tried frothing almond milk? It’s was more of an experiment spurred by my girlfriend rather than an attempt to appear more bourgeois than I truly am, but it turned out pretty delicious! Lately I’ve taken to drinking quite a bit of coffee, and I know what you’re thinking. “Does your vision insurance cover plastic frame glasses? How far exactly is the nearest H&M from you?” Well, yes. And, I think there’s an H&M in Cincinnati. Honestly, though, it was to cut down on my daily 5-Hour Energy expenses. Trust me. They work, but they are crazy expensive if you’re popping them daily. Instead of crying over my wallet, I discovered that work provides free coffee! A win for working class to be sure! Sadly, the coffee’s pretty drab. I enjoy it, but I’ve decided to do a little brewing with my luxurious half-day Friday. As a result, I sit before you with a great coffee, an ear for unique guitar licks and an interesting news story from 2010.

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Wait, teleportation exits? My spell-checked does not agree, good sir! This all started last night on a chilly walk with a couple of my friends back to our car after the end of a football game we went to together. Being a lazy dolt, I remarked something along the lines of, “Man, if only we could teleport.” (Because, clearly, if we could teleport the limitations of this miraculous super-power would be to get to our primitive, fossil-fuel vehicles which would then take over the bulk of the journey!) It was just a cheap joke, but then my compatriot answered back saying that “it” did exist. “It” being teleportation, and my friend being a fool, or so I thought. He went on to tell how he was reading through Esquire (a frequent hobby of his lately; his goal being to better shape himself as a “modern gentleman”) and he stumbled across a recap of the year issue. He went on to tell me how a university had previously been able to “teleport” information over a short distance and the article was a clip on how a different university had essentially raised the bar by finishing the same task over a much longer distance. Crazy, right? Apparently not.

Esquire’s Best of 2010

On top of that short read, here’s something from the university itself. (Or, the English version of their site, to be more specific.)

University of Science and Technology of China – Long Range Quantum Teleportation

I was wrong, clearly. The hard-working quantum physicists of USTC raised the bar. (They raised it to ten miles, to be accurate.) In this case, it’s pretty cool to be wrong.

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Okay, so that last one diverted entirely from my guitar-heavy theme. Everyone can use a little electronica dance! Enjoy your Fridays, folks!