BarCampMilwaukee2 Video

Our pal David at Korporate Media lovingly crafted this video highlighting BarCampMilwaukee2, and I have lovingly uploaded it for all to see.

BarCampMilwaukee2 Video

In the time since the first BarCampMilwaukee held in 2006, we’ve come a long way. The folks at Web414 have become a great force behind events like these. Web414 also helped sponsor BarCampMadison in 2007 and the recent DrupalCampWisconsin. Our next crazy idea is MilwaukeeDevHouse with MKEDH1 taking place March 14, 2008. (And hopefully BarCampMadison2 in April 2008.)

We’ve built quite the tech community here in Southeastern Wisconsin, and BarCamps in Milwaukee just keep getting better. People are sharing, learning, and making new friends along the way. Enjoy the video… and we hope to see you at the next big thing.


RPM Challenge

Matt Gauger has posted photos of his guitar gear before, so when I commented on one of his photos, he mentioned the RPM Challenge, which is to record an album in one month. I’m in…

RPM Challenge I’ve been recording songs and publishing them online for about a year now, and there’s even a category for them called audio (and yes, you can subscribe to it.) All in all I’ve been playing and recording for over 20 years, but there have been gaps in that where I went many years without recording anything at all. This will be a nice “forced creativity” project for me.

I still need to install iLife ’08 for the latest GarageBand, but I’ll also be using Logic Pro 8 and the recording studio at Z2.

Since my songs tend to be less than 2 minutes, I will estimate that I need to record about 20 songs during February. I plan to collaborate a bit with the kids, and… well, whoever else happens to be around when I’m recording. It should be interesting… :)


MilwaukeeDevHouse is Go!

Following in the footsteps of those before us, mainly SuperHappyDevHouse, we are starting something new in Milwaukee, and it’s called (aptly enough) MilwaukeeDevHouse.

And there will be numbers. And they will be sequential. And MilwaukeeDevHouse1 will happen Friday, March 14th, 2008 at Bucketworks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We’ll start around 7PM and go until we pass out, we get kicked out, or we’re out of ideas.

MKEDH1 MilwaukeeDevHouse aims to be the premier regularly scheduled hackathon event that combines serious and not-so-serious productivity with a fun and exciting party atmosphere.

If you’re a coder, designer, or just someone who enjoys software and technology development, MilwaukeeDevHouse was made for you…

MilwaukeeDevHouse is intended for passionate and creative technical people that want to have some fun, learn new things, and meet new people.

There is a web site at with very little useful information, so visit the Web414 kids at node 170 and give them some love. Or check it at Upcoming or the Facebooks or even the Bucketworks new site (much of which runs Drupal, in fact, you should register while you are there.)

And if you’ve got an OpenID and agree or disagree with this statement: MilwaukeeDevHouse1 will take place March 14th, 2008, then say so…


DrupalCampWisconsin Recap

DrupalCampWisconsin was held all day on Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at MSOE in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’d like to thank everyone who showed up and took part, and all of the sponsors for the care and feeding during the 12+ hour event. Thanks to Web414 for organizing the thing, Fresh Coast Ventures and 2XL Networks for providing beverages, and Cruiskeen Consulting LLC, EC Connection, and Palantir for keeping our bellies full so we could concentrate on Drupal.

Talking about Crell's presentation on IRC (by ashley_dryden)

This was the first real BarCamp-type event we’ve done which was not really a BarCamp. Since it was a smaller event, and just one day, and focused on one thing (Drupal!) it was a bit different. We had planned to settle in between 9AM and 10AM, and then kick right into it, but due to a few issues, we really got started closer to 11AM, and Larry from Palantir started with a good overview of the Drupal Ecosystem, and what makes Drupal what it is, not just code, but a community of good people doing good things. My note during this time was that you can’t just look at the code of an open source project you plan to invest in, you need to look at the people that make up the community. No matter how good a piece of software is, I don’t want to have to deal with jerks every time I use it. Drupal has a serious lack of jerks… What they don’t have is a lack of female involvement. Larry mentioned that the percentage of women involved in open source is typically low, and is lower than the percentage involved in just software development in general, but in the Drupal community, the number is pretty high. (KarenS was there, and I can tell you, she really knew her stuff! We had a handful of “Drupal Ninjas” and she was definitely near the top of that list.)

KarenS (by kev_walsh)

Like I said, slow start… After we asked the group for session ideas, we wrote them down and built a rough schedule. We then just talked generally about the Drupal Community until noon when lunch arrived, and then ate our subs and launched into the sessions. We ended up having two rooms, one for Beginner sessions, and one for Advanced sessions. We covered a lot of stuff including CCK, Views, Ubercart, and more… until it was time for dinner. Oh, we also put up a “who needs work/who needs to hire someone” board. After dinner we ended up combining the Beginner and Advanced groups into one and covered theming.

Drupalers (by ashley_dryden)

After the event ended, we headed over to Bucketworks for a party sponsored by Social Helix and The Fireseed Group. There was drink and merriment until we were too tired and went home to sleep.

Blake Hall (by kev_walsh)

Will we do it again? Definitely…


Drupal on the Eee PC

Since DrupalCampWisconsin is tomorrow, I figured I better have Drupal installed on my laptop.

Drupal on the Asus Eee PC (by raster)

I already had XAMPP running, so adding Drupal only took a few minutes.

It works fine, but like all things on the Eee PC, what you can see is a little, uh, limited…