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How to Hustle

Steve Faulkner - How to Hustle
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BarCampMadison This is Steve Faulkner’s session from MadCamp (aka BarCampMadison the 4th) titled “How to Hustle.” I missed this session when Steve did it, but he also did a really short version during the Lightning Talks. It’s worth a listen.

You can also download an MP3 file if you’d like. (And for our freedom loving friends, enjoy an Ogg file.)

Also, if you want to get all of the audio automagically downloaded podcasting style, subscribe to the feed.

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Egg-Bot Session for MadCamp

Eggbot Anatomy
Photo by Windell H. Oskay, www.evilmadscientist.com

Good gosh! We’re less than two weeks out from MadCamp, which is what they are now calling BarCampMadison. It’s set for Saturday, August 27th, 2011.

So here’s the thing, I’m planning on doing a session titled “An Introduction to the Egg-Bot” in which I’ll show up with an Egg-Bot, my MacBook, and a whole bunch of eggs, and walk through plotting on eggs with a CNC drawing robot.

Here’s where you come in… You may have seen some of the things I’ve plotted before, and I’m trying desperately to create some new designs before MadCamp, but I will welcome anyone who wants to try their hand at it to bring an SVG, and we can try to plot it.

Maybe you want to check out Thingiverse, or OpenClipArt.org for some inspiration. It’s not quite that simple though… So here’s what you should do:

  1. Install Inkscape
  2. Create a new file with a size of 3200px by 800px
  3. Read this entire tutorial
  4. Make your drawing

OK, that one bit, “Read this entire tutorial” may not be 100% necessary, but you need to at least skim it to understand how things work. You can’t have any filled areas, as everything is done with strokes. You can do more than one color, but you need to separate them by layers. Extremely complex designs can take 10+ minutes, and the session will only last about an hour.

Anyway, feel free to bring your logo in the right format, or some other piece of art you’d like to see on an egg. Or, you could send me the file ahead of time and I’ll try to prep it and give it a quick look over.

(For bonus points, install the Egg-Bot extension and the Hershey Text extension along with Inkscape and you can try plotting from your own computer.)

Egg Egg
Maybe you’ll get an Egg Egg of your own!

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BarCampMilwaukee… Six!

BarCampMilwaukee5

Remember when you first heard about BarCamp? In case you forgot, the first BarCamp was held in Palo Alto, California, from August 19–21, 2005. Good old Wikipedia has a BarCamp page we’ve pointed many people to.

Back in 2005 I was pretty heads down and wasn’t really involved in Milwaukee’s technology or web communities. (I really don’t know what communities existed prior to 2006, so I’ll just say I wasn’t involved.)

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So in 2006 I found myself in need of some networking, and community, and so on, and ended up going to the Milwaukee Web Design Meetup in May and June of 2006, and just after that, I wrote a blog post titled BarCampMilwaukee? Which, unless anyone wants to dispute, may have been the first seed of the tree that grew to be what we now know as the mighty oak that is… BarCampMilwaukee.

Lots of people helped along the way, including Justin Kruger, who ended up finding James Carlson and Bucketworks, which ended up being the venue for the first BarCampMilwaukee.

BarCampMilwaukee Introductions

Bucketworks also hosted the third and fifth BarCampMilwaukee, and for the second and forth, we were unable to use their building (moving, floods, occupancy issues, etc.) they got us venues to use. Bucketworks also acted as the fiscal sponsor for BarCampMilwaukee, allowing us to operate as a non-profit organization. In my opinion, Bucketworks (and their parent organization, The School Factory) have been more than just a venue over the years, they’ve been a great partner and a significant reason why BarCamp happens here in Milwaukee.

Bucketworks has had its share of ups and downs, and they ain’t perfect, and they don’t always get everything right, but for six years now, they’ve been a part of the BarCampMilwaukee experience. With BarCampMilwaukee6 coming up, it’s nice to know we have a solid venue with tables, chairs, an Internet connection, WiFi, a kitchen, lots and lots of space, and the things (and people!) we need to put on a user-generated conference.

BarCampMilwaukee2 Buttons

So, BarCampMilwaukee6? Yup, it’s happening October 1st-2nd, 2011 at Bucketworks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I just renewed barcampmilwaukee.org and at some point the updates will start flowing, and shirts will be made, and meals will be planned, and we’ll do it all again, for the sixth time.

I hope to see you there! :)

Update: I mentioned Justin above, but I also should have mentioned Bob Waldron! Take a look at his blog posts from July 2006 and you’ll see that he and Justin were sort of running parallel to my initiative, and once we found each other and joined forces, things started to happen. Thanks Bob!

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BarCampMilwaukee: Progress

BarCampMilwaukee We’re about two months past BarCampMilwaukee5, and I stumbled across an old blog post of mine titled BarCampMilwaukee2: Ideas which was posted about two months before BarCampMilwaukee2 happened. I hope that made sense…

The post mentions a few things that we wanted to do at the time, and I’m happy to say we’ve (finally) accomplished a few of these things.

Kevin had the following suggestion:

Podcasts. There is no time of year better then when the SXSW podcast feed fires up again. I think video of the whole confab will be too intense and would require some people to be in production all day. That’s no fun. I was thinking of setting up audio recorders and running them non stop. Video of some more interesting visual sessions (read robots) would be neat. In fact, we should have a session room dedicated to video so were not schlepping stuff all over.

Ah yes… Audio! Kevin says “I was thinking of setting up audio recorders and running them non stop.” Well, we came pretty close on that one. The Convo Droid consists of a Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder with an 8GB SD card. It can easily record over 30 hours of high quality audio. I ran it pretty much non-stop during BarCampMadison3 and BarCampMilwaukee5. I captured a ton of audio. In fact, I probably still haven’t processed it all yet. (We need to define a process for BarCampMilwaukee6 to mark the beginning/end of a session, and do a better job of tagging the audio.) For BarCampMilwaukee5 we also had Gabe Wollenburg and Joshua Cowles capturing audio. Most of it showed up on the BarCampMilwaukee Blog (I also set up my own site to allow for automagic download “podcast style” see my audio tag for more info.)

Kevin also mentions video… a bit more resource intensive than audio, but still doable. For BarCampMadison3 I had two MiniDV video cameras, and a handful of blank tapes. I managed to capture a number of sessions, which you can find by browsing through the barcampmadison3 tag. I would have recorded more, but I ran out of tapes… I was able to do a lot of video capture at BarCampMadison3 because I wasn’t really involved in organizing or running it, so I was free to capture. For BarCampMilwaukee5, I was too involved in running things to deal with setting up cameras and swapping tapes.

If all goes as planned, we’ll have at least one room in Bucketworks wired up for quality audio/video capture at the push of a button before BarCampMilwaukee6 rolls around…

And if you’re wondering why we care so much about capturing and publishing the audio and video from BarCamp, it goes to the core of what the event is all about sharing knowledge, not just with the people at the event, but the people who couldn’t make it, or don’t know what BarCamp is yet. Share what you know… Learn what you don’t. :)

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Plan a BarCamp

BarCampMadison While waiting around for BarCampMadison3 to start, Matt Gauger and I started talking about how to plan a BarCamp. Luckily, the recorder was rolling to capture this incredibly insightful conversation.

And when I say “incredibly insightful conversation” what I really mean is File Under: Silly.

Also, listen carefully for a guest appearance by Ashe Dryden.

You can also download an MP3 file if you’d like. (And for our freedom loving friends, enjoy an Ogg file.)

Also, if you want to get all of the audio automagically downloaded podcasting style, subscribe to the feed. Why you would want to do this, I’m not really sure.