2008 Sketchtoon Calendar

Hey don’t worry, I’ll get back to blogging about the Eee PC soon enough, but I just wanted to throw this out there for you coffee drinkers (of which I am not…)

Good pal Mike Rohde of Rohdesign does these things called “Sketchtoons” and he does like coffee, and he ended up making this 2008 Sketchtoon Coffee Calendar, which seems to be getting quite popular. (Right now it’s the #1 result in Google for coffee calendar.)

Mike does some cool stuff, and this is just one more thing. Check out his Flickr set for a sampling. Nice job, Mike!


Citizen Blogging Summit Report

Well, we attended the Citizen Blogging Summit (Mike Rohde and I were on a panel, and Jeramey came along for backup) and it was… interesting.

Citizen Blogging Summit Citizen Blogging Summit

As I mentioned in a previous post, we didn’t know what to expect, but Sean did a good job of moderating, and basically just asked us questions, and took a few questions from the (small) crowd. KeVron of Dork Factor Prime was there, but other than that, it was all people I’ve never met before. Kim and Jason of came in from Madison and were on the panel with us. They seemed like nice folks.

Rohde Pushing Need Gas!

We couldn’t stay for the panel after ours, so I don’t know how it all ended, but on the way back towards downtown to drop off Jeramey, we ran out of gas. Jeramey and I managed to push the car about a 1/2 mile down North Avenue, in the 90 degree heat, to a gas station. After that it was smooth sailing… So all in all, it was a pretty exciting day. I can’t wait for the next Citizen Blogging Summit!


Citizen Blogging Summit

Somehow I got roped into participating in this Citizen Blogging Summit (or “Citizen Blogger Summit”) which is taking place Friday, June 15th, 2007.

Citizen Blogger Summit

Maybe Newsradio 620 WTMJ will learn a little about blogging, you know, things like permalinks, or even linking to the bloggers you invite, instead of just putting their domain in plain text.

I’m really not sure what to expect. Mike Rohde and I are on the 2:25-3:10 Panel, Beyond Politics, Beyond Milwaukee. I’m guessing we are the ‘tech bloggers’ or maybe the token ‘non-political’ bloggers. Anyway, I’ll just prepare for this the same way I prepare for BarCamp or Web414 presentations, wait until the last minute, attempt to do nothing, then embrace the chaos.

The event is free, and includes lunch (which I will miss since I can’t be there all day) and I’m reasonably sure it will be interesting. I’m also reasonably sure I’ll be the person there who has been blogging for the longest time, unless Dave Winer shows up. :)


Web414 Meeting: Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Milwaukee web nerds and graphic designers… Join us at 7PM on Thursday, April 12th, 2007 to hear Mike Rohde talk about the Importance of Iteration in Design…

Web414 - The Importance of Iteration in Design

Mike just had an article published on the subject that may be a good preview: Embracing Iterative Design

If you haven’t been to a Web414 meeting yet, and are interested in building the new web (as a designer, coder, whatever) stop by and check it out. (I’ll also talk about Lightbox-type libraries a bit if there is time.)

Note that we will still be at MSOE, but in the The Brady Corp. Conference Room this time. Details are at


Web414 Meeting: Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Just a reminder folks, the next Web414 meeting is this Thursday, January 11th, 2007 at 7PM. (Also listed on

I haven’t had much time to work on the Web414 site lately, but hopefully I can find a bit of time, or spur some folks into action before the February meeting. (Who knows, maybe Mike can even kick out a logo or two by then.)

I also need to work on promotion, and getting in touch with people in Milwaukee about the new group. Oh, here is what I came up with for a mission statement:

Web414 – Milwaukee’s Web Community: The Web414 group consists of amateurs and professionals interested in building and improving the web today and in the future. We are a diverse group including designers, programmers, publishers, and entrepreneurs – all with a common interest in creating the new web.

If you know any folks in the Milwaukee area who might be interested in this, please tell them about the group, or just pass them on to me. Thanks!