Countdown to BarCampMilwaukee2

Hey folks, we are just days away from BarCampMilwaukee2, which is happening Oct 13/14, 2007 in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I'd like to thank all the members of Web414 that helped to plan this event, and are making it happen. If you are not a member of Web414, feel free to join us, we meet every second Thursday of the month, and most of us are always online (be it Twitter, Flick, Facebook, or elsewhere.)

For the full scoop on BarCampMilwaukee2, please visit

Software For Your Head

Have you ever been on a great team? A great team is 10x better (more fun, more passionate, more productive, more healthy) than an average team.

We don't get many chances to experiment with teams in our jobs. Which is a shame considering how much potential could be unlocked if we could get past boring staff meetings, Gannt-charts, email overload, and the busyness of the typical business.

A mind-blowing team experience is something I want to explore further, so I'm recruiting Milwaukee folks to join me in learning The Core Protocols- a blueprint for forming great teams- and then directing our efforts towards creating a great community improvement project. Will you join in?

WHEN: starting Sunday, October 7, 2:30p
WHERE: Cafe at the Milwaukee Art Musuem

September 2007 Meeting Recap

Curious about what domains were discussed talked about at the last Web414 meeting, but don't want to listen to the audio recording? Fear not.

BarCampMilwaukee2 - Soon!

As I write this, we are just 3 weeks away from BarCampMilwaukee2. It's set for October 13th and 14th, 2007. I'm hoping it all goes well. I'm pretty sure it will, but I'm at that point where I start to worry about such things.

Will you be there? If you haven't signed up on the BarCampMilwaukee site yet, please do so now. And... Invite some friends. Let's spread the idea of BarCamp, sharing and learning in an open environment, a culture of participation, in thinking and doing, not just consuming.

Will you join me there? Will you tell others about it?


Tech Cafe / Adobe AIR

2007-09-29 09:00

Tech Cafe / Adobe AIRSaturday, September 29th, 2007 — 9am

1340 North Sixth Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A Tech Cafe is an informal geek gathering focused around a single tech topic. The Tech Cafe topic for Sep 29, 2007 is Adobe AIR. Ryan Stewart from Adobe will be in Chicago and if all goes well will make a brief stop at the Tech Cafe to show off what Adobe AIR can do.

(Note: A number of people will also be making a trip down to Chicago later for Adobe OnAIR. [more info])

September 2007 Meeting Recording

If you missed the September 2007 meeting, you can download an MP3 we recorded. It's available via Ourmedia. (This work has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.)

(Yes, I know the URL has 'August' in it. That's my fault. It's still the September recording... Sorry! Oh yeah, thanks to Mike Rohde for recording this.)

Web414 October 2007 Meeting

2007-10-11 19:00
2007-10-11 22:00

October 2007 Web414 MeetingThursday, October 11th, 2007 — 7pm

(We plan to meet at Bucketworks at 7PM and then go over to the Schlitz Park Center. If you're coming late, let someone know.)

1340 North Sixth Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Web414 has been instrumental in the planning of BarCampMilwaukee2, and since the date of this meeting falls right before BarCamp, we decided we would do one final push to get the venue ready. For the full scoop on BarCampMilwaukee2 happenings, visit, make sure you've signed up, and watch this space for updates.

(We will return to our normal 2nd Thursday monthly meetings in November 2007. The subject will most likely be wrapping up BarCampMilwaukee2.)


2007-10-13 10:00
2007-10-14 16:00

BarCampMilwaukee2Saturday, October 13th, 2007 — 10amSunday, October 14th, 2007 — 4pm

Schlitz Park Center
1555 Rivercenter Dr.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

BarCampMilwaukee2 is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from participants.

Please visit for more information and to register. This is a free event, thanks to our sponsors, but we are accepting donations if you'd like to help out.

Web414 card -- final call -- expires midnight Thursday!

Hi -- the following folks will have all the domain(s) they requested on the web414 card:


If your email is not on this list, and you wanted to be on the card, contact me before 11:59 pm on Thursday, Sep 13th, as of midnight, I'll then send the final domain list to Mike Rohde for artwork.




The Sustainability Cafe

I know, I know... it's not exactly web related, but it is being hosted by yours truly, and I figure many geeks are on board with the green movement. It would be great to see you come!

Paths to a Sustainable Future presents:
The Sustainability Cafe

When: Tues, September 18th. 6pm-8pm
Where: Urban Ecology Center (2nd floor)
RSVP to (and bring a friend!)

Engage your fellow community members in a casual cafe-style atmosphere! Enjoy light refreshments while exploring powerful questions reflecting on what the climate and energy crises mean to us, and to share our hopes for the future, individually and as a community. The Sustainability Cafe is part of a growing global movement to support conversations that matter.

Suggested donation of $2 (UEC member)/$5 (non-member) supports the Urban Ecology Center.

Child care available for a fee. Register at 964-8505.

web414 card -- still space available

Still space available -- see the post at:

web414 card

It would be great to finalize this on at our September meeting, so bring $3 per domain you reserved (unless you made arrangements with me to front the money for you). I believe everyone who is on the list so far will get their 1st choice... as it is, there will likely be room for 2nd choices.

AIR Roadtrip!

September 29th is both the Tech Café - Adobe AIR session at Bucketworks and Adobe's OnAIR Chicago. We are going to be taking the train down to Chicago, going to the OnAIR (it's free - but you *have* to register on the site!), sharing a hotel room (free wifi, I am sure - all night coding sessions, anyone?), and going out for Jordan's birthday (shh, don't tell him I told you). It should be a lot of fun. ^_^

It'd be great if we could get a bunch of BarCampMilwaukee2/Web414 people to go. If you want to come along, let me know and I will include you on the planning emails!

Web414 September 2007 Meeting

2007-09-11 20:00

September 2007 Web414 MeetingTuesday, September 11th, 2007 — 8pm

The Brady Corp. Conference Room (MSOE)
1235 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Room R-101

(EDIT: Espresso Christoph was closed when I went there at 6, so I headed over to Mykonos. - Ashe)

Note that we will be meeting at MSOE from 8PM to 10PM for the regular meeting, but will also be meeting at 6pm at Espresso Christoph pre-dinner and at 7pm at Mykonos for dinner.

For September we'd like to do something a little different. With all the new members, we thought it would be good to go around the room and have everyone show something they've recently worked on, or are currently working on. It could be your own site, work you are doing for someone else, or maybe just something you find inspiring.

There is also a good chance we will talk about the planning for BarCampMilwaukee2.

Prep for BarCampMilwaukee2

2007-09-15 09:00
2007-09-15 17:00

Prep for BarCampMilwaukee2Saturday, September 15th, 2007 — 9am

1340 North Sixth Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

We need to prep the venue for BarCampMilwaukee2. We will meet at Bucketworks at 9AM and then head over to the venue at the Schlitz Park Center.

web414 card

To help promote web414, we'd like to see if we can make up a business card that our members could give out to contacts and colleagues. On the front of the card will be the web414 logo, url, and information; on the back will be a display of domains from our members, with the idea that it shows the wide breadth of different work we do, something along the lines: "We build the Web..." [list of domains] "...Join us."

We first want to see if this is feasible given the space limits of a card. So we'd like to get a list of people interested, how many domains there would be, and how many would fit on a good card design. I'm assisting Mike Rohde in the preparation of this card (he will do the card design work), so if you are:

1) a registered member of web414 (on this site); and

2) have attended at least 1 meeting; and

3) have at least one Web domain name for a currently-operating Web site that represents your work--this must be a domain name like:

but not a section of a site or a link such as to your flickr photos; and

4) are willing to pay $2 to $3 for each domain you have listed on the card,

please email me

with the subject line "web414 card"

and list, in order of priority, domains you'd like listed. Please list your domain without the "www" preceding it if that works for your site--we need to save as many characters as possible.

The priority will be for every member to have the chance to list at least 1 and then if there is room, go down the list again to get the 2nd choice and so on. We'd get thousands of these cards printed up and distributed to members to give out. I think this could redone periodically as we welcome new members of web414 -- I'm sure these cards will become collector's items ;) The order of the domains will be determined by the order received and by the spacing -- for example, a short domain will be moved around to fill out a line to make maximum use of space according to the designer's judgment.

Look for a further announcement on this site closer to our September meeting, and be prepared to bring the amount (estimate $2 to $3 per domain) to the meeting to finalize the inclusion of your domain(s) on the card.



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