FailPDX is an organized Meetup that was somewhat birthed from the MoHDI realm. So often people speak about their success, how great they are, how great of decisions they made and so on… Isn’t it time people talk openly about their failures?
Statistically people fail more than they succeed, so it’s probably a lot easier to relate to someone sharing about failing than sharing about success. 🙂

Ideally cringe worthy stories of failure will help us avoid potential disasters, also helps us understand and accept that it’s okay to fail. It’s alright to go out and fail.

If you are in Portland, join us tonight (7/23) for networking and talks by Danny Norton and Philip Schallberger. Both presenters are Portland comedians and both have some interesting things to talk about.

If you can’t make the Meetup tonight, join our FailPDX group and come out another time.

PIGSquad! Portland Indie Game Squad

I was fortunate to attend my first PIGSquad meeting. This event was filled with developers, artists, gamers and interested folk. I was able to learn a lot about this outstanding independent game scene in Portland.

Despite my admittedly horrible game concept that I shared with a select few, I got some good support from some people I had just met. This demonstrates to me a wonderfully open and resourceful community of game makers who are willing and able to be supportive of even the dumbest of ideas presented.

I had my video camera with me to capture some of the feel and excitement of the PIGSquad meeting.

A lot of people at this PIGSquad meeting used Unity to help produce games. I saw some space shooter game that this guy cranked out in like a week using Unity and free open source graphics. I was impressed.. although I wasn’t a fan of how the guns shot.

I saw a lot of people with pens and paper and that’s kind of the way I like to work when it comes to developing stuff. I was sort of drawn to flashing lights though.

Mimic was one multiplayer game that I totally destroyed someone I was playing against. It’s sort of hard to explain but basically your character that you are playing comes back from the past as a clone and plays for you in the future if that makes any sense. It makes for some awesome strategy when it comes to playing against someone.

I talked with someone that helped release a game called Starship Rubicon, it’s a pretty awesome looking game too that seems to combine some of my favorite aspects of games, shooting and strategy.

For the next PIGSquad meeting, I hope to have a working prototype of my dumb game and perhaps a couple of awesome ideas for it.

Presentation from Open Engagement

As part of an open session at Open Engagement, I gave a very short and somewhat rough presentation about ideas. Something I’m very passionate about and I’ve always wanted to present on the subject. While I didn’t have a formal presentation totally together, I had several good ideas about how and what I was going to present on. I decided it would be best to go over a lot of things very quickly as opposed to a lot of presentations where they focus on one particular point, my plan was to present several points and loosely tie them together under an general concept.

I had planned a 30 minute presentation that was to move very quickly. Part of the open sessions flaws was scheduling sessions one directly after another with no time cushion. When the previous presentation went over, it was no big deal, I had to simply adjust a little. I started my presentation on ideas at 2:10PM.

The funny thing was this girl Teresa Flores who I believe was visiting from LA or something. She had a 2:30PM presentation and I think she sat through my painfully drab session only to enforce her time laws and rules upon me. So at the end of the video you will hear her time sirens in her head going off. Teresa Flores, then asks me to wrap up by plugging my gallery, as if I was giving a sales pitch about my gallery for 20 minutes, I guess she was too busy throwing her session together during my session to pay attention to anything presented to her. People amaze me sometimes. So for the presentation, I had borrowed Kayla’s laptop after the presentation Teresa had the nerve to ask “where did that laptop go?”, Kayla was there and said that she had put it away.
“I was going to use that.” Teresa said….

uh, so you cut my presentation short in order to commandeer the laptop I used?? Super funny, I guess it was nice mode day for Kayla and I cause Kayla allowed her to use the computer and I actually stayed to see what was so important that this person would be so rude… Teresa then started her presentation to an audience of me and 2 people who had come to see me. ugh, I guess people can be so incredibly rude that they become a fascinating study in tactlessness.

Other than the strange social study of Teresa Flores, I did learn a lot about presenting.

I think with a lot of work and a bit more time to put into it, this presentation could be pretty spectacular and I’m going to start searching for places to continue to develop and share this. I think future versions of the presentation will have more a few more examples of how the audience can take the ideas from the presentation and make it more applicable to them in whatever they may do.

Without further ado, the presentation on ideas I gave at Open Engagement.

click here to see on youtube

MoHDI Presentation

I will be giving a presentation about ideas on Sunday 5/20/2012 from 2:00pm-2:30pm at the Littman Gallery at Smith Memorial Union at Portland State University.

The presentation is part of Open Engagement, a conference about art and social practice.

I hope you all can make it out for this presentation.

Have you ever been to a talk or a lecture where you sat for 2 hours and got one or two things out of it? You feel pretty good when that happens, right? Well, I’m going to try to assemble a talk that hopefully you will walk away with over 70 awesome things, all in 30 minutes! The plan is to have an action packed awesome condensed presentation that will astound, amuse and entertain you.

If I don’t totally bomb, I will be showing the video of the presentation online after it’s been processed.

Happy Easter!

It’s nice to feel like you have won something, and while there may not be anyone to give you a free puppy, free gasoline for a year, $1,000,000, free back massage or one of many other fabulous prizes for finding a slip of paper in an Easter egg. You never know perhaps someone will honor your Easter egg coupon and maybe those two baby kittens you’ve always wanted will become a reality.

Have a happy Easter! If you happen to discover a fantastic egg around town today, you should try to hold on to that feeling of winning as long as you can.

Perfect Pickle!

We all know Pickle Baby is the perfect pickle, that doesn’t mean there can’t be other perfect pickles out there. Have a rare chance to discover your perfect pickle while while supporting the Dill Pickle Club.

You can even get your picture with Pickle Baby!

Please join Pickle Baby Monday, February 6th for the 2nd Annual Perfect Pickle event. The picklecentric event is a fundraiser and membership drive for the Dill Pickle Club.
Try tasting a wide variety of pickles from some of Portlands pickliest picklers. In addition to the picklers there will be a number of amazing musicians and artists there. Plus if you are lucky you will get a chance to get your picture with the Pickle babies too!

Get your tickets here! or rsvp on Facebook!